The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

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  •   Playgrounds for Palestine Madison has received a delivery of the Premium Blend 500 mL Bottle AIDA Palestinian Olive Oil, organic and Fair Trade olive oil from small farms in […]

  • War Industry Resisters Network presents: How does Israel get away with it? with Jeff Halper 3-4 pm CT The level of impunity for Israel is striking. How does Israel get […]

  • Shop now | Get Involved | Events Supporting Palestinian Farmers in the West Bank: Our Partnership with PARC Learn about Palestinian olive oil and dates from the West Bank and […]

  • 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, […]

  • Middle East Children’s Alliance For International Women’s Day we are honored to share a video highlighting some of the incredible women MECA and our partner the Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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) […]

  • Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Thursday, August 25, 2022 “The Situation in the Middle East Including the Palestinian Question” I […]

  • An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation […]

  • 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 […]

  • Deterioration of Living Condition For 4860 Fishermen and Workers in Associated Professions Ref: 45/2021 Date: 26 April 2021 Time: 10:30 GMT On Monday, 26 April 2021, Israeli authorities closed Gaza […]

  • Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Update for Madison Rafah Sister City Project BACKGROUND The economic situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating dramatically as a result of the […]

  • The Marketplace is OPEN!

    Madison-Rafah Marketplace is OPEN for the International Festival (2/27-3/5) and International Women’s Day (3/6)

  • As 2020 comes to a close, we are writing to ask for your end-of-year contribution to two great efforts: one for Rafah and the other right here in Dane County. […]

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  • Dear Friends, Last year at this time my friend Laila was visiting the US, bringing the fabulously beautiful hand embroidered work of Women in Hebron to Fair Trade holiday craft […]

  • Our online store, Madison-Rafah Marketplace, has added crafts to our olive oil sales. We offer ceramics, embroidery, jewelry, kufiyas, woodcrafts, and calendars. For the month of November make this your […]

  • Dear Members and Friends of MRSCP, Mark your calendars for the upcoming Madison Fair Trade Holiday Festival, which has gone virtual this year due to the pandemic. The sale will […]

  • Warning of Gaza Power Plant Shutdown Ref: 75/2020, 17 August 2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its deep concern over the repercussions of the Gaza Power Plant […]

  • Fuel Entry Suspended and Fishing Area Reduced Ref: 72/2020, 13 August 2020 On Wednesday, 12 August 2020, Israeli authorities announced new restrictions on the movement of goods entering the Gaza […]

  • In keeping with the times, we are now offering Palestinian Olive Oil and Donation and Membership services at the Madison-Rafah Marketplace, a secure online store. A new link has been […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • A man holds the hand of Maria al-Gazali, a 14-month-old Palestinian baby, as her body lies on a stretcher at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza on 5 May […]

  • Madison, WI 1:00 — 3:00 pm RSVP for directions   Please join us as we welcome Ms. Laila Hassan of the Women in Hebron crafts cooperative to Madison, where she […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Ecological War on Gaza

    Satellite image of herbicide concentration on the Israel-Gaza border. (Forensic Architecture report video) Rob Goyanes, Jewish Currents, September 9, 2019 FOR CENTURIES, the plains that comprise modern-day Gaza were lush […]

  • November 24: 9 am – 2 pm Annual Fair Trade Sale at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison 53711. Call 608-271-7212. December 7: 8 am – […]

  • According to Amnesty International, over the past 20 years, Israeli military exports went to at least eight countries that have been known for serious violations of human rights,. (Photo: via […]

  • 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 […]

  • Palestinian laborers protest against the continued Israeli siege and the spread of unemployment in Gaza City on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ashram Amra/APA Images) Marilyn Garson, Mondoweiss, September 27, 2018 […]

  • Gil Halstead with Islam Maraqa on Access Shahir Hunaina, YouTube, November 16, 2016 My Blood is Palestinian (Dammi Falastini), translation by Sara Ba Keeping my oath, following my religion You […]

  • Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Brejia (more commonly known as Um Hassan) is an organic farmer, community activist, founder of a local women’s organization, and […]

  • 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 […]

  • A program for Civil International Solidarity with Palestinians October 13th (arrival) – 22nd (departure), 2018 West Bank, Palestine Register online now The JAI together with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) […]

  • On the windy evening of January 4, 2017, 33-year-old Muhammad al-Hissi of Gaza set out with 13 of his brothers, cousins and uncles to make a living the only way […]

  • World Health Organization warns hospitals could be plunged into darkness by end of February without fresh funding to keep emergency generators running Babies born prematurely are crammed into an incubator […]

  • The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) “Many mothers told us the same story. Their children are so scared of the dark they won’t even get up at night to use […]

  • 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, […]

  • Business Insider/Julie Bort Josef Federman, Josh Lederman, Jamey Keaten, Business Insider, November 27, 2017 Israel and the Trump Administration are working “feverishly” to prevent a database of companies that operate […]

  • Our campaign to provide 50 “Gaza Lights” systems to families in Rafah is into its last month. We have almost raised the $4700 cost of the project. Thanks to those […]

  • HELP US RESPOND TO GAZA’S ELECTRICITY CRISIS A big thanks to those who have helped us get past the halfway point in our campaign to supply rechargeable household “Gaza Lights” […]

  • Electricity Ismael Ramlawi, 31 — American Friends Service Committee "They have power cuts four or five times every day, which means we lose at least 1 hour of production." At […]

  •   Education Electricity Firas Ramlawi, 38 — American Friends Service Committee "Classrooms are crowded, class times are shortened, and schools don’t have resources." Take action today: Restore power to Gaza On educationBefore […]

  • Gaza Unlocked Issues: Electricity — American Friends Service Committee Gaza’s power system is at risk of collapse. In 2006, the Israeli military bombed Gaza’s only power plant, destroying its six […]

  •   Gaza Lights for Rafah Campaign The electricity crisis in Gaza has reached unprecedented heights, with power now reduced to 2 to 4 hours per day (see Desperate Palestinians Try […]

  • Gaza Lights Campaign

    The electricity shortage impacts every family in Gaza. Please support the Gaza Lights Campaign!   It’s been 10 years of living under siege in Gaza. Three years after the most […]

  • Gaza Unlocked

    What is Gaza Unlocked? For over a decade, two million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal military blockade imposed by Israel. Media stories about Gaza primarily focus on […]

  • Sara Roy, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, June 28, 2016 During a brief pause to hostilities in July 2014, families returned to eastern Gaza, which saw some of the heaviest […]

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  • ‘Gaza Is Hell’

    Desolation and destiny in a land in limbo Banksy artwork on the ruins of a building destroyed by Israeli bombardment in Beit Hanoun (Alice Su) Alice Su, The Atlantic, May […]

  • Its legal status is contested, its land is divided and thousands of its citizens emigrate every year – so how does Palestine’s economy function? A Palestinian labourer works at a […]

  • World Bank Report No. AUS2922 October 2, 2013 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY i. Restrictions on economic activity in Area C of the West Bank have been particularly detrimental to the Palestinian economy. […]

  • Interfaith Peace-Builders, November 5, 2012 November 5, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 21 member delegation to the Gaza Strip passed safely through the Rafah […]

  • Al Jazeera, August 26, 2005 The Palestinian economy has deteriorated sharply since the start of the uprising in 2000, and Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank will depress it […]

  • The Gaza Evacuations

    Disengagement or Tactical Military Redeployment? SHAMAI K. LEIBOWITZ and KATERINA HELLER, CounterPunch, August 24, 2005 The imminent handover of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority and the evacuation of a […]

  • Reflections on the Disengagement from Gaza Sara Roy, MIFTAH, August 20, 2005 Israel’s disengagement plan is widely hailed by the international community, led by the United States, as a first […]

  • Amira Hass, Haaretz, 14 Aug 2005 Today is Omar’s last day of work for his employer in one of the religious settlements of Gush Katif. He will finish what he […]

  • The West Bank city of Nablus is relatively calm at present. Anyone who can raise money, even by selling their jewellery, is investing in the stock market. They want to […]

  • 18 May 2004 Dear Madam/Sir, I write to you today with the high hopes that your consistent support to the Palestinian People and commitment to the peace process as the […]

  • Gila Svirsky, www.coalitionofwomen4peace.org4/21/2004 Dear Alice, You were signature number 2,750 on the petition “Open the Gates to Allow Food into Gaza”, and you added after your name, “This won’t do […]

  • UNRWA Press Release 1 April 2004 UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Headquarters Gaza website: Press Release No. HQ/G/06/2004 The United Nations Relief […]