The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

Help Rush Emergency Relief to Gaza Now


HomeMadison-Rafah Sister City Project is raising funds for the Middle East Children’s Alliance to provide urgent aid to children and families in Rafah and throughout Gaza.

Almost half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people are now crowded into every available space, indoors and out, in our sister community of Rafah, suffering from hunger, cold, disease, dehydration, and the constant threat of death and injury from Israeli bombing and shelling.

NEW Goal 🎯
Amount Raised
$8,200 on 2/24/24

Amidst the ongoing attack on Gaza, MECA’s staff and local partners have continued to provide emergency assistance to families who have fled their homes to seek shelter with relatives, as well as procuring emergency medical supplies for hospitals and clinics.

Please give now to allow MECA to provide medical aid, clean water, food, psychological support, and more.

Beyond donating, we urge you to TAKE ACTION to stop the genocide in Gaza.

To get involved in activities in the Madison, WI area please contact us:

February 15, 2024
Dane County Board Resolutions

Update February 15, 2024
The substitute Resolution 314 (Miles) on Antisemitism and Resolution 321 on Islamophobia passed unanimously. Resolution 333 Calling for a Ceasefire in Gaza passed with Jeff Weigand voting no and Dave Ripp abstaining.

From Kierstin Huelsemann, Dane County Board of Supervisors District 27:

    February 9, 2024

    Hello. I am reaching out in hopes that you will support the following Resolutions which will be discussed this week by the Dane County Board’s Executive Committee and the board as a whole.

      (Support either the Huelsemann or Miles Sub)

    Executive Committee Meeting
    Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:00 PM
    Attend in person at the City County Building, Room 354
    or Register by 4:30 pm to attend via zoom.

    County Board Meeting
    Thursday, February 15, 2024 7:00 PM
    Attend in person at the City County Building, Room 201
    or Register by 6:30 pm to attend via zoom.

    OR you can email the board with your comments and support.

February 14, 2024
Show Gaza Some Love

❤️ Our silent online auction ❤️ starts Valentines day at noon and ends February 29 at 5 pm. 100% of the proceeds will go immediately to Middle East Children’s Alliance to provide emergency food, water, shelter and medical care in Gaza. The auction is free and open to the public. View items now and start bidding at noon on Valentines Day.


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Project Immigration Justice for Palestinians (Project IJP)

In response to the devastating and horrific humanitarian crisis and genocide in Gaza, the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) — in collaboration with organizations and attorneys across the country — has launched Project Immigration Justice for Palestinians (Project IJP). Project IJP seeks to provide humanitarian immigration support and assistance to Palestinians here and abroad. 

A few weeks ago, Project IJP hosted a virtual community forum where over 160 community members attended to learn more about the humanitarian immigration options available to community members. 

Project IJP has already matched over 50 Palestinian families with volunteer immigration attorneys and continues to receive case inquiries from community members on a daily basis.  While Project IJP endeavors to match all of our Palestinian community members to an attorney to receive free immigration services, we need your support. 

To achieve some of our humanitarian immigration objectives, our Palestinian community members may be required to pay fees to USCIS and other agencies.  We ask that you please help us support the humanitarian immigration needs of our Palestinian community members by donating to ease the burden of fee payments and other legal expenses incurred.  Please visit to learn more and donate to support our Palestinian community.

Special End-of-Year Appeal

Palestinian children take shelter at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in the city of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza, on November 15. – Mohammed Talatene/picture-alliance/dpa/APLess (from “We Have the Right to Live,” CNN, Dec. 14, 2023.)

As the end of the year approaches, we wanted to highlight some opportunities to support Palestine.

First, our Madison-Masafer Yatta Olive Grove has raised money to plant 271 of our goal of 500 olive trees in Masafer Yatta in the West Bank. The purpose of this project is to help these farmers remain on their land by keeping it cultivated in the face of settler and army attacks.

We have been told by our Dutch partner group Plant een Olijfboom that they plan to plant trees sponsored before January 1 during the January through March planting season. Please consider sponsoring one or more trees at $22 each before the end of the year. Donations after January 1 will be planted the following year.

Second, the local high school exchange student whose family of 6 is trapped in Gaza is still short in her GoFundMe campaign to get her parents and four sisters to safety in Egypt.

Nationally, both the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) are appealing for your help to provide emergency relief to Gaza.

We highly recommend these groups. We have worked with them in the past and will likely again in the coming year. Both are still able to provide aid in Gaza despite the terrible conditions.

Finally, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)  is in desperate need of donations for Gaza emergency relief. They recently wrote, “UNRWA staff continue to distribute the limited aid available to them, but they are hanging on by a thread. If UNRWA collapses, humanitarian assistance in Gaza will also collapse.”

As always, thank you for your support.

December 20, 2023
Potluck for Gaza and Phonebank for Humanity

Wednesday, December 20, 6-8 p.m. at Pasture & Plenty, 2433 University Ave.

It’s a phonebank potluck! Let food bring us together in collective action. Bring a Palestinian dish or dessert to pass, and join us in contacting our reps to bring an end to the humanitarian atrocities happening daily in Gaza for the last 2+ months. We will not let Palestine be erased.

We’re calling for CEASEFIRE NOW as the first step on the road to ending the occupation of Palestine. Bring stamps & a writing utensil, a cell phone or computer. Paper, envelopes, contact info for reps, & scripts will be provided.

PLEASE SHARE. NO RSVP NECESSARY (if you have questions or you’d like to let us know you’re coming so we can get a headcount, send a message to @emmawaldinger 🍉🍉

C’mon Madison, take a stand against the slaughter


Cease-fire protest
Members of international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders hold placards during a protest for an end to the war in Gaza and for an immediate cease-fire, at Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 4. 

I write this on Dec. 6, the day after the Madison Common Council passed a resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. While it would have been nice to see 21 names on the resolution as sponsors, it was nonetheless gratifying to see it pass unanimously.

And so our city government has said something. It has taken a stand and is demanding action from higher branches of government.

But what about the rest of us, Madison? What about our other institutions? What about our corporations? What about our community-based organizations? What about our houses of worship?

Supposedly people have been waking up over the past few years to racial injustice. Supposedly we learned things during the pandemic about gross inequities and how we need to think differently and to do differently and to be different. Supposedly we learned that Black lives actually do matter and what that means. Supposedly, we recognized the stolen Ho-Chunk lands we live upon and the historical genocide here at home. Supposedly, we learned that silence in the face of injustice is injustice itself — that silence is violence.

So many corporations today have departments of diversity, equity and inclusion. Supposedly, we learned this matters. Does it matter now, Madison? Many of those corporations issued statements immediately or in the days following Oct. 7 condemning the Hamas attack on Israel. How many of those same corporations and entities have uttered any words since as thousands of Palestinian civilians — so many of whom were children — have been slaughtered? There are many words that could be used to describe the slaughter, but however you name it, however you justify it or defend it or dress it up, the slaughter remains.

We are living in the days and in the moments that will define each of us as individuals. I invite you to jump forward in time, Madison. As you look to your future self decades from now, and then you look back upon this time and what you could have said or what you could have done, forget about how other people will judge you and ask instead, how will you judge yourself? Did you condone the slaughter of thousands? Just how complicit were you? Did you have social or political capital? Did you use it? Did you have the opportunity to say something or to do something to demand the end to the slaughter? Did you say it? Did you do it?

Just because the city of Madison passed its resolution demanding a cease-fire in Gaza doesn’t mean you don’t still have to do whatever it is that you can do, Madison. What we are seeing is racial injustice on the most severe and extreme levels. We are seeing racially and ethnically and religiously motivated genocide. Where do you stand, Madison? What have you learned? Where is our corporate responsibility?

Corporations, you can get on the right side. Work on diversity, equity and inclusion isn’t just about philanthropy and affinity groups. You can save lives. You can at least speak out to save lives. You can apply political pressure.

You know how to do it. It’s really just a question of whether you want to or not. Or maybe you think the slaughter is OK?

Tariq Saqqaf is former chair of The Capital Times Kids Fund’s Child and Family Development Committee.

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Palestine Children’s Relief Fund: Urgent Gaza Relief Updates

Urgent Gaza Relief

Our “Gaza Relief and Recovery” campaign aims to address urgent humanitarian needs and support long-term recovery efforts in Gaza. The funds raised will primarily focus on immediate relief, including providing essential medical supplies, food, medical treatment, clean water, and other necessities for families affected by the conflict. Additionally, our campaign will support rebuilding healthcare facilities and providing long-term support through impactful programs and projects to support the needs of children and the health sector in Gaza. It will also allocate resources towards trauma counseling, mental health support, and other initiatives for children affected by the conflict, aiming to foster healing and resilience within the community.
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Humanitarian Airlift: Medical Aid to Gaza


The PCRF team, in collaboration with the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organization, loaded 30 tons of vital medicines and medical supplies onto a military cargo plane for swift delivery to four operational hospitals in South Gaza. Furthermore, one-third of a larger cargo plane was secured and loaded. The cargo reached Al-Arish airport in Egypt on December 7th, ready for swift transportation into Gaza.
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Food Relief: PCRF and UNRWA Aid Displaced Families in Southern Gaza, Rafah

The PCRF and UNRWA collaboration has distributed vital food supplies in Rafah since December 7, 2023. Initially, 7,561 kg of turkey meat aided 7,560 families. This effort extended to distributing 1,020 kg of calf meat and 1,000 vegetable baskets to 22 shelter centers supporting 199,653 displaced individuals.
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Fresh Turkey Distribution for Displaced Families in Southern Gaza, Rafah

Our staff in Rafah, in collaboration with UNRWA, identified an extra food source—fresh turkey meat. We’ve initiated a five-stage distribution plan, providing 5,000 kilograms to 10 shelters in each phase. This intervention aims to serve 100,000 displaced individuals over the next week, with efforts to secure more turkey meat underway.
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PCRF Partners with Anera to Provide 800,000 Hot Meals in Gaza

In a demonstration of solidarity, PCRF granted $1.5 million to Anera for 800,000 hot meals, underlining collective strength in crisis response. This collaboration so far has provided 125,628 ready-to-eat meals.
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Toys For Children In Gaza Shelters

Our Gaza team, with dedication and bravery, procured and distributed Toys for Children to bring joy to 6,000 children in shelters. Collaborating with UNRWA, our committed team members, Mahmoud and Fadi, facilitated the distribution process. Your continued support is crucial as we strive to make a positive impact in Gaza’s challenging shelter conditions.
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Humanitarian Collaboration: PCRF and PRCS Address Urgent Needs for Stranded Gaza Workers

In response to dire circumstances, PCRF, in collaboration with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), has provided essential relief to Gaza workers that have been left stranded in the West Bank’s Jenin and Tubas regions since the beginning of October. Our joint effort delivers urgently needed items, including blankets, pillows, and mattresses, to help alleviate the pressing humanitarian crisis. This crucial initiative is a direct response to the harsh conditions faced by Gaza workers.commitment to global humanitarian efforts is vividly demonstrated through this initiative, wherein each shipment comprises essential medical supplies meticulously chosen to address the pressing challenges faced by the people of Gaza.
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   Help Provide Urgent Humanitarian Care for Gaza's Children

Amidst the Unfolding Crisis in Gaza, Over One Million Children Hang in the Balance

PCRF is the primary humanitarian organization in Palestine, delivering crucial and life-saving medical relief and humanitarian aid where it is needed most.  Access to essential resources like food, clean water, and healthcare is severely limited. Urgent action is needed. With your support, we can continue this vital work, ensuring that the over one million children of Gaza receive the urgent care they need and deserve.


December 8, 2023
Join the next USCPR Power Hour for Palestine

THIS FRIDAY, December 8, at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
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🚨TELL CONGRESS: Demand a #CeasefireNOW!

60 members of Congress have called for a ceasefire. We must demand a PERMANENT ceasefire now, and we must demand that Congress #StopArmingIsrael.
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A public relations effort by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin

Back in March, Senator Tammy Baldwin announced a $798,000 grant so the Wisconsin Air National Guard (WANG) can “conduct community outreach, noise mitigation planning, and prepare for the F-35s arrival at Truax Field.” 

Earlier this month, WANG quietly started this outreach program with a new web site.

When Baldwin announced the grant, Safe Skies responded with this news release. Here are notable statements:

“I don’t have words to describe how dismissive and minimizing she is of the magnitude of the threats, “remarked Safe Skies leader Ellen Magee.

“This is chump change,” Boswell commented. “She must think everyone in our impacted community is a chump to take this seriously. Two years ago, the people in the Burlington, VT area got $6.3 million from the FAA after the F-35s arrived, primarily to soundproof one school, the Chamberlin Elementary School,” Boswell noted. “We have 59 schools and daycares within three miles of Truax. Can you even imagine how much it will cost to soundproof all those schools?”

“The most hypocritical and insulting part of Baldwin’s press release,” Boswell said, “was her claim that this government grant is to conduct community outreach. The community has been “reaching out” to the Senator for four years and she’s refused to recognize us at all.”

“Senator Baldwin has failed to respond to more than 6,000 postcards sent to her over the past two years by citizens around Wisconsin opposing the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at Truax,” noted Jane Kavaloski, a retired school social worker and member of the Interfaith Peace Working Group.

“We are going to continue to oppose this despicable and totally inappropriate decision to base this squadron of nuclear-capable, stealth fighter jets in our community, while the Senator continues to lose the support of her constituents,” Boswell pledged.

Not surprisingly, the new community outreach website looks like a public relations promotion for WANG.

On the home page you can sign up to receive updates. The final field for the sign up asks: “What interests you most about this project?”

If you sign up to receive updates, here are questions you can pose:


  • Why was Truax Field chosen for the F-35 fighter jets if it had the greatest environmental impacts and environmental racism of the five sites evaluated in the Air Force EIS?
  • What studies can explain the mental and physical health effects caused by exposure to the noise from F-35 fighter jets on infants, children, adults and the elderly?
  • What is the maximum F-35 fighter jet noise exposure level to the general public around Truax Field?
  • What are the maximum anticipated number of F-35 flights in a day, week, month and year?
  • Can the Wisconsin Air National Guard ask the county airport to evaluate noise impacts lower than the 50-year old 65 decibel DNL it is using for its Part 150 noise abatement plan?
  • Can the Wisconsin Air National Guard ask the county airport to evaluate instantaneous, rather than daily average, noise levels for its Part 150 noise abatement plan?
  • Can the Wisconsin Air National Guard ask the county airport to offer to purchase the homes and relocate everyone within the 65 decibel DNL noise contour as part of its Part 150 noise abatement plan? What steps can be taken so all F-35 fighter jets take off and land north of the county airport?
  • How likely will an F-35 fighter jet from Truax Field crash like the jet that crashed in South Carolina in September?
  • How soon will the F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field be equipped to carry nuclear weapons?
  • How many people work at Truax Field, what percent of them live in the 53704 area code and what percent of Truax Field salaries are paid to people that live in the 53704 area code?
  • Where do pilots of the F-35 fighter jets based at Truax Field live?; Can the Wisconsin Air National Guard encourage the staff of Truax Field to live within the 53704 area code?
  • What steps should be taken by local, county, state and federal representatives to move the squadron of F-35 fighter jets from Truax Field to Volk Field?
  • What steps should be taken by local, county, state and federal representatives to change the mission of the 115th Fighter Wing to an Air National Guard mission that is more compatible with the Madison urban area?
  • When will the Wisconsin Air National Guard complete its investigation to determine the full extent of its PFAS contamination of surrounding groundwater and Yahara chain of lakes?
  • When will the Wisconsin Air National Guard complete the cleanup of its PFAS contamination of surrounding groundwater and Yahara chain of lakes?

Join an open discussion at:!forum/no-f-35s-in-madison
Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin

December 5, 2023
Update: Madison Council to Vote on Gaza Ceasefire

December 3, 2023

As Israel once again expands its murderous assault on the people of Gaza, creating what is being called a mass assassination factory, we need your help.

If you are a resident of the City of Madison, we need you to ask the Common Council to pass the proposed resolution calling for a ceasefire. The resolution comes up for testimony and a vote at the Tuesday, December 5 virtual meeting which begins at 6:45 pm.

As of this writing, it has 11 co-sponsors, the minimum needed for passage.

We need you to contact alders ahead of the meeting and also to register and/or to speak in support of the resolution at Tuesday night’s meeting. Directions for both are below.

City councils have been passing ceasefire resolutions around the US, for example Atlanta, Detroit and three other Michigan cities, Oakland and Richmond, CA; and others. The goal is to put pressure on the Biden administration and Congress to halt the slaughter and destruction in Gaza.  It is the very MINIMUM that our elected officials can do.

Follow the link below; click on the box labeled “Register for Public Comment”. You will have the option to register to speak or to just register your support for the resolution, which is agenda item number 108​.

As always, thanks for your support.

November 28, 2023

A resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza has been introduced into the Madison Common Council.  It is scheduled to be voted on next Tuesday, December 5 in a virtual council meeting. While limited in scope, it’s consistent with resolutions around the country calling on the Biden administration to secure a ceasefire and stop the killing.
Here’s the resolution text and an updated tally of alders who have signed onto it. It has 10 co-sponsors with 11 alders — a simple majority — needed for passage.
As we know from past experience, alders will be receiving enormous pressure to withdraw their support. In addition to getting more alders on board we’ll need to persuade those signed on to stay and vote for it.
If you are a resident of Madison, please take 5 minutes to contact the Common Council in support of this resolution. You can contact your alder and the entire Council with one email. 
(1) Look up your alder by your home address here. Check the resolution link above to find out if they are already a sponsor.
(2) Compose and send ONE email to <>. We understand this is more effective than using the contact form, but that’s an option. Use your own words; there are some suggestions below.
(3) Include your alder’s name and that you are a constituent of theirs, and:
    If your alder is a sponsor, thank them for signing on and urge them to continue supporting the resolution.
    If your alder is not yet a sponsor, ask them to become a sponsor or at least pledge to vote for the resolution. 
Messaging: Keep it short and simple and emphasize that this is the least that they can do to save lives and end the catastrophic destruction of Gaza. Tell them why this is important to you and to any organizations that you belong to. Ask for a reply.
For quick reference here is a complete list of all alders with their emails and phone numbers. If you know an alder personally, you could give them a call.


December 1, 2023

Dear Members of the Madison Common Council,

We want to thank all the alders who have signed on in support of the recent resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Today’s resumption of the massive bombardment of civilians in Gaza shows the absolutely urgent need for the ceasefire, and we urge those who have not yet signed on to do so immediately.

A large majority of Americans support a ceasefire, and this is the very MINIMUM that you as elected officials can do in opposition to the death and devastation that our tax dollars are unleashing upon 2.3 million human beings trapped in an area just slightly larger than the City of Madison. Since the resolution was drafted, the death toll is approaching 20,000, of whom over 6,000 are children. Every day that Israel’s assault continues, more people die from bombing and shelling, from untreated injuries, from disease, from lack of medical care, food, water, shelter and fuel. This is a crime against humanity that nothing can justify. It must stop.

Again, we ask you to pass this resolution, and then to forward it to our elected federal representatives including Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Mark Pocan.


Rowan Atalla
Tsela Barr
Cassandra Dixon
Samir El-Omari
Lisa Masri
Barbara Olson
Donna Wallbaum
Kathy Walsh

Members of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

December 1, 2023

Thank you – Ceasefire for Gaza Resolution

Good evening,

My name is Alder Nasra Wehelie serving in District 7. I am one of the sponsors for the resolution for the Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza. I have read each and everyone of your emails and was really moved and appreciate your time, insight and support. The council meeting for Tuesday 12/5 is virtual. For those who are interested in registering to support or to speak, here is the link. The agenda item number is 108​.

Thank you again.

Nasra Wehelie

Madison Common Council – District 7 Alder

Unite now to stop #GazaGenocide and start dismantling Israeli apartheid!

Let’s make November 29th a global day of action to stop #GazaGenocide

Tomorrow, November 29th, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the #BDS movement is calling for an all day social media storm. Our physical and digital actions can be used together to strengthen our demands:
  • Permanent ceasefire and lifting the siege to stop Israel’s genocide in Gaza.
  • Lawful sanctions on Israel, including a #MilitaryEmbargo.
  • Pressure on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue arrest warrants for Israeli leaders.

Click here for prepared messages and images to use for the social media storm.

Millions of you have taken to the streets for the largest protests the world has seen in the last 20 years! We are grateful to each one of you who, through your voices and creative actions, have built up unprecedented grassroots power to end Israel’s genocidal war against 2.3 million Palestinians in the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip. 

You have shown meaningful solidarity with Palestinian rights by pressuring governments to take action and hold those responsible and complicit in Israel’s genocide in Gaza accountable. Across the Global South – from South Africa to Colombia – several states have cut diplomatic ties with Israel or expelled or recalled their ambassadors. Others have referred Israel’s war criminals to the International Criminal Court. 


Yet, Western governments are continuing to arm, fund and provide political cover for Israel’s genocide, promoting a new doctrine of unaccountable, unmasked, and extreme violence  against  those  who  challenge  Western  powers  and  their  interests. Theirs is an alliance of the world’s racist, colonial regimes culminating in the mass murder of Palestinians. 

Time has long run out – we need to turn the scales in favour of people’s power now! 

Ending all state, corporate and institutional complicity with Israel’s genocidal apartheid regime is more urgent than ever. Palestinian lives and livelihoods literally depend on it. To this end, and as time has shown, BDS is the most effective form of solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle. 

Under the banner, Unite now to stop #GazaGenocide and start dismantling apartheid!, the Palestinian-led global BDS movement calls for a Global Day of Action on November 29th, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, to end business-as-usual with apartheid Israel. We call for escalating worldwide peaceful mobilizations and expressions of meaningful solidarity to stop the genocide including:

  1. Whenever feasible, organizing peaceful disruptions, sit-ins, occupations, etc. targeting  policymakers, as well as the corporate enablers of genocide and apartheid (arms manufacturers, investment firms), and institutions (media, universities, cultural spaces, etc.).

  2. Disrupting the transport of weapons, or weapon parts, to Israel, including in transit states, by supporting trade unions refusing to handle such shipments, as has been done in Belgium, US, and the Spanish State, and as expressed by trade unions in India, Turkey, Italy and Greece. 

  3. Pressuring parliaments and governments to cancel existing military contracts and agreements with Israel, as Colombia’s president publicly espoused, and as demanded by the BDS movement in Brazil, a demand supported by civil society and more than 60 parliamentarians in the country

  4. Intensifying all strategic economic boycott and divestment campaigns against complicit corporations, and escalating campaigns to cut all ties to apartheid Israel and its complicit academic and cultural institutions as well as sports teams.

  5. Mobilizing your community, trade union, association, church, social network, student government/union, city council, cultural center, or other organization to declare itself an Apartheid Free Zone (AFZ) on November 29th, if it hasn’t already, and organize a solidarity event or action on November 29th.

  6. Pressuring your elected officials, where relevant, through direct communication or collective direct action, to demand real pressure on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to urgently prosecute Netanyahu and all other Israeli officials responsible for genocide, apartheid, and war crimes.