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Faces of Hope: Learn About the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Faces of Hope: Learn About the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Occupation Realities: The Siege on Palestinian Life

Nearly every facet of Palestinian life in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) is controlled by Israeli military policies. These policies restrict movement and isolate and harass the civilian population. This state of siege is marked by closures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, regular curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, electric fences, and walls.

It is almost impossible to move people or goods within or out of the oPt. This not only strangles the civilian population but also devastates the Palestinian economy and weakens Palestinian organizations and institutions. This state of siege intensified drastically after the beginning of the second Intifada (uprising) in September 2000 and the election of a new Palestinian Parliament in 2006.

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

Discussion Guide and Resources

President Jimmy Carter's book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid has been an important contribution to the discussion of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the United States.

The AFSC hopes that President Carter's book serves to promote more dialogue and reflection about the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the U.S. role in the conflict and prospects for peace in the region. Below we have gathered several resources to help in this discussion including an AFSC-produced reading and discussion guide.

Faces of Hope Resources

When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel

This book describes the experiences and analyses of an International Quaker Working Party, composed of eleven Quakers and three friends-of-Quakers, who recently visited Israel, Palestine and neighboring countries.

Occupation Realities Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets/General Information

AFSC Statements

Statements from other Quaker Organizations

United Nations Key Resolutions & Resources