Tag: refugees

  • May 22, 2024
    Music for Gaza Relief at the Bur Oak

    The Bur Oak [Map] 2262 Winnebago St, Madison Doors open at 7 pm, music at 8 Grassroots to Gaza presents a night of music for humanitarian aid to Gaza, featuring: Moonboot, The Takeaways, and 20 Minute Mission. Suggested $10 donation. All proceeds go to Middle East Children’s Alliance for immediate humanitarian assistance to Gaza. Sponsored…


  • April 14, 2024: Commemorating the Life of Rachel Corrie 📌

    Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St, Madison 1:30-3:30 pm Free & open to all Donations to Middle East Children’s Alliance welcome Music by Ensemble Shamaali, featuring Oud, Drum and Flute Join us for Madison’s annual event honoring the life of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, WA. She was crushed to death…


  • A humanitarian catastrophe

    The U.S. calls on Israel to prevent civilian casualties while continuing to supply weapons for it TESNIM ZEKERIA AND JUDD LEGUM, POPULAR INFORMATION, APR 03, 2024 Palestinians are standing next to a vehicle in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on April 2, 2024, where employees from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), including foreigners,…


  • April 5, 2024
    Palestinian Children’s Day Vigil

    April 5th is Palestinian Children’s Day! Bring signs and wear your kuffiyas to commemorate Palestinian children killed by Israel. Call on your representatives to stop this war on children. Event by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project


  • Hot meals. Community. Dignity. Income.

    The team at Atfaluna’s Inclusive Kitchen package hot meals to distribute to displaced families in Gaza In December Israel bombed and torched the building of the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza City, one of MECA’s long-time partners. About sixteen soldiers posed for a photo in front of the burning building as if they…


  • One-Third of Children Under 2 in Northern Gaza Now Acutely Malnourished

    Muhammad, 11-year-old and Reham, 9-year-old, stand in front of one of the food distribution centers in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Abed Zagout/UNICEF) “Malnutrition among children is spreading fast and reaching devastating and unprecedented levels in the Gaza Strip due to the wide-reaching impacts of the war and ongoing restrictions on aid delivery,”…


  • The Only Barrier to Delivering Gaza Aid Is Israel

    Aid Worker in Gaza: The U.S. Must Pressure Its Ally MARCH 12, 2024 This is viewer supported news. Please do your part today. DONATE GUESTS Yousef Hammash advocacy officer in Gaza for the Norwegian Refugee Council Francesca Albanese United Nations special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territory. LINKS Norwegian Refugee Council Palestinians in Gaza marked…


  • Canada, Sweden resume UNRWA funding

    CIA chief meets Mossad head for talks Kelsey Ables, Adela Suliman, Cate Brown, and Itay Stern, Washington Post, March 9, 2024 A Palestinian looks at a damaged al-Masry Tower on Saturday after an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Loay Ayyoub for The Washington Post) Sweden and Canada are resuming funding to…


  • Israel hits landmark residential tower as truce talks stall

    Israel hits one of the largest residential towers in Rafah with air raid, displacing hundreds who fled the building. A Palestinian boy sits outside the building residential building, which was hit by an Israeli attack in Rafah, Gaza Strip, early on Saturday [Hatem Ali/AP Photo] Al Jazeera, 9 Mar 2024 Israeli forces have struck one…


  • On International Women’s Day We Mourn the 9,000+ Palestinian Women Killed

    We suffer from violence, from sadness, from injustice, from humiliation, from the hardest forms of torture at the hands of the occupation. … My wish on International Women’s Day is for this war not to get repeated. — Aya, refugee camp, Rafah, Gaza, Palestine Women in Gaza living and dying under Israel’s genocidal attacks are…


  • “What I Witnessed in Gaza Is a Holocaust,” Part 1

    Palestinian Writer Susan Abulhawa MARCH 06, 2024 GUESTS Susan Abulhawa Palestinian novelist, poet and activist LINKS Playgrounds for Palestine “Mornings in Jenin” Palestine Writes Literature Festival “History will record that Israel committed a holocaust” We speak with Palestinian novelist, poet and activist Susan Abulhawa, who is in Cairo and just returned from two weeks in…


  • “Language Is Inadequate” to Describe the Horror, Part 2

    Back from Gaza, Palestinian Writer Susan Abulhawa MARCH 06, 2024 GUESTS Susan Abulhawa Palestinian novelist, poet and activist. Palestinian novelist, poet and activist Susan Abulhawa joins us for Part 2 of her interview from Cairo after two weeks in Gaza. She discusses the impact of “unlimited weaponry” supplied by the United States for Israel to…


  • PCHR on the Flour Massacre

    ‘Flour Massacre’: Impunity Persists as Israeli Forces Open Fire On Starving Palestinians Seeking Vital Aid The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), @AlMezanCenter , and @alhaq_org condemn in the strongest terms the “flour massacre” committed by the #Israeli… pic.twitter.com/fvXWYUYqqz — Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – PCHR (@pchrgaza) March 1, 2024 Full Statement


  • We will starve you or kill you

    Israel is making it clear to Palestinians in Gaza: We will starve you to death or we will kill you when you try to get food. At dawn this morning, as hundreds of desperately hungry people gathered in Gaza City in hopes of getting a sack of flour from the few aid trucks that Israel…


  • The Biden Administration Joins Israel’s War on UNRWA

    Following Washington’s lead, key US allies have cut funding for the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine—making them all complicit in genocide. PHYLLIS BENNIS, THE NATION, FEBRUARY 28, 2024 SHARE A group of Palestinian children is pictured at a school run by UNWRA a in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on February…


  • Six Days to Go!

    Online Auction to Benefit Gaza Relief closes February 29 Plus, an online donation campaign update from MECA Don’t miss your chance to bid on these great donated items. (If you have already bid, you might want to check your preferred item(s) to see where you stand.) Among the choices are lots of great gift certificates…


  • An update about MECA’s work in Gaza

    Children in Deir El-Balah (central Gaza Strip) enjoying hot meals from one of our community kitchens It’s been a while since we sent you an update about MECA’s work in Gaza. When you see the news getting more terrible every day you may wonder if we’re able to do very much at all. In fact,…


  • February 24, 2024
    Reading of Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine

    Kismet Books 101 N. Main Street, Verona 10:30 am


  • Egypt Building Camp in Sinai to Absorb Palestinian Refugees

    Israel will likel try to push Palestinians from Rafah into the camp Dave DeCamp, Defend Democracy Press, February 15, 2024 Egypt is building an 8-square-mile walled enclosure in the Sinai Desert near Gaza to prepare for an influx of Palestinian refugees as Israel is vowing to launch an assault on Rafah, which borders Egypt and…


  • Satellite photos show Egypt building Gaza wall as Israel’s Rafah push looms

    Despite its opposition to displacement of Palestinians, Cairo appears to be preparing for a scenario forced by Israel.   A satellite image shows the construction of a wall along the Egypt-Gaza border near Rafah on February 15, 2024 [Maxar Technologies/Handout via Reuters] AL JAZEERA,  16 Feb 2024 Egypt is building a fortified buffer zone near…


  • ‘Unbelievable fear’: Hundreds flee Gaza’s Rafah amid Israeli attacks

    Some 1.4 million Palestinians have been sheltering in a 64sq km (25sq miles) area, hoping for safety that has not materialised. Rights groups have warned that civilians have nowhere to go to escape Israeli bombardment. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera] Abdelhakim Abu Riash, Al Jazeera, 13 Feb 2024 Hundreds of Palestinians are fleeing Gaza’s southernmost city…


  • February 14, 2024
    Launching a year-long Grassroots for Gaza aid campaign

    with a Valentines Day to Leap Year Silent Auction Gaza is now the deadliest place in the world for civilians. The need for massive emergency aid is second only to the need for a permanent ceasefire. Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is responding with the Grassroots for Gaza campaign: a year of fundraising for aid to…


  • February 14, 2024
    Show Gaza Some Love

    ❤️ Our silent online auction ❤️ starts Valentines day at noon and ends February 29 at 5 pm. 100% of the proceeds will go immediately to Middle East Children’s Alliance to provide emergency food, water, shelter and medical care in Gaza. The auction is free and open to the public. View items now and start…


  • ONLINE PETITIONS

    Minnesota Twin Cities Vets for Peace protesting PBS lack of Gaza coverage Petitions to Unfreeze UNRWA Funding for Starving and Dehydrated Gaza AFSC to Congress  Peace Action ADC to Secretary of State Blinken Background on UNRWA and its work.


  • A deaf Gazan man explains the current situation in Rafah

    Times of Gaza, Jan 25, 2024 A deaf Gazan man explains the current situation in Rafah displacement camps A deaf Gazan man explains the current situation in Rafah displacement camps pic.twitter.com/tguTFWFUIm — TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) January 25, 2024 The Atfaluna Society for the Deaf, a children’s school and adult crafts workshop, was destroyed by…


  • Israel is starving Gaza

    “There are no greens, fruit and dairy products here like I had before. Prices are very high because of the food shortage in the markets, so instead of three meals a day, we’ve gone down to one or two. My four-year-old has osteoporosis and needs to drink milk every day, but now I can’t get…


  • January 11, 2024
    Josh Ruebner: “Palestinian Nakbas: from Truman to Biden”

    Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, Inc. Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM CST Livestream Josh Ruebner is a leading US Middle East policy analyst. He has worked at the Congressional Research Service, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and American Muslims for Palestine.…


  • Project Immigration Justice for Palestinians (Project IJP)

    In response to the devastating and horrific humanitarian crisis and genocide in Gaza, the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) — in collaboration with organizations and attorneys across the country — has launched Project Immigration Justice for Palestinians (Project IJP). Project IJP seeks to provide humanitarian immigration support and assistance to Palestinians here and abroad.  A…


  • Catastrophic Shortage of Food in Gaza

    Starvation as a Weapon of War Thalif Deen, IPS UN Bureau, December 22, 2023 Displaced families in a school in Gaza. 21 December 2023 (WFP/Arete/Abood al Sayd) UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 2023 (IPS) — As the killings of civilians in Gaza rose to over 20,000, the besieged city—which has been virtually reduced to rubble by…


  • Special End-of-Year Appeal

    Palestinian children take shelter at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in the city of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza, on November 15. – Mohammed Talatene/picture-alliance/dpa/APLess (from “We Have the Right to Live,” CNN, Dec. 14, 2023.) As the end of the…


  • ‘Hellfire’ and chaos in Rafah tests Biden’s opposition to displacement

    Biden administration pushes for ‘low intensity’ conflict as displacement out of desperation becomes a greater reality for Palestinians A man carries a child injured during Israeli bombardment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on 14 December 2023 (AFP) Sean Mathews, Middle East Eye, 15 December 2023 Biden’s public pledge to oppose the forced displacement…


  • In the Shadow of the Holocaust

    How the politics of memory in Europe obscures what we see in Israel and Gaza today   How two definitions of antisemitsm differ Masha Gessen, December 9, 2023 “In 1948, Hannah Arendt wrote an open letter that began, ‘Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state…


  • ‘We have the right to live.’

    Starvation, disease, and winter cold threaten the survival of displaced civilians in Gaza Sana Noor Haq and Rosa Rahimi, CNN Thu, December 14, 2023 at 11:07 AM CST·13 min read VIDEO: Makeshift camps. No electricity. A daily struggle for displaced Gazans. Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle…


  • Update: Mural at Mother Fools on Willy Street is Now a Poster

    by Erika Rosales More Mother Fools coffee shop, Willy Street, Madison  


  • Motaz Azaiza at the Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza


  • November 3, 2023
    Warda Bayda at Change Boutique

    Change Boutique (1252 Williamson St.) is proud to be hosting local artists Huda Alalawi (From Iraq) and Rukaya Qadour (from Syria) as they debut their new brand Warda Bayda (White Flower in Arabic) on Gallery Night. This brand represents a new beginning for them as refugees who have resettled in Madison. You will quickly fall…


  • Wisconsin Democrats’ silence on Gaza is predictable and unconscionable

    SCOTT GORDON, TONE MADISON, OCTOBER 18, 2023 After condemning the killing of Israeli civilians, Tammy Baldwin and others fail to oppose atrocities against Palestinians. If you’re looking for Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation or other key elected officials to show any sense of perspective and conscience amid the ongoing escalation of the Israeli-Palestine conflict—to match their rightful…


  • October 24, 2023
    Lecture on the History of Israel and Gaza

    Professor Alatout is on the faculty of the UW-Madison Department of Community & Environmental Sociology. His work is in international water policy, development, environment, and sustainability, and social theories of power and borders.  


  • No More Deaths, in Gaza or Arizona

      Español abajo This week we have seen the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip escalate to a boiling point, as Israel continues to massacre thousands of civilians. We know many of our donors care deeply about this issue, and we want you to know that we stand against the ethnic cleansing that has been…


  • Dr. Gabor Maté Speaks Out on Israel and Palestine

    Recorded in 2021. Gabor Maté CM (born January 6, 1944) is a Hungarian-Canadian physician and author. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development, trauma, and potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health including autoimmune disease, cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addictions, and a wide range of…


  • Sign Petition to Release UNRWA Food Aid to Gaza

      Washington, D.C. | adc.org | September 7, 2023 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to release the $75 million in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) food aid for Palestinian refugees currently being blocked by Senator Jim Risch (R-ID). This inhumane hold on aid is…


  • Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return

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  • Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition hosts Nelson Mandela’s grandson at launch of Nakba tour

    Sandra Whitehead, Wisconsin Muslim Journal, May 23, 2023 Photos by Mouna Photography Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, the grandson of globally respected icon of resistance against injustice Nelson Mandela, meets members of Milwaukee’s Muslim community. About 40 community and interfaith leaders joined the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition at the Islamic Resource Center in Greenfield May 15 to…


  • In First, Palestinian Displacement Commemorated at United Nations

    The event, marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians when Israel was created, was condemned by the Israeli ambassador to the world body.   Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, spoke at the event for the 75th anniversary of the Nakba at the United Nations headquarters on Monday. (Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse…


  • They tried to erase us, but they failed

    Last night, Americans for Justice Palestine (AJP Action) led a historic event alongside IMEU, Project48, AFSC, USCPR, VCHR, JVP Action, DAWN, and EMGAGE Action on Capitol Hill to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba with our partner Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Rep. Tlaib and the organizers commemorated Nakba75 on Capitol Hill with an overflowing…


  • UN World Food Programme to suspend aid to Palestinians

    Palestinians attend a gathering outside UN offices to protest a decision by World Food Program to suspend aid of around 200,000 people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, in Gaza City, May 7, 2023. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters, May 7, 2023 GAZA, May 7 (Reuters) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will…


  • Watch Farha on Netflix

    Farha tells the true story of a young Palestinian girl surviving the Nakba in 1948 by hiding in a small, locked storage room. This eye-opening and heartbreaking film is based on the experiences of a friend of writer and director Darin Sallam’s mother, and shows events tragically familiar to Palestinians around the world. Farha is…


  • Farha Vividly Depicts Palestinian History Through The Eyes Of A Teenager

    Toronto International Film Festival Review FARHA_Trailer_English subtitle from Picture Tree International on Vimeo. Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage, September 11, 2021 The text reads: Palestine, 1948. That’s all you need to know to understand what’s coming. A year earlier marked the start of the Palestinian Civil War between Jewish and Arab residents after the United…


  • Farha ‘Smear Campaign’ Targets Netflix Film Depicting Nakba

    Activists say hundreds of spam accounts are giving low ratings and bad reviews for the film on rating platforms Many of the accounts giving Farha low ratings on IMDb were newly created (TaleBox) Nadda Osman, Middle East Eye, 2 December 2022 Hundreds of spam accounts have left negative reviews of the film Farha on the…


  • Amnesty Says ICC Israel Probe Should Include ‘Crime Against Humanity of Apartheid’

    “Israel’s apartheid remains the root cause of Palestinians’ suffering,” said the group. Palestinians inspect the ruins of a collapsed building destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on August 6, 2022. (Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) JULIA CONLEY, Common Dreams, October 25, 2022 Calling for the International Criminal Court to open a…


  • “You Can Be the Last Leaf” by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat

    Maya Abu Al-Hayyat directs the Palestine Writing Workshop on the West Bank. She’ll read poems & be in conversation with poet Deema Shehabi. A Virtual Book Celebration! October 29, 2022, 1 PM CT Benefit for the Palestine Writing Workshop, Tickets $10 RSVP and share! Maya Abu Al-Hayyat is a Palestinian writer, storyteller, and mother based…


  • Gaza: The Longest Siege in Modern History

    Video recorded October 3, 2022 In 1948, the tiny Gaza Strip was cut off from the rest of historic Palestine, absorbing a huge number of Palestinian refugees who were ethnically cleansed from their ancestral lands. In 1967, it was militarily occupied by Israeli forces, its inhabitants suffering from a plethora of colonial domination techniques and…


  • Update: Back-To-School Backpacks For Rafah Kids

    135 backpacks to Rafah by MECA on our behalf More MECA photos from Gaza     The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is partnering with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) to provide back-to-school backpacks to 2000 poor children in Gaza, including Rafah and Rafah camp which suffered significant damage and casualties in the latest Israeli…


  • Seesaws Allow Children To Play Across Border

    A “Teeter-Totter Wall” conceived in 2009 to protest the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall has become reality in New Mexico. NBC News, Jul 30, 2019


  • Let’s Build A Playground in the Bordertown of Sásabe

    MRSCP is passing along an unusual opportunity to help build a playground for migrant children in the Mexico-US border town of Sásabe. We have installed similar playgrounds in Rafah and Hebron in Palestine, and we know firsthand how much these simple facilities mean to the children who use them. Infrastructure For the Youth, For the…


  • Rashida Tlaib’s historic resolution to recognize the Nakba

    Please read this letter to North Carolina’s US Congressional Representatives from VJP leadership urging them to co-sign. May 23, 2022 Dear Representative, We are Voices for Justice in Palestine, a North Carolina-based nonprofit working for a just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine. We are a nonpartisan 501c3 working with interfaith and diverse social justice partners.…


  • May 15, 2022
    Madison Nakba Rally

    This coming weekend marks 74 years since the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine that continues to this day. There will be a rally in Madison on Sunday, May 15, 1:30 pm at Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State Street. Please join us and wear your traditional Palestinian clothing and keffiyehs, and…


  • We call hypocrisy on PUMA

    Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), April 6, 2022 PUMA enacted swift measures to hold Russia accountable for its illegal weeks-long military invasion of Ukraine. Yet PUMA has been hiding behind the flimsy excuse of not getting involved in politics for years now to justify its ongoing support for Israel’s decades-long…


  • March 28, 2022
    Land Day Event by the Palestinian Feminist Collective

    Palestinian Feminist Collective Online Monday, March 28th at 4PM Pacific, 6PM Central and 7PM Eastern This event features PFC members Lila Sharif, Ayah Hamdan, Sherene Seikaly, and Noura Erakat, moderated by Selma Al-Aswad, discussing what we are fighting for — Land, Life, Love and Liberation. Held during International Women’s Month, with this event we also…


  • Navigating our Humanity: Ilan Pappé on the Four Lessons from Ukraine

    Israeli warplanes attacked hundreds of towers and civilian ‘targets’ in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle) Ilan Pappe, The Palestine Chronicle, March 4, 2022 The USA Today reported that a photo that went viral about a high-rise in the Ukraine being hit by Russian bombing turned out to be a high-rise from…


  • On Watching Ukraine Through Palestinian Eyes

    The rightful outpouring of support for Ukraine teaches us that the West can condemn occupation when it wants to Civilians are seen at the train station attempting to head west from Kyiv, Ukraine on March 2, 2022, amid Russian attacks. (Wolfgang Schwan / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Yousef Munayyer, The Nation, March 4, 2022…


  • Yemen: ¡Presente!

    While the world is focused on the war in Ukraine, another vicious and devastating war grinds on with no end in sight in Yemen, creating what is likely the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today.Some months ago Tuesday, March 1 was designated as another national day of protest to call for an end to…


  • Update: August 28, 2021
    Sidewalk Sale of Palestinian Crafts!

    The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Palestine Partners successful yard sale during the Orton-Front Festival (above). If you missed it and want to buy Palestinian crafts or yard signs you can still contact rafahsistercity@yahoo.com or visit Palestine Partners. August 28, 10 am to 4 pm outside 1820 Rutledge St, Madison [Map] Madison-Rafah Sister City Project…


  • August 26, 2021
    Mona Hajjar Halaby Book Launch

    In My Mother’s Footsteps Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) More information and registration


  • July 1 & 14, 2021
    VIRTUAL DELEGATIONS TO RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP

    Eyewitness Palestine Join us for a Virtual Delegation to the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip with We Are Not Numbers, Palestinian youth telling the human stories behind the numbers in the news. The camp was established in 1949 and is now home to more than 125,304 refugees according to United Nations Relief and…


  • UNRWA USA’S Virtual Gaza 5K & Art Auction

    Announcing the First-Ever Nationwide Virtual Gaza 5K+Digital Festival Art Auction! Everyone’s mental health is being tested as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we won’t all suffer the same. From the United States to Palestine, no person should have to suffer constant distress. And while the global pandemic has caused events, travel, and even…


  • May 14-15, 2020
    Key to Justice: Ending the ongoing Palestinian Nakba

    Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), 5/11/20 #KeyToJustice Webinar – May 14, 4 PM Palestine time: Rafeef Ziadah, Marta Ill and Rey Perez Asis will discuss the connections between the Palestinian struggle to end the ongoing Nakba and the struggles of millions of refugees, migrants and those struggling for adequate housing worldwide, particularly during the pandemic.…


  • Oppose the Israeli Annexation of Palestinian Land

    This is a new group in the LaCrosse area that is becoming more active on Palestinian issues. Please consider signing and circulating this petition. COULEE REGION COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS, 3/6/20 To: Our elected officials From: [Your Name] We urgently oppose the threatened annexation by Israel of Palestinian land in the West Bank. Israel has…


  • March 6-7, 2020
    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: REFUGEES IN/FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

    Policy Implications, Education, and Artistic Representations   Pyle Center 720 Langdon St UW-Madison   This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from the social sciences and humanities who examine forced migration within the context of the Middle East. Conference Program Friday, March 6, 4 to 6 pm Mohamad Hafez Keynote Lecture “HOMELAND inSECURITY” Nancy Nicholas Hall (co-sponsored…


  • What Valentine’s Day Means in Gaza, Palestine

    Hani and his uncle and daughter in front of an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip UNRWA USA, February 7, 2020 Hani Almadhoun is UNRWA USA’s new Director of Philanthropy. Though he now lives in Virginia with his wife and daughters, he grew up in the Gaza Strip. Hani’s father was an UNRWA teacher in…


  • Now – March 15, 2020
    Exhibit: Unpacked: Refugee Baggage

    Including Palestinian textiles provided by MRSCP Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, Room 1235 School of Human Ecology 1300 Linden Drive, UW-Madison “UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage” seeks to humanize the word “refugee.” This multimedia exhibit features the sculptures of Mohamad Hafez, a Syrian-born, Connecticut-based artist and architect who re-creates war-torn domestic interiors within suitcases. Each piece is based…


  • Rep. Mark Pocan on Trump’s Peace Plan

    A peace plan without Palestinian voices is no plan at all. It's a unilateral attempt to continue on a path towards instability in the Middle East, led by @realDonaldTrump and @netanyahu. Any plan must center freedom for both Palestinians & Israelis. Anything less is injustice. https://t.co/6VSvmQ5GRn — Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) January 27, 2020 Progressives…


  • January 12, 2020
    Building Bridges and Border Presentation

    Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees 502 Mark Drive Verona, WI 6:30 – 9 pm Family Diversity Projects‘ photo-text exhibit shares the stories of immigrants and refugees who have arrived in the U.S. from all over the world. The Jan. 12 reception features a presentation by members of Plymouth UCC who participated in a mission immersion…


  • The U.N. once predicted Gaza would be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020. Two million people still live there.

    The shoreline in Gaza City during strong winds on Christmas Day (Mohammed Abed-AFP-Getty Images) Hazem Balousha and Miriam Berger, The Washington Post, January 1, 2020 GAZA CITY — Jana Tawil was born in 2012, the same year that the United Nations released an alarm-raising report on the state of the Gaza Strip: If the prevailing…


  • Desperate work for desperate people

    A man carries steel bars with bare hands in a yard filled with scrap metal. (Mohammed Al-Hajjar) Amjad Ayman Yaghi, The Electronic Intifada, 15 October 2019 On 5 May, Israeli airplanes struck targets in Gaza. The bombings came with the usual tragic consequences: 25 Palestinains were killed, among them 14 civilians. Four Israeli civilians also…


  • He got into Harvard. And now he finally got into the United States.

    Ismail Ajjawi, a Harvard freshman who said he was was denied U.S. entry because of his friends’ social media postings, arrived in Boston in time for the start of classes. He is pictured in his home near the El Buss refugee camp in Lebanon. (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) JAWEED KALEEM, Los Angeles Times,…


  • Harvard freshman denied entry at Logan Airport by immigration officials

    Posts by friends on social media were critical of the United States Deirdre Fernandes, Boston Globe, August 27, 2019 A 17-year-old Palestinian student en route to Harvard University to begin his freshman year was denied entry to the United States at Logan Airport last weekend, heightening fears that the Trump administration’s restrictive immigration policy is…


  • Why some Palestinians are backing Trump’s peace push

    A growing number of Palestinians want a ‘one state, equal rights’ model and think Trump may unwittingly pave the way for it. Palestinian youths climb a section of Israel’s wall near the West Bank. | Abbas Momani/Getty Images NAHAL TOOSI, POLITICO, 05/21/2019 Some prominent Palestinian activists and politicians are quietly rooting for Jared Kushner as…


  • I co-founded the BDS movement. Why was I denied entry to the US?

    With this denial of entry, Israel appears to have once again enlisted the Trump administration to do its bidding “Palestinians are now helplessly anticipating a far-right Israeli tsunami that will wipe out whatever rights we have left.” (Photograph: Nasser Nasser/AP) Omar Barghouti, The Guardian, 16 Apr 2019 Last Wednesday, as I was preparing to depart…


  • Ahmed Abu Artema on the Palestinian Great March of Return

    “The only possible option for them is to continue knocking on the walls of their prison with the hope that the world will hear them.” Ahmed Abu Artema has organized the Great March of Return in protest of Israel’s blockade on Gaza. (Hosney Salah) Esty Dinur, The Progressive, April 11, 2019 Ahmed Abu Artema is…


  • April 22, 2019
    71 Years Without a Country

    The 2019 North America Nakba Tour comes to Madison UW-Madison Red Gym, On Wisconsin room 716 Langdon St 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Mariam Fathalla was just 18 years old in 1948 when her 4,000 year old village was leveled and she was forced to flee Palestine along with hundreds of thousands of others to…


  • First Anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege

    Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Civilians and Wound 364 Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Ref: 50/2019, March 30, 2019 On Saturday, 30 March 2019, in excessive use of force against the peaceful protesters in the 1st anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including…


  • April 22, 2019
    North America Nakba Tour

    UW-Madison Campus (time & location to follow) MRSCP and UW Students for Justice in Palestine will be co-sponsoring a Madison appearance of the 2019 North America Nakba Tour featuring Um Akram (Mariam Fathalla), an 89-year-old Palestinian refugee, and Amena ElAshkar, a fourth-generation refugee, both from Lebanon. 2019 North America Nakba Tour 71 Years Without a…


  • 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


  • March 7, 2019
    Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood

    Goodman Public Library 2222 S Park St, Madison 6:30 pm Peace and Justice Book Club discusses Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat. In this memoir set in Ramallah following the 1967 Six-Day War, Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war – fear and…


  • 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.


  • Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza

    In this January 16, 2019 photo Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid, 29, works on one of his origami sculptures in his house in Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the…


  • On the 39th Friday

    The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege Israeli Forces Kill 3 and Wound 115 Other Civilians Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ref: 138/2018, 21 December 2018 On Friday evening, 21 December 2018, Israeli forces Killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a person with a mobility impairment, and wounded 115 other civilians,…


  • U.S.-Mexico Border: An Israeli Tech Laboratory

    Migrants running from tear gas fired by American border agents near the fence at Tijuana. (Credit: Hannah Mckay/Reuters) Brittany Dawson, PALESTINE SQUARE, December 6, 2018 When hundreds of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, in late November, planning to claim asylum in the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed the San Ysidro…


  • The Palestinian Right of Return

    November 29, 2018 Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Over 7 million Palestinians are refugees – scattered around the globe. In the face of incredible hardship and oppression, Palestinians continue to demand the implementation of their rights – including the right to return to their homes from which they were…


  • Baldwin Signs Letter on Palestinian Aid Cuts

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  • House Democrats Condemn Trump’s Actions Against the Palestinian People

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2018 House Democrats Condemn Trump Administration’s Actions Harming the Palestinian People WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s recent actions harming the Palestinian…


  • UNRWA Crisis: Beyond Dollars and Cents

    Zaha Hassan, Palestine Square | Institute for Palestine Studies, August 3, 2018 “Continuing services to refugees is a right, not a handout.” This was the message last week of one of the thousands in Gaza who came out to protest the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) decision to not renew 154 employment contracts in…


  • A Vengeful and Shortsighted Act

    Palestinians waiting to cross the border to Egypt in May. (Adel Hana/Associated Press) New York Times Editorial, September 1, 2018 The Trump administration has offered various explanations for cutting aid to the Palestinians and stopping all contributions to the United Nations agency that supports five million Palestinian refugees: They need to learn to help themselves.…


  • Wishing away Palestinian refugees: End of US’ UNRWA aid explained

    ‘Doomsday scenario’ could unfold unless Palestinian agency replaces US funding within 30 days, spokesperson says. Al Jazeera, 01 Sep 2018 The UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) has called the decision by the Trump administration to no longer commit funding “deeply regrettable” and “shocking”. Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief Works and Agency, said…


  • July 22, 2018
    Community Immigration Law Center Presentation

    1:00 pm First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive, Madison First Unitarian Society and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim invite you to attend a program on July 22 at FUS to learn how you can help members of our Madison community who have immigration difficulties. Lawyers from the Community Immigration Law Center, which operates a free clinic…


  • Supreme Court Upholds Muslim Ban

    Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawai’i, June 26, 2018 Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s…


  • Why I March in Gaza

    Palestinian demonstrators on a sand plateau during clashes with Israeli forces last Friday east of Gaza City. Residents of Gaza are mounting a series of protests called the Great Return March. (Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) Fadi Abu Shammalah, New York Times, April 27, 2018 KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Early in the morning…


  • May 2, 2018
    Memorializing 70 Years of Occupation

    UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine Rescheduled from April 27. Stop by to see UW SJP’s display memorializing 70 years of occupation and devastation that stills continues today in Palestine. We will be handing out literature and you can find out how you can get involved in the cause. Hope to see you all there!