Next Delegation

“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

We have closed applications for our next delegation and are now planning for the group to be on-the-ground! Stay tuned for more info soon.

 

What

The Center for Jewish Nonviolence brings Jewish activists from around the world to Israel-Palestine to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Palestinian and Israeli partners for ten days of joint struggle and solidarity work. Activities include the use of creative nonviolence and civil disobedience, community coresistance projects, and critical education.

Why

It has been two years since our last delegation due to the travel restrictions of COVID. During this break in international travel, the situation on the ground has worsened and intensified — settlers act with impunity, knowing the Israeli military will fully support them in their violent attacks and take over of Palestinian land. Home demolitions have continued unabated, all the while settlements and their associated infrastructure have spread and deepened across the West Bank. This past May, we also witnessed Israel attack Gaza again, while protest spread across Israel-Palestine.

While travel was limited, we had many conversations with our partners about how we could continue showing up in solidarity. Hineinu: A Sustained Solidarity Presence was launched, where 6-8 Jewish activists stay in our partner communities for 3 months, building relationships and responding to the daily needs on the ground. Now that travel seems to be easing, we are so motivated to once again be planning for a delegation. Hineinu brought our relationships in the South Hebron Hills to a new level. This delegation will enter into that landscape and continue to broach powerful coresistance and solidarity between Jews and Palestinians in Israel-Palestine.

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 rooted 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.

Where

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 with these partners in the different communities where they live and work.

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.

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

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 used for a previous delegation.

When

The delegation is being planned for early June 2022. Specific dates will be shared 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

Fee for participation is offered on a sliding scale. The program cost is all-inclusive and subsidized. Fees cover housing, transportation, food, insurance, projects, training, and supplies. Please note that the cost DOES NOT include airfare. Participating activists are responsible for making their own international travel arrangements to and from the region.

  • Scholarship rate is $1800. This is a subsidized rate that we offer in an effort to make this important solidarity work financially accessible both for us as an organization and for interested activists. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship rate, please fill out the following questions in the application.
  • Base rate is $2400. This rate covers program costs such as housing, food, transportation on the ground, and equipment, but it does not cover CJNV’s operational expenses.
  • Solidarity rate is $3200. This rate covers program costs and contributes toward CJNV’s operational expenses, as well as supporting 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.

CJNV is committed to making solidarity activism financially accessible. We do not turn participants away based on ability to pay, though we do ask that participants pay as close to the top of the slide scale as is possible for them. Our sliding scale programming is sustained by grassroots fundraising and volunteer support. If you are unable to pay any of these rates, please be in touch.

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 program through these platforms. CJNV organizers will support individuals with their grassroots and online fundraising initiatives.

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 $1800, so if you are offered a $1,000 scholarship your trip costs will be $700. 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 all nights of the delegation; double or triple occupancy rooms.
  • Local transportation between the hotel and work/partners sites; pick-up first day in Jerusalem and drop-off last day in Jerusalem.
  • Daily Breakfast & Lunch
  • Seven 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.

 

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