Palestine

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.

Peace & Economic Security Program - August 2013 Newsletter

AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, based in Cambridge, has been busy building social and political movements across a wide range of issues. Our staff – Joseph Gerson, Paul Shannon, and Stephen G. Cary Fellow Sofia Wolman – work as a team to move our nation to prioritize human needs over military-industrial complex wars and profits.  See the attached document for an update on our staff's work to change policy and build the movement for peace and justice in Boston and beyond.

Israel’s Settlement Policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

West Bank Settlement

View over an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Overlooking the illegal Israeli settlement of Shiloh in the West Bank.

 Israel’s policy of building settlements in occupied territory is one of the core issues in the conflict.  Illegal under international law, settlements are built on confiscated or stolen Palestinian land, are one of the core justifications for the building of the wall and the restriction of Palestinian movement within the West Bank, contribute to forced displacement, severely limit Palestinian access to basic resources including land and water, and perpetuate a system of segregation and legal and structural inequality between Palestinians and Israelis.  Understanding Israel’s

AFSC to Launch New Palestine and Israel Newsletter

Sign up to receive AFSC's new Palestine-Israel newsletter. 

During July AFSC will launch a new Israel and Palestine focused newsletter.  The newsletter will be topical and will come out approximately three times each month. 

Popular Resistance in Palestine

Palestinians march on International Women's Day Photo:ryanrodrickbeiler.com

Palestinians march on International Women's Day      Photo:ryanrodrickbeiler.com

Palestinian women, joined by Israeli and international solidarity activsits march to the Kalandia checkpoint to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestine on International Women's Day 2012.

View images from popular resistance actions.

Introduction

Abir Kopty: National speaking tour

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:00pm

 

AFSC is organizing a national speaking tour for Abir Kopty between June 7-16, 2013.

Please join us for one of these events.  

Abir Kopty: Popular Resistance and the BDS Movement in Palestine

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:30pm

Abir Kopty is a leading social, feminist, and political activist born in Nazareth and currently based in Ramallah. She will speak about popular resistance, the challenges to resistance in Palestine, and why the BDS movement is important for resistance on the ground. 

Palestine and Popular Resistance: A Conversation with Abir Kopty

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:30pm

 

 

Please Join AFSC at the Friends Center for a presentation by Palestinian activist Abir Kopty. 

SodaStream Alternatives

Since AFSC joined the national SodaStream Boycott Coalition, one of the questions we are most frequently asked regards SodaStream alternative or replacement products.  Of course the simplest alternative to buying a SodaStream machine is to drink plain water or other non-carbonated beverages.  However, if you’re convinced that buying your own machine makes sense you don’t have to buy a SodaStream.

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