British Quakers Urge Recognition of Palestine, a comprehensive arms embargo on all sides, and an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza and occupation of Palestine

Gaza and the West Bank of Palestine and Israel The scarf lining the route between Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston and Burghfield | Photo: Photo: Luke Massey. “Several hundred protesters [from Britain Yearly Meeting] were on hand Saturday, 9 August 2014, for the unfurling of an enormous pink scarf along the seven miles of road between […]

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In the Light, Palestine-Israel: New directions for Quaker-related institutions

2013 may be the big year of transitions for Quaker and Quaker-related institutions in Palestine-Israel. First the Friends International Center in Ramallah (FICR) is currently evolving, having been initially an experiment in connecting better with the local community. Its founding coordinator, Kathy Bergen, has retired. FICR had become a significant source of transformation in the […]

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In the Light, Palestine-Israel: Responses from a few Gazans to the Boston bombing

Gaza, mortar fired by Israeli army into a farming area, 2009 In a Gaza hospital recovering from an Israeli sniper attack, 2004 Boston Marathon bomb explodes, April 2013 (Courtesy Boston.com) Boston Marathon bombing, April 2013 (AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo) Excerpts from my journal and letters as I explore the situation in Palestine […]

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A Little Story of the Occupation: With the American Friends Service Committee to Jenin (2006)

Those who have nothing they’re willing to die for are not fit to live. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr To give you a flavor of the life of one innocent abroad, a close call—for me and more vitally the Palestinians who experience this regularly. The hour was late, the staff from the American Friends Service Committee […]

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With an Open Heart: Eyewitness to the Levant: Report of the Spring 2012 Journey

…There are ten measures of hypocrisy in the world—nine in Jerusalem and one in the rest of the world… —Avot D’Rabbi Natan Popular Achievement training session at Birzeit University, a program of the American Friends Service committee in the West Bank and Gaza Landfill in the Jordan Valley, nominally Palestinian Territory in the West Bank, […]

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With an Open Heart: Eyewitness to the Levant—Skip Schiel’s next journey to Palestine/Israel

Gaza, 2010 I have followed Skip’s activities through his email newsletter which has kept me up to date through the personal contacts he has made with peacemakers. From living [myself] in a situation of violence and change in South Africa I know how valuable it is to have the kind of support he is offering […]

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