The Center for Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV) is piloting Hineinu, a new solidarity project that will bring 4 to 6 Jewish justice seekers to spend three months in the South Hebron Hills, engaging in daily solidarity activities and deepening relationships of coresistance. We invite you to join us in this new and vital endeavor in solidarity.
“When you tell us that CJNV is returning next year, it makes me very happy because it shows you trust me. I don’t need people to come for just one year, we want a relationship that continues.”
– Awdah, Umm al-Khair
Hineinu activists will spend three months living in the South Hebron Hills and engaging in daily solidarity activities in coordination with our Palestinian partners. They will accompany local residents while they are shepherding, farming, commuting, and engaging in a variety of activities in which they may face military or settler harassment. Activists will be available to act in coordination with our partners in the event of home demolitions or other efforts to displace residents, document ongoing events, and participate in nonviolent direct action in the region.
Throughout the three months, activists will work to communicate their experiences to transnational audiences, crafting narratives that can advance coresistance efforts. They will work with Palestinian activists to highlight their stories and experiences living and resisting under occupation, serving to further amplify partners’ voices. Additional activities include developing solidarity initiatives with other relevant organizations, participating in workshops and trainings by local activists and experts in the field, and studying Arabic in communities with local teachers. Over the course of the program, participating activists will build relationships that will expand and strengthen CJNV’s network of solidarity and coresistance.
CJNV will provide participants with group lodging, logistical support, nonviolent direct action training, educational workshops, and facilitation. Participants will also engage in an active and intentional process with one another and benefit from a variety of educational, political, and skills-building activities meant to resource and empower them in their work as Jewish solidarity activists in the South Hebron Hills.
We know from our experience that the presence of solidarity activists mitigates settler and military violence against local activists and community residents in Area C of the occupied West Bank. CJNV has forged dynamic, sustained, and trusting relationships in solidarity with communities throughout the region across five years of coresistance against the occupation.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no international solidarity activists and only a few Israeli activists present in the South Hebron Hills. Meanwhile, the effects of occupation have only intensified and compounded as settler harassment, military violence, home demolitions, and land seizure continue unabated. Our partners have made clear that because the violence of occupation is continuing in this moment, solidarity must continue as well.
We invite multiple perspectives, approaches, beliefs and political ideologies, and we seek to cultivate dialogue and negotiation about these differences. Those affiliated with CJNV take a variety of positions on the Right of Return, BDS, solutions, Zionism, etc. We come together under a common banner of solidarity and co-resistance. We believe that in coming together across these differences we gain greater collective power, and we challenge and push each other to become fuller and more developed justice-seekers. We know this isn’t always easy and requires us to be in deep and vulnerable relationship with each other.
Our participating activists represent many genders, sexualities, races, nationalities, socio-economic classes, levels of formal education, forms of religious observance, and organizational affiliations. We embrace this diversity and expect that all participating activists will act with openness and respect toward all other participating activists at all times.
We believe a robust and diversely connected movement is most powerful in building sustainable grassroots resistance and that we must actively transform the ways oppressive systems are perpetuated and internalized within our justice movements. That involves centering those most affected by structural oppression and cultivating a broad and diverse network of Jewish justice-seekers. We recognize that our organizing space is white-Ashkenazi dominant, and we warmly encourage Jews of Color, Mizrahi, and Sephardi Jews to apply and have scholarships available to support JOCSM leadership.
Purpose and Desired Impacts
This project will offer urgent solidarity while expanding the capacity for joint civil disobedience and sustained action in the South Hebron Hills. We will leverage international Jewish privilege to mitigate violence against residents of the region. We will amplify the voices and stories of our Palestinian partners while meaningfully contributing to nonviolent popular struggle and resilience in the region.
We also want to model a Jewish ethical vision anchored in values of solidarity, justice, and equality. In past delegations and actions, CJNV has modeled an embodied vision of the shared future we are working toward. Now, we want to build and expand our work by bringing Jewish internationals to live with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, contend with and struggle against the daily realities of state violence, and actively demonstrate a Jewish commitment to joint resistance and collective freedom.