This year marks the 5-year anniversary of CJNV’s first-ever delegation! We are deeply humbled to be marking this moment, and deeply honored to carry this work forward with such an incredible network of heroes and inspirations. Take a journey down memory lane with us as we celebrate, honor, and appreciate these last 5 years!
Building relationships structured on resistance is rooted in the tacit understanding that the liberation of one is deeply intertwined with the liberation of another.
The impacts of the Occupation are daily and diverse, and our response was daily and diverse: building relationships of solidarity, networks of support, and real material gains.
These relationships — and this willingness to think flexibly and expansively about how the occupation hurts everyone — give me hope.
I learned that nonviolence is not simply a lofty ideal but a very real strategy for leveraging people power to fight state power. And I believe more than ever that concepts such as “coexistence” and “peace” are meaningless if they do not emerge in a context of justice and equity.
Five years ago, I learned that Ilana Sumka was planning a delegation from an Haaretz article titled “The tree uprooting heard around the world.” The article detailed the uprooting of 1,500 fruit trees on Daoud Nassar’s farm.
About five and a half years ago I opened an email from Ilana Sumka. She was planning a delegation to the West Bank, bringing Jews to replant trees that had been uprooted by the Israeli army.
As CJNV celebrates its fifth anniversary, I’d like to share a behind-the-scenes story about how this all came to be.