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US Holocaust Memorial Museum Supporters Project “Stop the Genocide In Gaza” on Exterior

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Supporters Project “Stop the Genocide In Gaza” on Exterior

Check out this two minute video!


 

(Jonathan Kuttab in front of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum) 


(Michael Beer calling for a ceasefire now)


(Marianne Ehrlich Ross, Holocaust survivor and Museum Supporter)


Michael Beer talked about this event on this podcast. 

Timestamp 13:10


Nonviolence International Media Release

Date: January 4, 2024
Spokesperson: Michael Beer, 202 244 0951, [email protected]

US Holocaust Museum Supporters Show “Stop the Genocide In Gaza” on Exterior

Washington DC: Wednesday evening, supporters of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum projected photographs and slides on the exterior walls calling on the world to “Never Again” tolerate genocide for anyone. The photographs showed scenes of atrocities in Gaza with words saying “Stop the Genocide in Gaza” “Ceasefire Now” and “Silence=Death.”

“We are here to help fulfill the mission of the Holocaust Museum which is to ensure that ethnic cleansing and genocide never happens again for all people not just Jews” said organizer, Michael Beer, Director of Nonviolence International, himself a descendent of Holocaust victims. “As a an institution created by Congress”, he said, “the Museum has a special responsibility to speak up against genocide in Gaza, in part, because US weapons and support are involved.”

The projection on two western walls of the Museum follows a tradition of anti-genocide images on the Museum with regards to Darfur and internal exhibits regarding the Rohingya.

Helping with the projection was Marianne Ehrlich Ross, a Holocaust survivor, and long time supporter of the Museum, who spoke about her experience being expelled from Vienna, then Prague, and then being stranded in England during the war. She is shocked that Israel, with US support, is engaging in ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and asked the Museum to not be silent on the present war on the Palestinian people - or anyone else.

Explaining the pictures of destruction and suffering in Gaza, Jonathan Kuttab, Director of Friends of Sabeel North America, spoke about his experience of Palestinians suffering from expulsion, occupation and murder on a vast scale. He spoke to the horrors of the Holocaust in Europe and said that “it is tragic that the Jewish state is perpetrating ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide.” Kuttab, a renowned International human rights lawyer, said “the Genocide Convention is clearly being openly violated by Israel and the US. I call on the Museum to live up to its stated mission which is to prevent and oppose genocide across the whole world.”

Scott Weinstein, a health care provider, spoke in French and English as a Canadian Jew, saying that the Israeli government’s genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is causing more anti-Semitism. “The October 7th attacks against Israel came about partially as a response to generations of Israeli abuse and that this should be a wake up call for the need for justice for Palestinians, not revenge.”

In 1993, Beer and Starhawk organized a large alternative opening ceremony for the Museum urging the inclusion of the persecution and extermination of homosexual and bisexual men which the Museum promptly did. Beer and Starhawk sent an open letter in November, 2023 calling on the Museum replicate its 1993 inclusive response and to again fulfill its mission to end genocide against all people. Beer said “we stated on this Museum plaza then and today, “Silence=Death”.

This action was endorsed by Nonviolence International, Jewish Voice for Peace-DC Metro, and Friends of Sabeel North America. A video of the event can be found here.

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November 10, 2023

Letter to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Silence = Death

Dear US Holocaust Memorial Council Chair, Stuart E. Eizenstat,

The huge pogrom attack on Jewish communities near Gaza, and revenge attack on 2.2 million Palestinian Gazan residents raises the painful question – What can and should the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) do now? The Holocaust Museum has shown years of leadership as it seeks to inspire “citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.”  The Museum also memorializes the experience of Jews and the cancer of anti-Semitism and humanizes other victim communities of the Holocaust. 

The Museum has come a long way.  We organized an alternative opening ceremony of the Holocaust Museum in 1993 because the official ceremony explicitly excluded Gay/Bi/Lesbian people (homosexuals). Within the year, the Museum embraced the pink triangle Holocaust story and doubled down on its inclusion of other victim groups such as the Roma, people with disabilities, Slavs and others. To ensure that the Museum maintains its contemporary relevance, it created the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide whose purpose is genocide prevention, crisis response, justice and accountability. Recently, the Museum’s exhibition on the genocide of the Rohingya was a strong political statement and superbly presented. 

Last month, the museum (on the Press Room webpage) condemned the horrific attacks on Israel and Jews by Hamas on October 7th and then released a statement in defense of the State of Israel. Yet, when it comes to genocidal threats and the attack on 2.2 million Palestinian people, (not to mention scores of Jewish pogroms on many communities in the West Bank), the Holocaust Museum website appears to be silent. Setting the bombing (and 10,000 deaths) aside, halting water, food, medicine and fuel to an entire population is barbaric and genocidal. The fact that this is being done by a Jewish state is doubly tragic and ironic.

Attacks on Palestinian civilians and the death of thousands of children will not make Israel safe; it will only foster more anger and resentment.  Only a just resolution of the conflict can assure true peace for Israel and Palestine alike. 

At the alternative opening ceremony in 1993, we laid a pink triangle flower arrangement on the Museum Plaza with a black and white sign that read “Silence = Death.” This referenced the silence of the Museum toward Gay & Bisexual men as well as the silence of policy makers and society towards a generation of Gay & Bisexual men who died unnecessarily from AIDS. 

Will the Museum speak up for a Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and humanitarian assistance for all? Will it help decision-makers, the military, and the public work to prevent genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians now and in the longer term? 

The mission of the Holocaust Museum should be universal, not one primarily based in the exceptionalism of Jews.  There is an urgent and dramatic opportunity for the Holocaust Museum to elevate its mission of Never Again. Silence in this case means death for countless Palestinian people.


Shalom,

Michael Beer

Starhawk


Michael Beer serves as the Director of Nonviolence International and author of Civil Resistance Tactics of the 21st Century.

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. 

 

The letter contents are the personal views of the Director of NVI and co-author Starhawk, and not necessarily the views of the Organization.

 

Downloadable PDF Version

Merchandise to support NVI!

Karim Awad, Mubarak's son, has started a fundraiser for NVI.

(Mubarak modeling our new merch)

To learn more or to make a purchase, please visit: https://karimawad.com/collections/palestine


When we first saw this image, we immediately thought of the story of Sadako and The Thousand Cranes.

Karim's art links this symbol of peace to Palestine. The Arabic word written below the Crane spells JUSTICE.


 

 

DC Joined the Global Movement for Gaza

In a time of growing global crisis, supporters of Palestinian humanity came to Washington, DC.

This sign sums it all up - "What if it were your children?" 

May we find a way to value all precious humans equally in both words and deeds. 


Sign reads, "Violence is the language of the inarticulate. Free Palestine." 


 Sign reads, "We don't agree with our government funding genocide." 


One sign reads, "When you need to have hundreds of protests just to tell the world bombing children is not ok, that is when you know you know that Humanity has Failed. 


Sign held by staff members of the US Congress and Presidential Administration reads,

"Biden and Congress Your Staff Demand a Cease Fire." 


Large Banner reads, "Stop the attack on Gaza. Free Palestine. Stop Killing Kids in Palestine." 


Signs read, "One holocaust does not justify another" and "Free Palestine" 


Concise, clear, and a touch of humor.


I brought a two-sided sign to the event. This side reads,

"This Jew believes the radical notion that Palestinians are human! Never Again must mean Never Again for All People! 


 

I brought a two-sided sign to the event. This side reads,

"Cease Fire NOW! Occupation is NOT my Judaism. Solidarity and Co-Resistance are needed now more than ever." 


Please see updates on Gaza here.

Please learn more and take ACTION here

Please support NVI’s wonderful fiscally sponsored partners:

We Are Not Numbers continues to humanize Gazan Palestinians with its youth-led media training program. 

Holy Land Trust mobilizes Palestinians, Israelis and foreigners to work together for a future based on equality. They re-build homes, engage in dialogue, and challenge the fear of the other.  

The US Advisory Committee for the Hebron International Resource Network rebuilds wells, playgrounds, schools, homes in areas threatened by land confiscation. 

The Center for Jewish Nonviolence engages in direct action and co-resistance in support of Palestinians struggling for dignity and equal rights.

The US Boat To Gaza supports the global flotilla to challenge the blockade of Gaza this summer. 

SOUL, a project of HIRN uses the power of music to promote change in difficult circumstances. 

Support HIRN this Giving Tuesday!

Click here to donate to HIRN

Hebron International Resource Network is a fiscally sponsored partner of Nonviolence International. Learn more at our Partner Page.

We are committed to supporting Palestinians to stay where they are–in their homes and on their lands–despite pressure from soldiers and local settlers to drive them out. This has involved building schools, improving housing and infrastructure, providing tuition for college students, and helping with needed supplies in communities.

Since October 7, 2023, life has grown much more difficult for Palestinians.The war in Gaza has resulted in the death of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza. And with the eyes of the world on Gaza, according to OCHA, violence has accelerated in the West Bank, with over 150 dead, thousands injured and many more arrested and detained..

For the Hebron International Resource Network (HIRN), this means we’ve shifted our support of South Hebron Hills communities significantly–from aiding in infrastructure and education programs, to immediate medical and nutritional aid.

The biggest need we’ve encountered is with emergency medical care. With road blockades becoming a fact of life in the West Bank, it’s getting more difficult for communities to get their injured to hospitals. Add to that an increase in settler violence, and Palestinians are facing the possibility that a settler attack plus lack of access to medical care could mean death for beloved community members.

The village of Umm Al Khair reached out to HIRN and requested that we supply a 24/7 medical clinic in the South Hebron Hills, so people in this remote area have a chance of survival in a medical emergency. We are working on meeting this need, and it is expensive–over thirty thousand dollars. Your support on this Giving Tuesday means we can make this urgently needed medical clinic a reality.

Click here to donate to HIRN

Listen to US Rep. Rashida Tlaib "Palestinian people are not disposable."

"The cries of the Palestinian and Israeli children sound no different to me."

On November 7th, 2023, the United States House of Representatives censured the only Palestinian-American in Congress. Sadly, in the current U.S. political environment this is not surprising. Nevertheless, it should horrify us all. 

Can we imagine this happening to someone of Ukrainian heritage who spoke in the US Congress in support of the humanity of Ukrainians? 

Please watch Rep. Rashida Tlaib's brave and moving remarks below. She held a photo of her grandmother and said wisely, "the answer to war crimes is not more war crimes." 

"I can’t believe I have to say this, but Palestinian people are not disposable. We are human beings just like anyone else. The cries of the Palestinian and Israeli children sound no different to me. Why? What I don’t understand is why the cries of Palestinians sound different to you all."

Please support CJNV's Solidarity Fundraiser

Our wonderful fiscally sponsored partner, Center for Jewish Nonviolence, has launched a solidarity fundraiser. NVI urges those who can afford to do so to give generously to this important effort. Even as we rightly focus on the horror unfolding in Gaza, we are also heartbroken by the painful reality in the occupied West Bank. 

Note: We are collecting donations to this fund through November 14.

Please see this page for moving short stories and photos and to learn more.


When you are ready to give, please visit this page.

Even in such difficult times, action remains a powerful antidote to despair. CJNV has built sustained relationships and you can trust these funds will go to brave nonviolent activists resisting in creative constructive ways. 

If you find this work meaningful, please spread the word. Tell friends about this effort and urge them to learn more and join you in giving. 

Isaiah Project - Updates

November 13 at 6:30 AM, nine peace and justice makers, holding long banners declaring that nuclear weapons are illegal, were able to block the two main entrances of General Dynamics-Electric Boat (GD-EB) nuclear submarine engineering complex in New London, CT for about a half hour to call for the cancellation of the new Columbia-class nuclear submarine program and the abolition of nuclear weapons. (GD/EB, which built 18 Trident nuclear subs, will now produce the new Columbia-class nuclear subs). They also wheat-pasted Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at both entrances. As these entrances were being blocked, several activists wore safety vests alerting workers that the entrances were closed off, while others held banners and signs on the sidewalk and passed out leaflets. New London police arrested the nine and cited two others (see names below). Those arrested were held at the New London police station for processing for up to 7 hours and then released. They were charged with Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, and Breach of Peace. An arraignment date is set for November 27 in New London Superior Court. Here is a link to The Nuclear Resister post about this action. 

Paul Magno, Isaiah Project leader, was among those arrested. 


NVI is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for this important project. Please see the time sensitive updates below.

Learn more about the Isaiah Project Here

Watch NVI’s webinar featuring the Isaiah Project Here

Get sentencing updates Here

Please see wonderful new piece by Isaiah Project leader, Paul Magno. 

https://wagingnonviolence.org/forusa/2020/11/kings-bay-plowshares-trial-sentencing-trident-nuclear-disarmament/

Photo of Paul MagnoPaul writes,

For the past two-and-a-half years it has been my privilege to support the Kings Bay Plowshares. They are seven disarmament activists who entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia by night on April 4, 2018 — the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s martyrdom — to confront the Trident nuclear weapon system and engage in an act of disarmament. The seven poured human blood on signs and missile models, unfurled peace banners and used household tools to begin symbolic disarmament of Trident, a submarine based first strike nuclear missile, termed by the Navy as a “strategic” weapon.

The seven have subsequently been charged and convicted in a jury trial of three felonies and a misdemeanor in federal court. All but one have been sentenced, to date, some as recently as last week by Federal Judge Lisa Godbey Wood in Brunswick, Georgia. Their legal odyssey has been protracted, in part by important legal proceedings and in part by the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

My invitation to walk with these peacemakers came in 2018 as an outgrowth of longstanding personal friendships with each of them. It also came as a result of my own experience and commitment to explaining and supporting the basic idea of these Plowshares actions, as they have proliferated a hundred-fold since 1980.

More at: https://wagingnonviolence.org/forusa/2020/11/kings-bay-plowshares-trial-sentencing-trident-nuclear-disarmament/

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On Oct. 24 the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was ratified by the 50th nation necessary for this international law to enter into force. This law now takes effect on Jan. 22, 2021, a little more than 75 years after the US dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Father Steve Kelly and Patrick O'Neill are planning to go forward with in-person sentencing in Brunswick, GA on October 15. The other four defendants are asking for further continuances because of the virus. They should hear in a few days if this request is granted by Judge Wood.

They ask, "In the interest of public safety, and out of love for our supporters during this Covid-19 pandemic, the seven Kings Bay Plowshares members request that no one come to Brunswick for the sentencing hearings scheduled for Oct. 15-16. We do, however, encourage you all to join the Oct. 11 pre-sentencing Zoom meeting. Thank you all for your love and support, which sustains us."

There is expected to be an audio link from the court to listen to the proceedings as was done with Liz McAlister in June. The number and times will be posted on the website when we get them.

Check out this powerful video of our Festival of Hope 

For those in the Brunswick area more information on local activities around the sentencing can be obtained through Sarah Cool:  404.449.7893    [email protected]

Steve Kelly has now served 30 months in county jails and so has satisfied the sentencing guidelines the government is proposing for him. However, he has a probation violation where he is facing up to six months stemming from a prior trespass conviction at Kitsap, WA at the West coast Trident base. It is not yet known what will happen with this.

We understand that many are struggling financially at this time. We ask for donations only if you are able and doing well. Thank you for all the support you have given through these past two and a half years. Your support for the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 will help cover the ongoing costs surrounding the seven co-defendants while in prison and their families and communities. Checks can be sent to Plowshares, PO Box 3087, Washington, DC 20010. Or donate online here at this link: Isaiah project.   Thank you.


EMAIL: [email protected]

WEBSITE: www.kingsbayplowshares7.org

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Kingsbayplowshares

TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/kingsbayplow7


"If you think one person can't be effective, you've never been in bed with a mosquito" -War Resister's League "


"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it"   Howard Zinn (1922-2010)


 “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.  It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness...What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction...And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."  -- Howard Zinn

NVI is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for the this important project. Please consider donating at: https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/donate_isaiah

David Hart's NVI Writing and Videos

I've got opinions. I'll share some of them below, but first I want to share what I'm most proud of while at NVI. I take great pleasure in helping to raise up the voices of diverse younger leaders whose vision is shaping new vibrant movements with the power to heal this troubled world. 

I created and actively supported our wonderful interns to both write and host online videos. The writings are collected in our Many Faces of Nonviolence series. You can find them all here.

There are so many moving contributions in this series, I hesitate to highlight just one. Still, I'll point readers to this piece that has been resonating deeply with me recently. Nimesh Wijewardane, a skilled intern, who helped NVI in so many ways, wrote this beautiful tribute to the great Thich Nhat Hanh. I hope you will read through the many great profiles in the Many Faces of Nonviolence series. There is a path forward to better world. I hope you will find inspiration, as I have, in this youth-led series. 

I also initiated and worked with others to guide our Spotlight on Nonviolence web video series. In these moving videos young leaders spoke with people who inspired them, asked hard questions and shared from their hearts. Each video is posted individually on this site and collected on our YouTube channel. YouTube.com/Nonviolence 


As unimaginable horror unfolds in Palestine, I've been pondering how my efforts to combat supremacy in my community have been both worthwhile and insufficient. When you welcome into government the sheet-less Klan, what do you expect would happen? In the US, in Israel, and sadly in many places around the world haters have seized or been voted into power. We must reclaim our future. I share these select pieces below and ask you to be in conversation with me about what you think those of us who work for true and lasting peace with justice should do in this moment. 

Seeking hope in hard times, I wrote this piece calling in those protesting with me for democracy in Israel and seeking a conversation about how occupation is warping Judaism. "Every group should celebrate the unique beauty of their traditions, but whenever people suggest that “we” are somehow inherently better than “the other,” danger is close at hand. Anyone who pretends that a “Jewish soul” is superior to all others is warping our faith in a way that undermines our proud history. This belief is having a profound impact on key policy decisions and on people’s lives. Thus we have a clear and ongoing obligation to call out this evil from within our community."


In a more hopeful moment, I created this photo essay inspired by the Poor People’s Campaign


"Since we are able to accept the suffering of others when we dehumanize them, we must start with the simple recognition that Palestinians are fully human. Our Palestinian brothers and sisters are calling out to be heard and need our support. Let us push past the boundaries of our comfort zones and look directly at the harsh reality of occupation and annexation. May that difficult process bring us closer to real and lasting peace." https://wagingnonviolence.org/forusa/2020/06/annexation-looms-lets-expand-our-compassion-to-include-palestinians/
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"When we realize that we are all part of one another killing people doesn't seem like a good idea. As a Jew, I remember hearing the question - what would we have done if a concentration camp was being built in our neighborhood. I celebrate these faith leaders who decided that they would take it upon themselves to notice the ultimate horror of nuclear weapons being built and deployed in our communities and do what they could to knock down these crematorium towers rising among us... I celebrate the inspiration in the light shining from those whose commitment to peace seems to know no bounds."https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/many_faces_-_isaiah_project
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"Recently in the United States, people who don’t understand the heart of nonviolence call loudly for “nonviolence.” Why? Because they want to maintain the brutally violent status quo. Active nonviolence must always be on the side of justice and can never support an unjust order." https://wagingnonviolence.org/cnv/2020/06/june-7-day-humanity-begins-save-ourselves-gandhi/
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"We urge all those now praising John Lewis to understand how he was brutally attacked for his loving activism for justice. And, suggest we would do well to pull our gaze forward to today's movements and notice that there are still brutal forces of the status quo fighting against history. It is easy to sugarcoat history, but harder to see the reality of struggle when we are in the midst of it. You can't praise the Civil Rights Movement while attacking Black Lives Matter. They are part of one long painful, persistent, and powerful March for Justice." https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/lawson_on_lewis
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In addition to raising up the voices of young leaders, I brought together our community to create and celebrate NVI's founder with the first ever Mubarak Awad Day.

I've also played key roles supporting our webinar series. At my urging we named the series after the great Barbara Deming's important reminder that We Are All Part of One Another. 

I hosted a few and gave introductory remarks on others. 


It is heartbreaking how relevant this video is today. 


Short clip from same conversation. 


I'll close with this silly / serious piece. I'm glad that NVI welcomed my suggestion to raise up not only our resources, but also the best nonviolent resources from around the web. Finally, please note our series of partner pages to raise up their impressive work. 


Once upon a time... 

At a time of growing global crisis, a call went out across the land. 

People gathered deep in the heart of the troubled empire’s capital - they were full of fear. 

Democracy itself was being tested here and around the world. 

Violence was built into the economic and social systems. 

Hatred followed fear to every part of the globe. 

And, at the darkest hour, the light of active nonviolence shown brightly.

 

More and more people signed up to receive Rivera Sun's Nonviolence News. 

Through this free publication they were able to celebrate the youth-led, diverse, global movements claiming a better future. 

They searched and came upon a wonderful array of free resources that helped build movements for peace, justice, and planet. 

Together the celebrated and supported Nonviolence International's wonderful partners. 

Still, many issues plagued the people.

Nevertheless, we persist. 

Jonathan Kuttab's Book Launch: The Truth Shall Set You Free

We Are All Part of One Another - Webinar Series

Jonathan Kuttab's Book Launch - The Truth Shall Set You Free

Thursday September 28, 2023, Noon-1:30pm ET

Hosted by Maia Carter Hallward, with Special Guest Mubarak Awad, NVI Founder. 

2:27 - Jonathan Kuttab's opening remarks
21:42 - Mubarak Awad speaks
31:22 - Questions and Answers
1:01:32 - Tess Greenwood on action steps and resources to learn more

Join us as we welcome Jonathan Kuttab to speak about his memoir along with special guest Mubarak Awad. Jonathan Kuttab is a co-founder of Nonviolence International, a Palestinian Human Rights lawyer-and Christian pacifist. In this marvelous memoir, he takes us on a personal journey from anger and thoughts of violence to his deep commitment to unrelenting peaceful activism. Be forewarned: This is not the journey of a starry-eyed idealist. It’s a true life story of a man who has witnessed violence, terrible injustice, suffering and heart-wrenching losses. 3 of the chapters are devoted to nonviolence and the work of his cousin Mubarak Awad who will also be joining the book launch. After discussion of his book we will transition into talking about nonviolence and the future of Palestinians and Israelis today.

Jonathan will be joined by NVI founder, Mubarak Awad. Mr. Awad is an adjunct professor at the American University in Washington, DC at the School of International Studies. He focuses on promoting peace dialogue and transforming post-conflict societies, as well as teaching graduate courses on the methods and theory of nonviolence. Recently, we celebrate the first ever Mubarak Awad Day. Check out this page for inspirational comments from people who have been influenced by his work. https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/mubarak_awad_day

Hosted by: Dr. Maia Carter Hallward is a full professor at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA, in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development and Executive Editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. Maia has published widely in the fields of international relations, civil resistance, and international conflict management, including textbooks on International Conflict Management (2019, Routledge) and Nonviolence (2015, Polity). A former intern at Nonviolence International, she became a vegetarian for environmental reasons at 13.

You can purchase Jonathan Kuttab's book here.

RSVP Here! 

 

 

Join Hineinu with CJNV - Hinienu means "we are here" in Hebrew.

Our wonderful partner, The Center for Jewish Nonviolence, is bringing 6 to 8 Jewish justice-seekers to spend four months in Masafer Yatta engaging in daily solidarity activities, accompaniment and human rights documentation work–deepening relationships of coresistance and supporting Palestinian efforts to resist displacement, dispossession, and forced transfer. Throughout the four months, participants will work to communicate their experiences and work with Palestinian activists to highlight their stories to transnational audiences, crafting narratives that can advance coresistance efforts.

Find out more and apply before December 1st, 2023 at https://cjnv.org/hineinu


Update: These are devastating days, full of so much pain and grief and so much work to do. The notion of solidarity itself is tested at times like these, which means the work that the Center for Jewish Nonviolence is doing is especially important right now. The situation is shifting rapidly, and as it does CJNV is preparing for their next on-the-ground sustained solidarity cohort of Hineinu, which brings 6 to 8 Jewish justice-seekers to spend four months living in Masafer Yatta to engage in urgently needed solidarity work with Palestinian partner communities facing ongoing settler-state violence.


Earlier CJNV wrote...

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, it is Jewish tradition to reflect on the last year. At CJNV, we are simultaneously mourning the heartbreaking and devastating impacts of Israel’s violence toward Palestinian communities and celebrating our movement's victories in building Jewish-Palestinian solidarity and unity against Israeli apartheid and occupation. At this important time of year, we are also reaffirming our commitments to this critically important work fighting for freedom and justice for all.

As we plan for the future, we are invested in building new and expanded ways for Jews from around the world to join in solidarity with Palestinians. CJNV's sustained solidarity presence in Masafer Yatta, Hinienu, is a central part of our coresistance work to support Palestinian sumud (steadfastness). In order to better support Palestinians facing increasing settler violence during the shepherding season, we are extending our Hineinu program from three to four months this coming year.

Hinienu means "we are here" in Hebrew. As we enter the new year, we are deepening our commitments to show up in solidarity with Palestinians who are calling on international activists to support their resistance efforts. That's why we are opening applications to join us for the next cohort of Hineinu today! Applications are open until December 1st. 

ID: A photo of an out-of-focus person in the foreground walking toward three people leading a flock of sheep. The text over the image reads: "Join us for Hineinu, CJNV's 4-month sustained solidarity project in Masafer Yatta."

 


Many of us are hurting now. Those with caring hearts, who are willing to face the reality of the world as it is, are struggling. And, still we know that both our ancestors and future generations are calling on us to persist.

I write these words in a time of growing global violence. I also write as a Jew horrified by the expanding inhumane treatment of Palestinians. A few months back I heard the word “pogrom” used to describe current events, not the distant horrors that my ancestors fled. My initial reaction was to resist the use of this term. And, then I read more about what happened. Sadly, the word fits.

All over the world, people expressed outrage. Could our commitment to Never Again fit this painful reality? I wrote this piece trying to reach out to members of my community about how the occupation is warping Judaism.

In recent weeks, the word has been accurately used again to describe what is really happening to precious people. In times like these many find themselves frozen in fear. Our goal at NVI is to move people to take action. Face our fears and find realistic reasons for grounded hope.

I find hope in the work of our wonderful fiscally sponsored partners. Today, I raise up for your consideration the glorious light of love shining from the solidarity and coresistance model actively employed by the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.

These people understand the beauty at the heart of our faith. And, they act on the need to express our values through daily work. I invite you to look closely at their powerful example. I imagine many who take the time to do so will find a deep well of inspiration. For those looking to take action or learn more about Palestine / Israel please visit this page full of resources.

You can help in a variety of ways. NVI and all our partners value your kind financial support.

CJNV could use your help spreading the word about their upcoming delegation. Please consider applying yourself, and / or share with others in your community. 

We’ve heard that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. True and important, but might we modify it to say, we have a clear and ongoing obligation to both curse the darkness and to light candles of hope. Join me in celebrating the innovative, much-needed work of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.


Learn more and apply at https://cjnv.org/hineinu 

(Art Credit - Kayla Ginsburg - from CJNV)

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