My name is Moriel Zachariah Rothman. I am 23 years old and live in Jerusalem. I lived for most of my life in the United States, but I was born in Jerusalem (and am Jewish) and have thus been an Israeli citizen since birth. As such, I am, like [most] other Israeli Jews, expected to serve in the IDF. I moved back to Jerusalem last year, and I recently received a draft notice from the IDF. After much thinking, wrestling and searching, and drawing inspiration from my community and from many who have made the same choice before me, I have decided to refuse to serve in the army.
The siege and blockade of Gaza has cut off its residents from the outside world for more than five years. So when a call went out asking AFSC staff to send messages of solidarity to colleagues and participants in the Palestine Youth Program, many jumped at the chance.
Students join call of people of conscience around the world to divest from corporations that profit from Israeli occupation
Students from colleges and universities around the United States have joined AFSC and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in sending a video message to one of the largest financial services companies in the United States: divest from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Marking Palestinian “Land Day”, students from Palestine and colleges and universities around the United States have joined AFSC and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in sending a video message to one of the largest financial services companies in the United States: divest from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Divest from Occupation and Violence
Sign the We Divest petition, asking TIAA-CREF to divest from five companies that are complicit in ongoing human rights violations and violations of international law in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Concerned citizens and Congressional staffers convened on Capitol Hill March 8, 2011 to hear the riveting stories of two people with deep ties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. AFSC organized the panel, along with Interfaith Peace-Builders and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
Dalit Baum, PhD, an Israeli activist fresh back from a December trip to Palestine/ Israel, and co-founder of "Who Profits from the Occupation" (www.whoprofits.org), an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace, has been researching corporate complicity in Israel's occupation and providing campaign support for dozens of corporate accountability campaigns around the world.
Native Iowans Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie who, on March 16, 2003, was killed by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Motivated by their daughter's work and example, the Corries have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East and have made numerous visits to the region, spending time in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, and Turkey.
By Kathleen McQuilllen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
An anthropology class at Central College in Iowa recently hosted an AFSC-supported panel discussion to learn what they could about one area of the world they had recently been studying: Palestine. Three Palestinians living in Iowa participated on the panel and were eager to shed some light on Palestinian history, culture, strengths and hopes for the future.
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