How do we hold Israel accountable for decades of oppression, displacement, land theft, occupation and loss? At this moment, what are the avenues for seeking peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis? Five guests, representing many years of experience with this issue, share their work and current perspectives.
Amnesty International recently published a report calling “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity.” Rachel Corrie Foundation March 16th observances are about education, community building, and action. There is work for us all to do – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. With perspectives as Palestinians in the diaspora, representatives of solidarity organizations, and scholars, our guest speakers helped those of us at the grassroots level think how to effectively challenge Israel’s apartheid system and crimes against humanity that Amnesty International, other human and legal rights organizations, the Palestinian people, and Israeli activists have called out.
Donations to the Rachel Corrie Foundation on March 16th will benefit the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie went to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles. While standing in front of a home threatened with demolition by the Israeli military, Rachel was killed when run over by an armored Caterpillar D9R bulldozer operated by two Israeli soldiers. With annual March 16th remembrances, we at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice seek to bring attention to the loss of lives, lands, freedoms, and opportunities that have continued since Rachel’s stand in Gaza in 2003 and to build and strengthen the community of constructive, nonviolent resisters of which she was a part.
Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
We were delighted to again co-host our March 16th observance with friends at the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. MRSCP was founded in 2003 by concerned citizens in Madison, Wisconsin, to forge person-to-person relationships with Rafah, Palestine, to increase public awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and to influence public policy for the benefit of both peoples. Until COVID-19, MRSCP annually hosted an in-person Rachel Corrie commemorative event in Madison. Visit the Madison-Rafah Sister City website to learn more about their work.
We are grateful for the support of the following partners who helped with technical support and getting the word out!
Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights http://www.auphr.org/
Bright Stars of Bethlehem-Madison brightstarsbethlehem.com
Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land https://holylandjustice.org/bishops-committee/
Center for Constitutional Rights https://ccrjustice.org/
Task Force for Palestinian Human Rights, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon https://diocese-oregon.org/
Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) https://www.fosna.org/
The Gaza Mental Health Foundation https://www.gazamentalhealth.org/
Jewish Voice for Peace – Madison https://www.facebook.com/jvpmadison/
Jewish Voice for Peace-Tacoma https://www.facebook.com/Tacoma.JVP/
Jewish Voice for Peace – Seattle https://www.facebook.com/JVPSeattle/
Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) www.pcap-us.org
Students for Justice in Palestine at UW-Madison https://www.facebook.com/SJPatUW/
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights – University of Washington (SUPER-UW) https://www.facebook.com/SuperUw/
Tree of Life – West Coast
US Palestinian Community Network https://uspcn.org
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center https://www.whatcompjc.org/
March 16, 2022 Holding Israel Accountable Zoom Event CHAT
00:50:35 Sallie Shawl: Welcome. We will begin at 2 minutes past the hour.
00:51:19 Sallie Shawl: This music comes from the Palestinian Cultural Palace in Gaza, one of the programs in Gaza solely supported by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice. The song is Dam Dam Tak by Issa Hossam.
00:51:38 Sallie Shawl: Photo on the Mediterranean beach is from the opening ceremony last December in Gaza of the Rachel Corrie Tournament for Athletes With Disabilities, a program solely supported by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice
00:53:25 Sallie Shawl: Welcome. We will begin at 2 minutes past the hour.
00:56:03 Sallie Shawl: The chat is disabled for attendees, but we’ll be posting messages throughout the webinar. We will send chat and recording links to all registrants in a few days.
00:57:47 Sallie Shawl: To learn more about Rachel Corrie: https://rachelcorriefoundation.org/rachel
00:59:07 Sallie Shawl: TO DONATE to Gaza Community Mental Health Programme: https://rachelcorriefoundation.networkforgood.com/
01:00:33 Sallie Shawl: To learn more about Omar As’ad:
01:03:41 Sallie Shawl: To learn more about Suleiman al-Hathaleen: https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2022/1/23/suleiman-hathaleen
01:07:09 Sallie Shawl: Resources from sponsors and panelists, including panelist bios and the articles and books referenced by panelists can be found here (a living, ever-growing site):
01:08:09 Sallie Shawl: Institute for Policy Studies:
01:13:23 Sallie Shawl: Amnesty International Report titled “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity:”
01:14:35 Sallie Shawl: AND Phyllis Bennis article analyzing the significance of that report:
01:15:16 Sallie Shawl: https://bdsmovement.net/
01:15:46 Sallie Shawl: Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native:
01:17:49 Sallie Shawl: People of conscience: Palestinians ask you to boycott Israel: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/19/boycott-divest-sanction-the-israeli-state
01:22:53 Sallie Shawl: The façade of the ‘international rules-based order’ has been exposed: https://mondoweiss.net/2022/03/the-facade-of-the-international-rules-based-order-has-been-exposed/
01:23:46 Sallie Shawl: Chat is disabled for attendees. Please put any questions you have into the Q&A.
01:25:30 Sallie Shawl: Center For Constitutional Rights (CCR) page with links to all their work related to Palestine:
01:38:38 Sallie Shawl: Resources from sponsors and panelists, including panelist bios and the articles and books referenced by them, can be found here (a living, ever-growing site):
01:39:27 Sallie Shawl: Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU):
01:42:42 Sallie Shawl: Article by Josh Ruebner: https://imeu.org/article/imeu-policy-analysis-4-why-israel-must-be-held-accountable-for-policies-tow
01:50:04 Sallie Shawl: Arab American Action Network:
01:50:37 Sallie Shawl: U.S. Palestinian Community Network:
01:58:19 Sallie Shawl: HR 2590 and other resources from sponsors and panelists, including panelist bios and the articles and books referenced by panelists can be found here (a living, ever-growing site):
02:03:21 Sallie Shawl: TO DONATE to Gaza Community Mental Health: https://rachelcorriefoundation.networkforgood.com/
02:23:10 Sallie Shawl: Click HERE TO DONATE to Gaza Community Mental Health: https://rachelcorriefoundation.networkforgood.com/
02:24:50 Sallie Shawl: Thanks for coming!
02:25:27 Sallie Shawl: Resources from sponsors and panelists, including panelist bios and the articles and books referenced by panelists can be found here (a living, ever-growing site):
Hanan Khateeb is a fourth-year Architectural Engineering student at Birzeit University. She is from Bil’in, Palestine, a village located near Ramallah in the West Bank. Here is what Hanan recently had to say about her studies and plans for the future:
“I chose to major in architectural engineering because I’ve always been interested in drawing and painting. I’ve been an avid sketcher ever since I was a young girl, and I distinctly remember volunteering in the many wall painting activities in my village of Bil’in. I’m fortunate to have been given the opportunity to channel my passion into an academic major. I plan to pursue a career in the field after graduation by opening my very own architectural engineering and design office, which will ensure financial stability for me and my family.
I’ve faced several financial difficulties during my studies at Birzeit University…threatening my hopes of graduating as an architect. With help from the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, however, I was able to cover my fees and pursue my studies without worry or stress.
I’m grateful to the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice for helping me complete my education and pursue my dreams at Birzeit University.”
We wish Hanan all the best with the rest of her studies and her plans for the future.
RCF’s volunteer Program/Projects Committee routinely reviews, evaluates, and looks for ways to expand our scholarship support for Palestinian students. To support this program directly, please consider a donation to RCF’s educational initiatives.