My name is Iyyad Rayyan from Ramallah-Palestine. I am a middle child among five siblings, which is a typical size for a Palestinian family. Since I was in the 9th grade, I started taking evening English courses to improve my language skills. Going away from home for college was something that I wanted to do since I was in high school.
Rachel Corrie, American peace activist, was killed 10 years ago this month by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian family’s home. Rachel’s story is one of courage and nonviolent resistance to Israel’s home demolitions.
“5 Broken Cameras” is another story of courage and resistance. This is the Academy Award nominated documentary of a Palestinian family, their village, and their non-violent resistance to Israel’s separation wall built on their land.
Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, IL. He is the co-founder of Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza and serves as the Chairperson of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. He blogs regularly at Shalom Rav (http://rabbibrant.com/).
This award-winning film brings us into the lives of remarkable Palestinian and Israeli families who have all lost family members in the ongoing violence, and who decide through courage and heart-breaking openness to become bridges of nonviolent peacemaking. This is a true story of everyday people who have made the extraordinary decision to choose dialogue over vengeance.
In Chicago, Daniel joins a protest outside the annual fundraiser of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. Oct. 2012.
No one would say it’s easy to question beliefs you have held your whole life.
For Daniel Kaplan, an American Jew who organizes college students in a national campaign to pressure divestment from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, answering these questions honestly meant reconciling a deep sense of justice with an equally deep sense of himself.
Daniel grew up in a liberal Jewish community in the Chicago area that taught him that Jews’ struggles with persecution compel them to stand up for others who are oppressed and persecuted.
Take Action! Denounce the Raid on Palestinian Human Rights Organizations
At 3 am on December 11, the Israeli army raided the offices of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committee (UPWC), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). Soldiers destroyed furniture, office appliances, ransacked filing cabinets, and confiscated computers, computer hard drives, and video cameras.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.