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Posts from May 2017

A man and child walk in front of a tank in downtown Ramallah when the curfew was lifted.  This tank was just under the Al-Haq offices where I worked and less than half a block from the British Council where men were executed as mentioned in the story.
By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: May 31, 2017

On March 29, 2002, fifteen years ago, the Israeli military launched Operation Defensive Shield.  I was living in Ramallah at the time, working with the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq.  Defensive Shield followed a number of smaller military invasions of Ramallah and we all knew a day in advance that the invasion was coming. You could see the Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers massing around the city as the military prepared for their invasion. 

I was living with two other foreigners, one chose to leave Ramallah for Jerusalem as did most foreigners. The other...

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: May 25, 2017

Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist, whose book “White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine” was recently published by Just World Books. Mohammad was born in Kuwait in 1979 and has been working as a cartoonist since 2002. His work has been published in many Arabic-language newspapers. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Norway, Holland,...

By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: May 19, 2017

The Palestinian hunger strike, which was launched on April 17, has now entered its second month with over 1,600 prisoners joining the strike. By way of comparison, Gandhi's longest hunger strike lasted for 21 days.

This strike was launched to protest the abusive conditions that exist in the Israeli military prison system, including the use of solitary confinement, restrictions on family visits, and the continued use of administrative detention where Palestinians are held without charge or trial.

One of the prisoners on hunger strike is Majd Ziadeh. In early 2000, shortly...

Published: May 18, 2017

An interview with Pedro Sosa, director of AFSC’s Project Voice Immigrant Rights Program in Oregon and Washington state


Q: Soon after President Trump took office, he signed an executive order to ramp up immigration enforcement around the country. What impact have you seen?  

A: There is a lot of fear in the communities we work in. Agriculture is a big part of the economy in this region, and we work with many farmworkers. People are afraid to go to work or to take their children to school.

The number of raids is hard to track, but I believe we...

Quakers witness for peace in front of the White House.
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: May 18, 2017

This piece was written collaboratively by Willie Colon, Tony Heriza, Tonya Histand, and me with many other contributors. Nathaniel Doubleday curated the images shared here. This piece was shared on the opening day of the Centennial summit on April 20th, 2017. Take a look at the Centennial video “Love in Action” as well.  – Lucy

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, a military draft was immediately introduced. Prison...