The Center for Jewish Nonviolence works with many Palestinian and Israeli organizations and activists. We see a critical part of our work as connecting and uplifting active shared-resistance to the occupation.
Our Palestinian and Israeli partners listed below engage with us in these efforts and bring a range of anti-occupation political positions, experiences, and tactics. We are proud to be a part of building a robust and connected movement of Palestinians, Israelis and diaspora Jews working together in active resistance. When available, the language used on this page is that which the organizations use to describe their work.
The Rural Women Association is a non-profit founded in 2015 that aims to raise women’s voices in marginalized villages of South Hebron Hills.
Our Association works to empower women both economically and socially by encouraging farming and Bedouin women to work together as equals in unity. In creating small scale projects initiated by the women of the area, the Rural Women Association intends to provide a pathway to sustainable income for women. We believe that this is possible by augmenting existing agricultural and professional skills. We work with the women in this area to decrease vulnerability by increasing work opportunities, by providing children with activities and spaces to learn and play and by supporting the emotional wellbeing of those who live under occupation.
In the summer of 2017, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence sent a women and femme work group to spend three days working with the Rural Women’s Association of the South Hebron Hills in Susiya. Together, they learned about the unique issues and opportunities facing women in the region and joined in several work projects aimed at improving conditions and self-sufficiency.
See Nassar Nawaja of Susiya’s New York Times Op-Ed “Don’t Level My Village”.
Susiya is located in the southernmost part of the West Bank, about 15 kilometers south of Hebron. In 1986, Israeli authorities expelled the residents, who then were living in caves, after nearby archaeological ruins were declared a national archaeological park. Now the residents are living on their agricultural land, and anything they build is declared “illegal” and receives a military demolition. The residents of Susiya appealed again to the High Court to claim rights to their land and have been in conversation with the Defense Ministry regarding their village’s future.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence has a close relationship with the community of Susiya. We joined together during the olive harvest, were hosted by the village for a powerful Shabbat experience, and have organized multiple campaigns with the village including a return to the site of the village they were expelled from, which is now an Israeli archaeological site, and, in conjunction with All That’s Left, Global Shabbat Against Demolitions and Global Sukkoth Against Demolitions demonstrations.
After being forced out of the Arad desert, Bedouin from the Hathaleen clan settled in what is now Umm El-Khair (sometimes spelled “Umm El-Kheir”). The land was purchased in 1965 from the nearby town of Yatta but in 1980 the Israeli settlement of Carmel was built directly adjacent to the village on land that belongs to the village’s residents. Unlike Carmel, the residents of Umm El-Khair are not connected to any services; they are entirely off the grid, which is only a few steps away from them and have to purchase tanks of water. The community has experienced demolitions, often involving resident being arrested, each year since 2007 and there is a military demolition order on nearly every structure, including outdoor clay ovens. In recent months, the settler group Regavim, subsidized by Israeli government funding and foreign donations, has brought surveyors and members of the Israeli Knesset to see the ‘illegal’ construction and to quicken the process of demolishing the village.
In 2016, The Center for Jewish Nonviolence helped clear fields and plant Za’atar on plots of land susceptible to takeover and developed art projects in Um Al-Khair. In 2017, we returned for three days of existence is resistance projects and cultural resistance activities. We’ve also coordinated Global Shabbat Against Demolitions and Global Sukkoth Against Demolitions demonstrations with the community.
BATAN AL-HAWA (EAST JERUSALEM)
See Ir Amim and Peace Now’s report on the situation in Batan el Hawa.
Batan al-Hawa is a Palestinian community in Silwan, located just outside the Old City walls within clear sight of Al-Aqsa. Batan al-Hawa is now the site of the largest attempted settler takeover in East Jerusalem, representing not only the large-scale displacement of an entire community but also the complicity of the Israeli government in facilitating private settlement in the Historic Basin; over 100 families are at risk of displacement.
In the summer of 2016, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence hosted a block party with residents of Batan al-Hawa. In 2017, we returned to the community to join in existence is resistance projects and cultural resistance activities, supporting efforts in the children’s community center which had been established between our visits.
ISSAWIYA (EAST JERUSALEM)
Issawiya is a Palestinian community in East Jerusalem, just down the hillside from the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus Campus. Issawiya faces continual threat of demolitions and land confiscation, freezing of movement through the closure of entrances/exits to the village, and raids and arrests. Plans for Mount Scopus Slopes National Park would appropriate 450 dunams (~110 US acres or 45 hectares) of land from Issawiya and although even the Israeli Environmental Protection minister admitted there is no environmental or archeological significance to the proposed national park site, the Jerusalem municipality is aggressively pushing the plans forward so as to connect Jerusalem to the E1-zone and Ma’aleh Adumim settlement. This would effectively bifurcate the West Bank, making an independent Palestinian State with a Jerusalem capital impossible.
In the summer of 2017, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, in conjunction with Free Jerusalem, joined with residents of the community to learn about the village, build relationships, and join in existence-is-resistance projects.
At Tent of Nations, our mission is to build bridges between people, and between people and the land. We bring different cultures together to develop understanding and promote respect for each other and our shared environment.
To realize this mission, we run educational projects at Daher’s Vineyard, our organic farm, located in the hills southwest of Bethlehem, Palestine. Our farm is a center where people from many different countries come together to learn, to share, and to build bridges of understanding and hope.
On May 19, 2014 the Israeli army uprooted 1,500 trees at the Nassar family farm near Bethlehem, where Tent of Nations is located. On a call with Ilana Sumka, CJNV’s founder, Daoud Nassar asked for Jews to come help replant the trees. This impulse, to be in close relationship with our partners and follow their invitation as we co-vision, guides our work. Our first delegation was in February 2015 to replant these trees and we have since returned to the Nassar family farm multiple times.
All That’s Left is a collective unequivocally opposed to the occupation and committed to building the diaspora angle of resistance.
“Launched in 2013, its members come from a variety of political, ideological and personal backgrounds. The common thread in our work, actions and connections is our unequivocal stance against the occupation, rooted in the notion that all people(s) are equal and our focus on informing and empowering the Diaspora to take action”
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence sees All That’s Left members as very close allies and organizing partners on the ground, particularly when it comes to direct action. We have partnered together on nearly all of our projects and actions.
Ta’ayush is a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership. Together we strive for a future of equality, justice and peace through concrete, daily, non-violent actions of solidarity to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and to achieve full civil equality for all.
Members of Ta’ayush have given in-depth educational tours of the South Hebron Hills to delegations and have also joined us in work projects. They are central members of resistance networks in the South Hebron Hills.
Free Jerusalem is an activist group based in Jerusalem that works to increase awareness and activity against the Occupation in general and in East Jerusalem in particular.
In 2017, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence worked closely with Free Jerusalem and Palestinian community members of Issawiya on projects in Issawiya. Members of Free Jerusalem have also been a part of other Center for Jewish Nonviolence projects and activities.