February 7, 2017
Trump’s Policy on Palestine and the Middle East

The Palestine Center
Washington, DC
12-1 pm CST

As we begin 2017 with a new presidential administration, so we begin a critical year of major markers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are many questions about the foreign policy positions president-elect Donald Trump will assume and take with regard to the Middle East and Palestine. Our panelists will discuss these issues and more, while examining the widespread regional and global effects these shifts will bring. 

For more information see: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/events/upcoming/panel-trumps-foreign-policy-positions-palestine-middle-east

This event may be livestreamed at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/livestream

Israel as the Lights Go Out

In America there is always a domestic political reason for not doing the right thing on Israel-Palestine. It’s ugly, but then ugliness is having its day.

ROGER COHEN, The New York Times, January 17, 2017

Elon Moreh, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, seen from the Palestinian village of Azmout, last week. (Credit: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The bizarre burst of diplomatic activity on IsraelPalestine in the waning days of the Obama administration has been tantamount to an admission that, on this subject, things only get said too late and when they no longer mean anything. The rest of the time political cowardice in the form of silence prevails.

In a matter of weeks we have had a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Israel to “immediately cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory;” a long speech by Secretary of State John Kerry setting out the Obama administration’s parameters for a two-state peace agreement and defending the American abstention that allowed the U.N. resolution to pass; and a Paris peace conference that urged Israelis and Palestinians, neither of them present, to take concrete steps to get the two-state idea off life support.

None of this piety will change anything on the ground, where settlements continue to grow, the daily humiliations that constitute Palestinian life continue to accumulate, and the occupation that will mark its 50th anniversary this year continues to entrench itself. The only possible change will come with President-elect Donald Trump, whose dalliance with moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem amounts to pyromania, and whose choice of ambassador, his sometime lawyer David Friedman, suggests hard-line American support for Israeli settlements.

Trump’s thirst for the “ultimate deal” in the Holy Land could not be more far-fetched, however much his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hones his skills with Henry Kissinger. There’s nobody and nothing to work with after a half-century of moral corrosion and progressive estrangement.

Speaking of Kushner, I was told he refused to meet with a senior French diplomat after a demand from Trump Tower that the Paris conference be canceled was ignored. Get used to my-way-or-the-highway diplomacy with team Trump.

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Update January 30, 2017
No Child Behind Bars: Living Resistance Tour

Monday, January 30
Evjue Room, Urban League of Greater Madison
2222 South Park Street, Madison [Map]
7 – 9 pm

The No Child Behind Bars: Living Resistance from the U.S. to Palestine tour will be in Madison on Monday, January 30 for a free public community event in the evening.

The live speakers will be Amanda Weatherspoon, Nadya Tannous, Alix Shabazz, and Matthew Braunginn.

The main sponsor of the tour nationally is Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA). FOSNA is one of several international chapters supporting the work of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a Palestinian Christian organization.

Other national sponsors

Local sponsors

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Playgrounds for Palestine-Madison, The Crossing, Bethlehem Partnership, Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ, Memorial United Church of Christ Fitchburg, Pilgrims of Ibillin, the American Friends Service Committee of the Madison Friends’ Meeting, Amnesty International Group 139, Madison; Colombia Support Network, Families for Justice, First Unitarian Society, Groundwork, Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison, Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability; Peregrine Forum, Prairie Unitarian Universalists Society Social Action, Racial Justice Tipping Point, Students for Justice in Palestine-UW Madison, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Madison, and the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition.

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Delegation on Incarceration, Detention, and Political Prisoners




LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAY 2017 DELEGATION!

May 13 – 26, 2017

Incarceration, Detention, and Political Prisoners
Interfaith Peace-Builders
Co-Sponsored by Defense for Children International – Palestine

This delegation is your chance to explore Palestinian and Israeli efforts to achieve peace with justice and delve deeper into the issues of detention and incarceration, the Israeli military court system, and political prisoners.

Connect with leaders of the No Way To Treat A Child Campaign and gain knowledge and resources to organize against child detention and related issues. As with all IFPB delegations, you will also meet additional Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice as well as visit many impotant historical sites.

Get updates about this delegation, including how to apply to join, financial aid, and how we’ll support your advocacy after this life-changing experience.

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TAKE ACTION: Congress to Vote on Pro-Settlement Resolution!

Josh Ruebner, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, 04 January 2017

By now you’ve probably heard that President Obama—after waiting eight years and watching Israel’s settler population increase by more than 100,000—finally did something about Israel’s unrelenting colonization of Palestinian land.

On December 23, the United States abstained on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which reiterated that Israeli settlement activity “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” This abstention allowed the resolution to pass, 14-0.

The resolution is consistent with fifty years of stated bipartisan US opposition to Israeli settlements and recapitulates the international community’s longstanding consensus on this issue. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the resolution “does not break new ground.

Nevertheless, some Members of Congress are indignant that the Obama administration allowed the resolution to pass, even though it doesn’t even threaten to sanction Israel if it refuses to comply.

Tomorrow, as one of its very first acts of business in the new 115th Congress, the House of Representatives will vote on H.Res.11 objecting to UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and the Obama administration’s abstention.

And from what we’re hearing, the Senate will soon be voting on its own version of a similar resolution.

Call your Members of Congress right now and urge them to oppose these Congressional resolutions, which are designed to protect and promote Israel’s illegal colonization of Palestinian land.

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