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Posts from October 2015

East Jerusalem
By: Mati Gomis-Perez
Published: October 30, 2015

The escalation of violence and tension in Jerusalem and the long term inequities, oppression and dispossession of Palestinians under occupation inspires Mati Gomis-Perez, AFSC's Israel-Palestine Director, to ask, "Until when?" - Lucy

As we start the morning in Jerusalem these days, one can only think, “let us see how many today."  How many arrested, how many prevented from leaving their towns, how many clashes, how many protests, how many houses demolished, how many shot at, how many murdered, how many lynched, how many stabbings, how many and how many...

As we start...

Dome of the Rock
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...

Al Shuhada Street in Hebron
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 the...

Toshi Reagon's Parable of the Sower at the Annenberg Center
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...