In September 2015, I joined 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. Our delegation visited the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem. This is second in a series of articles on my reflections of my visit to Palestine.- Pedro
Max Carter, former director of Friends Center at Guilford College, responds to the Wall Street Journal op ed, "Quakers, No Friends to Israel" by correcting inaccuracies regarding both AFSC's BDS position and Quaker faith and history.
The escalation of violence and tension in Jerusalem, the long term inequities, oppression and dispossession of Palestinians under occupation inspires Mati Gomis-Perez, AFSC's Israel-Palestine Director, to ask, "Until when?" - Lucy
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.
Though this piece, an exploration of working within an anti-racist framework in all work against oppression, but particularly in the movement to end the occupaton of Palestinian territory, is a personal statement by Mike Merryman-Lotze, it does reflect AFSC's organizational position with regard to this issue. - Lucy
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