“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
May Campaign 2019
(specific dates once you apply)
What: Next year, 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, existence is resistance efforts, and critical education.
Why: As policies and practices of hate, discrimination and displacement take root and gain increasing legitimacy in Israel and around the world, it is more important than ever to come together in spirited solidarity and resistance. We will build on the wave of global grassroots resistance, such as the struggle of local families, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists to block Israel’s plans to demolish and displace the entire village of Khan al-Ahmar.
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.
Where: The Center for Jewish Nonviolence has been invited by a variety of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists to support their ongoing projects and resistance work. CJNV activists will stay in Bethlehem and engage in a variety of nonviolent campaigns and activities in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel.
Who: 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.
Learning: 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 participant-led workshops, in addition to delving deeply into regional and site-specific education with our partners.
When: May 2019 (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).
Cost: In order to make participation accessible to as many people as possible, scholarships are available.
Cost of the trip: $1250 (apply by December 2nd and receive a $150 scholarship!).
Solidarity cost: $1800. We ask all those who are able to pay the solidarity rate to help subsidize the cost of participation for those with fewer resources.
The reason we are able to offer a comprehensive nine-day activist program at the low cost of $1250 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. Please indicate in your application that you are applying for a scholarship. Participating activists are encouraged to utilize grassroots sources and online crowdfunding 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 (3 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.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so get your applications in early! The application deadline is December 16. Apply by December 2nd and you’ll receive a $150 early-bird scholarship.
- January 13, 2019: Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance and scholarship support.
- January 27, 2019: Accepted participating activists must make $100 deposit to reserve their spot.
- February 24: 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.
*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.