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Seven ways to support peace in Israel-Palestine on campus this semester

BDS with AFSC

Students discuss BDS at AFSC's 2013 Alternative Spring Break in Chicago.

Increased militarization of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, fueled by the U.S., doesn’t benefit anyone. Here are seven ways you can take action on your campus and in your community.

"The Arab Street"

Note: Max Carter, the Director of the Friends Center at Guilford College, has led study tours to Israel-Palestine in the summer for many years. He sent me this post after returning from his most recent trip. - Lucy

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The Arab Street

The Arab Street

The Arab Street

Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting minute on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Note: The below minute from Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting was presented for consideration by the Southern Applachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA) at its June, 2013 annual gathering. In the coming year each SAYMA monthly meeting will consider the ideas in the minute and whether they are led to take similar action or to affirm this minute.

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A courageous rabbi shares his journey to Palestinian solidarity

Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake 4-29-13

Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake University on April 29, 2013. More photos from Rabbi Rosen's talk are available here.

Rabbi Rosen reflects on his journey from “liberal Zionist to Palestinian solidarity activist.” Rosen is a congregational rabbi in Evanston, Illinois and a co-founder and co-chair of the rabbinical council of Jewish Voice for Peace.

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.

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I will not drink SodaStream fizzy water for Passover

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. 

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Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Seeds of an occupation: An audio documentary

Learn more about AFSC's growing involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Hear the voices of activists, students, and Quakers as they work together to hold large corporations accountable for the violation of human rights and listen to the power of nonviolence to bring change to both hearts and minds.  

Quakers call for immediate end to use of force in Gaza

This statement was issued by Britain Yearly Meeting on Nov. 18, 2012 in response to the violence in Gaza. 

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In Gaza: Dreaming with their feet on the ground

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. 

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Gaza youth working with AFSC

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Church leaders to Congress: Condition military aid to Israel on human rights compliance

This letter was sent to Congress on October 5, 2012, from church leaders including Shan Cretin, AFSC's general secretary, as a call to make U.S. military aid to Israel conditional on Israel's "compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies” regarding human rights. 

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