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By Saida Khader and Sahar Vardi
Published: October 28, 2015

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 

By Philip Weiss
Published: October 23, 2015

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?

This was my second visit in two years. The last time I was there was in May 2014, two months before the attacks began last summer. At that point it was 13 years since...

By Pedro Rios
Published: October 21, 2015

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

A Palestinian child, no more than 10 years old, stood in the middle of the street near...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: October 15, 2015

"All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change. … As wind, as water, as fire, as life, God is change."  - Octavia Butler

Two weeks ago I saw a workshop version of Toshi and Bernice Johnson-Reagon's folk-rock adaptation of “The Parable of the Sower”—twice. I went twice because I wanted the music and the lyrics to seep into my body. Toshi Reagon talked about how the novels of Toni Morrison and...

By Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: October 14, 2015

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. Read more in AFSC's recent statement about the current...