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Connect with the Palestinians in the
Holy Land and with activists around
the world. During the Covid-19 global
health crisis, while so many of us are
required to stay at home, there are an
abundance of digital events being
scheduled. Many are educational and also provide avenues for justice action, some
include film screenings, and others provide personal support in a difficult time.
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Conference • 29 March - 1 April 2021
See schedule at website
Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2021
7amleh, The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media
The fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum will be the biggest digital event focusing on Palestinian digital rights ever. The forum will shed light on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Palestinian digital rights, and the future of these rights in the post-pandemic era, through a number of policy sessions, digital dialogues and training workshops aimed at building the professional capacity of participants in various fields.
The PDAF is being held this year with the participation of major social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as a number of UN, international, regional and local institutions. It will host more than 70 speakers and trainers from different fields, to share with us their different experiences and expertise within the various forum activities.
The activities of the first and second days focus on a set of policy sessions that discuss the issues of Palestinian digital rights, with the participation of representatives of social media companies and a group of inspiring speakers who will share their experiences with the PDAF audience, such as Noura Erikat and Amer Zaher.
The activities of the third and fourth day will mainly focus on various and diverse evening training sessions, workshops and digital dialogues aimed at building and enriching the professional capabilities of the participants in various fields.
Goals and Objectives
– To develop Palestinian digital activism and create a space for exchange of experiences and expertise with local and international counterparts.
– To increase awareness among members of the Palestinian public about digital rights issues and challenges.
– To increase Palestinian digital rights activists access to local and international power holders to facilitate changes in policies and practices.
Find all the details and the full agenda here
Webinar • 30 March 2021
11am PT, 2pm ET (US, Canada) / 5pm UTC / 6pm UK / 8pm Palestine
Indigenous Solidarity: Our Struggles Unite
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
From Turtle Island to Khirbet Humsa, from Standing Rock to Haifa, indigenous people resist settler colonialism and its practises of surveillance, containment, military checkpoints, police brutality, mass incarceration, displacement, theft of water and other natural resources, and environmental destruction.
Many indigenous activists are standing together to resist parallel colonial agendas, learning, and strengthening mutual resistance to racist rule and injustice. Activists in solidarity with Palestinians have also joined forces with other indigenous solidarity movements to build united struggles.
On Land Day, join activists from the indigenous solidarity movements to discuss how we build our struggle against settler colonialism.
Sorcha Thomson, PSC Youth and Student Committee (Chair)
Malek Rasamny, Director and Producer of the Native and the Refugee Project
Matt Peterson, Director and Producer of the Native and the Refugee Project
Mark Luetchford, Chair of Western Sahara Campaign UK
Webinar • 30 March 2021
10:30am PT, 1:30pm ET (US, Canada) / 5:30 UTC / 8:30 Palestine
Media Training with FCNL
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
Join CMEP’s Director of Communications and Tim McHugh from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) to learn tips for getting your letter to the editor or oped published in your local paper. An LTE amplifies your voice, moving others to act. They can reward a member of Congress or raise objections. Either way, officials take notice when mentioned in their local paper.
Tim McHugh leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels.
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Webinar, Call to Action • 31 March 2021
9am PT, 12 noon ET (US, Canada) / 4pm UTC / 7pm Palestine
End Medical Apartheid, from the U.S. to Palestine
Jewish Voice for Peace
The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing medical inequalities around the world. While vaccines are a symbol of hope and optimism, we see how their distribution continues to be reflective of racist and settler colonial dynamics around the access to healthcare.
Israel - an occupying power - continues to be praised for its swift vaccine rollout, while hospitals in the West Bank are beyond 100% capacity, and Israel continues to deny life-saving vaccines to the majority of Palestinians under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.
Meanwhile, in the US, Indigenous, Black, and brown communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, but are receiving vaccinations at a much lower rate than white Americans.
Join our coalition in conversation with Congress people, health experts and doctors from Palestine and the US as we call on Congress to take decisive action to end medical apartheid, and ensure fight for equitable healthcare access.
Speakers (list in progress):
Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta, British Palestinian Surgeon, American University of Beirut Medical Center and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University
Dr Sahar AlSulibe, M.D., Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Hebron
We are Not Numbers, Gaza
Learn more and register here
Webinar • 31 March 2021
11am PT, 2pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm UTC / 9pm Palestine
Robert Cohen: Micah’s Paradigm Shift
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
Robert Cohen is one of the UK's leading Jewish dissidents. He has been “writing from the edge” since 2011, about Israel/Palestine and interfaith relations in his blog, Micah’s Paradigm Shift (from Micah 6.8: “What does the Lord require of you?"). His writings have been published in Mondoweiss, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and others. His latest column: "We need to decolonise our understanding of antisemitism."
An Appeal from UMKR
UMKR has important church legislation for our denomination's global General Conference, to be held in 2021. These resolutions address:
• protecting Palestinian children,
• defending the right to boycott,
•divesting from the bonds of occupation governments, and other timely justice issues.
We also have BIG PLANS for educating
A LOT of people throughout our church about Palestinian rights, with literature, displays, speakers, meals, and witness actions!
With very limited resources, UMKR has made a BIG impact in the global United Methodist Church! Groundbreaking divestment and boycott actions by the UMC would never have happened without UMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.
General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make a worldwide impactfor Palestinian rights throughout our denomination.
But, if we are to succeed in advocating for justice with thousands of United Methodists who come to General Conference from four continents,WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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know that whatever you are able to give
will be greatly appreciated.
for our work to continue.
General Conference 2020 has been
scheduled for Aug-Sept 2022. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs
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Recorded Webinar • 14 April 2020:
Legislating Against Criticism of Israel
- the Ongoing Assault on Americans' Free Speech
Palestine Legal and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
• Peter Beinart, leading journalist, political commentator and author • Dima Khalidi, Founder and Director of Palestine Legal, Cooperating Counsel at Center for Constitutional Rights • Lara Friedman, President, Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), political analyst
The U.S. is facing ongoing and ever-expanding efforts to use new legislation as a weapon to quash free speech and activism that challenges Israeli policies. This webinar, featuring experts who are on the front lines of challenging and documenting these efforts, explores the phenomenon in its various current and emerging forms, including so-called anti-BDS laws and legislation that exploits the pretext of fighting antisemitism.
The discussion includes an examination of the various forms of attack, the situation in state legislatures and Congress, and the role of Executive Orders. It will also examine legal efforts to challenge such laws, including court cases thus far and likely cases that could emerge in the future.
Watch it here
Recorded Webinar • 13 April 2020
Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal Court
Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
• Dr Michael G Kearney (Al Haq) • Hagai El-Ad (B’Tselem) • Liz Evenson (Human Rights Watch) • Katherine Gallagher (Center for Constitutional Rights) • Lara Friedman (FMEP)
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently considering opening a formal probe into Israeli and Palestinian actions in the Occupied Territories. This webinar examines that case — what it is about, why and how it was brought before the ICC, and the controversy that it has generated. Our expert panelists also delve into the broader stakes involved in this case – a case that is testing the legitimacy and viability of both the court and the international law it is designed to uphold.
Watch it here
Recorded Webinar • 7 April 2020
COVID-19 & The Settlements
The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and Americans for Peace Now (APN)
This webinar looks at settlements and occupation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, including the very different Israeli policies vis-a-vis movement and travel of Palestinians and West Bank settlers, Israeli government moves to advance settlement projects while the world’s focus is on the health crisis, and continued settler violence against Palestinians.
The webinar features two experts who work on these issues on the ground: Lior Amihai, Executive Director of Yesh Din. and Brian Reeves, Director Development & External Relations at Peace Now. The moderator is FMEP President Lara Friedman.
Watch it here
Recorded Webinar Series • March-April 2020
A Three-Part Series: COVID-19 & the Healthcare Systems in Israel/Palestine
Middle East Institute (MEI) and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
For nations around the globe, the COVID-19 crisis is both creating new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. This is especially true in Israel-Palestine, where Israelis and Palestinians live in close proximity, all under overarching Israeli authority but under regimes that afford them separate and grossly unequal access to health services.
In this context, the webinar series will examine how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the very different and yet highly interconnected environments in Israel-Palestine, highlighting expert voices on the ground.
Co-hosts:Lara Friedman (FMEP) and Khaled Elgindy (MEI)
Part 3: Israel
Henriette Chacar, +972 Magazine
Ran Goldstein, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
Watch it here
Part 2: West Bank and East Jerusalem
Tareq Baconi, International Crisis Group
Jessica Montell, HaMoked - Israeli human rights & legal aid center
Watch it here
Part 1: Gaza
Tania Hary, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement
Dr. Ghada Al Jadba, UNRWA
Watch it here
Recorded Webinar • 25 March 2020
Update on Coronavirus in Palestine
Palestine correspondent, Yumna Patel, joined Mondoweiss senior editor Phil Weiss to give a detailed update on the coronavirus outbreak in Palestine. Patel is based in Bethlehem, the epicenter of the outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
Watch it here