By Lucy Duncan
Published: October 15, 2013

“Can the Bible be redeemed? Has it been used as a weapon so much that we cannot redeem it?” These were questions that the Rev. Naim Ateek, founder of the Friends of Sabeel, asked at the Wide Tent for Justice: Next Steps for Peace in Palestine/Israel conference at the St. James Episcopal Church in Chicago, co-sponsored by AFSC.

I had arrived a little late and slipped into the room where...

Published: October 3, 2013

Note: Elaine Lane is the founder of David’s Shoes, an organization based out of Irvington, New Jersey, that is “Helping Children and Teens Honor Life.” Inspired by AFSC’s “Eyes Wide Open” exhibit, Elaine is collecting 3792 shoes to start her own exhibit, commemorating the number of children killed by gun violence in the United States in 1998, the year her own son was killed. I met up with her in AFSC’s Newark office, where she was meeting with AFSC staff to talk about her work against teen...

By Sandra Tamari
Published: September 30, 2013

Note: For the past 46 years, Israel has occupied the Palestinian territory of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. It has illegally moved its own population into Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank, confiscating Palestinian land and exploiting Palestinian natural resources. The companies that provide services to these Jewish-only settlements are complicit in the development of an apartheid system. In this guest blog post, Palestinian Quaker Sandra Tamari tells about an effective effort in her community to raise awareness and put pressure on one...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: September 19, 2013

Note:  Quakers around the world are working for peace in Israel/Palestine by joining or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which takes economic action to end Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Below is a list of minutes and statements supporting the BDS movement, and calling on all governments to end the dehumanizing effects of the Israeli government.

This month, a U.S....

By Lauren Ballester
Published: September 13, 2013

My Quakerism is what brought me to Palestine.

I have always had a very strong sense of direction rooted in my spirit. That said, there are few times in my life where I have felt as called as I did this spring.

I have been working on Palestine advocacy on Penn’s campus for the past year or so, and have always felt very emotionally invested in the struggle, but I had never been there. There came a point when I became so invested in the movement that it felt disingenuous of me to be advocating so fiercely for a place I had never visited.

Through the encouragement of some...