August 11, 2019

Showing of documentary: “The ISIS Trial”


We had a good turnout for this event with Ellie Bernstein. There were over 25 in the audience with many new faces. Question and answer with Ellie went well.

Friday, August 9 from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston. Film Showing: “The ISIS Trial” plus SPECIAL GUEST, filmmaker Ellie Bernstein. Evidence shows that these young men had no propensity for violence. Why did they want to join ISIS? This documentary takes a look at why young men with no criminal background would be attracted to join a terrorist organization. Was it because the FBI planned and bankrolled the operation? Cosponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV hudsonvalley@JVP.org, Veterans For Peace-Catskill Mountains, and Women in Black-New Paltz. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906

July 28, 2019

Rhinebeck Vigil for Gaza


We had about 10 people in all for the Rhinebeck Vigil for Gaza. Thanks to WIB - New Paltz and JVP - HV for supporting the vigil. We passed out about 150 flyers, and only had two people who were verbally abusive (sort of a low for Rhinebeck).

I blind woman asked me to read the flyer to her and then wanted to talk about it after. We had several students from Amherst College who discussed BDS on the college level. We had a JVP woman from CT who told us about a rally for oppressed children, from the US boarder to Palestine. Interesting idea.

Thanks to all who came out.

May 8, 2019

Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women


We had a great turnout for this program. Jewish Voice for Peace – Hudson Valley
presented: A Panel Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women Saturday, May 4
1:30-4:00 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston.




April 12, 2019

Vassar SJP and New Paltz Socialists look at apartheid


 - Mon, Apr 1 at 6 pm. Tariq Luthun, A Poetry Performance and Open Mic for Palestine at Rocky Hall, Room 300, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. Tariq Luthun is a Palestinian-American strategist, community organizer, and Emmy Award-winning poet. Presented by Students for Justice in Palestine to commemorate Israel Apartheid Week.

- Thu, Apr 4 at 6 pm. Panel Discussion on the One Year Anniversary of the Great March of Return and the Changing Face of Palestinian Solidarity in the US. Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Palestinian American activists and academics Sumaya Awad and Zachariah Barghouti will be joined by Vassar Professor Joshua Schreier. Presented by Students for Justice in Palestine to commemorate Israel Apartheid Week.

Great programs by SJP Vassar College. The panel got a standing ovation from over 100 students who attended. The New Paltz Socialists also had an event that focused on Palestine. It was a large study group that reviewed the history of Palestinian oppression by the state of Israel. About 35 students were in attendance, along with about 5 community members. 

March 11, 2019

Combatants for Peace in Woodstock and Rhinebeck

-Friday, March 8, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock. An evening with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Combatants for Peace, featuring two former soldiers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who will speak about their personal transformation from fighters to nonviolent activists. A segment from the award winning documentary “Disturbing the Peace” (streaming now on Netflix!) will be shown. Suggested donation $10 - $20; no one turned away. Refreshments provided. Hosted by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, and endorsed by Jewish Voice for Peace-HV hudsonvalley@JVP.org, Veterans For Peace, and Women in Black - New Paltz, American Friends of Combatants for Peace www.afcfp.org. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906


-Saturday, March 9, 7:00-9:00 PM at The Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck. An evening with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Combatants for Peace, featuring two former soldiers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who will speak about their personal transformation from fighters to nonviolent activists. A segment from the award winning documentary "Disturbing the Peace” (streaming now on Netflix!) will be shown. Donations welcome. Refreshments provided. Hosted by The Church of the Messiah and by the American Friends of Combatants for Peace www.afcfp.org. Contact: segallmarx@gmail.com

This was one of our best weekends. Both venues were filled, with many new faces in both locations. We had written into local papers and the Woodstock Times had printed some of our articles. We also had the help of Maddy, who worked hard to establish relationships with some ministers and rabbis in the area. Combatants for Peace doesn't take a stand on BDS or on a one state solution. Perhaps some rabbis see the need to acknowledge the evils of the occupation, and this was a safer place to start. Or perhaps the need to change Israel's apartheid treatment of Palestinians is finally percolating down to mainstream Christian and Jewish congregations.





February 9, 2019

Dead in the Water, and a labor of love



We thank Marine Corp veteran, Bryce Lockwood, for talking to us after the film about how he survived the attack on the USS Liberty, and what he had learned afterwards. Why did Israel and the United States conspire to cover up an attack that had killed so many Americans? What part did the 1967 war in the Middle East have to do with this secret mission? 

Perhaps we will never know. As Bryce said, U.S. veterans know best how little to trust what our government tells us about war. 

We had a small group, about 25 people. But the question and answer session at the end was detailed and interesting. Bryce had driven all the way from Missouri to speak at the event. Waging peace is a labor of love, and especially so for war veterans.

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Friday, February 8, 7:30-9:30 PM at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock. Film Showing: “Dead in the Water” plus special guest, Navy veteran Bryce Lockwood, a survivor of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed thirty-four American servicemen and wounded over 170 during the Six-Day War. Suggested donation $10 at the door (nobody turned away). Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV hudsonvalley@JVP.org, Veterans For Peace, and Women in Black - New Paltz. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906

January 12, 2019

Love Me, I'm a Liberal on a cold Friday night


On January 11, we had a Film Showing and Musical Performance: 7:30-9:30 PM at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock. "The War of 33: Letters from Beirut” is an intimate, personal and powerful portrayal of the 2006 war in Lebanon. Ben Grosscup, a traveling folk singer/songwriter with biting lyrics and a powerful delivery, played before and after the 35-minute film. 

It was a cold night, and only pulled in 25 people, but the movie was very well done, and Ben, backed up by Ellen, had us all singing along to his version of "Love Me, I'm a Liberal."