A Statement by Kathleen McQuillen at a Vigil for Gaza held in Des Moines on June, 2, 2010
Let me start by saying that we decry all violence. We mourn all loss of life. Today, however, we are focused on the attack perpetrated by Israel against civilians in a relief convoy in international waters, and on the siege of Gaza which led to this tragedy.
Trillion, directed by Sergio Rico, is a powerful film about a very large number. It will inspire you as well as inform you about the kind of world we live in today. On behalf of the Quaker youth program in Old Chatham, New York, we want you to know, that's all.
Participants in the Quaker Palestine Youth Program work in the park and enjoyed planting trees and getting to know each other.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is aggrieved by the deadly Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, which was carried out in international waters during the early hours of Monday morning. The flotilla was attempting to break the Israel-imposed embargo against the people of Gaza by delivering humanitarian relief and construction materials to Gaza’s blockaded port.
Midwest Regional Action to support BDS We're planning something big for this year's shareholder meeting, and need your support at the protest! If you travel for one BDS event this year, consider making it the Caterpillar shareholder meeting in Chicago!
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Susan Johnson is one of only a handful of outside persons allowed inside Gaza in the months following the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war against Gaza. Traveling with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in May of 2009, Susan interviewed and photographed Gazans reeling from Israel’s punishing bombardment.
Excerpted from The Friendly Line, newsletter of the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting
By Sherry Hutchison
Mark Braverman, author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land, was featured at a May 4, 2010 lunch and conversation cosponsored by AFSC and the Grace United Methodist Church and Society Committee.
Mark Braverman is author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. His visit with church leaders in Des Moines is one example of AFSC Iowa's peacebuilding efforts throughout the year.
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