Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bethlehem cards on Sunday

Yesterday Pia, Jane, and I gave out between 100 - 150 "Bethlehem" cards to people attending services at ... in Kingston. When people ask about the cards we tell them that they are Christmas cards with a message. The vast majority of people are receptive and even grateful for the cards. 

We were going to give out cards at the ... , but much to our surprise, we were actually invited inside the church. We actually had an opportunity to speak with the Pastor who seemed sympathetic to our cause. Pia suggested that this church might be a good place to show the fillm Steadfast Hope. I will be communicating with the Pastor to explore this possibility. It was a cold day, but overall a warm experience. Thank you Pia and Jane.


Monday, December 8, 2014

With God On Our Side documentary at the UU

We had about 20 people who came out in the snow and sleet to see
this excellent movie. The question and answer session was devoted
to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, the focus of a revised website:

RE/MAX Israel has a commanding presence in the Israeli real estate market, referring to itself as “the number one company in Israel”. Most disturbingly, RE/MAX Israel is also the leader in selling land in the Palestinian West Bank territory to Israeli settlers - land that under international law is illegally acquired.

As a result, RE/MAX Israel is directly contributing to the oppression of the Palestinian people under Israeli Occupation. This is the same Israeli Occupation that has caused 40% of Palestinians in Gaza to be unemployed and 80% of those living in the areas of the West Bank under direct Israeli control to lack a steady supply of food. These terrible conditions existed even before the most recent escalation of attacks by Israel which have lead to the death of over 2,000 Palestinians, including over 500 children, and the destruction of over 10,000 homes in the Gaza Strip. (from: Code Pink)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We had a great night.

We had a great night. The movie was thought provoking,
the after film discussion was heartfelt, and the night ended
with Maddy and Fred signing songs.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

”My Name is Rachel Corrie”

-Sunday, November 2 in Poughkeepsie: ”My Name is Rachel Corrie,” live production starring Ashley Malloy, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in Rockefeller Hall, Room 200, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave.

Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" recounts the young woman's life from journal entries, letters, and e-mails she left behind. This current production has been touring colleges across the country to excellent reviews. Ashley Malloy will lead a discussion of the play at the end. Funds raised will go to support The Freedom Theatre located in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank.

Sponsored by Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine, and cosponsored by Middle East Crisis Response http://www.mideastcrisis.org, and Hudson Valley BDS http://www.hudsonvalleybds.org. Contact: sjpvassar@gmail.com or 845 876-7906.

Turnout was OK, but not as good as we expected. We had short notice to get the publicity out, a little over one week. We will have to work more closely with SJP campus groups to insure better turnout. The play itself was great, and we had an excellent question and answer session at the end with Ashley.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Josh Ruebner in Woodstock

-Wed, October 22 in Woodstock: Josh Ruebner, Author and Political Analyst. From: 8:00 pm To  9:30 pm at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Ln. 

Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. His recent book, “Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace” reveals the current administration's policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

 The book will be available for sale at the event. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response www.mideastcrisis.org and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions www.hudsonvalleybds.org.

Josh had dinner with our group prior to his talk. He had just come from a crowd of over 100 people at Union College, so he didn't mind the relatively small group that turned out to hear his presentation in Woodstock. We only had about 20 people due to a driving rainstorm that night.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 10 in Kingston

-Friday, October 10 in Kingston: Films of Palestine Series presents "The Veiled Hope,” from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road. This documentary explores the personal and political challenges facing Palestinian women through a series of exceptional portraits of women living in Gaza and the West Bank. The women explain how in their daily lives as doctors, school teachers and activists they are working to rebuild Palestinian cultural identity. 
SPECIAL GUEST: Palestinian director Norma Marcos will discuss her film! Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response http://www.mideastcrisis.org and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions http://www.hudsonvalleybds.org. Contact: Jane.toby7@gmail.com or 518 291-6808.

We had over 40 people at this film showing, and Norma Marcos gave a very interesting talk about women in the Palestinian resistance.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Outside the offices of U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer

Approximately 50 demonstrators gathered outside the offices of U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer Monday morning to condemn the officials' support for Israel.
The protesters called on Congress to end military aid to the Israel Defense Forces through enforcement of the Leahy Law, a human rights law that prevents the United States from aiding foreign militaries that commit war crimes.
“Senator Schumer has repeatedly supported Israeli government aggression against the Palestinian people, including the latest assault on the Palestinians of Gaza,” said Candace Graff from Jewish Voices for Peace-NY. “And both Senators have failed to seek enforcement of laws requiring U.S. funding to be cut off to units of a country’s armed forces that have committed a ‘gross violation of human rights.’”
More than 20 organizations signed on to endorse the event and the attending protesters said that they represented more than a dozen of those organizations, including, CodePink NYC, Direct Action Front for Palestine, Jews Say No, Veterans for Peace and several Students for Justice in Palestine chapters.
“Senator Schumer has been egregious in standing up for Israel—not in just standing up for Israel as virtually all members of Congress do, but in actually pursuing very right-wing, hawkish policy in Israel,” said Brandon Davis, a member of Jewish Voices for Peace. “He calls himself the ‘guardian’ of Israel and I think that is a ridiculous foreign policy for a senator of the United States. He’s the ‘guardian’ of New York State and the United States, not Israel.”
The protesters, who plan to stay outside until 7 p.m., took questions, simulated an Israeli military checkpoint, and read the names of Palestinian children that were killed in Gaza this summer.