Hineinu: A Sustained Solidarity Project

“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

CJNV’s next Hineinu cohort will begin in February 2023! We aren’t currently accepting applications for Hineinu, but you can stay updated on our programs by signing up for our newsletter!

 

Background and Context:

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.

In February of 2021, in response to the intensified and unabated violence of the occupation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CJNV piloted a three-month solidarity project in the South Hebron Hills / Masafer Yatta. During this project, Hineinu activists supported local activists and communities in Masafer Yatta resist land dispossession by helping document state-sponsored settler attacks, military violence, home demolitions, and land seizures. Hineinu activists amplified these events and stories from the field as part of a larger coordinated campaign with Palestinian and Israeli activists: #SaveMasaferYatta. Our partners have made clear that this presence is meaningful and important, and must continue.

What is the project:

Hineinu participants will spend three months living in the South Hebron Hills / Masafer Yatta, 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 violence. Participants will be available to act in coordination with our partners in the event of home demolitions or other efforts to displace residents, to document ongoing settler and military violence and land seizure, and to participate in nonviolent action and solidarity work in the region.

Throughout the three months, participants 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. As a part of a network of activists and organizations, Hineinu activists will support legal, media, and archival efforts to resist the ongoing displacement and violence targeted at Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills. Over the course of the program, participants will build relationships that will expand and strengthen CJNV’s working network of solidarity and coresistance.

During the three months, CJNV will provide participants with room and board, logistical support, nonviolent direct action training, orientation, workshops and group facilitation. There will also be Arabic classes with local teachers to empower you in your work as a Jewish solidarity activist in the South Hebron Hills.

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. Hineinu is expanding this 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.

Dates:

The program will run from Wednesday February 1st, 2023 – Monday May 1st, 2023. Stay tuned for updates from on-the-ground!