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Palestine wilderness

Note: Tory Smith is an intern working for AFSC’s Wage Peace and Israel/Palestine programs. He is a Quaker. He presented this piece as part of a panel of faith-based activists at the Justice Conference hosted in Philadelphia in February.

I will not drink SodaStream fizzy water for Passover

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

As we approach the Jewish holy days, we are reminded of the phrase that initiates the Telling of the Story: Let all who are hungry come eat, let all who are oppressed, join us at the table of liberation. Unfortunately, if they are Palestinians living in the West Bank, they may need a special security clearance. That is the case for Palestinian workers who are employed by SodaStream, the increasingly popular home carbonation product sold in 39 countries in 35,000 stores worldwide. 

Quakers call for immediate end to use of force in Gaza

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Fighting in Gaza

The below statement was issued by Britain Yearly Meeting on Nov. 18, 2012 in response to the violence in Gaza. Other Quaker organizations are invited to add their names to the statement and so far AFSC, QUNO, QCEA, New York Yearly Meeting and the Canadian Friends Service Committee have signed on.

In Gaza: Dreaming with their feet on the ground

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Patricia Sellick, AFSC Regional Director for the Middle East, shares her experience working with AFSC’s Gaza team and the young people with whom they work.  She wrote this on November 18, 2012.          - Lucy

by Patricia Sellick

Church Leaders to Congress: condition military aid to Israel on human rights compliance

The below letter was sent to Congress on October 5th from Church Leaders including Shan Cretin, AFSC's General Secretary, as a call to make US military aid to Israel conditional on Israel's "compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies” regarding human rights. There have been many responses to this letter, both in support and critical. I will post some of the relevant links here.               In Peace, Lucy

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