...and intersectional justice.
Listed alphabetically, according to host organization
and chronologically within each group listing.
(Beginning in April 2020 with the onset of Covid-19 2020 Pandemic).
an international discussion of the connections between Black Lives Matter calls to defund the police and abolish the prison industrial complex, and Palestinian calls to tear down all apartheid walls and free Palestine.
These speakers bring years of on-the-ground experience and strategic thinking to the conversation:
Angela Davis, Jamal Juma', moderated by Kristian Davis Bailey.
Co-sponsored by FOSNA.
Senior Palestine Policy Fellow, Yara Hawari, joins this important policy roundtable convened by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights about what it means for Palestinians to claim their right to narrate, to tell their stories, and to speak back with clear demands for an end to US complicity in Palestinian oppression.
In his July 2020 report to the UN Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteur S. Michael Lynk asserts that "Israel continues to rely upon collective punishment as a prominent instrument in its coercive toolbox of population control." From home demolitions to the Gaza blockade to the withholding of Palestinian bodies, Israel wields collective punishment tactics to subjugate and suppress the Palestinian population. Al-Shabaka analysts Nada Awad and Issam Younis join host Nur Arafeh to discuss the toll of this strategy on the Palestinian people and how it fits into Israel's broader system of apartheid.
Have Arab states abandoned the Palestinian people? In this policy lab, Al-Shabaka analysts Tareq Baconi and Ibrahim Fraihat join host Nur Arafeh to weigh in on the historical understanding of normalization, implications of the UAE-Israel agreement and other normalization developments across the region, and ways forward for Palestinians in light of these changing dynamics.
American Friends Service Committee - AFSC.org
This webinar is part of the AFSC National Days of Action to #FreeThemAll. The days of action marked the 49th anniversary of the Attica uprising, when more than 2,000 people incarcerated in upstate New York took over the yard of Attica Correctional Facility to protest inhumane conditions and demand freedom, wages, education access, medical care, and more. Watch highlights from the webinar in short clips provided on the page or watch the full length webinar.
Americans for Peace Now - APN
with Peter Beinart, a leading American Jewish advocate for Israeli-Palestinian peace, and Hadar Susskind, APN President and CEO. Beinart speaks in more detail on the genesis of, and thoughts presented in his new essay
in Jewish Currents. In it, he has moved publicly from a long-held position advocating for a two-state solution to now making the case for equality between Jews and Palestinians in a shared or confederated state. The session is notable for a serious effort for those who disagree to understand one another. Good exploration of Beinart’s thinking.
Michael Sfard is one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers and the legal counsel of Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) and of the organization Yesh Din. Yesh Din recently commissioned Sfard to prepare a legal opinion on whether the current situation in the West Bank, the occupation -- regardless of Israel’s intention to de-jure annex parts of the West Bank -- can be defined as Apartheid. Michael issued a report
titled “The Occupation of the West Bank and the Crime of Apartheid: Legal Opinion." In this podcast episode, a version of an August 10th 2020 webinar, Sfard talks about his report and what it means.
In a rare decision, Israel's Supreme Court accepted the petition of a Palestinian family against an IDF order to punitively demolish its West Bank home. Jessica Montell, the executive director of the Israeli human rights organization HaMoked, which helped file the petition, talks about the case and about the doctrine and practice of house demolitions in the West Bank. HaMoked is the Center for the Defense of the Individual, which provides legal aid to Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Montell is the former director of B'Tselem.
with Daoud Kuttab - Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab spoke and answered questions on the Palestinian response to the announced normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and its immediate and longer term impact on them. From their perspective, could they make lemonade out of this lemon? Listen to a ward winning Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab who is the director of the Community Media Network in Amman, Jordan. He is the former editor of Al-Fajr English weekly newspaper, a columnist for the Arabic language al-Quds daily and a regular contributor to leading American newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - ceip.org
Marwan Muasher, Carnegie; Zahar Hussan, and Aaron David Miller.
As of July 1, the Israeli government will be free under the terms of the current coalition agreement to annex and officially extend its legal authority over large parts of the occupied West Bank. This will leave Palestinians with neither a viable and sovereign state of their own nor political rights as citizens of Israel. What will be the Palestinian response to Israeli annexation? What does this mean for the future of the Palestine National Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization? How will the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians change?
Mohammad Shtayyeh is the prime minister of the Palestine National Authority. Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on U.S. foreign policy. Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Churches for Middle East Peace - cmep.org
through webinars - Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), gathers with Christian leaders from across the Middle East weekly during Eastertide 2020 for Eastertide Meditations, a series of conversations designed to bring us from the resurrection of Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Full listing here
- June 4, 2020
Join CMEP and Rev. Shannon Jammal Hollemans and Rev. David Andrews for a conversation about U.S. Christians and the CMEP #ChurchesAgainstAnnexation campaign.
Munther Isaac is a Palestinian Christian pastor and theologian. He now pastors the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem. He is also the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College and is the director of the highly acclaimed and influential Christ at the Checkpoint conferences. Fr. Jamal Khader is a Palestinian priest in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. After 10 years as Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University, he worked for four years as Rector of the Latin Patriarchate Seminary.
As people of African descent, our struggle against the racism, economic exploitation, and militarism of the United States, what Rev. Dr. King dubbed the “giant triplets,” ties us to the Palestinian people, as they face these giants as well, under Israeli occupation. And today those most harmed by the triple evils are disproportionately impacted by the giant of the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is more apparent than ever that Palestinians and Black Americans are tied in "a single garment of destiny," what affects one directly affects the other indirectly. This panel of dynamic thought leaders and activists will reflect on how the triple evils tie together Black and Palestinian stories, our past and present struggles for justice, and the role of the Church and liberation theologies in the march toward freedom.
This event will offer spiritual grounding ahead of our Counter CUFI Action!
Today we are launching a nationwide effort to counter the largest Israeli Lobby, Christians United for Israel and challenge their undue influence on American politics. Christian Zionist Lobbies like Christians United For Israel (CUFI) leverage their political power to ensure the US gives moral and political cover to Israeli colonization, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing.
Join us for a powerful day of action, beginning with this service to ground us, as we raise our voices in opposition to CUFI’s annual summit!
Join with hundreds of people of conscience and people of faith as we take action, digitally, to disrupt the racist ideology of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Take part in creative digital direct action that counters CUFI's hate with a message of justice for all. Christian Zionist Lobbies like CUFI leverage their political power to ensure the US gives moral and political cover to Israeli colonization, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing. Today we launch a nationwide effort to counter this deadly lobby and challenge their undue influence on American politics. Join us for a powerful day of action as we rise up in opposition to CUFI’s annual summit!
Tune in to this important policy roundtable by Palestinian grassroots organizers and advocates about what it means for Palestinians to claim their right to narrate, to tell their stories, and to speak back with clear demands for an end to US complicity in Palestinian oppression.
Linda Sarsour is a genuine prophet of justice. She is one of the most consistent and wholistic advocates for justice for all. Linda stood with us at 2019's Counter Christian Zionism: Interfaith Vision of Liberation. Today we stand with her. In partnership with JVP, we invite you to sign
on to show support.
an international discussion of the connections between Black Lives Matter calls to defund the police and abolish the prison industrial complex, and Palestinian calls to tear down all apartheid walls and free Palestine.
These speakers bring years of on-the-ground experience and strategic thinking to the conversation:
Angela Davis, Jamal Juma', moderated by Kristian Davis Bailey.
Co-sponsored by Adalah.
Foundation for Middle East Peace - fmep.org
The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), with the co-sponsorship of Human Rights Watch, invites you to join a webinar on Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently considering opening a formal probe into Israeli and Palestinian actions in the Occupied Territories. This webinar will examine that case — what it is about, why and how it was brought before the ICC, and the controversy that it has generated. Our expert panelists will also delve into the broader stakes involved in this case – a case that is testing the legitimacy and viability of both the court and the international law it is designed to uphold.
With: Hagai El-Ad is the executive director of B’Tselem בצלם بتسيلم, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Liz Evenson is acting director in the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, Katherine Gallagher is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Dr. Michael Kearney lectured on human rights and international law at the University of York, LSE, and University of Sussex, and is a legal researcher with Al-Haq.
The U.S. is facing ongoing and ever-expanding efforts to use new legislation as a weapon to quash free speech and activism that challenges Israeli policies. This webinar, featuring experts who are on the front lines of challenging and documenting these efforts, will explore the phenomenon in its various current and emerging forms, including so-called anti-BDS laws and legislation that exploits the pretext of fighting antisemitism. The discussion includes an examination of the various forms of attack, the situation in state legislatures and Congress, and the role of Executive Orders. It also examines legal efforts to challenge such laws, including court cases thus far and likely cases that could emerge in the future. With Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal, Lara Friedman of FMEP, moderated by Peter Beinart.
APN webinar ft Lara Friedman & Danny Seidemann - On July 2 -- the day after, under the Israeli government's coalition agreement the window officially opened for Israel to move ahead with annexation of West Bank territory -- Americans for Peace Now hosted a webinar entitled, "West Bank Annexation - Opposition in Israel & the US," featuring Danny Seidemann (Terrestrial Jerusalem) and FMEP's Lara Friedman, and moderated by APN's Ori Nir.
with Peter Beinart & Yousef Munayyer - a conversation (via Zoom) examining the proposition that the way forward for Israel-Palestine might well be a shared, one-state reality — why this is the case, what such a shift in thinking would mean to both Jewish and Palestinian Americans, and what such a future might look like for Israelis and Palestinians on the ground. In a piece published July 8, 2020 in the New York Times
(as a follow up to a longer piece published on July 7, 2020 in Jewish Currents
) The arguments articulated by Peter in these two pieces break new ground in the thinking of Liberal Zionist American Jews, and have already provoked a serious debate. At the same time, well-developed thinking along similar lines has been articulated for years by Palestinian intellectual leaders, including, prominently, Yousef Munayyer, who in February 2017 published a piece in Time Magazine
entitled, “Let’s Talk About a One-State Solution Where Israelis and Palestinians Are Equal”.
After more than 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel and dispersal and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, more than 50 years of occupation and de facto annexation, and more than 25 years since the Oslo Accords, there is a critical need for thinking that moves beyond failed paradigms and challenges status quo assumptions. More info here.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is often treated by analysts as little more than a supporting actor in larger dramas in the region, with analysis focused nearly exclusively on how developments in Jordan might impact issues beyond its borders, most notably Israel’s security and the Israel-Palestine conflict. This is a mistake. Like any sovereign nation, Jordan’s policies and actions are driven by its own internal political and social dynamics, as well as its own sense of its national security interests and priorities. Understanding these dynamics is a prerequisite for any analysis of Jordan’s policies and behavior vis-à-vis issues beyond its borders, including issues like Israel’s possible annexation of parts of the West Bank. With: Merissa Khurma is the program manager of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, Ghaith al-Omari is a senior fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship.
Jewish Currents and the Foundation for Middle East Peace co-host a discussion of what a shared Israeli-Palestinian homeland would actually look like. Moderated by Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart, this event features Sari Nusseibeh, a Palestinian academic and former activist; Meron Rapoport, an Israeli journalist; and Dr. Limor Yehuda, an Israeli legal scholar.
Sarah Posner and Lara Friedman discuss - President Trump proclaimed: “We moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That’s for the evangelicals.” Addressing the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo turned Jerusalem into a prop for President Trump’s reelection campaign. To explore the relationship between the Trump Administration’s Israel-Palestine policies and American evangelical Christians, as well as the implications of this relationship for the upcoming U.S. elections, the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) is pleased to invite you to join us for a conversation (via Zoom) with leading expert Sarah Posner.
A discussion with US experts to examine the geopolitical context that led to and enabled the Israel-UAE deal and the implications of the deal with respect to Gulf politics. The conversation looks at the potential shifts in and regional alignments, including the possibility of further normalization between Gulf states and Israel. Also, discussion on what this new alignment means with respect to Iran, and what it portends for security in the region, including with respect to military/security cooperation and weapons sales.
with Ali Abunimah, Philip Weiss and Nada Elia. Zionism — the assertion that Jews have a right to violently establish and maintain an ethno-religious state in the homeland and at the expense of the Palestinian people — was, at least in the United States, a mainstream belief with support across the political spectrum. In recent years, that consensus has crumbled. Palestinians have led the global BDS movement that highlights how Zionism violates the rights of all Palestinians, and younger generations of Americans, including Jews, are turning away from an ideology that is more and more openly aligned with the most reactionary, right-wing and white supremacist forces. Similar changes are happening all over the world. Though Zionism is on the retreat ideologically, Israel retains immense power and impunity. What will it take to change this apparent stalemate, and shift the balance towards liberation for Palestinians? Ali: “Israel’s ability to control through military might has expired.” We have reached a tipping point. Co-sponsored by Mondoweiss
Hosted by Aja Monet, this reading series takes place every 1st and 15th of the month in homage to workers who are losing their paychecks and to help us get through in the thick of this pandemic. We offer literal healing herbal remedies as well as medicinal poems. This poetry reading is dedicated to our Palestinian comrades on Nakba Day. This day commemorates the displacement of Palestinians and the declaration of the state of Israel. It is also known as the most catastrophic day in the history of Palestine.
Hindus for Human Rights - Hindus 4HR
along with Jewish Voice for Peace, JVP
and Indian American Council IAMC
H4HR, Indian American Council and Jewish Voice for Peace organized this webinar for the JVP community Speakers were Stephan Shaw, JVP member; Ajit Sahi, IAMC; and Raju and Sunita from HfHR.
'This Is Palestine' is a podcast that highlights people, issues and events around Palestine. IMEU covers stories from the ground in Palestine, and speaks with experts and activists to bring unique perspectives and analysis about Palestine from across the world.
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace - Indianacmep.org - Interviews
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti and Dr. Michael Spath discuss the political and health situation in the West Bank
Dr. Michael Spath interviews Palestinian businessman, entrepreneur, and commentator, Sam Bahour, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Sam now lives in Ramallah, Palestine. Sam is the co-founder of Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy (A4VPE). The interview is focused on Israel's annexation plans for significant parts of the West Bank, with US approval. Sam lists the implications: Palestinians must accept “might makes right” in politics; the end of a negotiated solution, etc. Presents two-state hopes thoroughly.
Sieglinde Weinbrenner, Dina Nasser Dr. Michael Spath interviews, Sieglinde Weinbrenner, representative of the Lutheran World Federation, Jerusalem Program, and Dina Nasser, Chief Operating Officer of Augusta Victoria Hospital, both Palestine and Israel are spiking with a new crest of COVID virus cases and new closures and lockdown in place. Augusta Victoria Hospital is the only specialized hospital for cancer and kidney diseases patients in the Palestinian Territories.
Max is an award-winning analyst, journalist, author, filmmaker. He has written for The New York Times, The Nation, and Al-Jazeera. In 2019, he reported from Venezuela on the presidential crisis. His books include: The Management of Savagery: How America's National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, & Donald Trump; Republican Gomorrah, and Goliath: Life & Loathing in Greater Israel. He has produced a number of documentaries, his latest Killing Gaza. In 2015, Max founded Grayzone, to shine a journalistic light on America's perpetual war and its dangerous domestic repercussions.
Ali is the founder of the Electronic Intifada, and a frequent commentator on Palestine and Israel on TV, including CNN, Aljazeera and others. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, and Al-Jazeera. He was one of the earliest proponents of one democratic state, and his books include: One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.
Sahar Vardi began in her early teens demonstrating against the Israeli occupation with the Burnat family in Bil'in. When she turned 18, she became a conscientious objector; she served three prison sentences for her refusal to be conscripted into Israel's military service. She works with other refusers and serves as Coordinator of American Friends Service Committee's Israel program in east Jerusalem. She is one of the women from around the globe featured in the Nobel Women's Initiative.
Linda Sarsour is one of the most prominent Palestinian-American Muslim and feminist voices. Linda was a Co-Chair of the 2017 and 2019 Women's March on Washington DC. Author of the book "We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance".
Rashid Khalidi and Raja Shehadeh in conversation on The Hundred Years' War on Palestine, Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and most recently the author The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine.
Raja Shehadeh is a leading Palestinian writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, and the author of the recently published book Going Home. The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine is a landmark history from a foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history. Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members—mayors, judges, scholars, diplomats, and journalists—Rashid Khalidi upends accepted interpretations of the conflict, which tend, at best, to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory. Instead, he traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, but backed by Britain and the United States, the great powers of the age.
Discussion of annexation plans for vast areas of Palestinian land and extending Israeli sovereignty over illegal settlements in the West Bank. The discussion explored the implications of the recent announcement by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas that the PA will end all agreements and understandings signed with Israel and the United States.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University.
Leila Farsakh is an associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
- Khalil E. Jahshan is the executive director of the Arab Center Washington DC.
- Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, co-Editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and the president of the Institute for Palestine Studies-USA.
- Nasser Al-Kidwa is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Foundation and the former Palestinian representative to the United Nations.
- Raef Zreik is an associate professor of Law at Ono Academic College and the co-Director of Minerva Center for the Humanities atTel Aviv University.
- Tamara Kharroub moderates the discussion. She is the assistant executive director and senior fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC.
Recent police violence in the US has sparked anti-racism protests around the world and ignited a discussion of systemic racism within many societies and political systems. Despite major differences in the regimes of oppression and discrimination in the US and Israel, certain parallels exist and serve to shed light on both systems. In the case of the US and Israel, the connections go beyond analogies and extend to material links between the respective security states and policing practices, including what has been called the "Israelization" of policing. The Center of Palestine Studies at Columbia University and the Institute of Palestine Studies invited a panel of scholars who specialize in these topics for an online discussion of these issues.
Access to water is crucial for agriculture and sanitation. Without it, a community can quickly be destroyed. Water is life. As the occupying force, Israel controls water resources, denying them to Palestinians. The annexation of water threatens Palestinian health, culture and survival. With: Dr. Stephen P. Gasteyer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, and Dr. Abdelrahman Al Tamimi is an assistant professor Strategic Planning and Future Studies at the Arab American University and a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Sustainable Development at Al Quds University. Dr. Muna Dajani (moderator).
IPMN - Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA)
Rashid Khalid — an online webinar in lieu of our luncheon at the Presbyterian General Assembly. Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. Prof. Khalidi received his BA from Yale in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.
Description of Professor Khalidi's 2020 book, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine, A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017:
"A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history. ...Original, authoritative, and important, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine is not a chronicle of victimization, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day." ~ Metropolitan Books, Macmillan Publishers
webinar on the future of binationalism in Israel and Palestine, featuring Peter Beinart, Simone Zimmerman, Lana Tatour, and Shaul Magid.
(Jewish Currents co-sponsors webinars listed here under FMEP.org and other groups.)
Aliyah Strauss and Ruth Elraz, from the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Women in Black vigils, talk about the Women in Black movement and the effects of conflict on women and families, particularly in Palestine.
Omar Harami of Sabeel Jerusalem speaks about Palestinian arts and culture, short films from young Palestinian women filmmakers from Shashat Women's Cinema and Marina from CFD, the Feminist Peace Organization.
Khaled Quzmar, general director of DCIP, (Defense for Children Internatiaonal, Palestine) spoke on the state of Israel’s illegal use of youth detention.
Dr. Bassam abu Hamad spoke on the the current state of affairs in Gaza and Kyle Cristofalo of Churches for Middle East Peace introduced "Churches Against Annexation" campaign.
From Corbyn to Sanders: Are Zionist Organizations Targeting Progressive Politicians?
In part one of this online event series, Miko Peled, leads a round table discussion with Chris Williamson (Labour MP), Ali Abunimah (The Electronic Intifada), and Dr. Wilmer Leon (Host @ Inside the Issues).
Miko Peled leads a round table discussion with Anya Parampil (Grayzone), Estee Chandler (JVP Action), Asa Winstanley (The Electronic Intifada).
Summary: Investigative reporting has revealed that special interest, pro-Israel organizations have actively worked to disrupt, discredit and ultimately bring down progressive candidates in the U.S. and the UK. Whether engaging in public smear campaigns or working under the radar to thwart elections, pro-Israel organizations and individuals have invested millions of dollars in resources to weaken and sabotage progressive electoral campaigns. The common thread among the targets of these attacks is their persistent call to secure Palestinian rights and stand up against Israeli aggression, thus threatening the unflinching U.S. and UK support for the state of Israel.
What do they teach our children? Israel’s Intervention in American Social Studies Curriculum
an excellent round table discussion, featuring educators, activists, and law experts, Zoha Khalili (Palestine Legal), Jeanne Trabulsi (Virginia Coalition for Human Rights), and Dr. Samia Shoman (California Ethnic Studies Curriculum).
Jeanne Trabulsi, Education Committee @ Virginia Coalition for Human Rights
Dr. Samia Shoman Ed.D, Advisory Committee to the California Ethnic SJihan Andoni, National Arab American Women’s Association, Alex McDonald, Texas Coalition for Human Rights, Jinan Shbat, National Organizer @ American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Summary: Discussion on interventions and meddling that pro-Israel special interest groups have launched on the U.S. education institution. These censorship efforts and propaganda campaigns hinder critical discussion of Palestine and Israel in public and private high schools around the country. It’s not just curriculum that is being affected either; we have seen dozens of incidents resulting in both students and teachers being censored, silenced, and intimidated for simply recognizing Palestine and its culture in the classroom.
A round table discussion among friends and colleagues, #MikoPeled, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and Professor Norton Mezvinsky on the topic of how they individually came to oppose #Zionism. While all three are Jewish, each of them comes to the question of Zionism from unique perspectives, whether they be ultra-orthodox, secular, or somewhere in the middle.
Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro is featured here, speaking about Zionism as an orthodox Rabbi. Miko Peled, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and Prof. Norton Mezvinsky have a comprehensive discussion with one another about how they individually came to oppose Zionism. These perspectives are rarely heard and need to be understood.
From Miko Peled Website: After author and activist MikoPeled hosted the two part webinar series, “What do they teach our children? Israel’s Intervention in American Social Studies Curriculum”, we received a huge amount of interest and follow-up on the subject of intervention and influence that Zionist and pro-Israel interest groups have on our institutions of primary and secondary education. Investigating this phenomenon beyond just the US and into Palestinian and Israeli classrooms, Miko Peled has expanded this webinar series in order to examine the direction and substance of school curriculum we find in the modern Israeli and Palestinian K-12 environment, while contrasting them with what we know about the lopsided US curriculum, as it pertains to the topics of Palestine, Israel, and how each is framed.
An online webinar hosted by author and activist, Miko Peled, with alternative media journalists - Mnar Muhawesh Adley (MintPress News), Rania Khalek (Unauthorized Disclosures), and Anya Parampil (The Grayzone).
Corporate media routinely fails to report on Israel’s persistent war crimes against Palestinians including the latest string of bombing operations in Gaza (August 2020). Furthermore, when reporting is conducted, news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and many others overwhelmingly parade out pro-Israel media hacks to spin Israeli state narratives (or hasbara). Increasingly, alternative and new media has become the only refuge for honest coverage concerning Israel and Palestine.
From Palestine Legal: "Our mission is to bolster the Palestine solidarity movement by challenging efforts to threaten, harass and legally bully activists into silence and inaction."
Palestine Legal has organized and participated in a number of webinars on topics from FBI spying and frivolous legal complaints against Palestine advocates to the Right to Boycott and Black liberation.
Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (UK) - PSC Website
From the PSC website:
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is a community of people working together for peace, equality, and justice and against racism, occupation, and colonisation. Together, we are the biggest organisation in the UK dedicated to securing Palestinian human rights. PSC brings people from all walks of life together to campaign for Palestinian rights and freedom. We are united in our belief that Israel’s flouting of international law, continued military occupation of Palestine, and systematic discrimination against Palestinians is unacceptable; so together we are taking action.
On July 1, the Israeli Government is expected to reveal its annexation plan for the West Bank. With this plan, Israel is likely to declare sovereignty over all of its settlements in the West Bank – annexing around 30% of the territory. What does this mean for our Palestinian partners on the ground? How are the United Nations and the international community addressing this unilateral action? What are the current dynamics in Congress and possible actions members can take to oppose this annexation? What can you do as Presbyterians to support the human rights and security of our Palestinian partners and further a solution that would bring peace and security for both Palestinians and Israelis?
Rifat Kasis, Founder of Defense for Children International Palestine and General Coordinator of the Kairos Movement
Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories
Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace
Presented by Kerry Connelly - certified coach, speaker and the author of Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice - This 90-minute webinar serves as an introduction to the book and a jumping-off point should groups or individuals seek to process these themes in a fall book study. Connolly is in the final semester of her M.Div. at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and she lives in New Jersey with her family.
Mohammed Khatib, Europe coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, joined Free Palestine FFM, based in Frankfurt, Germany, for a webinar. Topics covered include the attack on Palestinian rights and Palestinian activism in Germany, racism and anti-Palestinian repression, the right to resist and a vision for a liberated democratic Palestine from the river to the sea.
Stephen Sizer - on Christian Zionism - stephensizer.com
Sizer on this video seminar: "In this seminar we will explore seven of the most common assumptions made about the relationship between Israel and the Church. We will examine each in the light of what the Bible actually says. These common assumptions are like a balloon of hot air. How many pins do you need to burst a balloon? I will give you seven. Any one is enough to burst the balloon."
United Methodist Kairos Response - UMKR
MFSA and UMKR present two authorities on Christian Zionism, a disturbing political theology embraced by millions of Americans who now have a tremendous influence on US foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine. Rev. Drs. Stephen Sizer and Munther Isaac helped us to understand the theology of Christian Zionism, why it is an inaccurate interpretation of Scripture, how it is harming Palestinian Christians and the entire Middle East peace process, and how to counter this theology in our churches.
co-sponsored by MFSA - Methodists for Social Action.
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Dr. Mark Braverman - Antisemitism is a real and persistent evil that needs to be identified and eradicated. At the same time, the charge of antisemitism can be a highly potent weapon against the movement for Palestinian rights. Today that weapon is being used throughout the US and in many other countries to destroy personal reputations, bring legal charges against certain individuals and rob others of valuable opportunities, intimidate private and governmental institutions, and shut down free speech on campuses. In this webinar, the two speakers take a close look at this controversial issue, especially as it impacts the church, and discuss how we can appropriately respond.
US Middle East Project - USMEP
We are pleased to be able to share with you the text of USMEP President Daniel Levy's briefing statement to the United Nations Security Council this week at the (virtual) convening on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.” Daniel Levy addressed a full meeting of the Security Council alongside Dr. Khalil Shikaki during the current Germany presidency of the Council. In addition to Daniel and Dr. Shikaki, the UN Envoy Mladenov and the 15 council member representatives spoke from the P5 and the 10 non-permanent members (plus the Israeli and Palestinian representatives). The full text of Daniel's briefing statement is online here
. The video of his intervention can be watched here
and the video of the entire 2.5 hour-session with all of the statements is available online here
Voices for Justice in Palestine
Featuring Peter Beinart and Yousef Munayyer - Beinart's recent article in Jewish Currents and his op-ed in the New York Times chronicle his abandonment of the "two-state solution" and the very idea of a Jewish state on the grounds that they are "morally indefensible." This has turned heads since Beinart has been a long-time, self-identified "liberal Zionist" and a gatekeeper for both previously cherished notions. Munayyer is the former executive director of the Campaign for Palestinian Rights and a graduate fellow with the Arab Center. Munayyer is a frequent and highly-respected interlocutor in Israel-Palestine issues, offering a thoughtful Palestinian perspective. Both are insightful public intellectuals deeply engaged in this critical issue of our times. This is a very engaging conversation.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - WRMEA
Israel Propaganda in the News Media - Sep. 2, 2020
University of Massachusetts Professor Emeritus Sut Jhally shared select clips and discussed the key findings of his 2016 documentary, "The Occupation of the American Mind," which analyzes pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Jhally explored whether the news media have been getting better—or worse—since the documentary was produced, and whether election-season news coverage is likely to cover—or cover up—growing challenges to standard pro-Israel narratives and politics.
You can watch "The Occupation of the American Mind" on YouTube.
World Affairs Councils of America - Peoria Chapter
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