Ayed Morrar is a Palestinian Community Organizer
Budrus, a documentary film now debuting across the US, tells the story of a successful protest campaign by unarmed Palestinian civilians against Israel’s military occupation in my small West Bank village. Our struggle’s success and the consequent expansion of civil resistance to other West Bank communities may provide hope to viewers desperate for positive news from the Middle East, but today an Israeli crackdown on unarmed Palestinian protesters is threatening this growing movement. For our movement to thrive and serve as a true alternative to violence, we need Americans’ to demand that Israel, a close US ally, end this repression. read more
Susan Our Indomitable Woman of a Certain Age in Cairo
Susan Johnson SEEING FOR MYSELF Blogging in defense of Palestinian Rights. First hand experience, seeing for myself the disastrous effects and inhumane conditions Palestinians in the West Bank endure under Israel’s illegal occupation and the devastating destruction, suffering and shortages in Gaza inflicted by the siege and bombardment by Israeli Forces.
the man who won his fight to prove the Israeli army shot his daughter
Yesterday he had the satisfaction of knowing that his three-year fight to do just that had been vindicated by a judge’s ruling that Abir Aramin had indeed been shot dead by a border policeman with a rubber bullet, that the killing was “totally unjustifiable” and that the state should pay her family compensation. More ( http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/bassam-aramins-search-for-justice-2055355.html)
THERE WILL BE A U.S. BOAT TO GAZA with your help
FLOTILLA SETS SAIL FOR GAZA May 2010
PROTESTERS ENCIRCLE THE WALDORF March 2010
A massacre is not a massacre
I don’t write poems but, in any case, poems are not poems.
Long ago, I was made to understand that Palestine was not Palestine;
I was also informed that Palestinians were not Palestinians;
They also explained to me that ethnic cleansing was not ethnic cleansing.
And when naive old me saw freedom fighters they patiently showed me that they were not freedom fighters, and that resistance was not resistance.
And when, stupidly, I noticed arrogance, oppression and humiliation they benevolently enlightened me so I can see that arrogance was not arrogance, oppression was not oppression, and humiliation was not humiliation …. read the poem
January 1, 2010 We reaffirm our commitment to:
Palestinian Self-Determination Ending the Occupation Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine The full Right of Return for Palestinian refugeesWe reaffirm our commitment to the United Palestinian call of July 2005 for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel to comply with international law.We call for and wish to help initiate a global mass, democratic anti-apartheid movement to work in full consultation with Palestinian civil society to implement the Palestinian call for BDS.
Huwaida Arraf Free Gaza–and Palestine August 2009
Last month I led a group of twenty-one human rights workers on a boat from Cyprus to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. We carried toys, medicine, olive tree saplings, toolkits, a fifty-kilo bag of cement and school supplies on our small converted ferry boat. more
WCA active at home – Stacey and Matt in Brooklyn
“Numu Numu – Lullaby For Pilots” Written and performed by Yonatan Shapira.
A lullaby to Israeli pilots who dropped a 1 ton bomb on a densely populated neighborhood in Gaza, 2002, killing 14 children and other civilians, and wounding 150.
Yonatan Shapira: “I want to shout as loud as I can and ask everyone to join us in this struggle, Palestinians and Israelis who want to stop the bloodshed. The massacre will not stop unless people from all over the world will wake up, join us and call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on the Israeli government”
WCA, Active at Home: We are proud of our own Jenny and Anni, arrested with March of the Dead in Washington. See it on Bill Moyers Journal
We Are Women of a Certain Age
Formed to travel to Palestine in 2004, Women of a Certain Age continues to advocate for Palestinian human rights. As mothers, grandmothers and daughters, we believe in the power and responsibility each one of us has to effect change. In the summer of 2004, we traveled to the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. We stood beside women and men who, like us, wish to live in a just world at peace. We met with Palestinians whose voices have not been heard outside the walls of occupation.We traveled to learn and returned to educate and inform our family, friends, co-workers, indeed, our fellow citizens to the true and terrible nature of the Israeli occupation.
We traveled because we cannot remain silent in the face of such obvious injustice. We cannot remain silent when Israel builds an Apartheid wall that divides a people, that tears asunder villages from fields, people from their livelihoods. We cannot remain silent when illegal settlements are maintained and expanded onto other people’s lands. We cannot remain silent as the Israeli army enforces the Occupation with walls, fences, razor wire, checkpoints, roadblocks, tear gas, bullets and bombs fired from helicopters upon innocent people. We cannot remain silent when Israeli bulldozers (made in the USA) raze Palestinian homes creating thousands of new refugees in a land of refugees.
Our Mission Statement: We are Women of a Certain Age drawn together in support of the people of Palestine and their resistance to occupation. We support projects that keep the reality of life on the ground in the Occupied Territories visible, and we use our collective experience to to advocate for change in U.S. policy in the Middle East.