Divided We Stand: Allies Debate the Two-State Solution

Separation wall between Israel and the West Bank near Jerusalem. (photo: Mazur Travel via Shutterstock)
Please join our brothers and sisters at New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA) for a livestreamed debate over the future resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Participants in the discussion will feature Peter Beinart, Jeremy Ben-Ami, and Rabbi Jill Jacobs.
Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Time / 10:00am Pacific Time
Location: Online Event
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Tickets: Zoom registration
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The event will feature Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart, author of a recent essay arguing that the two-state solution is obsolete, in discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami and Rabbi Jill Jacobs.

Peter Beinart is professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, an Atlantic and CNN contributor and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah. Formally, she was a Rabbi-in Residence at Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), a national public foundation dedicated to mobilizing the resources of American Jews to combat the root causes of domestic social and economic injustice.

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Day of Rage Seattle Rally

Day of Rage Seattle Rally

Please join our brothers and sisters with the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and other local groups for a  global call to action on July 1.  The Day of Rage is a call to confront Israeli annexation and struggle for a free Palestine and to expose and oppose the deadly exchange of trainings, technologies and weapons between the Seattle Police Department and the Israeli police and military forces.
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle Police Dept. West Precinct, 810 Virginia Street, Seattle WA. 98101
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Tickets: Free
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In solidarity with the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network’s global call to action to confront Israeli annexation and struggle for a free Palestine, we are organizing a local Day of Rage rally at the West SPD Precinct. Along with actions organized by Palestinian communities in exile and diaspora and solidarity movements around the world, Seattle Palestinian, Black and Indigenous communities are organizing a Day of Rage rally against Israel’s annexation of the West Bank of Palestine and against police terrorism in the US. We demand the defunding and dismantling of US police alongside the defunding and dismantling of Zionist colonialism and racist Israeli apartheid. Join us on Wednesday, July 1st from 5:30-7:00 at the SPD West Precinct [810 Virginia Street, Seattle WA 98101]. Bring your masks, uphold social distancing, bring signs and bring your rage.

We are organizing to expose and oppose the deadly exchange of trainings, technologies and weapons between the Seattle Police Department and the Israeli police and military forces. These trainings make US police forces and the Israeli military more dangerous and reinforce these fascist institutions controlled by the state which both take the lives and terrorize oppressed Black and Indigenous people in our communities. We are outraged by the occupation of Palestine. We are outraged by the police murders of Black people. We are outraged by this oppression and call everyone to join us in saying enough is enough!

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Mideast Focus Film Series 2020: Imprisoning a Generation and Today They Took My Son

Please join our brothers and sisters at St. Mark’s Cathedral Episcopal Mideast Focus Ministry for a zoom video showing and discussion of Imprisoning A Generation, a feature-length documentary film that presents the personal testimony of four young Palestinians who have survived detention in the Israeli prison system.The documentary will be paired with the award-winning short film, Today They Took My Son by Farah Nabulsi. A discussion with Dr. Alice Rothchild will follow.
Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 7:00pm: Film
8:15pm: Discussion
Location: Zoom on-line
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Tickets: Request for zoom access
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Join us through Zoom to watch the films online together as a group on Friday evening only at 7 p.m.

Immediately following the films, (approx. 8:15 p.m.) we will have a discussion with Dr. Alice Rothchild in the same Zoom meeting.

Due to restrictions by the film’s distributor, you will need to RSVP by email and then be sent a link to watch the film and join the discussion. Send an email to the ticket address above.

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Webinar: Palestinian Voices: Annexation and its impact on the Christian Community in Israel/Palestine

(photo: Churches for Middle East Peace)
Please join our brothers and sisters at Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) to hear Rev. Isaac and Father Khader talk and learn how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation.
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time
8:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Register
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Join Kyle Cristofalo, Churches for Middle East Peace’s Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, as he speaks with Rev. Munther Isaac and Father Jamal Khader on Thursday, June 4, from 11am-12pm Eastern. Rev. Isaac and Father Jamal
will address the devastating impact annexation will have for the future of the Christian community in Palestine. Learn more about how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation and how you can use your voice to advocate for justice and freedom for all in Israel-Palestine.

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Webinar: Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny: Black Christian Reflections on Palestine

Please join our brothers and sisters for a panel of leaders and activists who will reflect on how 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.
Date: Thursday, May 21 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm PT
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free, must register
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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.

The 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. Our panelists include:

  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN.
  • Erica N. Williams is an ordained minister, activist and organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
  • Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and Ph.D. candidate in religion and African American studies at Princeton University.
  • Sarah Nahar is a border-walking scholar-activist working on a PhD in Religion and Environmental Studies in Syracuse, NY (traditional Haudenosaunee land).

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Webinar: Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Please join our brothers and sisters on the Israel Palestine Impact Team at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to hear Palestinian Christian Alex Awad delve into questions American evangelical Christians often have about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
PST
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free with registration
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After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Alex Awad spent much of his life in ministry in the Holy Land. He pastored an international church in East Jerusalem and also served many years at Bethlehem Bible College. During the webinar — titled “Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective” — Alex will address questions evangelical Christians commonly raise about the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These include:

  • What prevents peace between Israel and Palestine?
  • What does the Bible say about the situation in the Holy Land today?
  • Who are the Palestinian Christians?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for interfaith dialogue

An online question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Kyle Cristofalo, CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, will moderate the session and also address audience questions.

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Webinar: Commemorate by Resisting: The Nakba and Indiginous struggles

Please join our brothers and sisters at Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) in a conversation with Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, Indigenous scholar-activist Melanie Yazzie and Nadya Tannous, a Palestinian activist residing in the USA. These powerful women will share past and present stories of Indigenous resistance to colonialism.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 9am PT; 12pm ET
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Webinar Registration
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Panelist Bios:

Ahed Tamimi is a 19 year old Palestinian, living in Al Nabi Saleh, Northwest of Ramallah. Currently she is a Law student at Birzeit University. She spent 8 months in Israeli prisons after being accused of slapping an Israeli soldier, and other charges. Her continual resistance to the Israeli occupation has earned her then nickname, the Lioness of Palestine.

Melanie Yazzie is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She co-founded and helps lead The Red Nation, a grassroots organization committed to the liberation of Indigenous people from colonialism and capitalism. She specializes in Navajo/American Indian history, political ecology, Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous studies, and theories of policing and the state.

Nadya Tannous is a passionate community organizer with a focus on refugee rights, transitional justice, youth education, and inter-community empowerment. She is a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement –USA and was previously on staff of Friends of Sabeel North America. Nadya holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Anthropology and Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

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Annexation & What it Means: Part 1 – U.S. & International Views

The US administration's Middle East plan would let Israel illegally annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank [File: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
The US administration’s Middle East plan would let Israel illegally annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
Please join our brothers and sisters at The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and the Middle East Institute (MEI) for this 3-part webinar series: “Annexation & What it Means: Views from the Ground & Around the World.”
Date: Wed, May 13, 2020
Fri, May 15, 2020
Mon, May 18, 2020
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
EST
Location: Online Webinar
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Tickets: Free, Must Register for each webinar
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Israel has been de facto annexing land in the West Bank since the inception of its military occupation of Palestinian territories following the 1967 war. Now, under the new Netanyahu-Gantz government and in close coordination with the Trump Administration, the Israeli government is poised to formalize and massively expand the extent of that annexation. What will this mean for Palestinians and for Israelis? What does it mean for the international community? And what happens next – in Israel, Palestine, the region, and the world?

This three-part webinar series, co-moderated by FMEP’s Lara Friedman and MEI’s Khaled Elgindy, will engage leading voices from Israel and Palestine, in addition to U.S., European, and Arab perspectives.

Part 2 – Palestinian Perspectives (Friday, May 15, 11am-12pm ET)
Part 3 – Israeli Perspectives (Monday, May 18, 11am-12pm ET)

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Mideast Focus Online Film Series: Voices Across the Divide

Please join our brothers and sisters at St. Mark’s Cathedral Episcopal Mideast Focus Ministry group for a video showing and discussion of  Voices Across the Divide, an award-winning film by Dr. Alice Rothchild, exploring the thinking of Jews who support the Occupation and settlements in the West Bank, and those who do not.  Discussion with Dr. Rothchild will follow.
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 7:00pm: Film
8:15pm: Discussion
Location: Zoom on-line
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Tickets: Request for zoom access
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On Friday, May 15, the Online Film Series continues with Voices Across the Divide, an award-winning film by Dr. Alice Rothchild, exploring the thinking of Jews who support the Occupation and settlements in the West Bank, and those who do not. A live discussion with Dr. Rothchild will follow the screening. The purpose of the film, as explained by its directors, is to open a space for honest dialogue:

“The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent, hot button debates in the US today. There is often little space for compassionate listening or deepening awareness. Access to information about the conflict is shaped by powerful forces and organizations. We believe a better future is possible based on mutual respect and knowledge.

We hope Voices Across the Divide will contribute to an open dialogue grounded in mutual respect, understanding, and political activism that leads to justice for all people in the region. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, Voices Across the Divide follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.”

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On-line Performance: Letters from Palestine in the time of the virus

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle’s Dunya Productions who will present a live online performance about the fears and resilience of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as they meet the threat of Covid 19.
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Pacific Time
Location: Live Zoom Event
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Tickets: Free, but must register for access information
Event Details

Letters from Palestine in the Time of the Virus was conceived and created for live Zoom performance, with local Seattle actors and other community members reading a series of texts adapted and arranged from writings, words and quotations by Palestinians living under the multiple threats of coronavirus and ongoing Israeli occupation, assault and blockade. The original texts are from Haneen Abdalnabi, Ali Abusheikh, Aziz Abuzayed, Issam Adwan, Ramzy Baroud, Basman Derawi, Iman Hamed, Mazin Qumsiyah, Raed Shakshak, and Noor Yacoubi. Several passages are drawn from stories at We Are Not Numbers, a website project gathering stories and writings from youth in Gaza.

Local author Ramzy Baroud, who grew up in Gaza, is one of the original writers and will join the performance for post-play comments and discussion about the current and ongoing situation for Palestinians.

The short play and discussion will last about one hour total. The time of day has been chosen to make the live performance available for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, 9 hours ahead of Pacific Time.

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