Emergency Zoom on Conditions in the West Bank

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
Register for Sunday’s Zoom Forum

Who: Our guest speaker is the U.N.’s West Bank Field Coordinator, Jonathan Whittall, who will be calling in from Jerusalem.

  • Before he joined UNOCHA, he spent 5 years as Director of the Humanitarian Analysis Department at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders)
  • As head of the humanitarian innovation team supporting MSF operations in conflict, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine and South Sudan, focusing on negotiating humanitarian access

What: In this hour long Zoom forum, Jonathan Whittall will focus on the West Bank — including the recent escalation in violence, Israeli Military closure of Palestinian communities, loss of life, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis — and encourage discussion of ways to de-escalate and ensure the safety and security of all.

Why: A midnight phone call with the U.N. helped shed light on something that might help: Congressional intervention. Now is the time when calls from your members of Congress can ease tensions and ensure the safety and security of all, especially for Palestinian children and families. I fear Congress won’t do the right thing unless you, their constituents, ask.  

Email Congress Now to express your concern and invite them to their own RA Zoom briefing with the U.N.

The Sunday Zoom Forum is an important opportunity for you to hear about what is happening on the ground in the West Bank, ask questions, and share ideas.

Click this link to register for the Zoom Forum on Sunday

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Sincerely,Donna Baranski-WalkerFounder and Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance

P.S. Al Jazeera in Jerusalem reported this in Arabic on Friday, 10/14, ‘In light of prominent Palestinian models for decades, civil disobedience SUCCEEDS in breaking the siege of Shuafat camp’It includes a history of Palestinian nonviolent civil disobedience movements. You can use Google Translate to read it.

Jewish Webinar Series on Israel-Palestine

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 to our series Expanding Our Conversation on Israel-Palestine with a renewed commitment to engage in a deep and respectful conversation as we learn from our speakers and from one another.

Join us this Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Nadia Saah will present “The Nakba: Palestinian History Through Testimonies and Images.”

“The Nakba: Palestinian History Through Testimonies and Images” The Nakba (Catastrophe) began in 1948 when Israeli troops forcibly expelled over 700,000 Palestinians and destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages. Saah argues that a sustainable future in Palestine/Israel can only emerge in the presence of justice. A first step toward that future is facing the realities of the Nakba and its impact on Palestinian lives. She will review evidence using eyewitness accounts, images, and testimony of the descendants of Palestinians who were forced into exile. She will also discuss the ongoing Nakba that Palestinians endure.

Bio of Nadia Saah Nadia Saah founded and directs Project48, a cross-platform initiative to advance awareness of the Palestinian Nakba.  She has served as campaign director and strategist for media companies, rights organizations, and foundations. She also produces and consults on Palestine-themed film and television projects and on campaigns that seek a just, sustainable future in Palestine/Israel. She was Deputy Director of the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), and she currently serves on the boards of Jewish Currents, UNRWA USA, and the Adalah Justice Project.

Please consider making a donation to advance these conversations and the future of this project.

This series is organized independently and co-sponsored by several Reconstructionist congregations – Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Havurah Shalom Israel/Palestine Committee, Kadima Reconstructionist Community, Kol Tzedek, Mishkan Shalom, and Or Haneshamah.

L’shalom,Joel, Diana, Marcy, Sue, Rebecca, Brian, and Laurie

P.S. We are pleased that many of you heard the extraordinary presentation in September by Professor Rashid Khalidi, the first speaker in our series. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to watch the recording:

Please join us for future talks in our series; read presentation descriptions and bios here.

Our programs begin at 8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST, and 5:00 p.m. PST. On November 1, we will open the room half an hour early for an optional screening of the short film “The Present.”

  • November 1:  Yafa Jarrar, “The West Bank: Life under Apartheid”
  • November 15:  Basma Fahoum, “Palestinian Citizens of Israel”
  • November 29:  Jehad Abusalim, “Light in Gaza: Reflections on Gaza’s Past, Present, and Future”
  • December 13:  Sa’ed Atshan, “Jerusalem: The Politics of Coexistence”

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Interim Events and Membership Coordinator

Progressives Exposing Israeli Apartheid

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 Days, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib remarked that “you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel‘s apartheid government.” She was absolutely right, and recent polls have proven this fact, as net sympathy for Israel has waned in the last few years, especially among progressives, and young people.

It’s not surprising therefore that Israeli apologists in the media, and in congress, resort to smear campaigns and unwarranted attacks against progressives who defend Palestinian rights and condemn Israeli apartheid. However, it’s clear that Israel is losing the battle in the court of public opinion, and it’s our job on the ground to push our elected officials to do what’s right and stand for justice and democratic values.

Join us tomorrow Thursday, October 13th @ 5:30 PM CT for this important webinar where I will be hosting a live discussion on Facebook and YouTube with our wonderful guests: 

  • Josh Reubner: Director of Government Relations at the Institute for Middle East Understanding

  • Beth Miller: Senior Government Affairs Manager for Jewish Voice for Peace Action

  • Katie Halper: National Director of Living Liberally

  • Eva Borgwardt: Political Director at IfNotNow

Please share this webinar on (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram), watch on YouTube, and be sure to invite your friends and family to tune in.

We look forward to having you join us on October 13th @ 5:30 PM CT.

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Update: On-The-Ground Jewish Solidarity with Masafer Yatta

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 didn’t have a chance to see it, you can watch the recording. The testimony by our panelists was emotional and powerful.

It was apparent that the expulsion of Palestinians from Masafer Yatta is happening right under our noses in daily increments. Many left the webinar wanting to take action. Below are resources and suggested actions for you to take today!

Resource Links




Join us for an exciting webinar, moderated by Peter Beinart, exploring the role of Jewish activists as they join Palestinian-led resistance to the escalating violence of the Israeli occupation. Together, they stand against the state policy enabling daily army and settler violence, home demolitions, and mass expulsions in Masafer Yatta.

The webinar will focus on the connections between Jews (diaspora and Israeli) and Palestinians in the justice movement in Masafer Yatta. We will discuss the imbalance of power and the responsibility Jewish activists have in standing in solidarity, the personal transformations that take place through this work together, how each of the speakers carries this work forward, and the central importance that this joint struggle activism has. Going beyond personal connections, the work creates space for us to stand up together against Israeli settler and army violence and oppression, and make an impact today and in the future.

  • Peter Beinart, moderator – journalist and professor of journalism at CUNY.
  • Nur Zahor – an Israeli Arabic and Hebrew teacher and activist in Masafer Yatta.
  • Awdah Hathaleen – Palestinian Human rights activist, English teacher, and journalist from Masafer Yatta
  • Zak Witus – Young Leadership & Education Coordinator for New Israel Fund and a recent participant in the Center For Jewish Nonviolence Sustained Solidarity Hineinu delegation in Masafer Yatta.

South Hebron Hills Watch is a group of Israeli American volunteers who forged a strong connection with Palestinian residents of the South Hebron Hills and Jewish activists who are providing witness and physical support to these communities. We are not affiliated with any political party or organization but partner with like-minded people and organizations that support nonviolent activity on the ground and amplify the plight of these Palestinian families in the face of a broader effort to remove them from their lands. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice Summit

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 for Racial Justice and Co-Liberation.”

For this 21st annual Summit, YWCA Madison is collaborating with local and national practitioners, educators, artists, authors, and advocates to curate a combination of virtual and in-person experiences. The motivation is to disrupt the (mis)understanding of the different dimensions of justice as separate issues, and support an understanding of their interconnected nature.

The hope is for the Summit to support communities in deeply understanding how racial justice, restorative justice, gender justice, immigration justice, disability justice, climate justice, and so on, are truly different transgenerational dimensions of our ongoing building of practice, community, interconnectedness and power within movements for justice and co-liberation.

Some of the Summit keynotes this year are sisters Angela Davis and Fania Davis, Ericka Huggins, Linda Sarsour, Rudy Bankston, Jenifer Garcia, and sisters adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown.

For any other questions, please email racialjustice@ywcamadison.org.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Linda Sarsour has advocated for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories and expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. (Wikipedia)

Angela Davis supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. In 2019 the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) rescinded Davis’s Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award for Davis’s vocal support for Palestinian rights and the movement to boycott Israel. Davis said her loss of the award was “not primarily an attack against me but rather against the very spirit of the indivisibility of justice.” The BCRI reversed its decision and issued a public apology, stating that there should have been more public consultation. (Wikipedia)

Mid-August Virtual Advocacy Summit: Accountability Matters

Dear Friend,

We hope you are making plans to join us in mid-August at our virtual Advocacy Summit: Accountability Matters. This summit is in three parts and during the first on August 9th you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Ali Awad, an activist and journalist from the village of Tuba in Masafer Yatta:

Ali has been at the forefront of monitoring and reporting evictions in his village and others in Masafer Yatta. He is a key leader in his village’s efforts to raise international pressure to stop forced displacement and unjust demolitions. Awad is the co-founder of the new media project Humans of Masafer Yatta.

We are grateful to advocate with you!

Aug 26, 2022
Madison Peace Walk: Lisa Masri on Palestine

A Madison Peace Walk on July 15. Peng Her gave a marvelous talk about Laos and the Vietnam War.

    Friday evening, August 26
    Yahara Place Park [Map]
    6:00 pm
    Walk following to Tenney Park

Lisa Masri is going to speak about her 14 years of accompaniment work in Palestine.

Before coming to Madison Lisa lived in Palestine for 14 years, doing education and nonviolent accompaniment work with Project Hope and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme. Her peace work there was with youth, adults, and international volunteers in the West Bank, and included being an international presence in hot spots and teaching English, French, drama, and circus arts. Lisa will share about her work and answer your questions.

Madison Peace Walks is a small group of activists who have been doing weekly Peace Walks for Ukraine and the World. Details are posted each week here. Our speakers have experience related to US military involvement in other parts of the world. We have planned 3 special events in August as part of Madison Peace Walks for Ukraine and the World. Can you join us? Check here for updates.

    Other Peace Walk Events:
    Sunday, Aug 7 – Lanterns for Peace
    Friday, Aug 19 at 6 pm – Special speaker Zubeir Haroun

August 7 – Lanterns for Peace. We’ll peace walk to this family friendly event to commemorate the lives lost in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 77 years ago and make sure that such nuclear attacks never again take place. Details here from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

August 19 – Zubeir Haroun on Libya. Zubeir was born in Tripoli, Libya and lived there until 2007. He will explain the situation in Libya after the so-called Arab spring, a rare event in which Libyans could have had a chance for prosperity but instead it slipped into a nightmare and chaos. He’ll talk about the negative role of NATO, and how the US could have helped better. He’ll present a brief history of Libya, the formation of Libya, and how we got here. Zubeir recently moved with his family to Madison and they have participated in Madison Peace Walks.

World Beyond War put on an amazing international conference this month called NoWar2022 Resistance & Regeneration. Here are the recordings of all the conference sessions. We watched one of the sessions at our peace walk on July 8 – Ukrainian pacifist Yurii Sheliazhenko. Lots of great peace work from all around the world!

July 23, 2022
Madison-Rafah Palestinian Crafts Yard Sale

318 W. Lakeside Street
Madison [map]
10 am – 3 pm

Mark your calendars…

MRSCP has new ceramics from Hebron and new embroideries from Atfaluna Crafts.

We also have olive oil and spices from Playgrounds for Palestine, kufiyas, jewelry from Women in Hebron, and an excellent supply of olive oil soap.

You can browse samples at the Madison-Rafah Marketplace.

Palestine Partners at the National Women’s Music Festival

The 46th National Women’s Music Festival
June 30th – July 3rd, 2022
Marriot Madison West, 1313 John Q Hammons Dr, Middleton
Thu 5 pm-9 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-3 pm

The Festival Marketplace is open to the public and no tickets are required to shop!

Palestine Partners, a Madison-based organization that supports Women in Hebron and Youth of Samud, will be selling Palestinian crafts in the Music Festival Marketplace.

This four-day musical and cultural extravaganza covers all facets of women’s lives. Choices include workshops, concerts, comedy, theatre, a marketplace, films and videos, silent and live auctions, spirituality and writer’s series, and much more!