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Year: 2022

  • 2022 has been the deadliest year for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in decades. We kept a record of all those who were killed by Israeli state and settler violence. […]

  • You are invited to join our Tuesday CODEPINK CONGRESS Calling Party to talk with special guests about what’s happening in Palestine and efforts to end US complicity in Israeli crimes. Chat […]

  • Dear Friends of MRSCP, We hope you will consider contributing to our year-end fundraising drive to renovate and repair a family home located in the Tal al Sultan neighborhood of […]

  • What are we – anti-colonial Israelis, Jews of conscience and international supporters of Palestinian rights – going to do about it? Jeff Halper, ICAHD, 16 December 2022 Benjamin Netanyahu, due […]

  • December 24, 2022 In this time of Hanukkah, while Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days, the Palestinian village of Sfai in the desert of Masafer […]

  • Credit…Illustration by Rebecca Chew/The New York Times; photograph by Dan Balilty for The New York Times Re “The Ideal of Democracy in Israel Is in Jeopardy” (editorial, Dec. 18): As […]

  • Complaint from Israeli lawfare group prompts investigation over student group challenging Zionism MICHAEL ARRIA, MONDOWEISS, DECEMBER 16, 2022 Members of UC Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine on Sproul Plaza. […]

  • Jesus was born here. So where have all the Palestinian Christians gone? Dena Takruri goes to Bethlehem to find out. Dena Takruri is a journalist, Senior Presenter on AJ+, and […]

  • Palestine has won people’s hearts and captivated the world’s attention — and its team isn’t even playing. YUMNA PATEL, MONDOWEISS, DECEMBER 9, 2022 MOROCCAN NATIONAL TEAM UNFURLS PALESTINIAN FLAG AFTER […]

  • Salah Hamouri

    Salah Hamouri photographed by Alain Bachellier Jonathan Kuttab, Friends of Sabeel North America, December 9, 2022 Salah Hamouri is a Palestinian human rights lawyer, from Jerusalem, who has just been […]

  • The transformation of Israeli leftists into dissidents is a reminder that no one is safe from the attempts to turn the ‘wrong kind’ of Jews into enemies. Edo Konrad, +972 […]

  • Move constitutes a war crime Medjool, 2022-12-18 Ramallah, 18 December 2022 Today, Sunday, 18 December, the Israeli settler-colonial authorities are unlawfully deporting French-Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender Salah Hammouri from […]

  • Palestinians say the worrying trend will only worsen as right-wing extremists make their home in Israel’s new government. YUMNA PATEL, MONDOWEISS, DECEMBER 15, 2022 Israeli security forces deploy amid altercations […]

  • Zoom 11:30 am Central Alarming developments in coalition agreements and promised ministerial appointments following the Israeli elections in November have left many of us rightfully worried about the future of […]

  • Digital Webinar: Christmas in Palestine! December 18, 12 noon Central Green Olive Tours sponsors a panel discussion featuring Christian Palestinian perspectives on liberation and theology. Join members of Sabeel, the […]

  • Legal experts fear Israel’s deportation of Salah Hammouri could set a precedent for similar moves against Palestinians holding foreign citizenship Salah Hammouri’s mother (left), alongside Attorney Leah Tsemel (center) and […]

  • The Israeli-controlled checkpoint in Hebron (Bab al Zawiyah) divides Palestinians in their city. (Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for The Washington Post) A new weapon on the right side of the checkpoint can […]

  • Film offers most detailed account yet of journalist’s killing by Israeli army, including video of moments surrounding shooting Colleagues and friends react as the Palestinian flag-draped body of Shireen Abu […]

  • I’d like to you to meet Mahmoud and Emily, a Palestinian and foreigner couple who are thinking about taking the next big step in their relationship together. Watch “Love Under […]

  • Join CODEPINK and Meera Shah of Palestine Legal on Zoom December 14th at 2pm ET/11am PT for an important and timely call on recent anti-BDS legislation and its impacts on […]

  • Morocco becomes first Arab nation to make it to the last eight of international soccer tournament Morocco’s players celebrate with a Palestinian flag at the end of the Qatar 2022 […]

  •   Palestinian Artist, Poet, and Filmmaker Lina Abojaradeh asks What country in the world intentionally shoots football players in the legs and knees? Join the movement and visit Kick Out […]

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  • The Mask Is Off

    The newly elected Netanyahu government will include bigoted, intolerant, and violence-advocating ministers Dr. James J. Zogby, Arab American Institute, December 5, 2022 Since its founding, Political Zionism has had two […]

  • The Abu Rayya tragedy is a direct result of the blockade, as frequent power cuts have forced families in Gaza to use alternative fuel sources to fight the dark, often […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Online Film & Panel Discussion 2:00 pm Central So many people travel, take tours, and make pilgrimages to the “Holy Land” each year. What are the ethical, political, and personal […]

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Memorial United Church of Christ 5705 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg This will be the 18th year of selling crafts and cookies to support a full-year scholarship […]

  • Walk: 4:30 pm, meet at the Memorial Union; bring Palestinian flags, wear your kuffiyehs and the red, white, black and green colors of Palestine. Film Night: 6:30 pm in Grainger […]

  • A Public Affair 89.9 FM at 12:00 pm Listen Live Esty Dinur on A Public Affair this Friday has guests Iman Abid of US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Haggai […]

  • In keeping with the Jewish practice of tokhehah, which could be translated as “calling-in,” we are asking you to recognize and redress the damage that these responses have caused. This […]

  • A fundraiser by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project Our goal is to raise $10,064 to renovate a family apartment in the Tal al Sultan neighborhood of Rafah, where in 2005 […]

  • More at Students for Justice in Palestine UW-Madison

  • Widely regarded as the most blessed time of the year, Palestinian families in Gaza wait all year for the olive harvest season. A Boy in the Shahin Family Helps His […]

  • My Aunt #ShireenAbuAkleh

    It’s been six months since my aunt #ShireenAbuAkleh was killed, and yet there has been no #JusticeforShireen May your beautiful soul rest in peace my shushu🕊️🤍 pic.twitter.com/6EFlpu8At3 — Lareen Abu […]

  • Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire book cover. (Photo: AFSC) American Friends Service Committee, Sep 27, 2022 11/17/22 update: WORT’s Gil Halsted talks with Yousef Aljamal and Asmaa Abu […]

  • The men’s World Cup starts in just a few days.  The world will turn its attention to the largest sporting event on the planet.  Major sporting events, organized by corrupt […]

  • Sometimes there is a moment of hope.  Please join me this Thursday at 4:30 pm CT to hear how we are redefining development housing in Gaza starting with 20 homes […]

  • As salaamu alaykum,  Marvel Studios is out of touch. They’ve announced a new film featuring an Israeli Mossad agent named Sabra. Mossad agents are notorious for carrying out targeted assassinations […]

  • Americans for Justice in Palestine (AJP Action) welcomes the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement that the FBI will be conducting an independent investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu […]

  • Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called the FBI decision “a grave mistake” and said Israel will refuse to cooperate. “The IDF conducted an independent and professional investigation. I have made […]

  • Some in D.C. express concern about Netanyahu’s coalition, but little is done about tax-exempt U.S. support of Israel’s far right. Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israeli far-right lawmaker and the head of the […]

  • Dear Friends, The Israeli army showed up and closed our community center! The house belongs to Human Rights Defender Issa Amro, who is now left alone and isolated while under […]

  • AIPAC is spending millions to oppose Democrat who would be Pennsylvania’s first Black female member of Congress Summer Lee survived an AIPAC effort to block her at the primary stage […]

  • “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 […]

  • On November 15, the Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance (APSA), Black Lives Matter (BLM) Phoenix Metro, Mijente, and Puente continue their fight against the corporate-led American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in […]

  • Destruction of the water network in Masafer Yatta, South Hebron hills, Area C of West Bank. | Courtesy: Nasser Nawaj’ah, B’Tselem, 25 November 2020 Anna Abraham, Currently, October 12, 2022 […]

  • November 20 12 Noon Central Zoom Registration The Jewish National Fund (JNF) owns the land where over half the population of Israel lives. It is best known around the world […]

  • November 13 2 pm Central Zoom Registration After registration you will receive a link to watch the film prior to the discussion. Combining history and headlines, THE SETTLERS is the […]

  • Nov 9, 2022 12 PM Central Zoom Registration Join us to learn the environmental reality in Israel/Palestine today, what is being done by the land’s indigenous protectors. and what we […]

  • 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, […]

  • © MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images Amnesty International, October 25, 2022 The International Criminal Court (ICC) must investigate unlawful attacks committed during Israel’s August 2022 assault on the Gaza Strip as war crimes, Amnesty […]

  • 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 […]

  • The people of Masafer Yatta are using ancestors’ caves to resist Israel’s home demolitions Members of Palestinian Masafer Yatta communities determined to remain on their land despite Israeli forced evictions, […]

  • Gush Shalom, October 18, 2022 The State of Israel is going to general elections, but in the election campaigns there is virtually no mention of the main, existential problem facing […]

  • An olive harvest lynching

    Yuval Abraham, OCTOBER 20, 2022 This article originally appeared in “The Landline,” +972’s weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. On Wednesday afternoon, a group of masked settlers lynched a 70-year-old Jewish Israeli woman […]

  • Today across Palestine, we’re witnessing the Palestinian people rise up united once again. It is a moment in which our people declare we will not die quietly at the hands of […]

  • Just Vision, 10/20/22 Moments ago, the ACLU petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case of national significance on the right to boycott. It’s a case with massive implications […]

  • Eyewitness Palestine, 17 October 2022 It’s been a busy past few months for us at Eyewitness Palestine, but an important part of this work is keeping our ears to the […]

  • Dr. James J. Zogby, Arab American Institute, October 17, 2022 During the past month Israel has held 800 Palestinians under administrative detention orders, expelled several Palestinians from East Jerusalem, seized […]

  • Eyewitness Palestine, October 2022 We are excited to announce that our 73rd Delegation is underway! This delegation was three years in the making, and it has finally arrived. Focusing on […]

  • We, the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), call upon all supporters of the Palestinian struggle to join us on October 14th – 23rd for a week of action in support of […]

  • In this time of crisis, I invite you to an Emergency Zoom Forum with the UN: Conditions on the Ground in the West Bank Sunday, October 16th, at 1pm CT […]

  • The Palestine Chronicle, October 12, 2022 Pro-Palestine activists in Uruguay celebrated a major victory on Wednesday as their country’s football team officially announced that they were not going to play […]

  • David Luhrssen, Wisconsin Muslim Journal, Oct 14, 2022 The 2022 Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival runs from Oct. 20 through Oct. 23 at the Oriental Theater located at 2230 N. Farwell […]

  • Mourners take a last look at the body of Omar Asaad, 78, during his funeral at a mosque in the West Bank village of Jiljiliya, north of Ramallah, Jan. 13, […]

  • Voices for Justice in Palestine (VJP), October 13, 2022 Please join us October 24th (6 pm CT) on the UNC Campus for a night of discussion with Dr. Noura Erakat, […]

  • Dear Supporter, On October 20 the Israeli government will implement new procedures for those seeking to enter the West Bank. First published by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the […]

  • The Shaarei Shamayim synagogue in Madison, along with other Reconstructionist synagogues around the country, is hosting this series about Israel/Palestine: After a month-long break for the Jewish holidays, we return […]

  • Join AMP on Thursday, October 13th @ 5:30 PM CT for a webinar: “From Grassroots to Congress: Progressives Exposing Israeli Apartheid” During Americans for Justice in Palestine (AJP Action) Advocacy […]

  • Israeli lobbies and related organizations internationally have long used disinformation, lies and deceptive methods and narratives to cover crimes Israel commits against Palestinians. pic.twitter.com/6K6mxJNAsV — Rābet by PIPD #SaveMasaferYatta (@rabetbypipd) […]

  • Beating back anti-Palestinian prejudice, which shouldn’t even exist in the first place, doesn’t feel like a win. SHAHD ABUSALAMA (FACEBOOK) MONA ABUAMARA, MONDOWEISS, AUGUST 20, 2022 Anti-Palestinianism has been increasingly […]

  • And stop your betrayal of Ben & Jerry’s SumOfUs, Sep 29, 2022 It’s a bloody time in Palestine right now. At least 85 Palestinians have been killed in the West […]

  • An online film salon for the acclaimed film: BOYCOTT Sunday, 9 October 2022 1pm PT, 2pm MT, 3pm CT, 4pm ET (US, Canada) Register here A bracing look at the far-reaching […]

  • Israel applies an oppressive, separate, and unequal regime on Palestinians. There is only one word for this: Apartheid. Omar Baddar, Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), Oct 14, 2020 Omar […]

  • 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) […]

  • Stop the Wall, 26 September 2022 A whole village with over 90 residents is at the brink of being ethnically cleansed. The Israeli Supreme Court set September 29 as the […]

  • Thanks to those who attended our webinar “On the Ground Jewish Solidarity with Palestinian Resistance in Masafer Yatta” with Peter Beinart, Awdah Hathaleen, Nur Zahor, and Zack Witus. If you […]

  • #DefendMasaferYatta

    USCPR, 9/19/22 Israel is carrying out the largest mass expulsion of Palestinian people from their rightful homes in 55 years. The Israeli govt is violently forcing out 1,300 Palestinian people […]

  • BREAKING: Hafez Huraini, 52, was arrested by Israeli soldiers after he was brutally attacked by settlers who broke his arm and disabled his ambulance in the village of Tuwani. He […]

  • Secretary of State Tony Blinken asked Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz for the review after the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Israeli soldiers in Hebron on Aug. […]

  • Yellow tape marks bullet holes on a tree and a portrait and flowers create a makeshift memorial at the site where Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and […]

  • Please join us — in person or online — for a special evening. I am honored to tell you that Lina Abu Akleh, niece of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, will […]

  • (Final version, emphasis added) Dear colleagues and comrades, Thank you so much for signing on to our global open letter calling on the Biden administration to take immediate action in response […]

  • Madison365 staff, Sep 1, 2022 The YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice Summit will take place Sept. 28-30. Organizers are inviting the community to practice “Weaving Our Pasts, Present and Emergent Futures […]

  • And here’s a link for donations to cover the costs of this event:

  • 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 […]

  • 🚨ACTION ALERT🚨 Next Thursday, September 8th at 5pm at the Seattle Google campus (1000 Mercer Street Google office) join us as we stand in solidarity with Amazon and Google tech […]

  • Huge news just broke. Today, tech worker organizer Ariel Koren, active in our #NoTechForApartheid campaign, resigned from Google. Her resignation letter cited Google’s retaliation and the silencing of Palestinian, Muslim, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project has helped build playgrounds for both Qortuba Elementary School and the Al Samud Shuhada Street Kindergarten Human Rights Defenders, 30th of August 2022 Hebron, Palestine […]

  • 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 […]

  • Murals that are part of the public art project ‘I Witness Silwan’ depicting the eyes of local and international figures, including George Floyd, a Black American killed by police, top […]

  • In a terrible irony, the campaign against “anti-semitism” has become a threat to freedom Peter Beinart, New York Times, August 26, 2022 Over the past 18 months, America’s most prominent […]

  • 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

  • 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 […]