Tag: education

  • May 4, 2024
    One Book, Many Communities


  • Israel Has Formed a Task Force to Carry Out Covert Campaigns at US Universities

    A major Israeli news site says Israel’s foreign affairs and diaspora affairs ministries are behind the operation. William I. Robinson, TRUTHOUT, March 23, 2024 Demonstrators march in solidarity with two Columbia University student groups which were recently banned from campus for their support of Palestine, on November 15, 2023, outside of Columbia University in New…


  • Read Palestine! plants seeds of hope and solidarity with Gaza

    Rodlyn-mae Banting, Madison 365, March 28, 2024 (Photo by Rodlyn-Mae Banting) The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) hosted a Read Palestine! Book Project storytime hour on March 24 for 5-9-year-olds with the book “These Olives Trees” by Aya Ghanameh at A Room of One’s Own. This event, which was the final one in Read Palestine!’s three-part…


  • March 3, 2024
    A Reading of “The Aida Camp Alphabet”


  • March 2, 2024
    Madinah Academy Ramadan Show

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  • Read Palestine! Book Clubs

    The Read Palestine! project, supported by Madison Rafah Sister City Project, is hosting book clubs for 4th – 12th graders. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in participating. Meeting times, format and next books to read will be decided by the group once it has formed. Different grade levels will read different books:…


  • Refaat Alareer Was a Brilliant Poet and Intellectual

    He Was Also My Teacher To those of us lucky enough to learn from him, Alareer offered a chance to explore new worlds and stories, defying the laws of physics and oppression. JEHAD ABUSALIM, THE NATION, DECEMBER 15, 2023   A photo of the renowned Palestinian poet Refaat Alareer is displayed at a protest calling…


  • FREE EBOOK: From the River to the Sea 🍉

    From the River to the Sea: Essays for a Free Palestine An urgent editorial intervention, published in collaboration with Haymarket Books. In the final months of 2023, as this ebook is published, Israel is committing a genocide in Gaza. Israeli officials have repeatedly made their intentions to do so extremely clear; talking of collective punishment,…


  • December 16, 2023
    Dar al-Kalima University Cookie and Crafts Sale

    9:00 – noon Memorial United Church of Christ 5705 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg This will be the 19th year of selling crafts and cookies to support a full-year scholarship to a student at Dar Al Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. We sell hand-made crafts made by the congregation, and Christmas cookies by the…


  • MECA colleague and friend Doaa Al-Masri killed in Gaza

    Doaa receives a group of schoolgirls at the Edward Said Library in Gaza Israel’s genocidal attacks on Gaza continue and each day more precious lives are lost. We are sad and enraged by the news that our friend and colleague Doaa Al-Masri was killed with her family on Thursday night. Doaa was the librarian at…


  • December 2 — 10, 2023
    Madison-Palestine Solidarity Week

    Some events require registration — See @solidaritymadison | Linktree  


  • December 2, 2023
    Fair Trade Holiday Festival

    Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival Monona Terrace 8 am – 3 pm Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Palestine Partners, and Madison Playgrounds for Palestine will once again be selling our fair trade Palestinian products. This year more than ever we ask you to help Palestinians to remain and thrive on their land by buying the great…


  • Israeli History Teacher Arrested for Posts Opposing Killing of Palestinians

    DEMOCRACY NOW! NOVEMBER 22, 2023 This is viewer supported news. Please do your part today. DONATE   GUESTS Meir Baruchin history and civics teacher from Jerusalem accused of intending to commit sedition and disrupting the public order for posting on Facebook in opposition to the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians. On November 9, Israeli police…


  • Have the People Protesting a Palestinian Literary Festival Read Any Palestinian Literature?

    PETER BEINART, The Beinart Notebook, SEP 26, 2023   Sources Cited in this Video The Palestine Writes Literature Festival, held last weekend. A letter by University of Pennsylvania alums asking the university to denounce the festival. A letter by the Brandeis Center claiming that the Palestine Writes festival will endanger Jewish students. Why Zionists in…


  • September 16, 2023
    Bright Stars of Bethlehem’s Virtual Fundraising Gala

    Join us on Saturday, September 16th at 7 P.M. CDT for Bright Stars of Bethlehem’s Be The Hope 4th Annual Virtual Fundraising Gala! We’ll take you on a virtual trip to Palestine by sharing student stories, hearing from special guests, and getting Dar al-Kalima University updates from Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. More information and registration


  • URGENT! Stand with Masafer Yatta today!

    MRSCP has decided to join in an emergency campaign sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Stop the Wall Coalition to provide emergency shelter and schools for the families of Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron hills area. You will hear more from us in the coming week about our portion of the campaign,…


  • International Festival at Overture

    International Festival at Overture Saturday-Sunday April 1-2. MRSCP will be there on April 1 with our brand-new shipment of Hirbawi Kuffiyehs! You can browse MRSCP crafts at the Marketplace.  


  • 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…


  • Back-To-School Backpacks

    Backpacks For Rafah Kids $2,368 & 135 backpacks! 8/25/22


  • 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.…


  • June 4, 2022
    Sidewalk Sale of Olive Oil, Crafts & Jewelry!

    1924 East Dayton Street, Madison (First Street between E. Washington and E. Johnson) 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Rain Date is June 11 Palestine Partners, Playgrounds for Palestine, and Knitting for Peace would like to invite you to a Sidewalk Sale! Palestine Partners will have beautifully hand-embroidered tote bags, pouches, purses, scarves, and pillow covers,…


  • Palestinian Crafts at WORTstock

    Sunday May 22 11 am – 7 pm Warner Park Our friends at Palestine Partners, a Madison-based organization that supports Women in Hebron and Youth of Samud, will be selling Palestinian crafts.


  • Palestinian Crafts at Madison Night Market

    State and Gilman 4-8 pm THURSDAYS September 8 Map and More Info Our friends at Palestine Partners, a Madison-based organization that supports Women in Hebron and Youth of Samud, will be selling Palestinian crafts outdoors in Madison throughout the summer and into the fall.


  • Al Samud Playground

    Al Samud Playground $9,750 of $9,750 on 4/21/22


  • April 24 & 26, 2022
    Virtual Delegations to Gaza

    More Info & Registration


  • April 9, 2022
    Celebrate with Sister Cities International

    Celebrate Palestinian Heritage and Culture with Sister Cities International 11 am Central Join Webinar


  • Al Samud Playground at Al Shuhada Kindergarten, Hebron

    Ramadan Mubarak from our family at Playgrounds for Palestine to you and yours!  On behalf of all of us at Playgrounds for Palestine, we would like to wish you a blessed Ramadan!   We would like to extend a sincere thank you for your support of PfP and share some photos of our work. This week,…


  • March 19, 2022
    International Festival at Overture Center

    10 am – 5 pm FREE Come celebrate the rich cultural heritage and diversity of our community as International Festival returns live to Overture Center! Enjoy free performances, savor cuisine from around the world, browse the arts and crafts, and check out the many local organizations & businesses with global connections. The Madison-Rafah Sister City…


  • ‘More than wonderful’ … Gaza bookshop to reopen after unexpectedly successful global campaign

    After it was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, Samir Mansour’s beloved book store has been rebuilt and restocked, as tens of thousands of books flood in from around the world The ruins of the Samir Mansour bookshop in May 2021. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) Alison Flood, The Guardian, 28 Jan 2022 Tens of thousands of…


  • January 21, 2022
    Just World podcast “The World From Palestine”!

    Dear Friends– Happy Martin Luther King Day! I hope it finds you well. This week, on Friday, Just World Ed will be launching our new podcast series, “The World From Palestine”. In each episode of this ten-week series the Palestinian scholar Yousef Aljamal and I will explore different aspects of the intersection between Palestine’s liberation…


  • Maia Project Update

    For Over 11 Years The new unit providing clean water to the kids in Shuka, Rafah (MECA, 12/29/21) Help us give the gift of Clean Water to the Children of Rafah There is a water crisis in Palestine that affects the health of virtually every adult and child. In the Gaza Strip poor sanitation and…


  • November 28, 2021
    WORT World View on the Al Samud Playground Campaign

    Beginning 32:37 Gil Halstead interviews Samir El-Omari about our new campaign for the Al Samud playground at a Hebron kindergarten.


  • December 6, 2021
    Webinar: “Teaching Hard Truths”

    Black and Palestinian Perspectives on the Power of Education and Action via Zoom Who: Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock, Co-Founder and Executive Director of we are (working to extend anti-racist education), and Dr. Iymen Chehade, History professor at Columbia College, Chicago, and human rights activist When: December 6, 7:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone) Dr. Chehade and…


  • November 18, 2021
    UN World Children’s Day Webinar

    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Greenwich, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Central The Children of Gaza: Register now! Palestine Solidarity Campaign, The Hands Up Project and the National Education Union are thrilled to bring you this interactive webinar live from Gaza to mark UN World Children’s Day. Featuring a live bilingual reading from Gazan artist…


  • ISRAELI DIPLOMAT PRESSURED UNC TO REMOVE TEACHER WHO CRITICIZED ISRAEL

    An Israeli consul general baselessly accused a graduate student of antisemitism and said she shouldn’t teach a course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., on April 21, 2013. Photo: Lance King/Getty Images Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, September 28 2021 This August, Israeli consular officials in the southeast…


  • Update: June 15, 2021
    Book Launch of The Gaza Kitchen, 3rd ed.

    6 pm Central Maggie Schmitt and Laila El-Haddad’s The Gaza Kitchen cookbook is back in a new, expanded 3rd edition with an all-new Authors’ Introduction, new recipes, new photos, and info from Laila’s late-2019 visit back to Gaza. Join us for the June 15 launch in which the authors will review what’s happened in Gaza…


  • Break Radio’s Unwritten Rules

    Handmade. One of a Kind. Diverse. Quirky. Weird. WORT. WORT volunteers bring you 160 hours of music, news, and talk every week that you won’t find anywhere else and your generosity makes it possible. Thank you! Your donation means we can break radio’s unwritten rules. We don’t stick to one genre of music. We place…


  • Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Conflict

    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 are part of daily life.


  • April 26, 2021: Mar Elias Zoom from West Bank

    Pilgrims of Ibillin hosts a Mar Elias Educational Institution Zoom from the West Bank Monday, April 26 12 noon – 1 pm CT Featuring students and teachers from Mar Elias and pictures of past year activities & improvements. More information and registration here. $15 suggested donation.


  • April 18, 2021
    Gather for Gaza: UNRWA Virtual Cooking Event

    2 pm CT Join UNRWA USA, Mama’s Palestinian Kitchen, and three celebrated culinary artists — Laila El-Haddad (Gaza Mom), Marcelle Afram (Shababi Chicken), and Noor Saif (Because Baking) — for a free cooking demo of Ramadan-inspired drinks, dips and desserts. More info and registration here. All donations go toward providing food relief in Gaza.


  • March 10, 2021
    Introduction to Palestinian Tatreez Embroidery Online

    Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI $20.00 An online embroidery workshop with textile artist Wafa Ghnaim Wednesday, March 10 5-7 PM Central Time Hosted over Zoom videoconferencing Register for Online Class Supplies are listed here: https://www.tatreezandtea.com/supplies under “Aida Cloth”. After you pay, you will receive an automated email with all the information you need to get connected…


  • February 27 – March 5, 2021
    International Festival Online

    Opens 10 am Saturday, February 27 The International Festival usually takes place throughout Overture Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 International Festival is a virtual event. Shake the February doldrums with a free celebration of our international community in Dane County—all from the comfort of your home. Enjoy cultural arts performances, cooking demonstrations,…


  • February 21, 2021
    Palestine on a Plate!

    Middle East Children’s Alliance Webinar, 10 am CT Only $10 donation, REGISTER NOW! Join the Middle East Children’s Alliance in this unique opportunity to hear nationally-acclaimed chef/activist REEM ASSIL interview bestselling cookbook author/chef JOUDIE KALLA – a benefit for sending food parcels to Palestine & Lebanon, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. You’ll also get…


  • July 27, 2020
    Pandemic and the Creative Response

    JULY 27 Pandemic and the Creative Response: How can art pave the way for justice? In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed a global cry for justice in face of systemic racism. How can art be a catalyst for social change? We’ll hear from students and faculty of Dar al-Kalima as they share how art provides a…


  • July 19, 2020
    Candlelight Vigil and Community Education for Black Lives

    Oscar Rennebohm Park, Madison 6 pm Vegan Food by JustVeggies 7 pm Community Education 8 pm Vigil Vigil for all Black Lives lost to white supremacy and police brutality, and to support recent victims of racist violence in our community. Meet neighbors and learn multiple ways to support Black people in our community. We are…


  • February 29, 2020
    International Festival

    Overture Center 201 State Street Madison 10 am – 5 pm Join MRSCP and many other Madison sister cities, businesses, and organizations at the annual celebration of the rich cultural heritage in our community. Come and enjoy the free performances, plus food and crafts from all over the world! MRSCP and Playgrounds for Palestine-Madison will…


  • Sister Cities

    Invest in Justice by Building Genuine Connections Image via Sacramento to Bethlehem Cities for Palestine by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights WHAT’S THE CAMPAIGN ABOUT? Invest in justice by building genuine connections between US and Palestinian cities, towns, villages, or refugee camps through a sister city relationship. Sister Cities promote ties between community members…


  • The Maia Project, 2010 — 2021

    For Over 11 Years The new unit providing clean water to the kids in Shuka, Rafah (MECA, 12/29/21) Help us give the gift of Clean Water to the Children of Rafah There is a water crisis in Palestine that affects the health of virtually every adult and child. In the Gaza Strip poor sanitation and…


  • Final 2019 Appeal — Clean Water for Kids

    Best Photos of 2019 from MECA We are now more than halfway to providing another water filter system to a school in Rafah, Palestine. If you have contributed to this project, thank you. If you have not yet contributed, please consider an end-of-year donation to help us raise the balance of the $16,000 needed to…


  • Fall Olive Harvest Delegation to Palestine

    EyeWitness Palestine still has some openings available for their fall delegation. Scholarships are available. The Environmental Justice and Olive Harvest delegation is your opportunity to visit Palestine during the olive harvest season — a culturally rich and important time. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn…


  • MECA 2018 Annual Report

    MECA 2018 Annual Report by Middle East Children’s Alliance on Scribd


  • April 19, 2019
    Palestinian Culture Night: Existence is Resistance

    UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine‎ Memorial Union UW-Madison 800 Langdon St 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Register here Despite decades of facing oppression and appropriation, Palestinians continue to resist the attempted erasure of their identity. Palestinian Culture continues to thrive, both in Palestine and in the diaspora. We wish to recognize that resilience. Join…


  • February 23, 2019
    International Festival at Overture Center

    201 State Street Madison 10 am – 5 pm Once again Overture celebrates the rich cultural heritage within our community with more than 30 FREE performances by artists who call Dane County home. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses…


  • November 18, 2018
    Orchard Ridge Holiday Fair Trade Fair

    November 18, 2018 Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison 9 am – 2 pm Join MRSCP at this annual sale of unusual and beautiful gifts and holiday items. Help people around the world to be self-sustaining by giving the gift that gives twice: once to the producer, and once to the…


  • December 1, 2018
    Monona Terrace Fair Trade Holiday Festival

    Monona Terrace Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison 8 am – 3 pm Come visit the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and dozens of other vendors selling fair trade products from around the world at Madison’s Fair Trade Holiday Festival! FREE! Bring your friends & family to this one-of-a-kind event! More info? Visit http://www.fairtrademadison.org/.


  • October 7, 2018
    Demystifying Muslims and Islam

    October 7 UW-Madison Union South 1308 West Dayton St 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Door opens at 1:00 PM 1:30 PM: Welcome Remarks by Masood Akhtar, Founder, We Are Many – United Against Hate 1:40 PM: National News Coverage, Muslim Father Forgives Son’s Murderer 1:45 PM: “Demystifying Muslims and Islam” by Dalia Mogahed, Director of…


  • 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!


  • Islam Maraqa of ISM on WORT

    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 will find me on my land I belong to my people, I sacrifice my soul for them My blood is Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian My blood…


  • Profile of Um Hassan from Al-Masara Village

    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 most recently the head of the Al-Masara Village Council! She is the first Palestinian woman to be elected head of a village council. Watch this…


  • April 8, 2018
    Madison’s 2018 Tribute to Rachel Corrie

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  • Samira Remedial Education

    GAZA KIDS NEED YOUR HELP! Barb Olson, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, March 9, 2018 For the third time, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is partnering with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice to fund the Samira Remedial Education Project in Rafah. Organized by the Rafah…


  • One woman tackles two of Gaza’s toughest challenges

    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 materials. And, in this conservative, patriarchal society, it’s a young, female engineer who is tackling both. Twenty-four-year-old Majd al-Mashharawi, a 2016 graduate in civil engineering,…


  • February 24, 2018:
    International Festival at Overture Center

    Free performances, food, and crafts from all over the world. MRSCP was selling our Palestinian products, including extra-virgin Holy Land Olive Oil, olive oil soap, Palestinian-made Hirbawi kuffiyahs, earrings from the Hebron Women’s Co-op, ceramics, embroidery and other crafts from Gaza and the West Bank. Local Goes Global Overture Hall Main Lobby 201 State Street,…


  • April 8, 2018
    Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration

    Mark Your Calendars for Sunday Afternoon Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration Featuring Dessert and a Program Time and place TBD 2018 marks 15 years since Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer, as she tried to prevent the demolition of a family home in Rafah. 2018 also marks the 15th anniversary of the Madison-Rafah…


  • Demolishing Palestinian schools ‘a quiet population transfer’

    Orly Noy, +972, January 24, 2018 By destroying schools in Palestinian villages in Area C and elsewhere, Israel is forcing Palestinians to make a cruel choice — between their land and their children’s futures. Students sit in a classroom at school in the Jahalin Bedouin community of Khan Al-Ahmar, West Bank, February 22, 2017. (Faiz…


  • The Last Palestinian Kaffiyeh Maker

    Al Hirbawi, supplier to the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project The kaffiyeh is a traditional Arab headdress and a symbol of the Palestinian struggle. Today, it continues to represent an important part of Palestinian heritage. Unfortunately, the Al Hirbawi factory is the last remaining institution in the Palestinian territories producing the original kaffiyeh. Brothers Jouda, Abdelazim…


  • Solidarity with the Palestinian People

    Shared Injustice, Shared Struggle on International Day of Solidarity Claire Gilbert, Grassroots International, November 28, 2017 November 29th is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. These days, the global Palestinian solidarity movement has deepened and grown with powerful expressions of joint struggle with other movements around the world. A few weeks ago…


  • Gaza Lights: Electrical Power for People Under Siege

    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 the bathroom. One mother brings home rubbing alcohol from the clinic where she works to make a small fire so her children can have light…


  • December 2, 2017
    Fair Trade Holiday Festival

    Monona Terrace Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison 9 am to 4 pm Come do your holiday shopping with Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Playgrounds for Palestine-Madison and 54 other vendors selling fair trade products from around the world! MRSCP and PfP will be selling Palestinian olive oil in several sizes, olive oil soap, zaatar,…


  • Stop Violence against Women and Girls,

    PCHR’s Women Unit Starts 16 Days of Activism Campaign to End Violence Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), November 26, 2017


  • November 21, 2017
    In Service of State Violence

    “Palestine and the Restrictions on Academic Freedom” Listen live online here Tuesday, November 21 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CENTRAL TIME Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi The Palestine Center, Washington, DC The presentation will also be posted on line after the talk. Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies & the Senior…


  • December 3, 2017
    Lessons and Carols for Advent

    First Congregational United Church of Christ 1609 University Avenue, Madison 7:00 pm The local Bright Stars of Bethlehem chapter presents its fourth annual Advent Lessons and Carols service to support Dar al Kalima University College in Bethlehem. Musicians and readers from over a half-dozen local congregations will present beautiful music and you can join in…


  • November 19, 2017
    Orchard Ridge Fair Trade Fair

    Featuring beautiful and unusual holiday gifts and items from around the world. All proceeds go to the organizations and their artisans to help them become self-sustaining. MRSCP and Playgrounds for Palestine-Madison will be selling our Palestinian embroidery, ceramics, earrings, kuffiyehs, olive oil and olive oil soap. Free admission and parking. For more information on the…


  • Decode Hate by the Arab American Institute

    Arab American Institute Decode Hate examines the sprawling, deeply embedded network of monetized hate. By underscoring the deliberate misinformation and fear-mongering of featured groups, this project reveals how hate is translated into mainstream discourse and discriminatory policies. © Copyright Arab American Institute Foundation. 2017 All Rights Reserved.


  • Last Month for Gaza Lights!

    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 who have given so far. Details on the campaign here: • Halfway There: Help us Send “Gaza Lights” to Rafah!, September 17, 2017 • Help…


  • The Sumud Freedom Tour

    This is our moment of unity, of coalition building Holy Land Trust Mission Holy Land Trust and Nonviolence International have partnered to develop a multilayered tour of peace and justice work in Israel and Palestine. This tour unpacks the broad range of nonviolent resistance methods employed by Palestinians and their co-resisters throughout the region and…


  • Halfway There: Help us Send “Gaza Lights” to Rafah!

    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” to poor families in Rafah. If you haven’t contributed, we can really use your help to meet our goal. The electricity crisis in Gaza has…


  • Gaza Unlocked Stories: Firas Ramlawi

      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 2000, 90 percent of schools in Gaza ran on single shifts. Now nearly all schools run on double shifts, and a few schools have run…


  • Gaza Unlocked Issues: Electricity

    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 transformers. Under the blockade, the power plant can’t import parts to replace damaged components. Temporary fixes have allowed the plant to function at a minimal…


  • Help Us Respond to Gaza’s Electricity Crisis

      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 to Beat Heat and Israeli Blockade Bringing Gaza to Collapse). It is causing terrible suffering for ordinary people there. Without electricity sewage goes untreated into…


  • 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 brutal Israeli assault. And things keep getting worse. Gaza now gets only about 2 hours of electricity each day. Without electricity sewage goes untreated into…


  • Atfaluna Society: Help 10 Deaf, Needy Children from Gaza

    We have received an appeal for help from the Atfaluna School for the Deaf in Gaza City. Atfaluna (“Our Children” in Arabic) has for many years been one of the main sources of the beautiful Palestinian crafts, including embroidery, ceramics and wood products, that we market in order to support Palestinian livelihoods. Atfaluna sells these…


  • Gaza’s Kids Need Your Help

    Rafah Children in the Samira Project at the Rachel Corrie Memorial Library. (Photo: Jeff Bright) Please Support the Samira Project for Traumatized Children The Gaza Strip, one of the poorest and most densely populated places on earth, has been described as the world’s largest open-air prison. For nearly eleven years it has been tightly sealed…


  • February 25, 2017
    International Festival

    Overture Center State Street, Madison 10 am – 5 pm Take a trip around the world in a day! Experience all the cultures that Madison has to offer through food, crafts and free performances. And join MRSCP as we once again present Palestinian fair trade products at the International Festival. We’ll be selling a brand…


  • Hope & Peace Foundation For Children Update

    Anees Mansour, December 16, 2016 Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum & Hello Everyone, I hope you, your family and friends are doing well. Special thanks to our old and new donors for your contributions to our winter project “Keep Children Of Gaza Warm.” Alhamdulillah (Thanks to God) we have achieved our goal within a few days…


  • November 20, 2016
    Orchard Ridge UCC Fair Trade Fair

    Sunday, November 20 Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ 1501 Gilbert Rd, Madison [Map] Annual Fair Trade Fair! Come find unusual and beautiful gifts and holiday items from around the world. All proceeds go to the organizations and their artisans to help them become self-sustaining. MRSCP will have a table offering kuffiyehs and other crafts,…


  • Gaza Summer Camp

    Gaza Summer Camp — July 17, 2016 Dearest Friends, I would like to thank you all so much for your support to our project “Gaza Summer Camp”. I would also like to inform you that we have achieved our goal. Again your support is much appreciated. Here are some pictures of the first few days…


  • Gaza: Abandoned in the Middle of Nowhere

    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 bombings. Photo Credit: Oxfam / Flickr Palestinians in Gaza are largely forgotten. They are an invisible people inhabiting a world without rights and possibilities. Over…


  • Child Psychological Support by Anees Mansour

    Hello from Gaza. My name is Anees Mansour, one of a group of volunteers working with at-risk children in Rafah, Gaza. With your help we’ve already done so much this year, we’ve put on a summer camp, a series of educational workshops, art therapy and performance sessions. From the photos below you can see some…


  • Remembering Rachel Corrie

    March 16 marked 13 years since 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer while trying to prevent the demolition of the Nasrallah family home in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine. While some measure of accountability and justice has been achieved for UK citizens Tom Hurndall and James Miller,…


  • Update: April 3, 2016
    Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration

    Sunday, April 3, 7 pm, Christ Presbyterian Church 944 East Gorham Street, Madison WI You are invited to the annual Rachel Corrie commemoration: Dessert and an Eye-Witness Report   Featuring a local activist just returned from volunteering with Operation Dove in the South Hebron Hills, Palestine Free and open to the public; beverages and desserts…


  • Sharon and My Mother-in-Law Report

    Participants at the Madison Central Library Librarians and Archivists with Palestine In January 2016—and beyond!—readers in cities and towns around the world came together to discuss Suad Amiry’s memoir Sharon and My Mother-in-Law and, in some cases, hear from author Amiry herself. After a launch event with Amiry in Brooklyn, NY, reading groups in North…


  • A Samira Project Success Story

    This is from the Middle East Children’s Alliance project assistant in Gaza, who tells us that the program now has 220 children enrolled over two shifts. Photos are taken with consent, and A’hed’s first name is used with the family’s approval.   Related articles: Samira Project Children’s Counseling Samira Counseling Photos A’hed is a nine…


  • Samira Counseling Photos

    Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) — Rafah   Related articles: Samira Project Children’s Counseling A Samira Project Success Story


  • Nov 7-8, 2014
    Friends of Sabeel of North America (FOSNA) Conference

    The Madison Times, October 22, 2014 In a year when enduring images have been burned into our collective memories of the great loss of life and indescribable destruction that occurred in the Gaza a few short months ago, a landmark national conference is coming to Madison on Nov. 7-8 that seeks to chart the path…


  • Sep 25 – Nov 13, 2014
    The Joe Deane Memorial Series on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 201 W. Mifflin Thurs. Sept. 25th 6:30 pm The Zionist Colonization, The British Colonial Regime, and the 1948 War and Founding of Israel Thurs. Oct. 30th 6:30 pm A Dispossessed People, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Wars of 1956, 1967, and 1982, and Evolution of the Palestinian National Movement Thurs. Nov.…


  • Madland: Madison-Rafah Sister City Project ambassador impressed by local youth facilities

    Anees Mansour says he loves everything about Madison — except our winter weather. Catherine Capellaro, Isthmus, 01/30/2014 I caught up with the 27-year-old Palestinian visitor at the Madison Children’s Museum on Tuesday (when it was -17° F) as he was wrapping up a weeklong visit to Madison hosted by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRCSP).…


  • October 12, 2013
    Rachel Corrie Library Benefit

    Saturday, October 12th 2013 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm High Noon Saloon $5 Suggested Donation Music con Brio w/ special guest Yid Vicious, Intemperance Collective Family Friendly Benefit/fundraiser with proceeds going to the Rachel Corrie Library Center in Rafah. There will also be a craft sale to raise extra funds for the library. Please Join…


  • Rachel Corrie Library Appeal

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  • Loving the Land and It’s People: Palestinian Hospitality

    Veena Brekke, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, October 31, 2012 On October 28th we departed the beautiful city of Nazareth to visit Palestinian towns, villages, farms and spend two nights in Palestinian homes. I would like to share my experience of visiting the small farming village of Nusf Jubayl, West Bank (Area A – occupied territory)…