The occupation and increased restrictions and attacks on Palestinians is causing enormous tension in Jerusalem in recent weeks. I asked two co-workers who work in Jerusalem to talk about what it’s like there now and what the international community can do. - Lucy
Jennifer Bing co-led a delegation of AFSC staff to Israel and the Palestinian territories last month. Philip Weiss interviewed her soon after she returned. This piece was originally published on Mondoweiss. - Lucy
You just visited Gaza. You’ve been there often before, though, right?
In September 2015, Pedro joined AFSC colleagues from around the country on a delegation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to meet with farmers, business people, politicians, and activists, in order to learn about how Israeli occupation impacts daily life for Palestinians living in the occupied territories. The staff delegation visited the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem. This is one in a series of articles on Pedro’s reflections on his visit to Palestine. - Lucy
The number of dead and injured in Israel and the Palestinian terrorites continues to grow in recent weeks. The violence is the result of brutal force used to maintain the occupation. In this piece Mike Merryman-Lotze reflects on the violence and the videos and images of that violence being circulated. He asks why such images are necessary for outrage and compassion to address the roots of the problem.
White Quaker singer-songwriter Sandy Robson reflects on fear and how it operates to maintain segregation and racial oppression in this moving piece about growing up in Baltimore and understanding the vulnerability and lack of safety her black friends feel.
On September 1st an historic settlement was reached in California on the use of long-term isolation or solitary confinement. This win came after years of organizing in which AFSC staff were actively participating. This is a summary of the agreement reached and of all the work and actions that went into making the agreement possible by incarcerated men, their families, and other allies working together persistently and faithfully for change.
Below is a response to Mike Merryman-Lotze's guest blog post Palestine Activism in an Anti-Racist Framework from members of the Palestine Israel Action Group (PIAG) of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. The original blog post, though written in Mike's personal voice, does reflect AFSC's position and Mike replies to this open letter below.
In this personal reflection, Lucy Duncan, talks about facing with despair and how she has found that small groups working for change, including through the Quaker social change ministry program, give her hope and strength. She says, "We are all standing on holy ground, we are in a desperate situation and what we need to face it is within us, between us, in these circles willing to struggle."
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