Please join our brothers and sisters with the United Methodists Kairos Response (UMKR) who are leading the struggle for Palestinian rights in the United Methodist Church. JVP’s Organizing Director, Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, and Dr. Alice Rothchild, leader of the JVP Health Advisory Council will be speaking.
Alice Rothchild is a physician, professor, author, and filmmaker who has focused her interest in human rights and social justice on the Israel/Palestine conflict since 1997. A practicing Ob-Gyn for almost 40 years, she served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School, until her retirement. Rothchild writes and lectures widely, has contributed to a number of anthologies, and is the author of several books related to Israel/Palestine, including “Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine.”
She directed the documentary film, Voices Across the Divide, and is currently working on a middle grade children’s book, a young adult novel, and a memoir in verse. She serves on the board and as a mentor for the We Are Not Numbers program in Gaza, on the board of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, and on the steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council.
Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, MAL, is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements, with extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, and culture related explicitly to communities of color in the United States. She has crisscrossed the country, training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development, and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. Most recently, Lisbeth was the Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign. She is a graduate of the United Theological Seminary with a master’s in Theology and Social Transformation.
Please join our brothers and sisters at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle in this zoom class with Dr. Salim Munayer. Dr. Munayer will give a quick presentation of Musalaha, and answer questions about working in the Holy Land in these challenging times.
Dr. Salim Munayer is the founder and Executive Director of Musalaha, an organization with a Christ-centered vision of reconciliation, based in Jerusalem. Musalaha is a long-term mission partner of UPC and many other churches across the world.
Musalaha, which means “Reconciliation” in Arabic, was founded in 1990, with the mission to teach, train, and facilitate reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, based on biblical principles of reconciliation. Over the past 30 years, the mission has grown to include international groups.
Palestinians have issued a call for a general strike. Join in Seattle’s general strike and day of action on Tuesday, May 18. Launched from Jerusalem and extending across the world, we call on your support in maintaining this moment of unprecedented popular resistance. Liberation is within our reach. Day of Action in solidarity with the Palestinian uprising and general strike.
Support action organized by Falastiniyat (grassroots collective of diasporic Palestinian feminists in Seattle) in solidarity with the national general strike which is happening May 18, 2021 all over Palestine and the diaspora.
The vigil will be May 18 at 7 pm Pacific Time at Jimi Hendrix Park next to the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center to honor the martyrs who have been killed by Israel and Zionist settlers. Bring candles and pictures of martyrs if you would like to share. All individual prayers and forms of grieving are welcome.
Please join Jewish Currents Editor at Large Peter Beinart in a discussion about the current moment in Jerusalem, its long and fraught history, and what may lie in its future. He will be joined by Mahmoud Muna, Yudith Oppenheimer, and Diala Shamas.
Israeli settlers are forcibly removing Palestinians from their homes in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. A far-right Israeli Knesset member has moved his office into the embattled community, while members of the Knesset’s Joint List party have joined Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in longrunning efforts to protect their community. These tensions are escalating as Jerusalem Day, a historical flashpoint for violence, approaches this weekend.
Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, investigates human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Prior to his current role, he was a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he focused on US counterterrorism policies, including legal representation of Guantanamo detainees. As the 2013-14 Arthur R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellow at Human Rights Watch, he investigated human rights violations in Egypt, including the Rab’a massacre, one of the largest killings of protesters in a single day. A former Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Omar holds a JD from Stanford Law School, where he co-authored a report on the civilian consequences of US drone strikes in Pakistan as a part of the International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford. He speaks English and Arabic.
Jewish Currents Editor at Large Peter Beinart will be joined by several panelists to talk about how to define anti-semitism.
The first guest is Kenneth Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, who drafted the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-semitism, but has criticized its misuse. The second guest will be Professor Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum, one of the signers of the new Jerusalem Declaration on anti-semitism. The third guest will be UCLA Professor of English Saree Makdisi.
In this provocative look at strange political bedfellows, Israeli filmmaker Maya Zinshtein (Forever Pure, DOC NYC 2016) investigates the political alliance between American evangelicals and Israel’s right wing, and their influence on the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Why do American church leaders encourage parishioners to make donations to Israel, even from poor communities? Because they believe Israel’s expansion will play a key role in end-times prophecy, when Christians will be saved and others—including Jews—will perish.
The discussion will include special guests: Rochelle Watson and Jonathan Brenneman, of Friends of Sabeel North America
You will get the link around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 and have until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9, to watch the film. Watch the film on your own and join the discussion on April 9 at 8 p.m. using this Zoom link.
Please join our brothers and sisters at Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) and United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) for this conversation: What is apartheid? How are the South African and Palestinian experiences the same? Different? How can and should apartheid be opposed?
Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in townships south of Johannesburg, South Africa and became a leader in the anti-apartheid movement through his local Methodist Youth Fellowship. After a career in pastoral ministry he now serves as the Network Strategist at Community Health Councils in Los Angeles and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity where he is engaged in faith-rooted multi-racial and multi-faith community organizing through sacred resistance and moral re-imagination. Rev. Sauls hosts a monthly podcast, “Faith Without Borders,” is a Co-Founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration https://baji.org/ and serves on the boards of multiple movement-building organizations working towards a more just, fairer and inclusive society. After a 2008 Holy Land pilgrimage, he joined the United Methodist effort to oppose the occupation of Palestine.
Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian, a lifelong advocate for Palestinian rights. In 2012, Israel barred her from entering Palestine because of her activism. A specialist in Arab studies and education, she is currently the Executive Director of the Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian advocacy organization based in the U.S. that incorporates the struggle for Palestinian rights into existing liberation movements around the world. Sandra, based in St Louis, organized the Palestinian contingent to Ferguson in 2014 in response to the killing of Mike Brown. She was co-chair of the Steering Committee for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights from 2015-2018.
Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialog between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During 8 days and nights of joint creation by his mixed Jewish and Muslim band in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises. Featuring Steve Earle and Mira Awad.
with host: Filmmaker David Wild
very special guest: David Broza, one of the musicians in the film, joining from Israel
Please join our brothers and sisters at Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) for a discussion with with author, Jonathan Kuttab, PCAP Board Member, international human rights lawyer, and co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and Miko Peled, author and leading advocate for Palestinian rights and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS.). Jonathan will be interviewed by Miko Peled about his vision.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
11:00 am Pacific Time Zone/ 2:00 pm Eastern Time Zone
Jonathan Kuttab’s new book is a short introduction to the crisis in Palestine-Israel, which has been characterized by the competing visions of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism. While many thought the two-state solution would offer a resolution, Jonathan explains that the two-state solution (that he supported) is no longer viable. He suggests that any solution be predicated on the basic existential needs of the two parties, which he lays out in exceptional detail. He formulates a way forward for a one-state solution that challenges both Zionism and Palestinian nationalism. This book invites readers to begin a new conversation based on reality: two peoples will need to live together in some sort of unified state. It is balanced and accessible to neophytes and to experts alike.