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In overcrowded Gaza Strip, displaced refugees yearn to return home

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, where 1.7 million Palestinians live on 139 square miles. More than half of the population is constituted of refugees, who in 1948 fled or were expelled from their origi­­nal homes in what is now Israel, to find themselves on an unfamiliar territory that was not originally their own.

Gaza writes back: Google hangout January 2014

Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareer, is a compelling collection of short stories from fifteen young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel's siege and blockade. In this video, some of the authors discuss the book.

BDS Summer Institute

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:00am - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 5:00pm

BDS summer institute: A fun, comprehensive training program for campus activists

When: August 10-14, 2014

Where: Northern California

Cost: $100 registration fee (Travel scholarships available)

Apply by May 1, 2014

Applications are available here.

Kids displaced by December floods in Gaza receive school supplies, winter clothes

Unprecedented levels of rain and snow on the Gaza Strip left thousands of Palestinians homeless, stranded, and cold this winter.

 Mohammed Shbeir, 11, lives in one of the lowest regions of Gaza, near the Sheikh Radwan pool. This pool, which collects rainwater, flooded after it was unable to absorb the flow of 4.5 feet of rainfall this winter.

Palestinian refugees and the right of return

Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. This paper provides background information on the history of the Palestinian refugee issue and the politics of the right of return.    

Restricted Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Beit Jala Prayer Protest

Palestinians meet for Prayer during a protest against the building of the Wall

Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area's last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents.

The Jerusalem Wall

The Wall around Jerusalem

The Separation Wall snaking around occupied East Jerusalem and separating it from the rest of the West Bank. 

At the Bethlehem Checkpoint

Two women talk with entering the checkpoint between Bethelehm and Jerusalem.

Two women stop to talk while walking through a long encaged walkway at the entrance to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. 

Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967.  However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive.  The permit system put in place in the early 1990s which requires that all Palestinians obtain military issued permits to move between the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem or to travel abroad is now complemented by a permanent system of roadblocks, gates, checkpoin

Today's realities & tomorrow's leaders

Saturday, May 31, 2014 (All day) - Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day)

Co-Sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee

Leaders: Rae Abileah & Maia Carter Hallward

Iowans explore UN's role in Palestine

Over 30 people attended “The United Nations and Palestine,” a program sponsored by the AFSC’s Middle East Peace Education Project (MEPEP) and Drake University’s Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance (MEPPA) on Tuesday, November 19 in Drake University’s Olmsted Center.

Monster Mash Remix Boycott SodaStream

Boycott SodaStream choir

Boycott SodaStream choir

AFSC Chicago staff and friends sing Monster Mash Remix -- Boycott SodaStream.

Check out the performance on Sound Cloud.

Lyrics by D-Pak

 

I was shopping for the holidays, late one night

When I saw a product that gave me a fright

The shelves were filled with SodaStream, to my surprise

So now we must expose all of SodaStream's lies

 

It's SodaStream

They're made on stolen land

And that's obscene

It should be contraband

It isn't green

The return of Palestinian refugees

In the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and razed off the map by the Israeli forces, creating one of the worst refugee crises of the century.

Today, many of the sites no longer exist, but traces of the past can be seen at times across a deserted landscape—namely a cactus tree here, or ruins of a church or a mosque there.

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