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Gaza Writes Back: National Speaking Tour

AFSC and Just World Books are organizing a national speaking tour for up to four of the contributors to the book “Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine” between April 1 and 24, 2014.

Please join us at one of the events listed below.

About Gaza Writes Back

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. Their experiences, especially during and following Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive known as “Operation Cast Lead”, have fundamentally impacted their lives.  Their stories are acts of resistance and defiance, proclaiming the endurance of Palestinians and the continuing resilience and creativity of their culture in the face of ongoing obstacles and attempts to silence them.  Whether tackling the tragedy that surrounds missile strikes and home raids, or the everyday indignities encountered by Palestinian refugees, through their writing these authors have brought to life the real issues that the people of Gaza face.

The tour will feature Refaat Alareer and up to three of the authors who contributed to the book – Yousef Aljamal, Rawan Yaghi, and Sarah Ali.  They will share from their experiences growing up in Gaza and from the Book. 

BDS Summer Institute

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:00am - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 5:00pm

BDS summer institute: A fun, comprehensive training program for campus activists

When: August 10-14, 2014

Where: Northern California

Cost: $100 registration fee (Travel scholarships available)

Apply by May 1, 2014

Applications are available here.

Palestinian refugees and the right of return

Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. This paper provides background information on the history of the Palestinian refugee issue and the politics of the right of return.    

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

Saturday, May 31, 2014 (All day) - Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day)

Co-Sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee

Leaders: Rae Abileah & Maia Carter Hallward

The return of Palestinian refugees

In the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and razed off the map by the Israeli forces, creating one of the worst refugee crises of the century.

Today, many of the sites no longer exist, but traces of the past can be seen at times across a deserted landscape—namely a cactus tree here, or ruins of a church or a mosque there.

Peace & Economic Security Program - August 2013 Newsletter

AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, based in Cambridge, has been busy building social and political movements across a wide range of issues. Our staff – Joseph Gerson, Paul Shannon, and Stephen G. Cary Fellow Sofia Wolman – work as a team to move our nation to prioritize human needs over military-industrial complex wars and profits.  See the attached document for an update on our staff's work to change policy and build the movement for peace and justice in Boston and beyond.

Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory

West Bank Settlement

View over an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Overlooking the illegal Israeli settlement of Shiloh in the West Bank.

Israel’s policy of building settlements in occupied territory is one of the core issues of the conflict. This paper provides background on Israel's settlement policy and information about the work being done towards a just peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

AFSC to Launch New Palestine and Israel Newsletter

Sign up to receive AFSC's new Palestine-Israel newsletter. 

During July AFSC will launch a new Israel and Palestine focused newsletter.  The newsletter will be topical and will come out approximately three times each month. 

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