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 struggle and other anti-imperialist struggles — throughout history, and until today.

The new podcast series will be available globally on Just World Podcasts and will also be available for streaming or download on Apple, Spotify, and all other major audio-streaming platforms.

I am particularly excited to work on this podcast with Yousef, given his wide experience of settler colonialisms in many parts of the world including Hawai’i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Ireland, Algeria, in Palestine (of course!)… and here on Turtle Island.

In 2014 and 2019, he undertook speaking tours of the United States, speaking to super audiences and connecting with Palestinian-rights leaders and activists nationwide. In 2019, he also held good meetings with key members of the U.S. Congress and numerous congressional staffers.

Learn a little more about our new podcast project below…

In the meantime, I also want to tell you about another cutting-edge project that Code Pink is organizing and that Just World Ed is co-sponsoring. This is a webinar, “A Closer Look at China in Africa”, that will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1pm ET.

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Madison-Rafah Annual Fundraising Drive

Al Samud Playground

This year we are collaborating again with Playgrounds for Palestine to install the Al Samud Playground at a kindergarten on Shuhada Street in Hebron, in the West Bank area of Palestine.

This new playground will be adjacent to the one we helped install at the Qortuba Elementary School in 2016 (Select “Qortuba” at Playgrounds for Palestine).

The Al Samud playground will serve 32 students ages 3 to 5 who live nearby. The area is constantly threatened by militant Israeli settlers who, under the protection of the Israeli army, seek to drive Palestinian families out of the Old City and seize their land and properties. The playground is a rare outdoor play space for the children, but currently lacks equipment. In recent months both children and playground have come under physical attacks.

 Help change this . . .. . . into THIS!

Our friends in Hebron are asking us to help them hold and improve this critical play space by installing playground equipment. The total cost will be around $7,000. Materials and labor will be sourced as locally as possible to support the Palestinian community.

You can donate to the playground project

  • Online via Playgrounds for Palestine. Write “Al Samud Hebron Playground” in the notes. Playgrounds for Palestine will send you a receipt.
  • Mail a check payable to MRSCP and marked “Hebron Playground” to:

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November 20, 2021
Palestinian Children in Israel’s Military Detention System

Israeli soldiers knelt on top of 16-year-old Osama while holding him at gunpoint, arrested 17-year-old Qusai in his home at three in the morning, and forced 17-year-old Islam to sleep outside in the cold overnight.

On November 20, Universal Children’s Day, join us for the global premiere of Caging Childhood: Palestinian Children in Israel’s Military Detention System, a new short documentary produced by Defense for Children International – Palestine.

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 Malak Mattar’s brand new children’s book Grandma’s Bird, we will be joined by Malak on the night along with Palestinian writer Haneen Jadalla who worked on the Arabic text of the book.

The book reflects the artist’s experiences of childhood in Palestine and tells the story of her beginnings as an artist during Israel’s 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip which killed over 2000 Palestinians. You’ll also get a chance to buy the otherwise sold-out limited edition book through PSC on the night.

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October 21, 2021
Google and Amazon employees against Project Nimbus

Four Google & Amazon Employees to Speak Out About Historic Campaign on Thursday, October 21st at 8 PM EST

More than 1,000 Google and Amazon employees have joined forces and gone public against Project Nimbus, a 1.2 billion dollar contract with the Israeli military and government.

Since the launch of the campaign, 20,500 people have sent emails to Amazon and Google demanding they pull out of this contract. The pressure is building and the workers need to be heard!

On Thursday, October 21st at 8 PM EST, four employees will join AMP live on YouTube and Facebook in a first and exclusive conversation to discuss this historic campaign, the cross-company collaboration, details of Project Nimbus, how both companies have reacted to the campaign, and what’s to come.

 

In solidarity,

Taher Herzallah
Director of Outreach & Grassroots Organizing, AMP

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October 22, 2021
2021 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Susan Abulhawa

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
The Jerusalem Fund

In this year’s Edward Said Memorial Lecture, Susan Abulhawa will provide valuable insight into Israel’s global arms trade and exports, and how this ties into Israeli settler colonialism and oppression of Palestinians.

Susan Abulhawa is a novelist, poet, essayist, scientist, mother, and activist. Her debut novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010), translated into 30 languages, is considered a classic in Anglophile Palestinian literature. Its reach and sales has made Abulhawa the most widely read Palestinian author. Her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water (Bloomsbury, 2015), was likewise an international bestseller. Her third novel, Against the Loveless World, was published by Simon & Schuster in August 2020. She is also the author of a poetry collection, My Voice Sought The Wind (Just World Books, 2013), contributor to several anthologies, political commentator, and frequent speaker.

Please note that all times are in US Eastern time.

Click here to register for the event on Zoom

Click here to watch the live stream on YouTube (no registration required)

Update: October 16, 2021
Palestinian Olive Oil and Crafts Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, Oct 16, 10 am – 4 pm
1924 East Dayton Street, Madison [Map]

Off First Street between East Washington and East Johnson
(Rain date: Sunday October 17 at 317 Rethke Ave, 11 am – 3 pm)

Palestine Partners and Playgrounds for Palestine will hold a fall Sidewalk Sale to celebrate the olive harvest. Handmade Palestinian crafts from Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative and Olive Oil, Soap and spices from Playgrounds for Palestine.

Beautifully embroidered bags, purses, scarves and pillow covers, handmade earrings and other beautiful crafts from Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative in the West Bank. Palestinian-made Kuffiyas, the beautiful traditional shawls of Palestine, in an amazing array of colors, made in Palestine’s one surviving Kuffiya factory in Al Khalil (Hebron). Fair Trade Olive Oil from small farms in Palestine, Olive Oil Soap, and Zatar spice, all from Playgrounds for Palestine.

Hosted by Palestine Partners and Playgrounds for Palestine.

Stand with Palestine Yard Signs will be available for purchase. Celebrate the olive harvest! Please come out and support Palestinian artisans and farmers and their communities as they struggle to the health and economic impacts of COVID and a recent increase in settler aggression throughout the West Bank.

You can also shop online for crafts and yard signs at Palestine Partners and for Oil at Playgrounds for Palestine.

Note: Please wear a mask to the sale in order to protect others. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer available.

October 12, 2021
No Way to Treat a Child Webinar

On Tuesday, October 12, at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific, please join the No Way to Treat a Child campaign for a webinar to unpack U.S. military funding to Israel. We’ll discuss the different kinds of military funding that the U.S. sends to Israel, share updates from Capitol Hill that affect Palestinians and our advocacy efforts, and hear from grassroots activists working to advance Palestinian human rights.

Sign up for the webinar

Between the Iron Dome supplemental funding vote and the new Two-State Solution Act, it was a busy September with lots to track for Palestinian human rights activists. We’ll go into depth explaining how the recent events in Congress relate back to H.R. 2590 and how you can continue organizing in support of this bill and rights-based policy supporting Palestinian rights.

Everyone who registers will be sent information for how to join via Zoom. If you aren’t able to attend live, please register and I’ll send you the recording a few days after the webinar.

In solidarity,

Miranda Cleland
Digital Communications Manager
Defense for Children International – Palestine