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AFSC Carolinas August 2014 Newsletter

Updates for our office as of August 8, 2014. These include reflections on the summer camps we co-hosted, perspectives on the situations in Gaza and at the US-Mexico border, and more!

Children on my mind...

Gaza children

Brothers in Gaza

It is the children who tug at my heart.  Children at the border, crowded together on mats in a huge room. Children, bloodied, with stunned faces in Gaza.  Children caught in the madness of situations they didn't create, just wanting to be with their mom and dad, just wanting to be safe.  Sometimes if feels so overwhelming.

National Day of Action to End the Assault on Gaza and to Lift the Gaza Blockade

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 8:00am - 11:55pm

The Remains of the Al-Dula Family Home

Al- Dula Home - A child stands amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

This Thursday, July 24, join AFSC and more than 50 other groups in protesting the ongoing attack on Gaza by writing to your government representatives and President Obama, organizing community actions, or otherwise making your voice heard.  

U.S. corporations complicit in current attacks on Gaza

A list of corporations complicit in the current attacks on Gaza. If you are interested in organizing economic activism campaigns in response to the attacks, these are companies to target. 

 

Gaza Writes Back: National Speaking Tour

Contributors to "Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine" are touring the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

Gaza writes back: Google hangout January 2014

Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareer, is a compelling collection of short stories from fifteen young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel's siege and blockade. In this video, some of the authors discuss the book.

Drowning under the Gaza blockade

Gaza Flooding

An emergency worker provides assistance to Gaza residents trapped by flooding.

An emergency worker provides assistance to Gaza residents trapped by flooding caused by recent winter storms. 

One of the strongest winter storms in decades hit the occupied Palestinian territory in December. The storm brought new hardship to an already exhausted population in the Gaza Strip and exacerbated the existing humanitarian crisis caused by the seven year long Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Restricted Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Beit Jala Prayer Protest

Palestinians meet for Prayer during a protest against the building of the Wall

Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area's last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents.

The Jerusalem Wall

The Wall around Jerusalem

The Separation Wall snaking around occupied East Jerusalem and separating it from the rest of the West Bank. 

At the Bethlehem Checkpoint

Two women talk with entering the checkpoint between Bethelehm and Jerusalem.

Two women stop to talk while walking through a long encaged walkway at the entrance to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. 

Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967.  However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive.  The permit system put in place in the early 1990s which requires that all Palestinians obtain military issued permits to move between the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem or to travel abroad is now complemented by a permanent system of roadblocks, gates, checkpoin

TODAY'S REALITIES & TOMORROW'S LEADERS: Delegation to Palestine and Israel

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8:00am - Friday, August 23, 2013 - 8:00am

This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by learning directly from those living there. We will also explore issues relevant to young people in the region, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict. Our itinerary will feature meetings with leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, Palestinian and Israeli youth, religious leaders and more. 

August 2013 Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegation Flyer

TRAVEL TO PALESTINE/ISRAEL WITH INTERFAITH PEACE-BUILDERS AND AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE
This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace
process—by learning directly from those living there. We will also explore issues relevant to young people in the region, including
efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict. Our itinerary will feature meetings

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