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Gaza: A Look Inside the Devastation

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

Susan Johnson is one of only a handful of outside persons allowed inside Gaza in the months following the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war against Gaza. Traveling with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in May of 2009, Susan interviewed and photographed Gazans reeling from Israel’s punishing bombardment.

Gaza boy

A boy in Gaza sits atop the rubble of his family's home.

A boy in Gaza sits atop the rubble of his family's home, destroyed by the Israeli attacks on Gaza of December 2008-January 2009.

Palestine Film Series: "Slingshot Hip Hop"

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This hopeful, sometimes joyous film shows young Palestinians in Israel, Gaza, and West Bank using music to express their pain at living separated and occupied.  They succeed in communicating not only with one another but, though this film, with the world.  Director: Jackie Salloum

Donations, to benefit Palestine Children's Relieef Fund, appreciated -- no one turned away.  Wheelchair accessible.  Co-sponsored by BFUU social Justice Committee, St. Joseph Worker Social Justice Committee, UCB Students for Justice in Palestine, KPFA Flashpoints, MECA, and AFSC.

Ninth Annual Walk for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine

Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm


Program 1:00 pm | Walk 2:30 pm | Advocacy Buffet/Potluck 3:30 pm


Living on the Edge: An Eyewitness Account of Village Life under Occupation

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm


64 year-old former journalist Sharen Green speaks about her experience as a human rights monitor in Palestine last summer as part of a World Council of Churches program. Green tells the story of life in Jayyous, a once wealthy Palestinian village which has been reduced to poverty by a military occupation that gets more draconian by the day.


Seeing for Myself: Gaza

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 7:00pm

Dear Friends:

Over the past few years the Middle East Peace Education Project has presented several public forums about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. However we’ve not had an opportunity to present clearly on the impact of the Israeli war on Gaza (Dec. ’08 – Jan. ’09) because of the very limited access allowed by Israel into Gaza.

Susan Johnson, a Quaker from Philadelphia traveled to Gaza in May ’09 as part of a UN Reliefs and Works Agency (UNRWA) delegation.        

Tomorrow's Leaders - Delegation to Israel/Palestine

Description and Flyer for the delegation from Israel and Palestine.

Mock Congressional Hearing

Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

"We oppose the use of violence to resolve human conflicts. We grieve for each precious life lost or shattered. We mourn especially the civilians - Israeli and Palestinian - who have been killed and we condemn without reservation the acts of violence that have struck them down in the course of their daily lives." - From When the Rain Returns: Towards Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel

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