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A hopeful movement: Working for justice in Israel-Palestine through boycott and divestment

Palestinian-American Sandra Tamari, a member of the St. Louis Religious Society of Friends, recounts how a small group of St. Louis activists brought the boycott and divestment movement for justice in Israel-Palestine to their city—and how their impact was felt across the world.

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Palestinian-American Sandra Tamari, a member of the St. Louis Religious Society of Friends, recounts how a small group of St. Louis activists brought the boycott and divestment movement for justice in Israel-Palestine to their city—and how their impact was felt across the world.

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The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

Media camp enhances Nida’s skills to touch base with her community

From Arrabah to Belfast

Nida’ Nassar, a 28-year-old from the Arab town of Arrabah in Israel, works continuously to sow a culture of civic engagement and to contribute to the elimination of sectarian conflict in Israel/Palestine.

Last month, she traveled to Belfast in Northern Ireland to take part in a media camp that boosted her confidence in working for change and provided her with skills to continue forward.

“We talked about tools, mechanisms, and how to overcome daily challenges in our lives,” she explains.

Calling for economic action to end Israel’s occupation: Minutes and statements of Quaker Meetings & organizations

Quakers around the world are working for peace in Israel/Palestine by joining or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.. Here is a collection of minutes and statements supporting the BDS movement and calling on all governments to end the dehumanizing effects of the Israeli occupation.

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Quakers around the world are working for peace in Israel/Palestine by joining or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.. Here is a collection of minutes and statements supporting the BDS movement and calling on all governments to end the dehumanizing effects of the Israeli occupation.

I am ready: A young woman's visit to Palestine

My Quakerism is what brought me to Palestine.

I have always had a very strong sense of direction rooted in my spirit. That said, there are few times in my life where I have felt as called as I did this spring.

I have been working on Palestine advocacy on Penn’s campus for the past year or so, and have always felt very emotionally invested in the struggle, but I had never been there. There came a point when I became so invested in the movement that it felt disingenuous of me to be advocating so fiercely for a place I had never visited.

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Lauren Ballester and chickpea

Lauren Ballester holding a giant chickpea during a recent protest against companies supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Seven ways to support peace in Israel-Palestine on campus this semester

BDS with AFSC

Students discuss BDS at AFSC's 2013 Alternative Spring Break in Chicago.

Increased militarization of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, fueled by the U.S., doesn’t benefit anyone. Here are seven ways you can take action on your campus and in your community.

"The Arab Street"

Note: Max Carter, the Director of the Friends Center at Guilford College, has led study tours to Israel-Palestine in the summer for many years. He sent me this post after returning from his most recent trip. - Lucy

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The Arab Street

The Arab Street

The Arab Street

Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting minute on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Note: The below minute from Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting was presented for consideration by the Southern Applachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA) at its June, 2013 annual gathering. In the coming year each SAYMA monthly meeting will consider the ideas in the minute and whether they are led to take similar action or to affirm this minute.

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A courageous rabbi shares his journey to Palestinian solidarity

Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake 4-29-13

Rabbi Brant Rosen speaks at Drake University on April 29, 2013. More photos from Rabbi Rosen's talk are available here.

Rabbi Rosen reflects on his journey from “liberal Zionist to Palestinian solidarity activist.” Rosen is a congregational rabbi in Evanston, Illinois and a co-founder and co-chair of the rabbinical council of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Palestine wilderness

Note: Tory Smith is an intern working for AFSC’s Wage Peace and Israel/Palestine programs. He is a Quaker. He presented this piece as part of a panel of faith-based activists at the Justice Conference hosted in Philadelphia in February.

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I will not drink SodaStream fizzy water for Passover

by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

As we approach the Jewish holy days, we are reminded of the phrase that initiates the Telling of the Story: Let all who are hungry come eat, let all who are oppressed, join us at the table of liberation. Unfortunately, if they are Palestinians living in the West Bank, they may need a special security clearance. That is the case for Palestinian workers who are employed by SodaStream, the increasingly popular home carbonation product sold in 39 countries in 35,000 stores worldwide. 

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Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

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