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.
We are collecting stories from Palestinians whose lives are affected by the current conflict. We will continue to add more voices as our staff and partners in the region are able to collect and share more.
Since 1948, AFSC has worked with Palestinians and Israelis to achieve a just and lasting peace. Today, through our staff and partners, we work with young people in Palestine as well as in Israel, countering militarism and focusing on ways communities can meet pressing humanitarian, social, and educational needs.
As the situation in Gaza and Israel unfolds, we will bring you AFSC's latest statements, resources, and stories from the people affected by the conflict.
The attack, code named “Pillar of Defense”, began 14 November with the assassination of Hamas’ Gaza Military Commander Ahmed Jabari and coordinated attacks on 20 alleged Hamas targets throughout Gaza. These attacks have been followed by the continued shelling and bombardment of Gaza from the air, land, and sea. Gaza is home to 1.6 million Palestinians of whom fifty per cent are children under the age of 18.
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