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  • March 2, 2024
    Madinah Academy Ramadan Show

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  • Islamophobia Will Poison This Country

    The U.S. media is once again presenting the vicious dehumanizing caricatures that make it easier to oppress and wage war on people. Alex Skopic and Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs, 07 February 2024 This article was adapted from an item in the Current Affairs Biweekly News Briefing. Subscribe today! One of the most disturbing things…


  • At a megachurch Christmas Eve service outside Atlanta, a call for a ceasefire

    On Christmas Eve, congregants gathered at the New Birth Missionary Baptist church for a service unlike any other: the church choir wore keffiyehs, Palestinians shared stories of the Nakba, and the pastor’s call was clear: a ceasefire in Gaza. SOPHIA QURESHI DECEMBER 25, 2023 SENIOR PASTOR JAMAL BRYANT AT NEW BIRTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH SPEAKS TO…


  • Faith Leaders Oppose F-35 Fighter Jets

    Find inspiration and hope reading this full-page ad from the July 29 Wisconsin State Journal. In an expression of moral solidarity, 39 leaders of local faith organizations clearly state why they oppose bringing F-35 Striker Force jets to our county and our country. Calling on our Senators to stop supporting these deadly war machines, these…


  • Barbara Olson and Tsela Barr: Congress needs to stand against Israeli travel bans

    In this July 15, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, right, speaks, as U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite) TSELA BARR AND BARB OLSON, The Cap Times, August 23, 2019 Last week, the Israeli government took the unprecedented step of denying…


  • Rise against Racism! #CounterCUFI

    Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA) For too long, Palestinians have been calling for freedom, justice, and equality. As organizations that share these values, we urge you to join us in confronting Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of…


  • Will Christchurch be our wakeup call??

    Many of those killed in the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attack were, in fact, Palestinians. Rifat Audeh is a Palestinian-Canadian who participated in the Freedom Flotilla when the activists on the Mavi Marmara were murdered; he later produced a documentary about that experience: The Truth: LOST AT SEA. Rifat Audeh, Scoop Media, 19 March 2019…


  • 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…


  • Sep 27-28: Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) National Conference

    You are invited to FOSNA’s national meeting in Minneapolis: Prophetic Action. This event is on track to be one of the largest ecumenical gatherings of Christian leaders and activists for Palestinian rights. Participants will discuss liberative theologies across faiths, celebrate growing church wins, and reflect on the impact of their activism! Along with keynote speaker,…


  • July 26, 2018
    Palestine and Us: Grassroots Mobilization with Rev. Graylan Hagler

    ONLINE from The Palestine Center Washington, DC 12 noon – 1 pm Central Pastor and activist Rev. Graylan Hagler will highlight the intersections between the Palestinian cause and other contemporary social movements. His work has focused on Black liberation, economic justice, community organizing, and mobilizing faith communities. Watch the event live online. Biography of Speaker…


  • July 24, 2018
    Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb on “Hope in the Shadow of the Wall”

    Tuesday, July 24 at 7 PM – 9 PM First Unitarian Society of Madison 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, Wisconsin Join us for a special presentation by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, “Hope in the Shadow of the Wall” at First Unitarian Society of Madison. July 24, 7pm. Free and open to the public. Rev. Dr.…


  • July 25, 2018
    Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Pastor Everett Mitchell

    Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM – 9 PM Christ The Solid Rock Baptist Church 1502 Parkside Dr, Madison, Wisconsin Pastor Mitchell of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church will present with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb on “The Black Church and Palestinian Theologies: Intersections of Faith in the Face of Empire”. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb…


  • Supreme Court Upholds Muslim Ban

    Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawai’i, June 26, 2018 Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s…


  • RE/MAX Israel Sells Properties in Illegal Israeli Settlements

    CODEPINK, June 16, 2016 This weekend is the Presbyterian Church’s biannual General Assembly. Among the many social justice issues they will address is a resolution calling on real estate giant RE/MAX to stop facilitating property sales in illegal Israeli settlements. In 2016, right before the last Presbyterian Church General Assembly, RE/MAX founder and then-CEO Dave…


  • Standing with my Muslim neighbors in the wake of Jerusalem and Gaza

    Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, The Cap Times, May 17, 2018 Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018, left, and on the same day, Palestinians in Gaza City carry the body of Mousab Abu Leila, who was killed during a protest at…


  • Statement on the attack on Palestinians of Jerusalem

    Friends of Sabeel North America On Sunday, February 25, church leaders from the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian Apostolic churches in Jerusalem shut down the Church of the Holy Sepulcher until further notice. They did so in protest of a new municipal law demanding that church leaders pay over $190 million to the state…


  • 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…


  • December 10, 2017
    Moving Past Hate

    [pdf-embedder url=”http://madisonrafah.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/United-Against-Hate-flyer-FINAL.pdf”]   It’s been five years since the attack on the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, when the calm of a Sunday on August 5, 2012, was shattered by a White Supremacist Gunman killing six innocent people and wounded others. This gunman was a member of a hate group founded by Arno Michaelis.…


  • 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.


  • Congress’s Anti-Boycott Act Threatens More Than Free Speech

    Churches for Middle East Peace, July 28, 2017 In The News Democratic Senators Rethink Bill Criminalizing Support for Israel Boycott [Roll Call] Roll Call reports, “Democratic senators are thinking twice about the proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act after an outcry by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which considers it a ‘serious threat to free speech.’…


  • Churches are standing up!

    Anna Baltzer, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, 23 Jul 2017 Have you heard the news? In the last several weeks alone, more than 35 local, regional, national, and international church bodies have taken bold actions in support of Palestinian rights! A flurry of churches — 17 and counting — have declared themselves HP-free across the…


  • May 21, 2017
    Clearing Misconceptions about Islam

    Sunday, May 21 Madison Marriot West 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Middleton WI 2:00-5:00 pm Cost: Free Contact: Masood Akhtar, 608-332-0189 For more info see: Madinah Community Center or Facebook.com


  • Update April 21-24, 2017
    Juan Cole Programs

    April 21, 2017 WORT 89.9 FM A Public Affair: Juan Cole On The Middle East 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Listen to the program Professor Juan Cole will be Esty Dinur’s guest on A Public Affair, WORT’s daily hour-long talk program, for a wide-ranging discussion of issues, wars and prospects in the Middle East. April…


  • March 29, 2017
    Islamophobia in America with Reza Aslan

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Wisconsin Union Theater Cost: Free Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around…


  • March 27, 2017
    Confronting Antisemitism and Islamophobia : From the Middle Ages to Today

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  • How Israel Misuses the Bible

    By fuming over a U.N. resolution against Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, Israeli leaders reveal their final solution for the Palestinians – to deny them property rights and displace them. Daniel C. Maguire, Consortiumnews.com, December 27, 2016 Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, let the theological cat out of the bag.   When the…


  • In massive shift, Lutherans vote to halt US aid to Israel

    Ryan Rodrick Beiler, The Electronic Intifada, 17 August 2016 Lutheran church wants US to halt aid to Israel until settlement construction and human rights abuses end. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the latest US denomination to take economic action against the Israeli occupation. At its triennial assembly last week…


  • Unitarian Majority for Divestment; Presbyterians Take it to the Next Level!

    Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, June 25th, 2016 I cannot remember a more significant day in church activism for Palestinian rights than the past 24 hours. The largest gathering of UUs in the country just voted on whether to endorse the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s recent divestment from companies complicit in the…


  • April 7, 2016
    Linda Sarsour on Racial Justice & Interfaith Cooperation

      7:00 – 9:00 pm The Crossing 1127 University Ave. Madison, WI Linda Sarsour is a working woman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim…


  • May 5 – 6, 2014
    Mark Braverman in Madison

    Mark Braverman, author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land and A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing and the Struggle for Peace in Israel and Palestine, will be speaking in Madison. Mark is an American Jew with deep family roots in the Holy Land. He is on the…


  • March 31, 2014
    Rev. Mitri Raheb at Edgewood College

    Edgewood College Anderson Auditorium Predolin Humanities Center 3:00 pm [Directions] Rev. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and director of the Diyar Consortium, will be speaking in Madison as part of a tour for his new book Faith in the Face of Empire: the Bible Through Palestinian Eyes. Since 1992 Rev. Raheb…


  • Quakers Call For Israel Boycott & Divestment

    Breakthrough! Quakers Spanning 3 States Call For Boycott & Divestment Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation National Organizer, September 4th, 2013 Quakers call for boycott & divestment! Exciting news! Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, a regional Quaker organization encompassing Ohio, Michigan, and Western Pennsylvania, has become the first Quaker Yearly Meeting to officially…


  • Israeli rabbi remarks on Palestinians deeply offensive: US

    Agence France Presse, 29 Aug 2010 WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Sunday condemned as deeply offensive remarks by an influential Israeli rabbi who said he hoped Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas would vanish from our world. We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in…


  • February 23, 2010
    Bridging the Divide: Kobi and Aziz

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 7 pm, Room B1B Lowell Center, UW Madison [Map] Aziz Abu-Sarah is a former Fatah Youth Member and now a veteran Palestinian peacebuilder. Kobi Skolnick is an ex-Kahana settler turned Israeli peacemaker. Together they talk about their path-breaking peace work across enemy lines. National tour sponsored by The Center for World…


  • United Methodist Divestment Efforts

    Your help is urgently needed. In the face of many false attacks, United Methodist volunteers have put up a web site to explain the concept of divestment from companies that sustain the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. This site contains information on Israeli apartheid, and explanations of proposals that will be before the United Methodist…


  • Simon Wiesenthal Center Says United Church of Christ’s Resolution Is Immoral

    ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 4, 2005–A United Church of Christ (UCC) resolution demanding that Israel dismantle its anti-terrorism fence “is functionally antisemitic, which devalues the lives of the citizens of the Jewish state,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, of Los Angeles. “This immoral resolution, which cloaks itself in the language of…


  • April 30, 2005
    Madison Community Seder

    St. Mark’s Lutheran Chapel 605 Spruce St., Madison 7:00 PM This season of Passover is observed with the Seder ceremony, which celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery. This year we will have the opportunity to participate in a Seder celebration that is open to people of all beliefs and supports two excellent…


  • April 10-11, 2005
    "Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision"

    A Partners for Peace presentation Sunday, April 10, 2005 — 4 pm Memorial United Church of Christ 5705 West Lacy Rd. Fitchburg Monday, April 11, 2005 — 7 pm First Unitarian Society Meeting House 900 University Bay Dr. Madison Sponsored by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) , The Peace and Justice Committee of the…


  • THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF AMERICAN JEWS

    “My People are American. My Time is Today.” Lenni Brenner, CounterPunch, October 24, 2003 A friend once got a bit of a reputation by pointing out that “you don’t need the weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.” But you do need a demographer to know which way the Jews are going. Some…