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Link to VFHL April 21st Online Film Salon video on Destroying Healthcare: Israel's War on Gaza Hospitals

 https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/salonrecordings

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Fridays 10:30 AM Eastern: KKFI Radio

Listen to the podcast

AlJazeera podcast The Take: “With no universities left in Gaza, student protests bring hope”.

   For more info: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/2024/5/8/the-take-with-no-universities-left-in-gaza-student-protests-bring-hope  

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Link to YouTube

Watch “The Law and the Prophets” online

Featuring: Not all of us have the opportunity to travel to Israel and Palestine to witness first hand the day-to-day realities of Palestinians living under a brutal occupation since 1967. The "Law and the Prophets" is an opportunity to hear first hand from eight brave and determined individuals living in Israel and Palestine working for a just peace and an end to the occupation.

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_kF35lgF40&t=4252s  

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Link to film

Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center presents documentary “Breaking Barriers: Women in Political Leadership”.

Featuring: “Breaking Barriers” features the remarkable narratives of two extraordinary women who defied all the odds to claim their rightful place in Palestinian political life and defend women rights. Their stories resonate with perseverance, determination, and unwavering commitment to change.

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_kifn8-JPM  

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5/5/24-6/23/24: Register for event

Partners for Progressive Israel Spring 2024 Israel-Palestine Symposium, “The Day After: Towards a Shared Future”

   For more info: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/OVvODwGAiXDUmlfUO43JAg  

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5/13/24 2:00 PM EDT: Register for event

Partners for Progressive Israel Webinar, “Finding Promise in the Present: A Yom Haatzmaut Celebration”.

Featuring: PPI is gathering again with PIN for a J Street-helmed session with speakers including our board member Rabbi Andrea London and US Representative Jerry Nadler.

   For more info: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8017134615769/WN_L6D99HJfSo2gbaDaaiE9Zw#/registration  

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5/14/24 10:00 AM: Register for event

Middle East Institute Webinar, “The Arab Gulf Views Normalization with Israel Post-October 7th; Prospects and Challenges Ahead”.

Featuring: Prior to the Oct. 7 attacks, a number of strategically important Arab Gulf countries had established relations with Israel or were actively considering doing so. Others have since emerged as key interlocutors, attempting to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. What is the current view of maintaining relations with Israel in these countries? Is Saudi-Israeli normalization still possible given public opinion and the new geopolitical realities? Are the Abraham Accords now relegated to becoming yet another frosty peace treaty? How will Qatar manage its future relations with Hamas and Israel? To discuss these issues and more, the Middle East Institute invites you to a special webinar.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yhfnut9hTeinLJ1X-H1AQA#/registration  

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5/15/24 11:00 AM: Register for event; in person: 1763 N Street NW, Washington DC 20036

Middle East Institute hybrid event, author Christopher Phillips speaks on his book “Battle Ground - Ten Conflicts that Explain the New Middle East”.

Featuring: In his new book, international relations scholar Christopher Phillips explores geopolitical rivalries in the Middle East and the major external powers vying for influence: Russia, China, the European Union, and the United States. Moving through 10 key flashpoints, from Syria to Palestine, Phillips’ book seeks to answer how the US’s overextension after the Cold War, and retreat in the 2010s, has unbalanced the region.

   For more info: In person: https://middleeastinstitute.my.site.com/Registration/s/Event/701Uh000007yzKn/515-battle-ground-ten-conflicts-that-explain-the-new-middle-east; Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wTUq6ZFxR7qmKlSLzisycw#/registration  

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5/15/24 11:00 AM: Link for Zoom

Abrahamic Reunion Zoom “Programs Report From the Frontlines of Peacebuilding”.

Featuring: Join us for some time with International Director, Ghassan Manasra, who was just in Israel during Ramadan for the three Multi-Faith Iftar Dinners, and Abd Manasra, Israeli Programs Director, who is currently in the Holy Land.

   For more info: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85878793752?pwd=tBBfuMYAJ7MvEvMEVVhpHHBaRoHr2E.1#success  

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5/15/24 1:00 PM: Register for event

Join Partners for Progressive Israel and Combatants for Peace for Joint Nakba Remembrance Ceremony

Featuring: The Joint Nakba Remembrance Ceremony is a unique opportunity to commemorate the pain and tragedy of the Nakba. This year, we will center the ceremony around the theme of “liberation” - how do we liberate ourselves from occupation, oppression and violence? What does liberation look like and how do we begin to heal from our past and present trauma?

   For more info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrBBv_MsXtIjbuwR4nw4xCl1oA6gaGDZpYzQaLuAu0jXEwWA/viewform  

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5/15/24 2:00 PM: Register for event

Join Jim Zogby for Coffee and a Column, “When Displays of Strength Mask Weakness”

   For more info: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pde2srjosH9clCbpqxePXBsjWToSslHRX?emci=25300358-2a11-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&emdi=41927613-3111-ef11-96f3-6045bdd9e096&ceid=752519#/registration  

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5/15/24 2:30 PM: Register for event

American Enterprise Institute Webinar, “Countering Campus Antisemitism: A Bipartisan Conversation with Reps Mike Lawler (R-NY) and Ritchie Torres (D-NY).

Featuring: Join Reps. Mike Lawler (R-NY) and Ritchie Torres (D-NY) for a bipartisan discussion with AEI’s Danielle Pletka on countering campus antisemitism, the representatives’ recent College Oversight and Legal Updates Mandating Bias Investigations and Accountability Act to empower the Department of Education on antisemitism monitoring, and how lawmakers should address the rising tide of antisemitism in society and politics.

   For more info: https://www.aei.org/events/countering-campus-antisemitism-a-bipartisan-conversation-with-reps-mike-lawler-r-ny-and-ritchie-torres-d-ny/?mkt_tok=NDc1LVBCUS05NzEAAAGTEW3AZsVF-y-_aZXkJS-UnRVQfN4sh_pMapQYfKoGN8tKSIB63_VgNMmDHeMY5HjW8BWndId75y5oxN92G245PwUdH54  

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5/16/24 1:00 PM: Zoom link

Join Friends of Palestine for monthly meeting with Rami Khoury as guest speaker.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87174239504?pwd=di9IRmNab0RpWWdtNEI4UEw0ZFhRdz09  

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5/17/24-5/19/24: Register for event in Washington DC

Join Ecumenical Advocacy Days for in person Summit, “Faith in Action: Advancing Human Rights and Peace for All”

Featuring: The EAD 2024 Spring Summit will include advocacy training for new and growing participant categories (seminary students, young adults) and will offer a chance for those who work with domestic and international priorities to connect and share. Ultimately, we want the universal voice of God, one of compassion, justice and peace, to be lifted during these challenging times.

   For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecumenical-advocacy-days-2024-spring-summit-registration-809569934467  

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5/18/24 11:30 AM: Register for event with donation

Join Seraj for “Treasures of Palestine: A small but significant garden”.

Featuring: The TREASURES OF PALESTINE series on Zoom explores the full range of Palestinian culture including storytelling. Dr Omar Tesdell is an authority on Palestinian plants and teaches at the Birzeit University in Palestine.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdu-hrjooGNZf95YhoTmkwX3LjWyXxd1A?blm_aid=26746881#/registration  

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5/18/24: Make a donation to access ticket

Watch the new CPT documentary “ضو - Light” and attend an online premiere event and discussion on 18 May

   For more info: https://cpt.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cf2b03c2e5&id=6f12aea46f&e=54bca967b8  

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5/19/24 11:30 AM: Hybrid event: in person: 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda MD 20816 and Zoom

Westmoreland Middle East Committee presents second Primer Series discussion, “United Nations Relief and Works Agency: A Primer”

Featuring: Jason Terry, Director of Strategic Programs for UNRWA USA, will describe UNRWA’s history, its work as the main humanitarian agency in Gaza, its funding issues, and its handling or terrorist accusations against staff members.

   For more info: Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88609688221; password circle

 

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5/19/24 3:00 PM EDT: Register at:

Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "October 7: Behind US and Israeli Headlines"

Featuring:  Beheaded babies!” Systematic mass rapes!” Heads on pikes!” In the hours, days, and weeks after the attack by Hamas, Israeli sources fed such claims to Western mainstream media, claims which were then echoed by high officials, including the U.S. president. This salon asks critical questions: Have news bureaus been reporting propaganda as facts? Have Israeli and Western politicians been using fictional war atrocities to justify a six-month “War on Gaza?” And what does video footage taken on October 7 reveal about what actually happened on that day? Our panelists will review and discuss three recent video reports that present the evidence and offer critical analysis.

   For more info and to register: http://tinyurl.com/VFHL-May2024  

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5/23/24 12:00pm: Register for event

Israel/Palestine Mission Network presents Webinar, “Confronting Christian Zionism”.

Featuring: IPMN Steering Committee member, Rev. Addie Domske, will be speaking on the second episode of the webinar series Confronting Christian Zionism alongside Jonathan Kuttab of FOSNA and Al-Haq and Rev. Jermaine Ross-Alam of the PC(USA)'s Center for the Repair of Historic Harms.

   For more info: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D_V4CtOSQkiifyRZD70DVg?mc_cid=b73bd9aeb1&mc_eid=9122b2f830#/registration  

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5/28/24 2:30pm: No Registration Required

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations presents live on YouTube, “The American Response to the Crisis in Gaza”.

Featuring: Participants are Mr Andrew Miller, US State Department and Col.(Ret) Abbas Dahouk, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board Member.

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/ncusar  

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5/31/24 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM: GWU Law School Young Conference Center, 716 20th St NW 5th Fl, Wash DC - Register to attend

Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law - Open Meeting

Featuring: Limited seating. Acting Legal Adviser Richard Visek will chair the meeting, which will be open to the public up to the capacity of the meeting room. The meeting will include discussions on the development of purported new rights and implied obligations under international human rights law; trends in international dispute settlement, including discussion of cases before the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Court of Justice; and obligations related to the facilitation of humanitarian access under international law.

   For more info: Members of the public who wish to attend should contact the Office of the

Legal Adviser by May 24, at rangchitm@state.gov or (202) 240–1662 and provide their name, professional affiliation (if any), and phone number.

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6/1/24 2:00 pm: For more info

St John’s Norwood Multi Faith Vigil for Peace and Humanity

Featuring: Join St John’s Holy Land Committee and many local faith leaders for a vigil of prayer and music, supporting peace and uniting humanity.

   For more info: pwinder44@gmail.com  

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6/6/24 9:00:00 AM EDT: Live and online: Buy tickets

Balfour Project Annual Conference, “Peace With Justice - How to Get There”, online

Featuring: Martin Griffiths, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

   For more info: https://billetto.co.uk/e/peace-with-justice-how-to-get-there-tickets-975920?utm_source=organiser&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=copy_link&utm_content=2&vs=919047da-f1b0-4a78-92d8-f2b1c9a8c123  

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6/20/24 2:00 PM: International Storytelling Center, Jonesboro TN

Noa Baum presents "A Land Twice Promised" at the Storytelling Live performance series

Featuring: Born and raised in Israel, Noa Baum uses her art to build bridges of peace and understanding. Her stories, drawn from diverse cultures but primarily from her Jewish heritage and personal experience, highlight our similarities, celebrate our differences, and encourage curiosity, awareness, and acceptance. Baum has performed for audiences in Turkey, Sweden, Israel, the UK, and across the U.S., including the World Bank, and the Kennedy Center. She is the author of two award-winning books: A Land Twice Promised – an Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace and How the Birds Became Friends, a picture book on the power of kindness to create change.

   For more info: Tickets: https://store.storytellingcenter.net/noa-baum-thu-6-20-2-pm-a-20242000239a-2155/  

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6/23/24 - 7/6/24:

"Living Stones" Solidarity Tour - Palestine and Israel

Featuring: Pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land. Dr. Spath is Executive Director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and has led over 30 trips to Palestine/Israel.

   For more info: Contact Dr. Michael Spath, lmichaelspath@gmail.com  

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October 2024: For more info:

Rescheduled - Seraj Tour of the Holy Land

Featuring: Seraj Executive Director Laurie Salameh and her staff have set the date for the 2024 Seraj Tour. View a short (9 minute) video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=easOKBPYViE from the 2022 tour, shot in various locations, with heartfelt testimonies from several participants. Clear your calendar for the tour dates and we’ll send more information soon.

   For more info: lauriesalam@gmail.com  

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10/22/24-11/1/24: For more info

CPT Delegation to Palestine

Featuring: Witness firsthand CPT’s on-the-ground experiment in non-violence. Travel for 7-14 days and connect with communities striving for peace. CPT delegations offer a unique opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.

   For more info: https://cpt.org/delegations?blm_aid=64990  

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11/9/24-11/18/24: For more info

CMEP Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine

   For more info: https://default.salsalabs.org/Tdf78d264-737d-4722-9ee6-0b870bc803b9/45eaad3a-4924-4d2a-bf41-a13b91a42645  

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Recurring Events

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Fridays 10:30 AM Eastern: KKFI Radio

KKFI Radio Show: "Understanding Israel Palestine"

Featuring: Weekly radio interview show with Jamie Jackson and Margot Patterson.  Archived episodes at www.kkfi.org/program/understanding-israel-palestine/

   For more info: http://www.kkfi.org  

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Weekdays 3:00 PM: Link to YouTube

Jewish Voice for Peace - Power Half-Hour for Gaza

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/@JewishVoiceforPeace/streams  

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Wednesdays 12:30 PM: Register for event

Churches for Middle East Peace, Praying for Peace

   For more info: https://cmep.org/wednesday-prayer/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=211d3879-592c-4157-b9b9-cee364656004  

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Wednesdays: Link to video

The Episcopal Church Global Partnerships, seven video series, “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: An Easter Journey with Palestinian Christians”

Featuring: The goal of this series is to explore and understand the Easter Gospels through the unique voices of Palestinian Christians. The videos will include English and Arabic readings of the Gospel passages, as well as insights shared from each speaker about the Scripture and information about their respective contexts.

   For more info: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/global-partnerships/easter-video-series/?fbclid=IwAR3524yeMZHvu9jCFxjt4uAeqA_K_WdE72x7qYdy8IDbIiyNNVZ5PkNEpIM_aem_AUIEzHSVom8z_xTIRN568E_pjSYr37hQ0os16DAmX1cMPS5yMBAr92dQcsjNJ4awsuyrqJ0XmIvTruRKCK-hpxe8  

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Thursdays 10:00 AM: Register for event

Churches for Middle East Peace, Weekly Briefings

   For more info: https://cmep.org/thursday-briefing/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=211d3879-592c-4157-b9b9-cee364656004  

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Fridays 12:00 PM: Register for event

AFSC Action Hour- Ceasefire Now

Featuring: Join AFSC staff every Friday at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action with us as we contact our elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us.

   For more info: https://afsc.org/events/action-hour-cease-fire-now  

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Other Items

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Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon Recordings

Featuring: Panel discussions focusing on “Destroying Health Care: Israel’s War on Gaza Hospitals”, “Israeli Apartheid in Action: Water Control”, “Also Happening: Oppression and Violence in the West Bank”,  "Israelism", "Humanity in Gaza", "Marketing the Israeli Occupation - Part Two", "Erasing Palestine from U.S. School Curricula",  "The Truth: LOST AT SEA", "My Tree", "The First 54 Years: An Abreviated Manual for Military Occupation", “NAKBA 75: Remembering the Voices”, “Marketing the Israeli Occupation - Part 1”, “The Law and the Prophets”, “The Law and the Prophets”, "Til Kingdom Come", “Is Israel an Apartheid State”, "Come and See; Go and Tell", "BOYCOTT", "Skies Above Hebron", "How to Make a Revolution", "Journalism Under Occupation - In Memory of Shireen Abu Akleh", "Palestine Poster Project", "Art & Resistance", "Of Land and Bread", "Advocate", "Soldier on the Roof", "Gaza: Still Alive", "Christians in Palestine", "1948: Creation & Catastrophe", "Bethlehem Today", "Valentino's Ghost:  Why We Hate Arabs", "Stitching Palestine", "Gaza Fights for Freedom", "Radiance of Resistance", "MAYOR", "On the Side of the Road", "Occupation of the American Mind", "We All Live in Gaza", "Next Generation's Perspectives on the Occupation: Three Student Films", "Detaining Dreams" and "OBAIDA", "Objector", "The Ruins of Lifta", “Roadmap to Apartheid”, “Rock the Boat: Anatomy of a non-violent action", “Naila and the Uprising”, “It’s What We Do”, and “Home Front: Portraits from Sheik Jarrah”.

   For more info: https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/online-film-salon-videos/online-film-salon  

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Link to film resource list

Just Vision offers films and in depth discussion guides

   For more info: https://justvision.org/films  

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View recording

Recording of Balfour Project 5/1 webinar: "Getting aid into Gaza"

Featuring: Discussion with Andrea De Domenico, head of OCHA in the OPT. Andrea joined OCHA in 2005 in DRC where he initially worked on planning and then moved to humanitarian financing, managing one of the first common humanitarian funds established by OCHA. In 2011 he joined the Funding Coordination Section in OCHA New York. In 2015 he became the head of the Country Based Pooled Fund Section in OCHA New York consolidating the growth of the humanitarian funds. In 2019 Andrea moved to OCHA oPt Office as deputy and since 2022 he is the Head of the OCHA Office in the oPt.

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s4XjWqX8GI  

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View recording

Recording of Palestine Museum event, "Joy as Resistance" with Chris Hedges

Featuring: An important talk by the renowned journalist Chris Hedges at the fundraiser to establish the Palestine Center for Public Policy.

   For more info: https://youtu.be/Qr18786e5QM?si=GDLbNOPJz2JAf-Dg&t=311  

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Listen to the podcast

On the Nose podcast "Chevruta: Understanding Aaron Bushnell's Sacrifice"

Featuring: An investigation through Jewish text, in the wake of Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation for Gaza.

   For more info: https://api.neonemails.com/emails/tracking/click-link/CcFMW7Grqt55W8g4q3geeLQPzy8usd46Uos8kbHO5YQ=/Ym3zA4FrgZhOooQXbwH47TI8_Lmy_7VuVrjfhQap1CM=   

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Listen to the podcast

On the Nose podcast "Jewish Organizing at Columbia's Encampment"

Featuring: In the week since the encampment was established—as the tactic spreads to campuses around the country—the movement has been maligned as a threat to Jewish students, and lawmakers like Sens. Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley as well as Jewish communal leaders like Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt have called for bringing in the National Guard. Jewish Currents editor-in-chief Arielle Angel spoke to three Jewish student organizers arrested at the original encampments—Izzy Lapidus, Sarah Borus, and Lea Salim—about their experiences over the past week and what Palestine solidarity organizing has looked like on their campuses since October 7th.

   For more info: https://jewishcurrents.org/jewish-organizing-at-columbias-encampment?token=VAswHWPTM9cP1bNp_B60r3f9qEvLIN7w  

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Listen to the podcast

Al-Shabaka “Rethinking Palestine” podcast series: "Ireland's Solidarity with Palestine" with Brendan Browne

Featuring: Brendan Browne joins host Yara Hawari to explore the historical solidarity between the Irish and Palestinian peoples, and discuss how the Irish government's policy towards Palestine fails to reflect grassroots demands against the Israeli genocide in Gaza.

   For more info: https://al-shabaka.org/civicrm/?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=8138&qid=2809025  

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View the release

Amnesty International 4/29/24 release: "U.S.-Made Weapons Used by Government of Israel in Violation of International Law and U.S. Law"

Featuring: In a new research briefing submitted to the U.S. government today as part of the National Security Memorandum on Safeguards and Accountability with Respect to Transferred Defense Articles and Defense Services (NSM-20) process, Amnesty International USA details civilian deaths and injuries with U.S.-made weapons, as well as other cases that highlight an overall pattern of unlawful attacks by Israeli forces.

   For more info: https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/u-s-made-weapons-used-by-government-of-israel-in-violation-of-international-law-and-u-s-law/  

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Click to read

Episcopal Church passes important resolution addressing War on Gaza

Featuring: The Executive Council is the entity responsible for formulating church policy between General Conventions.

   For more info: https://rc75picab.cc.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001r0DEV8_V21w1dDIomp1hPCGczU1X9fMMgD3e3pAxw38O3lbqhxir52vLKsS1WEkmqpmhbvNAot8F60wVoAl50J5YCtcmsO-fX1hcVHFMmivxbtIfP6-2BHjm2prsIMXhsoglCwsox0pSMy307t7nfUsIAx4Gtd7tNSaU7bNOB-MrETZorask1_AYpAW85sg9Vy_je8JPXkez83mc7iP34h  

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Listen to the podcast

APN Podcast: "Troubling Reports-with Sandy Tolan"

Featuring: Sandy Tolan is the author of The Lemon Tree and Children of the Stone. APN discusses his books, college campus protest and what it's like to be a journalist in today's climate.

   For more info: https://default.salsalabs.org/Td3825f61-17f3-4e64-8f81-ef4b709de08e/1dfcc2f4-d850-4d4d-b2fa-0429f62dac9f  

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Watch the video

Transcript of Balfour Project's "What Price the Two-State Solution"?

Featuring: Sir Vincent Fean's personal comments on ceasefire and solutions.

   For more info: www.balfourproject.org/two-state-solution  

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Link to statement

CMEP Executive Director highlights Three Palestinian Christian Legal Cases

Featuring: Rev. Mae Elise Cannon public statement regarding Shadi Khoury and others.

   For more info: https://default.salsalabs.org/Tc014e91f-bcc1-49a2-aecf-05d48b4e94b3/45eaad3a-4924-4d2a-bf41-a13b91a42645  

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Link to video

Just Vision video honoring the work and sacrifice of Gaza’s journalists

   For more info: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5gJ2bWAHWt/?igsh=YjViY3R6c3I0bG0z  

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Link for recording

Non Violence International recording of Freedom Flotilla update from Istanbul

Featuring: If you did not attend the NVI live update from Istanbul on Saturday, you can see the video here. Inspiring speakers included Ann Wright, Dr. John Reuwer, Huawaida Arraf, Lisa Fithian, Wynd Kaufmyn, Cassandra Nixon, and Shabnam Mayet. 14 years ago, the Israeli government executed 10 nonviolent volunteers on the Mavi Marmara when they attempted to break the blockade.  As nonviolent activists, we will not give up despite the suffering and killing by others. PLEASE contact your lawmakers today to ensure their safety and success.

   For more info: https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/global_movement_to_break_siege_of_gaza?utm_campaign=flotilla_update_follow_up&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nonviolenceinternational  

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Link for recording

Balfour Project webinar recording, “What Price the Two State Solution”

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxWSoh_3gXI  

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Link to YouTube

View Balfour Project film “Gaza: A Story of Love and War”, with Mike Joseph and Sami Abu Salem

Featuring: Two journalists meet to share stories over a Zoom link. One is Welsh and unable to get into Gaza. The other is Palestinian and unable to get out.

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwT3gAO1XX4  

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Link for recording

Arab Center Washington DC recording of Webinar, “Where Does the Palestinian National Movement Go from Here?”

   For more info: https://arabcenterdc.org/event/where-does-the-palestinian-national-movement-go-from-here/  

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Link for information

Museum of Palestinian People position available: office administator

   For more info: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3891344557/  

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Link to article

Mohammed El-Kurd in The Nation, “What Was Palestine Before The Nakba?”

Featuring: A stunning photo archive reveals a time before the walls and checkpoints, when Palestine was not defined by its ailments but by its industries and cultures

   For more info: https://www.thenation.com/article/world/palestine-before-the-nakba/    

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Link to video

Balfour Project recording of webinar, “Resist! Palestinian Women and Non Violent Resistance to Occupation” with Rula Salameh

Featuring: Rula Salameh is a veteran journalist, community organiser, and the Education and Outreach Director in Palestine for Just Vision, an organisation that fills a media gap in Israel-Palestine through independent storytelling and strategic audience engagement.

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9dGtuxf9yk  

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Link for podcast

Arab Center of Washington DC podcast, “An Insider’s View on US Weapons Sales to Israel”.

Featuring: Josh Paul and Yousef Munayyer discuss US weapons sales to Israel during the war on Gaza. Paul is the former director of congressional and public affairs at the US Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which oversees arms transfers to foreign nations.

   For more info: https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/an-insiders-view-on-us-weapons-sales-to-israel/  

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Link for podcast

Podcast, “Hamas, Explained” with Tareq Baconi and Max Freedman

Featuring: In this episode, originally published in 2019, producer Max Freedman speaks with Tareq Baconi, author of the book Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance. They discuss the origins of Hamas, how Hamas governs the Gaza Strip, and its complicated relationship with the state of Israel.

   For more info: https://www.unsettledpod.com/episodes/2021/5/17/tareq-baconi-hamas-explained  

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Link to report

Read CAIR’s annual civil rights report, “Fatal: The Resurgence of Anti-Muslim Hate”

   For more info: https://islamophobia.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024_Fatal_The_Resurgence_of_Anti-Muslim_Hate-1.pdf?ms=Dev_CivilRightsReport_4.2.24&sourceid=1041570&emci=79375101-28f1-ee11-aaf2-002248223353&emdi=fadaa002-e4f1-ee11-aaf2-002248223353&ceid=51078  

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Link for recording

Jerusalem Fund Discussion, “How the World Failed Gaza: The Great March of Return Six Years On - A Conversation With Dr Norman Finkelstein”

   For more info: https://thejerusalemfund.org/2024/04/how-the-world-failed-gaza-the-great-march-of-return-six-years-on-a-conversation-with-dr-norman-finkelstein-2/  

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Link for information

Become a Human Rights Monitor in Palestine

Featuring: Human rights monitors, called Ecumenical Accompaniers, spend three months monitoring for human rights violations. Applications for 2025 being accepted for this program administered and run by the Quakers.

   For more info: https://www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/eappi/get-involved  

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Link for information

Apply for Charles Bronfman IPF Atid Conveners Program

Featuring: The Charles Bronfman IPF Atid Conveners Program is a selective cohort experience for North American young professionals to engage in high-level policy discussions with analysts, diplomats, elected officials, and other Middle East regional experts and to build the next generation of leaders committed to a secure, Jewish, and democratic Israel. Application deadline: May 17.

   For more info: https://israelpolicyforum.org/atid/programs/bronfmansummit/  

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Link for job description and application

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights position open: Operations and Bookkeeping Manager

Featuring: cohort experience for North American young professionals to

   For more info: https://uscpr.org/work-with-us/?emci=4e7ca3d1-06db-ee11-85f9-002248223197&emdi=a68f9087-17db-ee11-85f9-002248223197&ceid=1624131  

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: Link for information

Video tool tracking damage to Gaza

Featuring: A new tool, originally developed to estimate damage in Ukraine, has now been adapted and applied to Gaza. The tool can estimate the number of damaged buildings and the pre-war population in a given area within the Gaza Strip.

   For more info: https://www.bellingcat.com/resources/2023/11/15/a-new-tool-allows-researchers-to-track-damage-in-gaza/  

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Link to video

Middle East Institute video, “US Diplomacy and the Israel-Hamas War: Policy Options and Preparing for the Day After”

Featuring:

   For more info: https://www.mei.edu/events/us-diplomacy-and-israel-hamas-war-policy-options-and-preparing-day-after  

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Link to article

“Listening to the Voices of Young People From Gaza”, article by Zeina Azzam about We Are Not Numbers

   For more info: https://time.com/6330411/young-people-gaza-storytelling-essay/?fbclid=IwAR21QuYnZ3ACoITTE4mZmx3XIA9ojpEVBjw6g1YDEaKesa4fi5a7ZTXnZE  

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Link to video

Arab Center of Washington DC recording of discussion with Hanan Ashrawi and ACW Executive Director Khalil Jahshan, “The Gaza War, the West Bank, and the Day After”

   For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E3kUf08m7s

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Middle East Books and More book list for understanding history of Gaza and US support for Israel

   For more info: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGtxdZHmqXQQfqwGKWpqvdQLhxH  

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PALESTINE TOUR INFORMATION

as of March 17, 2023

Information compiled by Voices From the Holy Land. 

Table of Contents

Scheduled Tours for 2023 ........................................................................................................................1 Tour Organizations..................................................................................................................................4 Virtual (Online) Tours..............................................................................................................................6 Handbooks, Maps, and Guides ................................................................................................................6

Scheduled Tours for 2023

RCA Immersion Tour of Palestine

Nov. 5-18, 2023

This trip will be led by Rev. Joshua Vis, Ph.D., who serves as Church Engagement Facilitator in Israel and  Palestine with RCA Global Mission. He stands alongside Palestinian and Israeli individuals and  organizations who seek an end to the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, in  a ministry of peace with justice. He leads immersion tours that include a deep dive into both the  history and archaeology of the Bible and the history and current realities of the Israeli-Palestinian  conflict.

https://www.rca.org/global-mission/missionaries/josh-sally-vis/

Register here: https://sforce.co/3y0mxDe

For more information and to request flyer, contact Stephanie: ssoderstrom@rca.org

Joint Advocacy Initiative Youth Journey for Justice - Palestine 

July 8-16, 2023

Youth, 17 - 30, from all over the world are invited to join the Journey for Justice in Palestine. https://www.jai-pal.org/en/advocacy-visits-trips/advocacy-programs-palestine/journey-for-justice

 

 

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9-Day Architectural Tour of Palestine (Siraj Tours)

Oct. 6-15, 2023

Visiting: Nazareth, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jericho, Hebron, Jerusalem.

Tour covers Palestine's architectural heritage and “the architecture of the occupation.” It will be  centred in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem but will also include a couple of days in Nazareth (a  predominantly Palestinian city in Israel), where guided by a Palestinian architect we’ll visit the site of  Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948 and explore the newly regenerated old city.

Link to photos from previous tours: https://bit.ly/Palestine_snapshot

Contact: karena.batstone@gmail.com

Travel2Palestine Tours

Encounter Palestine Tour 

May 28 – June 1, 2023 

Aug.27 – 31st, 2023 

Oct. 29th – Nov. 2, 2023 

Palestinian Citizens of Israel Tour

Nov. 5 – 9, 2023

We run small expert-led tours. Our mission is to educate and inform on the situation in Palestine and  Israel, specifically on the impact on human rights. We have Palestinian and Israeli guides and UK  organisers. We focus mainly on occupied Palestine, but also look at human rights of Palestinians living  within Israel. We take you to refugee camps, settlements, checkpoints and villages under attack by  settlers. You get top-level briefings from Palestinian and Israeli NGOs and from the United Nations. You  meet politicians and experts and activists. The focus is very much on the occupation and the conflict,  with only basic sightseeing (tour participants can stay on to do sightseeing on their own).

https://travel2palestine.org/bookvisit/

Contact: Martin director@t2ptravel.com or Mary organiser@t2ptravel.com

St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square and Christ Church, Georgetown Co-sponsored pilgrimage  Sept. 29 - Oct. 11, 2023: 

The voyage will offer pilgrims the opportunity to visit many of the major sites of our faith. The group  will be guided by Iyad Qumri, a Palestinian Christian who has been leading pilgrims through this special  place for more than 25 years.

For more info: https://www.iyadqumripilgrimages.com

Sign up: https://stjohns-dc.org/contact-paulbarkett/

 

 

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Holy Land Franciscan Pilgrimages 

12 pilgrimages planned for 2023

When you travel with us, your pilgrimage benefits the Christians who live in the Holy Land in a couple  of ways. First, you can support their livelihood because we’re able to direct you to Christian-owned  businesses and restaurants. And secondly, any support to the Holy Land Friars supports the work they  do in the Holy Land, work in providing education, healthcare, care for children and the elderly, and  maintenance of the holy shrines themselves.

https://holylandpilgrimages.org/upcoming-pilgrimages/

For more info: info@holylandpilgrimages.org

“Living Stones” Tour of Palestine-Israel 

June 11-24, 2023

Featuring Dr. Michael Spath, founder of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace https://indianacmep.org

For more info: lmichaelspath@gmail.com

Americans for Peace Now Dual-Narrative Tour of Israel, Palestine And Morocco  March 2023

The tour will combine the traditional elements with new, exciting programming that takes advantage  of MEJDI Tours' expertise. Meet Israeli and Palestinian elected leaders and other officials at the Knesset  and in Ramallah, and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.

For more info: kpaul@peacenow.org

Community Peacemaker Team Delegation Visits to Palestine

Nakba Day May 10-22, 2023

Multifaith Peacemaking Sept. 27 – Oct. 9, 2023

Olive Harvest Nov. 3-15, 2023

CPT sends short-term (7-14 day) peacemaker delegations into crisis settings around the world. These  delegations link communities experiencing violence with individuals and groups. Delegations offer  participants a first-hand experience of CPT’s on-the-ground experiment in non-violence.

https://cpt.org/delegations/palestine

 

 

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Tour Organizations

Kairos Recommended trips to Israel/Palestine

https://www.kairosresponse.org/recommended_trips-1.html

Adventure tours

Abraham Palestine HeritageTrail

https://phtrail.org/trail/

Amos Trust Palestine Marathon

https://www.amostrust.org/amos-travel/run-palestine-2023/

Amos Trust Travel

https://www.amostrust.org/amos-travel/

Amos Trust

https://www.amostrust.org/amos-travel/experience-palestine-2023/

Bike Palestine

https://bikepalestine.com/

Siraj Center

https://sirajcenter.org/

Walk Palestine

https://www.walkpalestine.com/en

Human Rights/Factfinding Tours

Alternative Tourism Group

http://atg.ps/

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (3-month stays, coordinated by the  World Council of Churches)

https://www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/eappi

Eyewitness Palestine

https://eyewitnesspalestine.org/

The Palestine Committee (Norway)

https://palestinakomiteen.no/ [website is in Norwegian]

To Be There

https://tobe-there.com/

Travel2Palestine (UK)

https://travel2palestine.org/

UCC Palestine/Israel Network

https://www.uccpin.org/witness-trips

USPCR

https://uscpr.org/activist-resource/ethical-travel-to-palestine-challenging-apartheid-tourism/

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Wi’am

https://www.alaslah.org/tours/

YMCA and YWCA

https://www.jai-pal.org/en/advocacy-visits-trips/advocacy-programs-palestine/journey-for-justice

Zaytoun (UK)

https://zaytoun.uk/visit-palestine/

Responsible Religious Pilgrimages

Center for Jewish Nonviolence

https://cjnv.org/

Churches for Middle East Peace

https://cmep.org/travel/

Community Peacemaker Teams

https://cpt.org/delegations

Footsteps of Jesus (Disciples of Christ)

http://www.footstepsofjesustour.org/

Friends of Sabeel Witness Trips)

https://www.fosna.org/come-see-visit-the-holy-land friends@fosna.org

Holy Land Franciscan Pilgrimages

info@holylandpilgrimages.org

Laila Tours & Travel (Bethlehem)

https://www.lailatours.com/

Lightline Pilgrimages (UK)

https://www.lightline.org.uk/

Living Stones (Holy Land Trust)

https://www.fosna.org/come-see-visit-the-holy-land  

Living Stones Pilgrimages (Pilgrims of Ibillin)

https://www.pilgrimsofibillin.org

Living Stones Tours (United Methodists for Kairos Response)

https://www.kairosresponse.org/tours.html

McCabe Pilgrimages (UK)

https://www.mccabe-travel.co.uk/

Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East

https://neme.network/

Pilgrimage People (UK)

https://pilgrimagepeople.org/

RCA Immersion Tours of Israel-Palestine

https://www.rca.org/global-mission/missionaries/josh-sally-vis/

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Tangney Tours (UK)

https://www.tangney-tours.com/

Tree of Life Journeys (First Congregational Church of Old Lyme)

https://tolef.org/

Virtual (Online) Tours

Green Olive Tours

https://greenolivetours.com/online-events/

Visit to Deir al Balah, Gaza (ANERA, video)

https://www.anera.org/blog/a-visit-to-deir-al-balah-gaza/

We Are Not Numbers (video shorts)

https://www.youtube.com/@wearenotnumbers2698

Handbooks, Maps, and Guides

“Palestine & Palestinians” Guidebook (ATG)

http://atg.ps/guidebook

Comprehensive information on Palestinian culture, history, archaeology, religion, architecture, and  politics, along with practical information (transport, hotels, cafes, restaurants, museums, hiking routes,  cultural centers, etc.) to travel responsibly.

Wujood “Existence/Presence” (Grassroots Jerusalem)

https://www.grassrootsalquds.net/wujood

Political tourist guide of Jerusalem, emphasizing the city’s unique attractions while drawing a picture of  the realities of Palestinian Jerusalemite communities from a grassroots perspective. It invites visitors to  take an active role in supporting Palestinian freedom by supporting the Palestinian economy or  volunteering.

Interactive Map of Jerusalem (Grassroots Jerusalem)

https://www.grassrootsalquds.net/

Profiles the neighborhoods, history, stories, businesses, and local organizing of Palestinian  Jerusalemites.

Palestine Open Maps (Visualizing Palestine and Columbia University Studio X Amman) https://palopenmaps.org/

An online interactive map of the geography of Palestine, including present-day Palestinian localities and  the hundreds of destroyed Palestinian villages often erased from official government maps.

VisitPalestine.tech

https://visitpalestine.tech/

Itineraries, logistical support, and more for travelers interested in the Palestinian technology and startup  sector.

Welcome to Palestine

https://www.welcometopalestine.com

A website offering comprehensive destination guides, broken down by city and village.

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A Short Bibliography on

Israel & Palestine

 

This bibliography is meant as a starting point, a listing of books that some have found useful in seeking to better understand the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis

 

People at the birth of modern Israel, the human side of the story, a good starting place

 

Elias Chacour, Blood Brothers

Father Elias Chacour is a Catholic priest and the Archbishop of the Melkite Church in Israel. Born in a village in the Galilee, he and his family were expelled in 1948 as part of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist forces. Father Chacour has stayed in Israel, devoting himself to peace through the education of Palestinian children and working for reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews. This is the memoir of an extraordinary man

Tolan, Sandy, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

The histories of two families, a Bulgarian Jewish family that barely escapes the Holocaust and a Palestinian family forced to flee their home during the establishment of the state of Israel, bound together in a house lived in and loved by both.  Meticulous endnotes anchor the human narration firmly in the history and events of the time.

 

Historical works

 

Gershom Gorenberg, The Accidental Empire

An essential and well-written book. An Israeli journalist and historian, Gorenberg recaps Zionist History as the preamble to conditions that set up the Occupation of the Palestinian territories post-1967. He then tells the whole tragic story of fanaticism, political cowardice, and failed opportunities. A unique and courageous window into Israeli society and politics.

Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Pappe is an Israeli historian. He is among a group of Jewish revisionist historians called the “New Historians” who have documented the actual actions of Zionist and then Israeli forces at the time of the founding of the State of Israel. This book relies greatly on material from Israeli military archives.  It is often emotionally difficult to get through.

Allis & Ronald Rodash,  A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel. 

This book studies the politics and decision making process that led President Truman to support the founding of the modern state of Israel.

Avi Shlaim, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World since 1948

Shlaim,  Jewish revisionist historian and professor at Oxford, covers in detail relations between Israel and the Arabs from Israel's 1948 War of Independence to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In doing so, he shatters the “David vs. Goliath” view of the conflict so common among Israelis and the West.  Criticized for being too simplistic in presenting Arab side of the conflict.

Jewish experience:

 

Alice RothchildBroken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience

Dr. Rothchild, a medical doctor who worked throughout the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem shares what she witnessed there and carefully describes how her views evolved because of what she saw.

Brant Rosen, Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity

Shocked by what he read about the 2008 Israeli military campaign in Gaza, American Rabbi Rosen began to publically question his long held "liberal Zionist" beliefs in his blog Shalom Rav.

Miko Peled. The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel’s political-military elite.

 

Other

Jimmy Carter, Peace Not Apartheid, and We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land

The former president reflects on the actions necessary to bring a true peace to a troubled region he knows well.

Mitri Raheb, I am a Palestinian Christian

Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, he conveys an “active hope” even through the long Israeli military occupation.

Phyllis Benni’, Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer

Helpful to those who want to know the basic story of the conflict. She provides a great deal of information in a very short book – unfiltered by ideological lenses. This is an excellent book for someone who wants a brief but thorough overview.

Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

Dr. Khalidi has written a relatively short, readable and frankly depressing overview of the more than 35 years of U.S. diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The noted Columbia University historian provides important empirical evidence and sobering analysis that shatters the mythology that the United States has a genuine desire for a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Dr. Naim Ateek, Justice and only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

This work sets the biblical foundation for Palestine’s liberation theology movement. Dr. Ateek is the Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical and international organization committed to shedding light on the occupation and providing a Christian nonviolent response to it

SELECTED DOCUMENTARY FILMS

 

Voices Across the Divide - 57 min. Filmmaker Alice Rothchild is an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel. The film follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US. The documentary is both a personal journey to understand the Palestinian narrative as well as the implications and contradictions of deeply held cultural beliefs in the Jewish community. Rothchild interviews those who participated in the Nakba – and those affected by it.

Budrus (2009) - 70 min. Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (2004) - 80 min. This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a brief historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion.

With God On Our Side (2010) - 82 min. With God On Our Side takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, Israeli government policies should not be questioned, even when these policies are unjust.

Life in Occupied Palestine - 55 min. Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate and Fulbright scholar, presents her discoveries as a volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Baltzer's presentation provides those interested in the Israel/ Palestine conflict with critical information and documentation that can be difficult to obtain through mainstream Western media sources, and to encourage dialog towards taking action on the issue. Topics discussed include checkpoints, settlements, Israeli activism, Zionism, 1948 War & refugees, censorship, the Wall, the ongoing annexation of Palestinian land, and the almost unbearable living conditions under the occupation.

Little Town of Bethlehem (2010) - 75 min. The documentary shares the gripping story of three men, born into violence, willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew-shaped by events of their Palestinian and Israeli upbringing-find inspiration in the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Sami, Ahmad, and Yonatan believe that violence can indeed be stopped but recognize their own struggles will remain. Yet they will struggle together to discover a common humanity through non-violent action. In the city of Bethlehem where it is said God became man, these men stand alongside others whose central desire is to be accepted and treated as fully human.Their story brings fresh hope to the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel while taking a stand against violence throughout the world.

The People and the Olive - 70 min. What do olive trees mean to Palestinian farmers? Olives are their livelihood, their source of sustenance and the way they root themselves, historically and spiritually, to the land. But Palestinians are denied access to nearly 30 percent of their beloved olive trees in the West Bank as they struggle to live under Israeli military occupation. How do they persevere? And what should the international community understand about Palestinian olive farmers, who love their land and harvest it every season to feed their families — just as farmers across the world do?

On the Side of the Road -             103 min. Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky is a Jew who was born in Kiev. When she was six her family moved to the Ariel settlement in the West Bank. Her mother wanted to contribute to Zionism, Lia said. Tarachansky turns the camera on herself as she revisits settlements and interviews current residents. She says her goal is just to examine and narrate.

Occupation Has No Future - 84 min. Through conversations with Israeli conscientious objectors, former soldiers, and Palestinians living under occupation, Occupation Has No Future creates a survey of the current atmosphere in Israel and the West Bank. The film explores the Israeli social environment that creates heightened militarism and leads to fear and aggression; and examines the consequences of Israeli policies for the Palestinian people as well as for Israeli civil society. Additionally, this documentary looks at the Israeli anti-militarist movement and Israeli youth refusing conscription, refusing orders, and partnering with a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience against the occupation

Checkpoint - 80 min. Documentary filmmaker Yoav Shamir's depiction of the checkpoints that the Israel Defense Forces man in the Palestinian Authority.

Defamation (2009) - 101 min. Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?"

Encounter Point  - 85 min. Film follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities. The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority  - 90 min. A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Five Broken Cameras  - 90 min. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.

Living under the Occupation: Daily Life in Occupied Palestine - 27 min. A film made by EFA MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) François Alfonsi, Jill Evans and Ana Miranda during their visit to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Promises (2002) -106 min. Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. These seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. When the protagonists speak out in an epilogue a couple of years later, it becomes apparent that all have lost their childlike innocence.

Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the Northern West Bank (2004) - 193 min. Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders lived in the Christian Palestinian village of Zababdeh from August, 2000, through December, 2003. Volunteers with the Presbyterian Church (USA), their ministry was one of ecumenical support to the Church in the land of its birth. The film documents the lives of nine Palestinian Christians living in the northern West Bank. This film grew out of a desire among their Palestinian neighbors to share their stories, and a desire among Christians in the West to hear them. The Sanders describe the project as "a labor of love, a response to the graciousness, warmth, hospitality, and welcome we received from our Palestinian neighbors and colleagues."

The Colour of Olives - 97 min. Like many Palestinian families, the Amers live surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall where their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locks and a constant swarm of armed soldiers.  Constructed with a combination of verité scenes and re-enactments, this poignant and richly crafted film offers its audience a much needed opportunity to reflect on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war.

The Gatekeepers - 101 min. A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets

The Law In These Parts (2013) - 105 min. What is legal and what is just? The wide gap between the two is explored meticulously by this Israeli investigation of the legal structure created after the 1967 Six Days War, specifically to treat the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied territories. Speaking with some of Israel’s most respected lawyers and judges – men who helped to craft and later interpret these laws – filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz asks tough, pointed questions and gets even tougher answers. He asks his subjects to consider the consequences of their actions in a highly politicized environment. This documentary takes the position that unjust laws create unjust realities. Laws that everyone admits are not perfect but are the best that can be done under difficult circumstances may result in tragedy for everyone: both the judges and the judged.This film is winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festivals.

It's Better to Jump - 75 min. There is a centuries-old seawall in the ancient port of Akka, located on Israel's northern coast. Today, Akka is a modern city inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i, but its history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Young people dare to stand atop the 40' one-meter thick block structure and risk their fate by jumping into the roiling sea. This perilous tradition has continued for many generations, and has become a rite of passage for the children of Akka. "It's Better to Jump" is about the ancient walled city of Akka as it undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change. The film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home.

Home Front – Portraits From Sheikh Jarrah - Getting beyond the sensational headlines and broad generalizations that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem, Home Front captures voices rarely heard, of those struggling to stop settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and build a future of pluralism and equality in the city. Featuring the accounts of a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half his home to Israeli settlers, an American-born Israeli mother who gets drawn into the demonstrations after her children’s arrest, a Palestinian community organizer who brings local women to the forefront of the struggle, and a veteran of the Israeli army who becomes one of the campaign’s leaders, Home Front chronicles the resolve of a neighborhood, and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.

Censored Voices - The 1967 'Six-Day' war ended with Israel's decisive victory; conquering Jerusalem, Gaza, Sinai and the West Bank. It is a war portrayed, to this day, as a righteous undertaking - a radiant emblem of Jewish pride. One week after the war, a group of young kibbutzniks, led by renowned author Amos Oz, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The recording revealed an honest look at the moment Israel turned from David to Goliath. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing the kibbutzniks to publish only a fragment of the conversations. 'Censored Voices' reveals the original recordings for the first time.

Teaching Ignorance - 2015, 52 Minutes. This powerful film follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers over the course of an academic year. It asks: How do the Palestinian, Israeli Arab, and Israeli Jewish educational systems teach the history of their peoples? By observing teachers, the film shows us their exchanges and confrontations with students as they transmit the values of religion, politics, and nationalism in the classroom. In Teaching Ignorance, educators from all sides of the conflict debate their peoples’ official curriculum, wrestling with is restrictions. This film offers an intimate glimpse into the profound and long-lasting effect that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict transmits to the next generation.

 

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