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#BlackLivesMatter: From Baltimore to Jerusalem

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy

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Occupied Susiya: Walk with us

Update: Recently an Israeli High Court of Justice ruling will allow the civil administrations of Judae and Samaria to demolish Susiya. Read more here. - Lucy

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Susiya forever

Susiya forever

Susiya forever

An unnatural disaster: What I saw in Gaza

Note: Several US staff visited Gaza recently. Aura Kanegis, AFSC's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, was among them. This was her first trip to Gaza. These are her reflections and photographs from the trip witnessing the recent devastation of Operation Protective Edge, just the latest round of violence against a people under siege. You can read many more reflections on Gaza and Israel & Palestine here. - Lucy

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Linking military service and rights in Israel

Sahar Vardi is AFSC's Israel Program Director and has worked closely with youth who refuse to serve in Israel's military. Here, she explains the politics behind Israel's new "Draft-Dodgers Law."  Learn more about AFSC's Israel program here.

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Sahar at a protest in Tel Aviv in support of draft refusors.

Damned, Mad, Holy, Evil, Real: Living in Jerusalem

Note: Mati Gomis-Perez is the director of AFSC's office in east Jerusalem. Here she writes about what it's like to live there, especially now as the tension and violence has heightened in the aftermath of the Gaza bombardment and the confiscation of 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank. - Lucy

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In Ferguson, I am reminded of Palestine

Note: This guest post is by Bassem Masri, a Palestinian who has been very involved in the Ferguson protests and has documented the events with Live Stream. He was arrested this week and interrogated and writes in the post below powerfully about the ways that the police presence in Feruguson resembles the police presence in Palestine.

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Palestinians in solidarity with Ferguson

Palestinians in solidarity with Ferguson

Palestinians in solidarity with Ferguson

You just have to be human: Resisting apartheid & occupation

Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism writes about the passbook system in South Africa and the ID system in Israel, both established to control, segregate, and limit movement. Boycotts and divestment are one way to take a moral stand against and resist the practices of companies benefitting from the oppression of a targeted group.

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Caroline Hunter & Ken Williams

Caroline Hunter & Ken Williams

Caroline Hunter & Ken Williams

We tell stories: Countering the Israeli occupation

Note: Mati Gomis-Perez is AFSC's Country Representative for Israel and Palestine. Last week she went into Gaza after Operation Protective Edge and speaks about the impacts of the bombardment and occupation, and what's next. This is the most recent is a series of posts on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory by AFSC staff. You can read all of them here. - Lucy

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Destroyed building in Gaza

Destroyed Building in Gaza

Have I failed to acknowledge Palestinian violence?

Note: Mike Merryman-Lotze wishes to make clear that these are his personal views. This piece was originally published by Mondoweiss. - Lucy

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Beit Furik checkpoint Nablus Gaza solidarity

Beit Furik checkpoint Nablus Gaza solidarity

Beit Furik checkpoint Nablus Gaza solidarity

Grant us mercy: Testimonies from Gaza

Note: Here are three testimonies of people who are experiencing the current bombardment on Gaza. - Lucy

Testimony from Mrs. Naji H. Al Jamel, a social worker at the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza, a few minutes before her house was shelled and destroyed in the Jabalia Refugee Camp

My husband and I were woken by our neighbors’ screaming. I was confused but knew that something had happened. I hurried with my husband to find out more. The neighbors told us that our house was going to be bombed. We had to leave immediately.

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Boy with bicycle in Gaza

Boy with bicycle in Gaza

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