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National Day of Action to End the Assault on Gaza and to Lift the Gaza Blockade

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 8:00am - 11:55pm

The Remains of the Al-Dula Family Home

Al- Dula Home - A child stands amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

This Thursday, July 24, join AFSC and more than 50 other groups in protesting the ongoing attack on Gaza by writing to your government representatives and President Obama, organizing community actions, or otherwise making your voice heard.  

U.S. corporations complicit in current attacks on Gaza

The Remains of the Al-Dula Family Home

Al- Dula Home - A child stands amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

A list of corporations complicit in the current attacks on Gaza. If you are interested in organizing economic activism campaigns in response to the attacks, these are companies to target. 

 

Impact: Resources for action on Israel-Palestine

Below is a list of archived Impact newsletters.

July, 2014: Gaza Under Attack

June, 2014: Collective Punisment

June, 2014: Demand an End to Administrative Detention

Gaza Writes Back: National Speaking Tour

Contributors to "Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine" are touring the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

In overcrowded Gaza Strip, displaced refugees yearn to return home

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, where 1.7 million Palestinians live on 139 square miles. More than half of the population is constituted of refugees, who in 1948 fled or were expelled from their origi­­nal homes in what is now Israel, to find themselves on an unfamiliar territory that was not originally their own.

Gaza writes back: Google hangout January 2014

Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareer, is a compelling collection of short stories from fifteen young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel's siege and blockade. In this video, some of the authors discuss the book.

BDS Summer Institute

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:00am - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 5:00pm

BDS summer institute: A fun, comprehensive training program for campus activists

When: August 10-14, 2014

Where: Northern California

Cost: $100 registration fee (Travel scholarships available)

Apply by May 1, 2014

Applications are available here.

Kids displaced by December floods in Gaza receive school supplies, winter clothes

Unprecedented levels of rain and snow on the Gaza Strip left thousands of Palestinians homeless, stranded, and cold this winter.

 Mohammed Shbeir, 11, lives in one of the lowest regions of Gaza, near the Sheikh Radwan pool. This pool, which collects rainwater, flooded after it was unable to absorb the flow of 4.5 feet of rainfall this winter.

Palestinian refugees and the right of return

Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. This paper provides background information on the history of the Palestinian refugee issue and the politics of the right of return.    

Restricted Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Beit Jala Prayer Protest

Palestinians meet for Prayer during a protest against the building of the Wall

Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area's last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents.

The Jerusalem Wall

The Wall around Jerusalem

The Separation Wall snaking around occupied East Jerusalem and separating it from the rest of the West Bank. 

At the Bethlehem Checkpoint

Two women talk with entering the checkpoint between Bethelehm and Jerusalem.

Two women stop to talk while walking through a long encaged walkway at the entrance to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. 

Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967.  However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive.  The permit system put in place in the early 1990s which requires that all Palestinians obtain military issued permits to move between the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem or to travel abroad is now complemented by a permanent system of roadblocks, gates, checkpoin

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