“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
December/January Campaign ’19/’20
(Specific dates once you apply)
In 5 months, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence will bring Jewish activists from around the world to Israel-Palestine to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Palestinian and Israeli partners for nine days of joint struggle and solidarity work. Activities will include the use of creative nonviolence and non-cooperation, community coresistance projects, and critical education.
Building on our most recent delegation–when we joined with communities across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and central Israel–we will continue to cultivate and strengthen powerful coresistance and solidarity in Israel-Palestine. We are building on a feeling of incredible unity with and between our partners and are so excited to be returning to stand with them for more groundbreaking action and connecting. As Nasser from A-Tuwani said in May: “We crossed a threshold and we feel very strong. Across the region everyone is ready for another action and ready for even stronger actions. Everyone is asking when we will do a project with them.”
We believe that relationships rooted in deep solidarity and co-resistance between Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from around the world will disrupt and destabilize the material and ideological systems that uphold the Israeli Occupation. Systems which harm communities on both sides of the Green Line, Palestinian and Israeli. We have seen these resistive relationships transform what is possible in our actions and in each of us, shifting movement landscapes and upending injustice.
On the ground, the network of civil resistance is rooting in the possibilities of this historical moment – where people power binds us together and breaks us out of the status quo. This is a moment to choose each other: to link arms, protect land, and build collective power.
All we need is you.
When we come together as a part of a network of joint civil resistance – across different identities, privileges and proximities to power – we manifest new realities and possibilities, powerfully countering the Occupation and the divide and conquer narratives which sustain it.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence has relationships with a variety of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists to support their ongoing projects and resistance work. CJNV activists will engage in a range of nonviolent campaigns and activities in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and central/southern Israel.
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.
Learning, reflecting, and skill-sharing is a vital component to building vibrant networks of resistance. As part of our time together, we will devote time to shared learning and discussion about themes, histories, strategies, and tactics related to our work. We will also provide time and space for delegate-led workshops, in addition to delving deeply into regional and site-specific education with our partners.
Ahead of the delegations we encourage group learning to prepare for our time on the ground. This helps us to be responsible activists entering into landscapes and communities that are not our own, to develop ourselves as leaders in this movement, and to cultivate a righteous, audacious and grounded community. As a group, we hold a variety of political positions, analyses and conclusions. We aim to reflect the pluralism of the group in the materials we compile. Here is a sample of a pre-delegation curriculum
December/January 2019/2020 (specific dates once you apply. If you are accepted and it turns out the dates do not work for you, we will hold your application for our next delegation).
We distribute delegation fees on a sliding scale in order to make them as financially accessible as possible.
- Cost of the delegation—not including CJNV operational costs—is $1250. This rate includes hotel, food, project materials, buses, etc., but DOES NOT include volunteer travel and training, staff salaries, year-round organizing expenses, etc.
- Actual cost of the delegation—including CJNV operational costs—is $1800. This rate includes all delegation and associated operational costs.
- Solidarity rate is $2400. This rate includes all delegation and associated operational costs, as well as goes toward our scholarship fund for participating activists. We ask all those who are able to pay the solidarity rate to help subsidize the cost of participation for those with fewer financial resources.
The reason we are able to offer a comprehensive nine day activist program on this sliding scale is thanks to the extraordinary volunteer efforts of the organizing team. All participating activists will be expected to share their talents to make this campaign a success.
Scholarships will be available and will range from $100 to a maximum of $1,000 depending on need. These scholarships will go toward the cost-of-delegation rate of $1250, so if you are offered a $1,000 scholarship your trip costs will be $250. Please indicate in your application that you are applying for a scholarship. Participating activists are encouraged to utilize grassroots sources and online crowd-fundraising to help offset the costs of their participation. In the past, participating activists have been able to raise the entire cost of their trip through these platforms. CJNV organizers will support individuals with their grassroots and online fundraising initiatives.
Included in the Cost:
- Accommodation in Bethlehem for eight nights; double or triple occupancy rooms.
- Local transportation between Bethlehem and work/partners sites; pick-up first day in Jerusalem and drop-off last day in Jerusalem.
- Daily Breakfast & Lunch
- Five nights of dinner (2 free evenings)
- Tours, panels, and lectures throughout the delegation by leading local experts and activists on a variety of issues including, but not limited to: political histories, contemporary realities and legal briefings
- Movement-building sessions centered on strategic planning and reflection, facilitated by experienced organizers
- Dedicated, experienced, and talented volunteer trip leaders
Not included: International airfare; transportation from the airport; three dinners; health or travel insurance. We encourage all participating activists to purchase health and travel insurance in advance; information about options will be provided.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so get your applications in early! The application deadline is August 19th. Apply by August 5th and you’ll receive a $150 early-bird scholarship.
- September 16, 2019: Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance and scholarship support.
- September 27, 2019: Accepted participating activists must make $100 deposit to reserve their spot.
- October 28, 2019: Deadline for participating activists to make final payment.
Individuals who are likely candidates for participation will be contacted to arrange a 20 minute phone or Skype interview.