Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Stand up for Palestinian child prisoners

Stand up for Palestinian child prisoners by endorsing H.R. 4391
AMP joins the millions of Palestinians and their supporters around the world in celebrating the release of teen political prisoner Ahed Tamimi, who has become an important symbol of peaceful Palestinian resistance and resilience. 

On this occasion, we remember the hundreds more
 Palestinian children who remain incarcerated in Israeli military detention. Today, we ask you to take action on their behalf by adding your name to endorse H.R. 4391, the "Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act," the first-ever bill in U.S. Congress to support Palestinian rights.

Become a citizen cosponsor of H.R. 4391!

Monday, July 9, 2018

A map that he had never seen before

One afternoon in the spring of 2015, a senior State Department official named Frank Lowenstein paged through a government briefing book and noticed a map that he had never seen before. Lowenstein was the Obama Administration’s special envoy on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a position that exposed him to hundreds of maps of the West Bank. (One adorned his State Department office.)

Typically, those maps made Jewish settlements and outposts look tiny compared to the areas where the Palestinians lived. The new map in the briefing book was different. It showed large swaths of territory that were off limits to Palestinian development and filled in space between the settlements and the outposts. At that moment, Lowenstein told me, he saw “the forest for the trees”—not only were Palestinian population centers cut off from one another but there was virtually no way to squeeze a viable Palestinian state into the areas that remained.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Code Pink call for RE/MAX to stop selling apartheid

The weekend is the Presbyterian Church’s biannual General Assembly. Among the many social justice issues they will address is a resolution calling on real estate giant RE/MAX to stop facilitating property sales in illegal Israeli settlements.
In 2016, right before the last Presbyterian Church General Assembly, RE/MAX founder and then-CEO Dave Liniger announced that the company would stop receiving revenues from settlement properties. But they continue to allow their Israeli franchise to rent and sell settlement houses, and they continue to include settlement properties in their global database. With your help, this time we will succeed in getting RE/MAX to fully extricate themselves from Israel’s settlement enterprise. Add your name to the letter we are sending to current CEO Adam Contos at this year’s General Assembly!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Israel-based international defense electronics company

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an Israel-based international defense electronics company


Israel uses military force and sophisticated technology to maintain its oppression of Palestinians.

Human rights organisations have documented that Israel violates international law and carries out war crimes during its frequent attacks on Palestinians.

Israel is only able to act with such impunity because governments and companies around the world cooperate with its military and with its military companies.

Palestinian civil society has called for a comprehensive and immediate military embargo on Israel. BDS campaigning is starting to have an impact on Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Vassar Israeli Apartheid Week

The coming year (2018) will mark 70 years of Palestinian popular resistance against the ongoing process of dispossession and ethnic cleansing, since the 1948 Nakba.The Palestinian people’s resistance against colonization has in fact been longer than that. From the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to the present moment- Palestinians have fought for their dignity, their rights, and their lands. Israeli Apartheid Week is an opportunity to reflect on this resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. Despite Israel’s legal and propaganda war on BDS internationally, Israeli Apartheid Week and the BDS movement continue to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.

Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, in collaboration with Vassar Prison Initiative, MBSA, WVKR, MENASA (formerly known as MESC) and other campus chapter partners bring you an incredible lineup of events that will bring Palestine solidarity back to Vassar! Israeli Apartheid Week is an international event that takes place in the months of February, March, and April, with campuses, cities, and institutions having engaged their communities for 14 years in support of Palestinian resistance. Through a series of workshops, lectures, performances, and moderated dialogue spaces, we hope to provide multiple entry points to see Palestinian liberation as an integral component to anti-colonial and anti-racist spaces, as well as critical to fighting the pervasive transphobia, homophobia, anti-semitism and islamophobia that is on the rise in our current political climate.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Presbyterian Church teaching guide

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Outstanding Youth Activist Group

Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine | Outstanding Youth Activist Group Award
First awarded in 2016, the Outstanding Youth Activist Group Award recognizes an outstanding youth activist group engaged in Palestine solidarity work in the United States. This award is intended to spotlight and uplift youth and students who are engaged in new, creative, and intersectional activism, often under difficult circumstances and in repressive conditions on US campuses.

Columbia University SJP (CSJP) is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members from Columbia University and Barnard College, organized on democratic principles to promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian people. Since spring of 2016, CSJP has been organizing around their boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign, Columbia University Apartheid Divest, in conjunction with the Columbia/Barnard chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. The Apartheid Divest campaign calls on Columbia to divest its stocks, funds, and endowments from eight companies that profit from Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.

Why They Inspire Us
We are inspired by how CSJP centers intersectional and cross-movement work in their organizing for Palestinian rights and against Israeli apartheid. CSJP understands the liberation of Palestine to be inextricably intertwined with the liberation of oppressed groups everywhere, and so they focus on building genuine and deep relationships across struggles.

Big Plans for 2018
In the spring of 2018, CSJP is hosting their annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) at Columbia, a full week of events featuring a diverse array of scholars, activists, and artists speaking on Palestinian liberation. Their plans including constructing a mock apartheid wall on Low Plaza each day of the week to educate and spread information about Palestinian human rights and BDS. IAW culminates with Palestinian Cultural Night, a night of celebration featuring dancers, vendors, speakers, food, and music.

Follow Along
Follow CSJP online at, and on Facebook and Twitter.


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