British Quakers divest from occupation, and are accused of “obsessive” tunnel vision for “the only Jewish state”

 

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. (photo: Marie van der Zyl)
The Quakers in Britain have taken time in reaching this decision advocating a different approach is needed to shift the dial.

By Robert Cohen | Mondoweiss | Nov 26, 2018

With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in near sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation.

Last week Quakers in Britain became the first Christian denomination in the UK to adopt a responsible investment policy towards the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian land. It was the first denomination but I doubt it will be the last.

Within hours of the announcement, the Board of Deputies, the body which asserts its right to represent Jewish interests in Britain, had issued a statement of rebuke from its President, Marie van der Zyl, titled “Board of Deputies condemns Quakers’ Israel divestment policy.” In a few short paragraphs, van de Zyl gathered together all of the usual anti-BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) talking points and fired them in one almighty blast at the Quakers.

The Board’s statement is worth examining in detail since it reveals so much about the Jewish establishment’s mission to set the parameters of acceptable debate on Israel to the detriment of interfaith relations.
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Israel says Trump’s Middle East peace plan to be rolled out in early 2019

 

President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sep 18, 2017. (photo: AP)
Israel’s ambassador to the UN predicts the Trump administration will present its peace plan in early 2019.

Pamela Falk | CBS News | Nov 28, 2018

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, have been drafting the Trump administration’s long-awaited plan for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and they have touted its preparation several times since the White House’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec 6 and the opening of the new US embassy there in May.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that the White House intends to move forward with its much-anticipated Middle East peace plan early next year, before expected Israeli elections.

“We don’t know the details of the plan but we know that it’s completed,” Ambassador Danny Danon told a small group of reporters Tuesday in his office near UN Headquarters. He said the Trump administration has told the Israeli government that it is prepared to roll out the plan in early 2019.

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, have been drafting the Trump administration’s long-awaited plan for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and they have touted its preparation several times since the White House’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec 6 and the opening of the new US embassy there in May. Continue reading “Israel says Trump’s Middle East peace plan to be rolled out in early 2019”

Event: The Intersectionality of Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel: Uncovering and Reporting the Truths (Saturday)

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Kairos Puget Sound Coalition for this thought-provoking conference.
Date: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Seattle Mennonite Church
3120 NE 125th St
Seattle, WA  98125
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: $15.00 general / $5.00 student
Brown Paper Tickets
Event Details

An overview of the current situation in Palestine/Israel with respect to the recently passed Israel Nation-State Law, the current condition of Gaza, and the challenges faced by the media in reporting these events. Internationally known speakers include:

  • Jonathan Kuttab, Palestinian human rights lawyer
  • Julia Pitner, Executive Director of Institute of Palestine Studies
  • Dr. Salim Munayer, Director of Musalaha
  • Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Director General of the Gaza Mental Health Program
  • Alison Weir, Founder of If Americans Knew

Event program here →

Event: The Intersectionality of Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel: Uncovering and Reporting the Truths (Saturday)

kairos ps logo

Please join our brothers and sisters at Kairos Puget Sound Coalition for this thought-provoking conference.
Date: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Seattle Mennonite Church
3120 NE 125th St
Seattle, WA  98125
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: $15.00 general / $5.00 student
Brown Paper Tickets
Event Details

An overview of the current situation in Palestine/Israel with respect to the recently passed Israel Nation-State Law, the current condition of Gaza, and the challenges faced by the media in reporting these events. Internationally known speakers include:

  • Jonathan Kuttab, Palestinian human rights lawyer
  • Julia Pitner, Executive Director of Institute of Palestine Studies
  • Dr. Salim Munayer, Director of Musalaha
  • Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Director General of the Gaza Mental Health Program
  • Alison Weir, Founder of If Americans Knew

Event program here →

Event: The Intersectionality of Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel: Uncovering and Reporting the Truths

kairos ps logo

Please join our brothers and sisters at Kairos Puget Sound Coalition for this thought-provoking conference.
Date: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Seattle Mennonite Church
3120 NE 125th St
Seattle, WA  98125
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: $15.00 general / $5.00 student
Brown Paper Tickets
Event Details

An overview of the current situation in Palestine/Israel with respect to the recently passed Israel Nation-State Law, the current condition of Gaza, and the challenges faced by the media in reporting these events. Internationally known speakers include:

  • Jonathan Kuttab, Palestinian human rights lawyer
  • Julia Pitner, Executive Director of Institute of Palestine Studies
  • Dr. Salim Munayer, Director of Musalaha
  • Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Director General of the Gaza Mental Health Program
  • Alison Weir, Founder of If Americans Knew

Event program here →

Cuts in US jeopardize healthcare services to children

As many as 500 children are in jeopardy of losing services if the funding shortfall is not addressed.

By AFEDJ.org | Sep 2018

I am very much concerned and afraid that cutting off all American assistance, mostly in humanitarian aid, has hobbled the aid agencies that receive the funds, and more consequently, crippled the lives of Palestinians who continue to live in dire need and have fewer employment prospects now more than ever. This is unfair and beneath our compassion.
— Archbishop Suheil Dawani

Since the announcement in September that the US Government planned to cut $200 million in aid to UNRWA, the United Nations’ agency dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees, and the news the following week of $25 million in cuts in direct aid to support hospitals affiliated with the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, we have been tracking the implications of those cuts on the institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, particularly Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City and the Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children in East Jerusalem.

While in recent weeks many European Union countries, as well as Japan, China, and Qatar, among others, have stepped up by pledging to address the shortfall, the impacts of the cuts could have devastating impacts on all sectors of society. Many thousands of vulnerable Palestinians, including women and children — particularly those in Gaza — are already experiencing the effects of these sweeping cuts. . . .

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Event: Beautiful Resistance: Hope for Children Under Occupation (Thursday)

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Please join our brothers and sisters for this fundraiser for Alrowwad Cultural & Arts Center (Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem).
Date: Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church
832 32nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free admission

In giving them [children] the opportunity to express themselves through the theater and through other arts, they can grow up hopeful and feel they can change the world. . . . I don’t have the luxury of despair.
— Abdelfattah Abusrour

Event Details

Beautiful Resistance: Inspiring Hope in Children in Times of Despair, a fundraiser for Alrowwad Cultural & Arts Center (Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem).

  • SEE short films made by Palestinians
  • SKYPE with Abdelfattah Abusrour, founder of Alrowwad
  • DONATE so children can find fun and hope in the midst of Occupation

There is no charge for this event. There will be a free-will offering.

Your donation to this program combats the evil done in your name with your tax dollars in Israel!

Please join us for an evening of hope for these children.

Sponsored by Tacoma Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Kadima Reconstructionist Community. Co-sponsors include Kairos Puget Sound Coalition, University Unitarian Church’s Chapter of UU’s for Justice in the Middle East, and Voices for Palestine.

More information here →

Webinar: Intergenerational Resilience in a Palestinian Refugee Camp Context

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Jewish Voice for Peace for this important webinar.

The JVP Health Advisory Council invites you to join Devin G. Atallah, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development for a webinar moderated by Alice Rothchild, MD.

 

Date: Monday, Sep 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm PDT
Location: webinar
Information: Event information and registration here →
Event Details

Devin G. Atallah, PhD, will discuss his research, community organizing, and capacity-building work with Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank. He has examined intergenerational trauma across several generations of refugee families and supported health promotion efforts within the camp community.

In particular, he will share about his work with the Lajee Center in the Aida refugee camp, which is a Community Based Organization (CBO) already working on the issue of addressing trauma in children and youth, promoting intergenerational resilience and positive adolescent development for decades in the camp.

More information here →