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NEW EVENTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN RED

July VFHL Online Film Salon recording now available for viewing

Featuring: Q&A Discussion on "Journalism Under Occupation - In Memory of Shireen Abu Akleh", with panelists Yumna Patel, Bethlehem-based Palestine News Director at Mondoweiss and Lia Tarachansky, Israeli-Canadian journalist and filmmaker.  Maha Nassar, Associate Professor in School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, moderated this conversation.  This event was co-sponsored by Virginia Coalition for Human Rights and Green Mountain Solidarity With Palestine.

   For more info: http://www.VoicesFromTheHolyLand.org/online-film-salon-videos/online-film-salon  

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The Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question is live!

Featuring: Thousands of events, biographies, highlights, places and primary documents, in the first interactive platform entirely devoted to the Palestine Question

   For more info: https://www.palquest.org/en/ 

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Fridays 10:30 AM EDT: KKFI Radio

KKFI Radio Show: "Understanding Israel Palestine"

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

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

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Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon Recordings

Featuring: Panel discussions focusing on “Journalism Under Occupation”, "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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8/8/2022 8:30 PM: Museum of the Palestinian People, 1900 18th St NW, Washington DC

Vigil for Gaza at MPP

Featuring: Community vigil and healing space to mourn the Palestinians killed in Gaza since the Israeli military offensive began on Friday. Paying respect to our pain is the first step toward healing. Come for a few minutes or the full hour to pay your respects, stand in solidarity, and be in community with others. Feel free to bring flowers, photos, drawings, toys, or other items to leave for a community memorial outside the museum.

   For more info: ahmed@mpp-dc.org  

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8/9/2022 12:30 PM: Online

IPMN Prayer Meeting: led by Cedar Duaybis, co-founder of Sabeel

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5294844720?pwd=NG1FSGNUd0xXWnRjMUxUZDNaRGpnQT09&mc_cid=fb66cd84ac&mc_eid=08b88e62bd&mc_cid=ef494a38b9&mc_eid=9122b2f830&mc_cid=14c4adf060&mc_eid=9122b2f830#success  

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8/10/2022 10:00 AM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "I2U2: Partnership for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?"

Featuring: Paying respect to our pain is the first step toward healing. Come for a few minutes or the full hour to pay your respects, stand in solidarity, and be in community with others. Feel free to bring flowers, photos, drawings, toys, or other items to leave for a community memorial outside the museum.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OltUgEUKQHSlzkpZ2kebsQ  

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8/11/2022 1:00 PM: Register for event information

Virtual Advocacy Training by Churches for Middle East Peace

Featuring: CMEP's Kyle Cristofalo and Brian Evans leading advocacy summit registrants through a virtual training on what to expect for a virtual advocacy meeting with your elected official

   For more info: https://cmep.org/event/virtual-advocacy-training/  

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8/11/2022 1:30 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Occupation Bureaucracy: A New Report on Israel’s Civil Administration"

Featuring: the bureaucratic machinery of the occupation. Our guest will be Breaking the Silence’s Joel Carmel.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UiQ3Tf8US6OFXdDlpA9PFQ?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=3e9994a3-0327-4aba-8f6d-259b537a0998  

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8/12/22-8/21/22: Register for event information

Online event, "Arab Film Festival 2022"

Featuring: The best of critically acclaimed and award-winning Arab American and Arab world films, many of which are unlikely to reach traditional American commercial theaters and often make their regional or national debut at AFF.

   For more info: https://arabamericanmuseum.org/event/arab-film-festival-2022/?event_date=2022-08-12  

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8/14/2022 3:00 PM: Register for webinar information

VFHL Online Film Salon: "How to Make a Revolution"

Featuring: Save the Date! Details coming soon.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsde6vrj4qGNKRQBijJwSkge7EHS724vKV  

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8/16/2022 2:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "IPF Atid Critical Neighbors Part 1: Israel and Jordan"

Featuring: An exploration of Israel’s relations with Jordan, Egypt, and the PA.  This session will feature Farah Bdour, political analyst at the Amman Center for Peace and Development

   For more info: https://israelpolicyforum.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMoceigrjkoEtLw7XtdmPYDu0Oh9JRiN19W  

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8/18/2022 10:00 AM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Culture x Conflict: Palestinian Cuisine"

Featuring:

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pidW6OkaT02bFPG9XQn5bQ  

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8/20/2022 11:00 AM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Beyond the Two-State Solution: Standing for Justice in Palestine/Israel"

Featuring: Jonathan Kuttab, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA). In addition to being a co-founder of Sabeel, Jerusalem, Jonathan is a co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and co-founder of Nonviolence International

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J5QMJUV0Qp6AM5ExENR2-Q  

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8/21/2022 12:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Israeli Palestinian Peace Simulation"

Featuring: A collaborative, interactive and thought-provoking Zoom event to explore peace between Israelis Palestinians, with Prof. Franke Wilmer.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModuqurjoiEtGpq48rNwxRZ-RjIemhpBCr  

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8/24/2022 11:00 AM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Peacebuilding with the Samaritans"

Featuring: An hour with Dr. Jacob Cohen, President of the Samaritan Legends Association, to talk about the peacebuilding efforts that the Abrahamic Reunion and the Samaritans community have been engaging in lately

   For more info: https://www.abrahamicreunion.org/event/peacebuilding-with-the-samaritans/  

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8/24/2022 12:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Interview with Don Wagner"

Featuring: Rev. Dr. Don Wagner on the release of his autobiography “Glory to God in the Lowest! Journeys to an Unholy Land.”  His book is a personal, political, and religious journey from an evangelical Christian faith and conservative politics to solidarity with the poor and advocacy for anti-war, anti-racism, and Palestinian rights.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuqsqjkqG90OCKLAUJl2RENOtN_NNxEF  

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8/28/2022 1:00 PM: Register for event information

Online event, "Virtual Delegation to Gaza"

Featuring: Fadi Abu Shammalah, who manages Donkeysaddle Projects' Palestine Grassroots Distribution Project. Fadi is also Just Vision's Outreach Associate in Gaza, where he oversees screenings and programming with students, educators, youth, cultural leaders, NGOs, women's organizations and universities. He is also the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers - the only cultural union in Palestine

   For more info: https://secure.everyaction.com/XdoKGTcER0iySepZphYmCw2  

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8/30/2022 12:00 PM: Register for event information

Online event, "Virtual Delegation to Gaza"

Featuring: Fadi Abu Shammalah, who manages Donkeysaddle Projects' Palestine Grassroots Distribution Project. Fadi is also Just Vision's Outreach Associate in Gaza, where he oversees screenings and programming with students, educators, youth, cultural leaders, NGOs, women's organizations and universities. He is also the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers - the only cultural union in Palestine

   For more info: https://secure.everyaction.com/XdoKGTcER0iySepZphYmCw2  

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9/7/2022 12:00 PM: Register for event information

Online event, "Virtual Delegation to Gaza"

Featuring: Fadi Abu Shammalah, who manages Donkeysaddle Projects' Palestine Grassroots Distribution Project. Fadi is also Just Vision's Outreach Associate in Gaza, where he oversees screenings and programming with students, educators, youth, cultural leaders, NGOs, women's organizations and universities. He is also the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers - the only cultural union in Palestine

   For more info: https://secure.everyaction.com/XdoKGTcER0iySepZphYmCw2  

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9/10/2022 4:00 PM: Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150

Save the Date:  Growing Palestine’s Annual Heritage Picnic

Featuring: A community picnic; tickets $15.  Bring your own picnic lunch (and arguilla, if you're into that). We’ll provide beverages and watermelon. Music by Muaz, face painting and henna. Arabic coffee, hatta photo booth, and more. Check website for tickets and more information: growingpalestine.com

   For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-palestine-heritage-picnic-tickets-395783518157?fbclid=IwAR0IpeeZ9ciAmiaSSJHjqbZu6HFfHWvQEQOUpDHDbXmhUDkrN-EX2xkKyMI  

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9/11/2022 12:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Israeli Palestinian Peace Simulation"

Featuring: A collaborative, interactive and thought-provoking Zoom event to explore peace between Israelis Palestinians, with Prof. Menachem Klein.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldeqtqz4jHdPrODPYXr8Z15-JUL66NNp3  

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9/11/2022 12:30 PM: Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington Unity Walk 2022

Featuring: A public demonstration of love and support for all who live in our region

   For more info: https://ifcmw.org/unity-walk/  

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9/15/2022 10:00 AM (EDT): Register for webinar information

Webinar, "A Palestinian state now or equal rights until there is a solution"

Featuring: Balfour Project webinar. In anticipation of the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian talks convened by the US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014, Sam Bahour and Dr Tony Klug called for a new international strategy to replace failed peace negotiations, based on a vision of the endgame and the principle of equality. In a co-authored article, they proposed that, after half a century, Israel should be required to choose between recognizing a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza within a brief deadline or granting full and equal citizenship rights to everyone within its jurisdiction until there is a solution. In this webinar, they will explain how they individually and collectively arrived at this proposal and what they believe its merits to be.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BU3Ta25dQQO5smbJ1ZsxNQ  

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9/15/2022 12:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Why Walk The Middle East Pt. 2"

Featuring: An episode of "Meet Us on the Abraham Path."  Travelers who have walked in Southwest Asia will share their memories and photos.  We'll learn what was most surprising on their respective journeys, which places are next on their "must see" lists, and helpful tips for planning your trip to the region.

   For more info: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7716564319343/WN_2fxpNRyARnOhx3g6HZZ90w  

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9/19/2022 7:00 PM: To join Zoom Meeting, email tojo@att.net for login info

EDOW Holy Land Committee Meeting

   For more info: tojo@att.net  

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9/20/2022 1:00 PM (EDT): Register for webinar information

Webinar, "The Human Factor followed by Q&A with the director Dror Moreh"

Featuring: Tickets £10.00GBP. Balfour Project presents the epic behind-the-scenes story of the United States’ 30-year effort to secure peace in the Middle East. Recounted from the unique perspective of the American mediators on the frontlines.

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QaMBSVtjSTemVXlTzzmueA  

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9/20/2022 2:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "IPF Atid Critical Neighbors Part 2: Israel and the Palestinians"

Featuring: An exploration of Israel’s relations with Jordan, Egypt, and the PA. This session will feature Ibrahim Eid Dalalsha, director of the Horizon Center for Political Studies and Media Outreach

   For more info: https://israelpolicyforum.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcuugrTIoH9ChpZvurPw8JUvNCb3UxoH0  

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9/29/22-10/11/22: Heritage sites, including the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Sea of Galilee

Living Stones Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine

Featuring: A chance to meet and hear from those working for a just peace from organizations such as the Christian Peacemaker Team, Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, Hebron Defense Committee, Youth Against Settlements, Parents’ Circle, Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center, and more!

   For more info: brenda@pilgrimsofibillin.org  

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9/30/2022 6:30 PM: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20036

Save the Date:  ANERA's Annual Gala

Featuring: This year's theme: "Tools for Tomorrow: Equipping and Transforming Lives"

   For more info: https://www.anera.org/how-to-help/events/gala/?utm_source=event&utm_medium=email&utm_content=text-link&utm_campaign=fy23-gala&emci=c7e6244e-32f3-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=c7fc5e20-d1f3-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=1110461  

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10/1/2022: Israel/Palestine

Eyewitness Palestine Delgation to the Holy Land, "Environmental Justice and the Olive Harvest

Featuring: Your opportunity to visit Palestine during the olive harvest season — a culturally rich and important time. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture

   For more info: https://eyewitnesspalestine.org/delegation73?emci=da3b5c01-9edb-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&emdi=47406ace-28dd-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&ceid=13259350  

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10/1/2022 8:00 PM: Register for event information

Online event, "Bright Stars of Bethlehem's 4th Annual Virtual Celebration Of Hope"

Featuring: An exciting evening that'll feature inspiring students that represent the hope and creative resistance that our Palestinian friends have demonstrated throughout this year

   For more info: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ej8w9ulhe4fabbec&oseq=&c=&ch=  

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10/2/2022 12:00 PM: Register for webinar information

Webinar, "Discussion with Haaretz Journalist Gideon Levy"

Featuring: Gideon Levy, an Israeli journalist and author. Levy writes opinion pieces and a weekly column for the newspaper Haaretz that often focus on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories

   For more info: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrduytpz8jGND-y93IISfWcJqxpS5bsKy_  

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10/7/22-10/17/22: The Holy Land:  Jerusalem, Jericho, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, and more

A Pilgrimage of Discovery -- Israel and Palestine with Grace Presbyterian Church

Featuring: Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron

   For more info: https://www.gracepresby.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/October-07-17-Rev.-Susan-P.-Wilder-and-Rev.-Dr.-Ben-Trawick-revised-.pdf  

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10/12/22-10/13/22 9:00 AM: Save the date

Online conference, "Rethinking Security and Securitization in the Middle East and North Africa "

Featuring: Conference topics to include:  Regional Security and Shifting Alliances ; Prioritizing Security, Undermining Human Rights; Human Security: Economic Crises, Violence, and Food Insecurity; Future Threats: Climate, Energy, Water, and Cybersecurity

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10/15/22-10/26/22: The Holy Land: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, the Dead Sea

A Seraj Trip to Palestine, "People to People"

Featuring: A chance to visit the holy places of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho,

swim in the Dead Sea, eat lunch on the shores of the Mediterranean,

meet with families being evicted from their homes and farms in the Jordan Valley, help in the olive harvest in rural villages, hear from activists, leaders, academics and artists, and visit Seraj’s libraries around the West Bank. $3000 plus air fare to Tel Aviv

   For more info: galen.burghardt@gmail.com  

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10/18/22-10/27/22: The Holy Land

Study Tour for Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers sponsored by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Featuring: Access to clinicians, academics, community groups and political analysts on both sides of the divide. Hotels will be in Bethlehem and Nazareth.

   For more info: https://icahd.org/2022/05/05/extended-study-tour-for-mental-health-professionals-and-social-workers/  

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10/20/2022: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

Save the date:  MEI's 76th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony

Featuring: A unique opportunity to bring hundreds of business, government, NGO, and thought leaders together for one night in celebration of outstanding individuals who are making a meaningful impact in the Middle East

   For more info: www.mei.edu/gala  

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10/30/2022 8:00 PM: Pre-register now

Online event, "Americans for Peace Now Virtual Gala"

Featuring: Honoring writer, activist, longtime APN Board Member and past president LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN & Congressional Champion of Justice REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY

   For more info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeLp3EY3_4lyZ7oyIMB3Qgqnn7JV3sbBnt3USL5pMcOldKPQ/viewform  

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11/3/2022 6:00 PM: The Tabard Inn, 1739 N St NW, Washington, DC  20036

Save the date:  The Museum of the Palestinian People's Annual Gala

Featuring: A celebration of how our community has grown over the last five years; invitations coming soon!

   For more info: bshara@mpp-dc.org  

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11/3/22-11/14/22: Registration information

Community Peacemaker Teams - Palestine

Featuring: Join our delegation to learn how the Israeli occupation makes the yearly harvest harder for these families, but also experience how Palestinians still enjoy their life in the H2 area and the South Hebron Hills. Visit camps in Bethlehem, eat Kanafeh Nabulsi, and wander through Jerusalem’s alleyways. Meet Palestinians of various religions, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Samaritans.

   For more info: https://cpt.org/delegations  

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11/7/22-11/17/22: The Holy Land

General Study Tour sponsored by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Featuring: A visit to both the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel; a total of around 30 encounters, and daily debriefing sessions

   For more info: info@icahduk.org  

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11/10/22-11/12/22: San Anselmo, CA and by Zoom

Save the date:  2022 Annual Meeting of the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), "Endurance for the Promise"

Featuring: A link to register available in early July

   For more info: https://www.theipmn.org/?mc_cid=b28569e127&mc_eid=9122b2f830  

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11/21/2022 7:00 PM: To join Zoom Meeting, email tojo@att.net for login info

EDOW Holy Land Committee Meeting

   For more info: tojo@att.net  

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12/3/22-12/6/22: Register for event information

Online & In-Person (Omni Shoreham Hotel) J-Street Conference, "Living our Values, Defending Democracy"

Featuring: The year’s largest gathering of pro-peace, pro-Israel activists — and one of the most important, talked-about annual events in the worlds of foreign policy and progressive politics. This year promises to be as jam-packed and exciting as ever, with a lineup of star speakers, a look ahead at the crucial 2022 midterm elections and a critical Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

   For more info: https://jstreet.org/conference/?akid=308969.335917.3Ne0ao&rd=1&t=16#.YgG-YPXMLE1  

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2/3/23-2/13/23: Beit Sahour, Ramallah, Rawabi, and Taybeh Brewery

"Keep Hope Alive Olive Tree Planting Trip"

Featuring: An opportunity to affirm Palestinian dignity, foster a sense of community and strengthen a commitment to work constructively toward peace-building.

   For more info: https://mcusercontent.com/5d6af22c768b84cc207e514bf/files/65fa7705-e79a-84a0-2b9e-ccdc8b75f414/Keep_Hope_Alive_Olive_Tree_Planting_Trip.pdf?mc_cid=ddb19a6bf5&mc_eid=9122b2f830  

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE HOLY LAND

  • ABOUT VFHL & HOW ONLINE FILM SALONS OPERATE
  • PLACES & PEOPLE FROM PAST FILM SALONS
  • FILM SALONS COMING UP IN 2021
  • LET’S HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS

PLEASE SHARE THIS NEWSLETTER

ABOUT VFHL AND HOW FILM SALONS OPERATE

Voices from the Holy Land is a coalition of over one hundred interfaith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, and Unitarian) and interdenominational organizations.  Since the 51-day Gaza bombing in 2014 VFHL has sponsored film presentations at physical locations around the Washington, D.C. area.  It had also started spin-off series in six other cities. After most in-person gatherings were closed in March 2020, VFHL turned to an online format.  Each month registrants receive a link to watch a film at their convenience. Then, on an assigned Sunday at 3 pm/EST registrants gather via a Zoom link to join with panelists to discuss the film followed by 'Breakout' rooms where smaller gatherings discuss the film.    See an archive of our film events.

 

PLACES & PEOPLE FROM PAST FILM SALONS

(Watch recordings of all VFHL Online Film Salons]

     Obaida  Jawabra, 17, shot dead by IDF on May 17, 2021

In Matthew Cassel’s documentary Obaida, shown at our December 2020 Online Film Salon  [https://bit.ly/3gVTol5 ], then 15-year-old Obaida spoke about his daily fear of the Israeli military as he travelled to school.  Like thousands of Palestinian children in the West Bank who are detained or imprisoned under Israeli military law, Obaida had already been imprisoned on four separate occasions for allegedly throwing stones.  In May he was shot dead by the IDF in the al-Arroub refugee camp located near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Obaida was shot in the chest, and witnesses say Israeli soldiers blocked an ambulance from reaching the teenager.  https://bit.ly/3qrJevA

Israeli  authority plans housing development on the “Ruins of Lifta”

In The Ruins of Lifta, Menachem Daum’s documentary shown at our October 2020 Online Film Salon, the filmmaker discovers that his views about Israel/Palestine may have been distorted by his parents’ Holocaust experiences. Lifta, the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews, is now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood.  The Israeli land authority is seeking bids for the construction of 259 buildings as well as commercial and business units, including a luxury hotel at the ruins. Lifta was declared as one of 25 endangered sites on the 2018 World Monuments Watch list. It also appears on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites, which has led to threats from Netanyahu that Israel would withdraw from UNESCO. ,https://bit.ly/3wW3kAs

 

Muna and Mohammed El-Kurd face eviction from their Sheik Jarrah home

In Rebekah Wingert-Jabi’s 2011 short film Home Front: Portraits From Sheik Jarrah shown at our May 2021 online salon [https://bit.ly/35Tbe1B] we met Mohammed El-Kurd, then a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half his home in Sheik Jarrah to Israeli settlers. In May 2021 the Israeli court’s impending ruling to uphold evictions of families in Sheik Jarrah
in part triggered the 11-day exchange of hostilities between Hamas and Israel. Despite the ceasefire that followed, Mohammed El-Kurd and his neighbors continue to face eviction
in the East Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
 On June 6, 2021 Mohammed and
his twin sister Muna, now prominent Palestinian activists fighting the proposed evictions, were detained by the Israeli police for several hours.
https://reut.rs/3A0Kzh7

 

    “We All Live in Gaza” plans screening in Washington, D.C

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Description automatically generated                                                                                                                                                                                           Maurice Jacobsen, Director/Producer of We All Live in Gaza www.we-gaza.com shown at our February 2021 online salon, is adding a prequel and epilogue to the final edited film to reflect events in Gaza in May of this year.  Upon completion of the final edit, a premiere screening, along with a display of Gaza artwork, is being planned for an outdoor presentation in Sept. on the Washington, DC Capitol Mall.  The documentary will then be entered for festival and theatrical distribution. 

 http://www.studioresolution.net/projects

 

 

 


 

FILM SALONS COMING UP IN THE 3RD QUARTER 2021

 

In July VFHL will highlight Gaza Fights for Freedom, Abby Martin’s film about the Great March of Return protests between March 2018 and December 2019. 

The Q&A discussion is scheduled for July 11 at 3 pm EDT/12 noon PDT with producer Abby Martin and Issa Adwan, Gaza Coordinator for We Are Not Numbers.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.

Watch the trailer here:  tinyurl.com/FreedomTrailer


 

In August VFHL will highlight Stitching Palestine. Twelve resilient, determined and articulate Palestinian women from disparate walks of life recall their memories of life before the Diaspora, their dispossession and their unwavering determination that justice will prevail. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery.

The Q&A discussion is scheduled for August 15, 2021 at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT with producer Carol Mansour.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help –St. Louis 

 

Watch the trailer here: tinyurl.com/StitchingTrailer

 

In September VFHL will highlight Valentino’s Ghost, which explores the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. 

The Q&A discussion is scheduled for September 12, 2021 at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT with filmmaker Michael Singh.

This event is co-sponsored by Arab America News

Watch the trailer here: tinyurl.com/ValentinoTrailer

 

LET’S HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS

We would love to know what you’d like to learn from future newsletters or future online film salons.  Contact us through the links below.

Any documentaries to suggest? ♦ Any topics/themes you’d like us to consider? ♦ Any panelist or moderator you’d like to hear from? ♦ Would you like to help us to select films, organize screenings or publicize?

Visit us :     voicesfromtheholyland.org
 

Join us:       Facebook.com/voicesholyland
 

Reach us:    vfhlonlinefilmsalon@gmail.com

 

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.

 

INTERNET RESOURCES

 

Church-Related Resources

Episcopal Diocese of Washington Companion Diocese Committee for Jerusalem www.edow.org/ministries/overseas/jerusalem/

Episcopal Peace Fellowship/Palestine Israel Network: http://epfnational.org/PIN

Episcopal Public Policy Network: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/eppn

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem: http://www.j-diocese.org/.Kids4Peace: http://www.k4p.org

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem: http://www.afedj.org

American Friends Service Committee: http://www.afsc.org/office/palestine

Churches for Middle East Peace: www.cmep.org

World Council of Churches: http://www.oikoumene.org (search “Middle East”)

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel – US: http://www.eappi-us.org/

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: http://www.elca.org/middleeast/,

Peace Not Walls http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls.aspx

Presbyterian Church (USA), Israel Palestine Mission Network: http://www.theipmn.org/

United Methodist Kairos Response: https://www.kairosresponse.org

 

Resources (Washington DC)

The following organizations host numerous interesting events related to Israel and Palestine:

Foundation for Middle East Peace: http://www.fmep.org/

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/events/

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University: http://ccas.georgetown.edu/

The Jerusalem Fund: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/

New America Foundation:http://www.newamerica.net/

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/

 

News, Blogs

      Electronic Intifada http://electronicintifada.net/

Ha’aretz (Israeli daily): http://www.haaretz.com/ (subscription)

Institute for Middle East Understanding: http://imeu.net/

Ma’an News Agency: http://www.maannews.net/eng/

M.J. Rosenberg: http://mjayrosenberg.com

Palestine Monitor: http://www.palestinemonitor.org

Philip Weiss: http://mondoweiss.net/

Rabbi Brian Walt: http://rabbibrian.wordpress.com/

This Week in Palestine (monthly): http://www.thisweekinpalestine.com/

Tikun Olam: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/

 

More Information

      Adalah (Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israeli): http://www.adalah.org/eng/

Americans for Peace Now: http://www.peacenow.org

B’tselem (Israeli Info. Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories): http://www.btselem.org

Friends of Sabeel, North America: http://www.fosna.org

Jewish Voice for Peace: http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

Kairos Palestine: http://www.kairospalestine.ps/Kairos USA: http://www.kairosusa.org

Miftah: http://www.miftah.org/

Tent of Nations: http://www.fotonna.org

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights: http://uscpr.org/

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: http://www.ochaopt.org/

Who Profits?: www.whoprofits.org

      Zochrot: www.zochrot.org/en