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The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

2011


  • Please do this today. Atfaluna Society for the Deaf is one of our crafts suppliers as well. Middle East Children’s Alliance, 19 November 2011 Every holiday season, the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Joining Hands sponsors a bazaar of Palestinian crafts and goods. Throughout each year, we spend time building relationships with creative and…


  • Supporting the Next Generation of Unarmed Resisters Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 pm in Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall, Edgewood College Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm on the UW-Madison campus (see Today in the Union) The past year has seen a tremendous resurgence of unarmed revolt throughout North Africa and the Middle East as millions…


  • Palestine: Past, Present and Future Ilan Pappé Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 1948-1967" Tuesday, November 15, 7pm, 2650 Humanities "Squaring the Circle: the Failure of the Middle East Peace Process" Wednesday, November 16, 7pm, 2650 Humanities Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public Thursday, November 17,…


  • You are invited to view the photo exhibit “Windows into Gaza” at Edgewood College’s Sonderegger Hall in Madison from Sept. 24 to October 6. A formal opening program for the exhibit will take place on Monday, September 26 from 6 to 7 pm at Sonderegger Hall. The program will include remarks by UW Professor Joe…


  • As part of the annual World Music Festival sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate and others, an innovative, exciting new film will have its Madison premier. Cultures of Resistance explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice on a world-wide scale. As a celebration of cultural diversity,…


  • Passengers Determined to Free Captain and Set Sail Again U.S. to Gaza, July 2, 2011 Contacts: In Athens 30-694-266-3852 In New York Leslie Cagan, 347-581-1782 After a two hour stand off at sea, the U.S. Boat to Gaza The Audacity of Hope was seized by the Greek Coast Guard and forced to return to the…


  • I want to begin by thanking the members of AIPAC the Jewish Zionist community who are here tonight. I am glad that they decided to set aside time to express solidarity with the people of Palestine. I know that you will listen to the tapes and view the recordings of my remarks tonight and you…


  • Dear Members and Friends of MRSCP, Here is a special request regarding the upcoming Freedom Flotilla 2, the second effort to break the siege of Gaza by sea which will be heading to Gaza in the next few days. This time, there is a U.S. Boat, The Audacity of Hope, participating in the Flotilla. Please…


  • Progressive Radio News Hour, Jun 12th, 2011 Jennifer Loewenstein teaches at the University of Wisconsin and is Associate Director of its Middle East Studies Program. She’s also a board member of the Israeli Coalition against House Demolitions-USA branch, founder of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, and a freelance journalist. Libya, Occupied Palestine and other Middle…


  • Joe Klein, Time, May 26, 2011 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington on May 24, 2011 [Jason Reed / EPA] Of all the petty annoyances, misdemeanors and felonies of public life, there is none that Barack Obama detests more than to have his words twisted or oversimplified. It…


  • Commercial traffic to pass through border points with Israel Adel Zaanoun, Agence France Presse, 28 May 2011 RAFAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel. Among…


  • The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) was started in 2003 by a group of concerned citizens in Madison, Wisconsin and Rafah, Palestine. The goals of the project include building wider public awareness of issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and lasting person-to-person relationships between people in the U.S. and in Palestine. MRSCP is…


  • ‘I can continue defending you to the hilt, but if you give me nothing to work with, even America can’t save you.’ HELENE COOPER, The New York Times, May 22, 2011 WASHINGTON — President Obama struck back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group on Sunday, defending…


  • Mr. Netanyahu Explains, Jeff Danziger, May 22, 2011


  • EVENT INFORMATION Sat, May 14, 2011 1:00 – 3:00 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church 322 East Washington Ave Madison, WI Background: On September 24, the FBI raided the homes and offices of peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. They seized computers, phones, documents and other personal items. The FBI has also been contacting other activists…


  • Anderson Auditorium Edgewood College Madison 7:00 pm A one-person drama based on the writings of Father Elias Chacour. You who live in the United States, if you are pro-Israel, on behalf of the Palestinian children I call unto you: give further friendship to Israel. They need your friendship. But stop interpreting that friendship as an…


  • MATC Downtown Education Center 211 N. Carroll Street, Room D240 Madison [Map] 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Ziad Abbas will speak on Water and Solidarity with Palestine. He will discuss Palestine’s water crisis in the broader context of ongoing displacement, military occupation, and the current political events in the Arab world. He will tell you…


  • National Lawyers’ Guild Regional Conference Panels University of Wisconsin Law School 975 Bascom Mall, Madison 3:00 – 4:15 pm: Piecing Together Peace: Countering Israeli Apartheid Through Action Featuring Jennifer Loewenstein, UW Professor, and a speaker from Minnesota’s Break the Bonds Campaign, an organization calling for the state of Minnesota to support the breaking of economic…


  • 4 – 5:30 pm Room 336, Ingraham Hall UW-Madison [Map] Ziad Abbas will speak on “Palestine amid the Arab World Uprising: Facts on the Ground and Prospects for the Future”. A Palestinian whose family was uprooted from Zakariah in 1948, Ziad Abbas will discuss his experiences growing up under Israeli Occupation. He will discuss the…


  • Cash bar/socializing 5:30 pm Dinner 6:00 pm Program 7 – 9 pm Bunky’s Cafe 2425 Atwood Avenue Madison [Map] Film: One Family in Gaza Speaker: Ziad Abbas of the Middle East Children’s Alliance This year’s dinner will be a benefit for the MAIA clean water project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). The program…


  • Cindy & Craig Corrie: March 16, 2011 Statement from Johan Genberg on Vimeo.


  • 122 State St, Room 407 6:30 pm Palestine History Series continues: “1948 and Its Aftermath: the Palestinian Refugees, the Early Years of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” will be discussed. Free and sponsored by the Peregrine Forum. For more info, call 442-8399.


  • Thursday, March 17 Noon Ziad Abbas will be the guest on WORT radio’s A Public Affair call-in show with host Allen Ruff. A Palestinian whose family was uprooted from Zakariah in 1948, Ziad Abbas will discuss his experiences growing up under Israeli Occupation. The call-in number is 256-2001. You can also listen live on-line at…


  • Amy Goodman in Madison Democracy Now! Executive Producer Amy Goodman and Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous will speak on “Uprisings: from the Middle East to the Midwest” at the Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street, Madison at 7pm. The event is a benefit for WORT 89.9FM and in solidarity with Wisconsin workers. Sharif Abdel Kouddous has…


  • Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 29 January 2011 We are in the middle of a political earthquake in the Arab world and the ground has still not stopped shaking. To make predictions when events are so fluid is risky, but there is no doubt that the uprising in Egypt — however it ends — will…


  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm RSVP to dwallbaum (at) gmail.com Afternoon dessert reception with Medea Benjamin of Code Pink. Come and help us raise funds for our second Gaza water filters project, meet Medea and discuss her experiences in Gaza. This event is at a private residence in Madison. To attend, please RSVP to dwallbaum (at)…


  • Gal Lugossi will also be a guest on WORT Radio’s A Public Affair with host Esty Dinur, beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 12. UW-Madison Humanities, Room 1651 455 N Park St [Map] 7:00 pm Israeli conscientious objector and activist Gal Lugossi is a member of the Shministim war resisters. She is on a…


  • 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…