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  • Palestine in Pictures: February 2023

    To enlarge photos, right-click and choose “Open image in New Tab.” Burnt cars in the Palestinian town of Huwwara, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on 28 February after hundreds of settlers guarded by soldiers attacked homes, shops and vehicles two days earlier. (Oren Ziv, ActiveStills) Israeli occupation forces and settlers killed 28 Palestinians…


  • Victory for Khalil

    182-day Palestinian hunger striker to be released madison4pali on Instagram Yesterday, we planned to hold a demonstration to #FreeKhalil, the 182-day Palestinian hunger-striker protesting his evidence-free incarceration — but then we learned that Khalil suspended his hunger strike in exchange for an October 2 release, so we canceled our demonstration and instead a handful of…


  • Khalil Awawdeh Announces End to Hunger Strike

    The Palestinian hunger striker, whose images shocked the world amid his more than 170-day strike, has ended his strike after striking a deal to be released Palestinian administrative prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 170 days with a two week pause, is seen at Assaf Harofeh hospital in…


  • Israel’s top court rejects 2nd petition to release Awawdeh

    A video showing Khalil Awawdeh and the toll his detention has taken on his body was shared on Monday, where he urged the world to stop Israel from detaining Palestinians without charge. Awawdeh was detained on 27 December last year near Hebron in the southern West Bank [Getty] New Arab Staff, 30 August, 2022 The…


  • Khalil Awawdeh’s time is running out

    Palestinian detainee Khalil Awawdeh Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, 30 Aug 2022 Geneva – Palestinian administrative detainee Khalil Awawdeh is suffering from an acute case of dyspnea and severe problems in all his vitals due to his continued hunger strike. His time is rapidly running out, Euro-Med Monitor said in a statement. Awawdeh's health condition has…


  • Photos of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike raise concerns

    A protest in solidarity with Khalil Awawdeh, a Palestinian prisoner who is on hunger strike, 1 August 2022 [Mahmoud Nasser/ApaImages] Middle East Monitor, August 29, 2022 Photos of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who has been held in Israeli administrative detention without charges, went viral on social media yesterday, raising concerns about the deterioration of…


  • Justice for Shireen

    @shirien_creates


  • May 13, 2022
    Shireen Nakba Banner Drop


  • Trump Unveils “Palestine World”

    Park Features Israeli Settlements, Private Roads, Many Pieces, and 14 Bridges or Tunnels 60-Mile Gaza Tunnel will be a Construction Marvel


  • ‘Blinding the truth’: Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in the eyes

    Twelve-year-old Mohammed Al-Najar was shot in his eye by Israeli soldiers [Getty] Tareq Hajjaj and Pam Bailey, The New Arab — Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 20 December, 2019 To date, Gaza's Ministry of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye by Israeli soldiers since the demonstrations began last March leaving them permanently blind.…


  • Rachel Corrie Event at First Unitarian Society

    Hashtag to Headlines: The Gaza Great March of Return The 2019 tribute to Rachel Corrie on March 3, 2019, with Ahmed Abu Artema and Jehad Abusalim. Photos courtesy of Amy Atalla Hill.


  • Maia Project Update

    Latest Maia Water Filters in Rafah (28 Feb 2019) from Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance [pdf-embedder url=”http://madisonrafah.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/maia-bro-for-online590.pdf” title=”maia bro for online”] Contribute online at MECAforPeace.org/Madison For more information, contact • Congregation Shaarei Shamayim: Shamayim.org • First Unitarian Society/Madison: FUSMadison.org • Jewish Voice for Peace/Madison: Facebook.com/JVPMadison


  • Caves in the south Hebron Hills bring villages back to life

    Ahmad Al-Bazz and Anne Paq, Mondoweiss, February 11, 2019 Anne Paq presented Intimate Portraits of Gaza’s Lost at the 2017 Madison-Rafah Rachel Corrie Commemoration. Based on the #ObliteratedFamilies project by Paq and Palestinian-Polish journalist Ala Qandil, the project profiled the annihilation of Gaza families during the Israeli bombardment in 2014.


  • South Hebron Hills Update

    Expulsion by a thousand cuts Dear Friends, The last weeks have been busy and challenging in the South Hebron Hills. Young Palestinians, with international and Israeli peace activists, have planted hundreds of trees. But this is also a difficult time. Soldiers and settlers have repeatedly forced shepherds off of Palestinian grazing land located near settlements…


  • Serious Escalation of Lethal Force in Eastern Gaza Strip

    Israeli Forces Kill 7 Civilians, Including a Child 224 Others, Including 42 Children, 3 Women, 3 Journalists and a Paramedic, Are Wounded The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Ref: 111/2018, October 12, 2018 On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th…


  • 24th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege of the Gaza Strip

    Israeli Forces Kill 1 Child and Wound 137 Civilians, including 26 Children, 4 Paramedics and 1 Journalist Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), September 7, 2018, Ref: 97/2018 On Friday afternoon, 07 September 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 24th Friday in a row, Israeli forces…


  • Gay Liberation Network declares ‘We Stand With Palestine’ during Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade

    (Photo: Gay Liberation Network) Mondoweiss, June 24, 2018 Confounding many people’s expectations, our “We Stand With Palestine” contingent in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 24th – with its huge 160 sq foot banner, “Israel: STOP killing Palestinians!” – was met with almost universal approval by the approximately 1 million people who lined the…


  • Palestine: Unlimited Photo Exhibits in Madison

    Now Through Saturday, June 16: Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1502 Parkside Dr., Madison 241-9796 First Congregational Church, 1609 University Ave., Madison 233-9751 Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI 238-7119 Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711 273-1008 Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, 110 N. Gammon…


  • Palestine: Unlimited

    Elaine Pasquini, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, 2017 March-April Throughout the month of December, photographs from the first annual Karimeh Abboud Award Competition were on display in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. The exhibition, “Palestine: Unlimited,” was presented by the charitable organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Bright Stars is dedicated to the…


  • June 8, 2018
    2nd Banner Drop!


  • Israel ambassador to U.S. speaks at Milwaukee Rotary Club

    Bill Glauber and Amed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2018 Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said America’s recent move to relocate its embassy to Israel will help advance the cause of Middle East peace. During an address Tuesday at the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Dermer called President Donald Trump’s decision to open…


  • May 29, 2018
    Poor People’s Campaign, Madison, WI


  • MRSCP at the WORT Block Party


  • Free Gaza!

    Poster by Donna Wallbaum Venue and Installation by Kathy and Kevin Walsh


  • The Palestinian women at the forefront of Gaza’s protests

    In socially conservative Gaza, women have been leading the Great Return March movement, uniting all Palestinians. Mersiha Gadzo & Anas Jnena, 20 Apr 2018 ‘I loved the sense of unity we all felt when both young men and women helped each other during the march protest,’ said Taghreed al-Barawi, seen in the photo [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]…


  • Palestinian Child Prisoners
    Day of Social Media Action
    April 17, 2018

    Palestine Solidarity Campaign, April 16, 2018 Join us in campaigning to protect child prisoners on the 17th April, marking the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners. We need you to help raise awareness of the mistreatment of Palestinian children by sharing our ready made infographics on your social media throughout tomorrow. Please post 2…


  • April 8, 2018
    Tribute to Rachel Corrie

     


  • One woman tackles two of Gaza’s toughest challenges

    We Are Not Numbers, February 23, 2018 A Gaza man with a SunBox Two of the Gaza Strip’s most pressing challenges are a blockade-induced shortage of both electricity and building materials. And, in this conservative, patriarchal society, it’s a young, female engineer who is tackling both. Twenty-four-year-old Majd al-Mashharawi, a 2016 graduate in civil engineering,…


  • Palestinian Journeys

    Palestinian Journeys is an online portal into the multiple facets of the Palestinian experience, filled with fact-based historical accounts, biographies, events, and undiscovered stories. Together, they seek to craft an ever-growing comprehensive narrative which highlights the active role of the Palestinian people in crafting their own history. Presently absent from the global Palestinian narrative are…


  • Palestinian double amputee killed by Israeli sniper

    Abu Thurayyah was demonstrating against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when he was killed [Mohammed Salem/Reuters] AL JAZEERA NEWS, 16 Dec 2017 Two days before he was killed, Ibrahim Abu Thurayyah filmed a message to the Israeli army. “I am passing a message to the Zionist occupation army,” the 29-year-old double…


  • New Crime of Excessive Use of Force

    Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinians, including Lower-Limb Amputee, and Wound 252 Civilians, including Children, Journalists and Paramedics Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Gaza City, Ref: 90/2017, December 16, 2017 On Friday Afternoon, 15 December 2017,Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians; one of whom is a lower-limb amputee, and wounded 252 civilians, including 19 children,…


  • December 15, 2017 Update:
    Hebron Playground

    Playgrounds for Palestine – Madison July 9, 2016 Hi everyone, I went to Hebron yesterday and helped with the installation of the playground. They were supposed to continue today but working on Saturday is a bit risky because of the settlers. See attached some pics. 2 international volunteers were also helping us. Best, Samir •…


  • Gaza City in the spotlight: hesitant hope in a city where everyone still wants out

    As the UN’s day of solidarity with Palestinians nears, Gazans have restored a hesitant bustle Miriam Berger, The Guardian, Saturday 25 November 2017 Fishermen off the coast of Gaza City, which is home to a 5,000-year-old port. (David Levene, The Guardian) Today Medinat Ghazzah, or Gaza City, is running on empty – and yet still…


  • Children are starving in Yemen

    The White House should intervene


  • Banksy Customizes A West Bank Hotel, Offering Rooms With A View Of The Wall

    Bill Chappell, NPR, March 3, 2017 A doorman stands at the entrance of The Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Friday. Dusan Vranic/AP There’s no pool, but there is a piano bar that exudes “an air of undeserved authority.” That’s part of the promise at The Walled Off Hotel, the artist…


  • Palestinians protest moving US embassy to Jerusalem

    Israeli forces suppress weekly marches in Bilin, Kafr Qaddum Ma’an News Agency, January 21, 2017 RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli forces Friday suppressed weekly marches held in the villages of Billin and Kafr Qaddum in the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Qalqiliya. In Bilin, the weekly march, which occur every Friday to protest the…


  • Hope & Peace Foundation For Children Update

    Anees Mansour, December 16, 2016 Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum & Hello Everyone, I hope you, your family and friends are doing well. Special thanks to our old and new donors for your contributions to our winter project “Keep Children Of Gaza Warm.” Alhamdulillah (Thanks to God) we have achieved our goal within a few days…


  • No fires or inciting politicians can destroy our shared society

    Samah Salaime, +972, November 26, 2016 The wildfire that struck Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam left our Jewish-Arab village more resilient than ever before. We invite Israel’s politicians to learn from us on how to heal our society’s wounds. Fire fighters try to extinguish a forest fire in the forest near Neve Shalom and Latrun, outside Jerusalem, November…


  • Palestinians Blamed for Forest Fires Across Palestine

    Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, November 25, 2016 But fires are raging across Western Asia Middle East Fires, Past Week (Global Forest Watch, Washington, DC) Over 200 forest fires are raging in Palestine (now renamed the Jewish State of Israel, including its occupied Palestinian territories). Many countries are helping put out the fires, including four teams of…


  • Gaza Summer Camp

    Gaza Summer Camp — July 17, 2016 Dearest Friends, I would like to thank you all so much for your support to our project “Gaza Summer Camp”. I would also like to inform you that we have achieved our goal. Again your support is much appreciated. Here are some pictures of the first few days…


  • Breaking Ground at Cinema Hebron

    Rabbi Brant Rosen, Shalom Rav, July 17, 2016 This past Friday, I had the honor to participate in an incredible, unprecedented mass action of civil disobedience in the H2 section of Hebron – in the heart of Israel's unjust and illegal occupation. I'll start with a little bit of history: In 1968, a year after…


  • Child Psychological Support by Anees Mansour

    Hello from Gaza. My name is Anees Mansour, one of a group of volunteers working with at-risk children in Rafah, Gaza. With your help we’ve already done so much this year, we’ve put on a summer camp, a series of educational workshops, art therapy and performance sessions. From the photos below you can see some…


  • A Samira Project Success Story

    This is from the Middle East Children’s Alliance project assistant in Gaza, who tells us that the program now has 220 children enrolled over two shifts. Photos are taken with consent, and A’hed’s first name is used with the family’s approval.   Related articles: Samira Project Children’s Counseling Samira Counseling Photos A’hed is a nine…


  • Samira Counseling Photos

    Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) — Rafah   Related articles: Samira Project Children’s Counseling A Samira Project Success Story


  • Are You a Progressive for Palestine?

    Josh Ruebner, US Campaign to End the Occupation, October 30, 2015 If so, click here to download a template to print out stickers to distribute. Fits templates for Post-It Super Stick Labels #2800-N or Avery 5395. Thanks to designer Tsela Barr of member group Madison-Rafah Sister City Project for designing this resource.


  • November 1, 2015
    Room No. 4 Photos and Speaker

    Sunday, November 1, 2015 First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive, Madison 1:00 – 2:30 pm “They left me in the room for 5 hours with my hands tied behind my back and my legs tied to each other. When I refused to confess, they slapped me and tightened the hand ties more and more.”…


  • Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for the siege to end

    Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 10 September 2014 Destruction everywhere UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs A new United Nations assessment published this week lays out the massive scope of the needs facing the nearly 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza following the “unprecedented” destruction wreaked by 51 days of Israeli bombing in July…


  • Strike near UN school in Gaza leaves 10 dead

    Palestinians evacuate a survivor of an Israeli air strike that hit the Al Ghoul family building in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. At least 40 people were inside the Al Ghoul family building in Rafah Camp when it was targeted by Israeli jet fighters, according to the Red Crescent and Gaza health…


  • July 19, 2014
    Madison Gaza Protest

      More photos at The International Socialist Organization (ISO) Facebook posts here and here.


  • Upcoming Events and Gaza Links on the Israeli Attack

    Friday, July 18: Mahmoud Abu Rahma from Rafah on WORT with Max Blumenthal Saturday, July 19: Emergency Demonstration for Gaza Thursday, July 24: Online Event: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: A New Path to Peace AND links on Gaza Plus: Cartoon of the Week: What if… Friday, July 18: Mahmoud Abu Rahma of Al Mezan on…


  • Rafah Prep School Water Filter

    Girls Preparatory School A, Rafah A gift from the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and others, Dedicated to Karin Sandvik   More on the Maia Project from the Middle East Children’s Alliance: Completed Maia Project Water Purification and Desalination Units, January 2014 Maia Project Photo Album  


  • 2012 Gaza Delegation Photos

      Michele Bahl and Tsela (Carol) Barr of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project entered Gaza through the Rafah Crossing on November 5, 2012 as part of a 21-member delegation from Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB). This was the first IFPB delegation to enter the Gaza Strip since 2003. From the Interfaith Peace-Builders report: “Like other Interfaith Peace-Builder…


  • Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian, 65, in His Bedroom

    Subhiya Awad al-Qawasmeh placed a picture of her husband, Omar, where he was killed. (Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times)   Afterward they asked for his identity card ISABEL KERSHNER, The New York Times, January 7, 2011 HEBRON, West Bank — Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed 65-year-old Palestinian man in his bedroom…


  • First Rafah Water Filter Project

      Hello everyone, Thought you might like to see these pictures of the first water filter installed in the kindergarten in Rafah….from the funds raised over the past year. As we requested, our gift inscription is in memory of Ken Coffeen. Barb O.   Hi Barb and Kathy, I just received these photos of the…


  • September 19, 2010
    PALESTINE: DANGEROUS PASSAGE TO SCHOOL

    Goodman Community Center 149 Wabesa St, Madison Room Bolz B 5 7 pm [Map] Free and open to all — light refreshments A report on the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) work in the south Hebron hills, as part of an ongoing project in the small town of Tuwani, providing witness and support to Palestinian children…


  • Break the Silence Mural Project

    Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2010 THE RACHEL Corrie Foundation and Break the Silence Mural Project unveiled the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural on May 8 at Labor Temple building, in downtown Olympia, WA. The mural tells a tale of two cities linked through tragedy: Olympia, WA, where Rachel Corrie grew up and attended Evergreen…


  • The Map: The Story of Palestinian Nationhood Thwarted

    Juan Cole, Informed Comment, March 16, 2010 On March 10, I posted on the humiliation heaped on Vice President Joe Biden by the Israeli government of far-right Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu. Biden went to Israel intending to help kick off indirect negotiations between Netanyahu and Palestine Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. Biden had no sooner arrived…


  • October 1 – 4, 2008
    Palestine in Focus Photo Exhibit and Sale

    In conjunction with the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, a photo exhibit will be on display outside of Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Humanities Center, Edgewood College, from October 1 – 4. Free and open to the public, the exhibit features photos by award-winning Palestinian journalist, photographer and website host Mohammed Omer. Requests for printed copies…


  • Muralists bring Palestinian experience to Olympia

    Chris Allert, Works in Progress, February 2008 The Olympia-Rafah Mural Project is an official recognition by the people of Olympia, Washington of the sister city relationship that exists with the city of Rafah, Palestine. Through the act of creating a collaborative public mural, we will express our desire for Palestinian self-determination, which is rooted in…


  • A Gift to Rafah

    How Madisonians helped create a respite from violence for Palestinian children Kathy Walsh, Isthmus, April 29, 2005 Children were everywhere. They were standing on rooftops, shooting marbles in the streets, playing “football” wherever there was bare ground, making their way to and from school. And always in the background there was machine-gun fire. This was…