April 8, 2022
Film: Jenin, Jenin

    6-7:30 pm
    Room 4281, Helen C. White Library

UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine presents the documentary film “Jenin Jenin” about Israel’s massive 2002 assault on the Palestinian camp of Jenin in the West Bank.

Directed by the prominent Palestinian actor (and Israeli citizen) Mohammed Bakri, this classic film has been shown around the world and was banned in Israel.

March is a month of resilience and bravery for the Palestinian people

As Americans Muslims for Palestine commemorates Land Day on March 30th, we concurrently remember the brave and resilient people of Gaza’s Great March of Return, and their defiance amidst the infamous Israeli Operation Defensive Shield.  

This Land Day, AMP joined several groups in a global coalition for Palestine, signing a joint statement calling for sanctions on apartheid Israel. Read the statement here.

Land Day

On March 30th, 1976, the National Committee for the Defense of Arab Lands declared ‘Land Day’ in response to the Israeli government’s decision to confiscate 5,000 acres of Palestinian land. This confiscation of land was required for the expansion of Israel’s illegal settlement project, and more specifically, an effort to Judaize the Galilee. On that day in 1976, 6 unarmed Palestinians were killed, close to 100 were wounded, and hundreds of others were arrested. Almost every year on Land Day commemorations, Palestinians are subject to murder, harassment, and imprisonment.

Great March of Return

In March of 2018, the Great March of Return began, a series of Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip demanding the right of refugees expelled during the Nakba to return to their homes. The protesters also demanded an end to the Israeli blockade, described by the United Nations as collective punishment. The Israeli regime cracked down on the demonstrations, killing almost 300 Palestinian men, women, and children, and injuring almost 30,000 others in one year, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The Great March of Return would come to an end in December of 2019.

Operation Defensive Shield

On March 29, 2002, at the height of the Second Intifada, Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield, a devastating military assault that killed nearly 500 Palestinians, wounded over 1400, and left over 17,000 Palestinians homeless.

Though these events all happened years apart, they serve as a great representation of the realities of ongoing Israeli settler-colonialism, ethnic cleansing, occupation, and apartheid today. Whether it be 46, 20, or 4 years ago – it has all been and continues to be, the same colonialism, the same occupation, and the same apartheid.

Want to continue resisting settler colonialism and Israeli apartheid? Join this webinar led by Stop The Wall and organized by a global Palestinian coalition on April 1, 2022, at 12 PM Eastern Time.


March 30, 2022
Caging Childhood: Palestinian Children in Israeli Detention

8:30 pm Central Online

Hosted by Defense for Children International-Palestine; Amnesty International; Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East/Okanagan.

An online screening of the film Caging Childhood: Palestinian Children in Israel’s Military Detention System followed by a debriefing and question and answer with Shaina Low, the Advocacy Officer with Defense for Children International-Palestine.

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March 28, 2022
Land Day Event by the Palestinian Feminist Collective

Palestinian Feminist Collective

Online Monday, March 28th at 4PM Pacific, 6PM Central and 7PM Eastern

This event features PFC members Lila Sharif, Ayah Hamdan, Sherene Seikaly, and Noura Erakat, moderated by Selma Al-Aswad, discussing what we are fighting for — Land, Life, Love and Liberation.

Held during International Women’s Month, with this event we also commemorate Palestinian Land Day, the one-year anniversary of our release of the “Pledge that Palestine is a Feminist Issue” and our work and growth over the past year.

Global Rally Against Israeli Apartheid!

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) Webinar
March 26th at 9AM CDT / 5PM Palestine Daylight Time

Join us for the 2022 Global Rally Against Israeli Apartheid!

On this day, we will be joined by artists from around the world centering art and culture as critical arenas of our collective resistance to Israeli apartheid and all forms of racism and oppression. From dance, to music, to poetry, the rally will highlight the critical role that culture and art play in decolonizing our minds.

Some of these artists, speakers and creatives include: Sanaa Moussa, El Funoun Dabke Troupe, Rana Nazzal, Radiodervish, Kayda Aziz, Badiaa Bouhrizi, Estefania Vega, and more!

This rally comes as part of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which over the last 18 years has propelled discussion of Israeli apartheid and organizing for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns into the popular narrative in order to help bring an end to this crime against humanity.

This year, from March to April, communities around the globe will come together to organize inspiring IAW actions and events to show that now, more than ever, we are #UnitedAgainstRacism.

Register Here!

Overview

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is a tool for mobilizing grassroots support on the global level for the Palestinian struggle for justice. It is a grassroots mechanism to raise awareness about Israeli apartheid and to mobilize support for strategic BDS campaigns to help bring an end to this system of oppression.

IAW provides an opportunity to network and strengthen the links between the Palestinian liberation struggle and other struggles against racism, oppression, and discrimination. In 2022, as in every year since 2005, we will once again join our voices to denounce apartheid and celebrate our diversity. This year, we plan to shed light on the role of culture, and art in particular, in decolonizing our minds in our collective struggles against cultural appropriation and oppression. From March to April, communities around the globe will come together to organize inspiring actions and events to show that now, more than ever, we are #UnitedAgainstRacism.

All Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) activities must conform to the BDS movement’s anti-racist principles and respect its affiliation guidelines.

Register Here!

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WORT 89.9 FM: Holding Israel Accountable

Madison Rafah Sister City Project, WORT 89.9 FM, March 16, 2022

“Holding Israel Accountable” is the theme of the Rachel Corrie Commemoration sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. The commemoration honors the 19th anniversary of the death of the U.S. peace activist crushed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to peacefully prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home.

This program discusses reports by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that describe Israel as an apartheid state, and the recent deaths of Omar Abdalmajeed As’ad and Al Haj Suleiman al-Hathaleen at the hand of Israelis.

19th Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration

Register in advance for this webinar
March 16, 2022, 7 pm CT/5 pm PT

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and Madison-Rafah Sister City Project for Holding Israel Accountable, a commemorative webinar marking the 19th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s stand in Gaza.

How do we hold Israel accountable for decades of oppression, displacement, land theft, occupation and loss? At this moment, what are the avenues for seeking peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis? Five guests, representing many years of experience with this issue, will share their work and current perspectives.

Meet our speakers who represent years of experience with this issue and will on March 16th share their current work and perspectives on the question of Israeli accountability.

 Guest Speakers:

Amnesty International recently published a report calling “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity.” Rachel Corrie Foundation March 16th observances are about education, community building, and action. There is work for us all to do – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. With perspectives as Palestinians in the diaspora, representatives of solidarity organizations, and scholars, our guest speakers will help those of us at the grassroots level think how to effectively challenge Israel’s apartheid system and crimes against humanity that Amnesty International, other human and legal rights organizations, the Palestinian people, and Israeli activists have called out. 

Donations to the Rachel Corrie Foundation on March 16th will benefit the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP).

If you can’t make the March 16th event but wish to contribute to our support for GCMHP in remembrance of Rachel Corrie and the many others lost, Donate Here. Under “Apply my donation to” select Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. Thank you!

Rachel Corrie
Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie went to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles. While standing in front of a home threatened with demolition by the Israeli military, Rachel was killed when run over by an armored Caterpillar D9R bulldozer operated by two Israeli soldiers. With annual March 16th remembrances, we at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice seek to bring attention to the loss of lives, lands, freedoms, and opportunities that have continued since Rachel’s stand in Gaza in 2003 and to build and strengthen the community of constructive, nonviolent resisters of which she was a part.

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
We are delighted to again co-host our March 16 observance with friends at the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. MRSCP was founded in 2003 by concerned citizens in Madison, Wisconsin, to forge person-to-person relationships with Rafah, Palestine, to increase public awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and to influence public policy for the benefit of both peoples. Until COVID-19, MRSCP annually hosted an in-person Rachel Corrie commemorative event in Madison.

Co-sponsors
We are grateful for the support of the following partners who have helped with technical support and getting the word out!

Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights http://www.auphr.org
Bright Stars of Bethlehem-Madison https://www.brightstarsbethlehem.com
Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land https://holylandjustice.org/bishops-committee
Center for Constitutional Rights https://ccrjustice.org
Task Force for Palestinian Human Rights, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon https://diocese-oregon.org
Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) https://www.fosna.org
The Gaza Mental Health Foundation https://www.gazamentalhealth.org
Jewish Voice for Peace – Madison https://www.facebook.com/jvpmadison
Jewish Voice for Peace – Tacoma https://www.facebook.com/Tacoma.JVP
Jewish Voice for Peace – Seattle https://www.facebook.com/JVPSeattle
Students for Justice in Palestine at UW-Madison https://www.facebook.com/SJPatUW
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights – University of Washington (SUPER-UW) https://www.facebook.com/SuperUW
Tree of Life – West Coast
US Palestinian Community Network https://uspcn.org

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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 Project, Playgrounds for Palestine – Madison, and Palestine Partners will be there, so stop by to help us fully fund the Al Samud Playground in the Old City of Hebron by purchasing olive oil and making donations.

We’ll also be selling olive oil soap, embroidery, ceramics, earrings, Hirbawi keffiyehs and other crafts from Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine. Although our online Marketplace is currently closed, you can browse there before the sale. We look forward to seeing you!

Note: Some programs will also be livestreamed online. For more information including COVID-19 protocols, visit Overture’s website.

March 16, 2022
Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration Online

On the 19th anniversary of the killing of American peace activist Rachel Corrie by Israeli soldiers in Rafah, MRSCP will again join with the Rachel Corrie Foundation to honor Rachel’s life and work, and to raise funds to benefit the people of Rafah.

Join Rachel’s parents Craig and Cindy and a panel of distinguished speakers as we explore the theme of Holding Israel Accountable, and raise funds for a project benefiting Gaza families.

Registration and details coming soon; check for updates at the Rachel Corrie Foundation.