May Campaign 2019

45 Jewish activists from across North America gathered in Israel-Palestine to stand in coresistance with our Palestinian and Israeli partners. Over nine days, we learned, worked, and connected with partners in the South Hebron Hills, East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Givat Amal, and Lyd/Lod. Together, we cleared roads, laid concrete, painted murals, rehabilitated land, planted trees and built relationships rooted in resistance that will carry this work forward.

On Friday May 3rd we joined with Palestinian and Israeli activists in groundbreaking partnership to resist occupation and annexation in the South Hebron Hills. Over 125 Palestinians, Israelis and Jewish justice seekers from around the world came together to remove barriers that prevent Palestinians from accessing basic daily needs, as well as to support their refusal to cede to the pressures of settler and military harassment.

Together, we rehabilitated the historical roads and lands of Bir il-Eid to help ensure freedom of movement, so that Palestinians in the area can access water, electricity, healthcare, and education.

In response to our efforts, the Israeli security authorities violently dispersed our group: throwing sound grenades, pushing and dragging us around, and arresting 17 activists–5 Palestinians, 7 Israelis, and 5 internationals. Amazingly and without precedence, all of the activists were released together.

On this day we joined in partnership with Masafer Yatta Council, Susiya Village Council, A-Tuwani Village Council, Youth of Sumud, the Sumud Protection Committee, the Good Shepherd Collective, The Rural Women’s Association of the South Hebron Hills, activists from the South Hebron Hills communities of Susiya, Umm al-Khair, Sarura, Tuba, and A-Tuwani, All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.

Activists also joined in community co-resistance projects in Umm al-Khair, A-Tuwani, Sarura, Susiya and Bir il-Eid in the South Hebron Hills, Batan al-Hawa in East Jerusalem, and Givat Amal and Lydd/Lod in Israel proper.

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English Media:

Milwaukee Activist’s Beating on West Bank Road Sheds Light on Changing Jewish Conversation (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

White Supremacy Threatens Safety in US and Palestine (Salon)

Anti-occupation coalition grows stronger in the face of Israeli military violence (Waging Nonviolence)

Building the infrastructures of steadfastness through joint struggle against occupation (Mondoweiss)

What Happens When Jews and Palestinians Repair Palestinian Roads? (Tikkun)

Jewish-American activists beaten and detained by Israeli soldiers in West Bank (Middle East Eye)

ActiveStills video

As the Gaza crisis continues, Jewish-Palestinian solidarity is growing. Netanyahu must be terrified. (The Independent UK)

The Secret to Jewish Continuity? Hard Conversations About Israel. (The Forward)

Israeli army arrests 17 activists, two journalists in South Hebron Hills (+972)

Canadian Rabbi Among 17 Detained By Israeli Military While Rehabilitating Access Road (IJV Canada)

Hamilton rabbi detained by Israeli military in West Bank (Hamilton Spectator)

Photo Collection (Anadolu Agency)

Israeli forces arrest 15 activists in Hebron (Palestine Chronicle)

Soldiers Abduct Twenty Peace Activists, Two Journalists, Near Hebron (International Middle East Media Center)

Photo collection (Hazem Bader)

The Dvar Torah I Couldn’t Write, My Father’s Yahrzeit, and Yom HaAtzmaut (Times of Israel)

Photo Essay (Mondoweiss)

Arabic Media:

Maan News

Hebrew Media:

On International Free Press Day, the Israeli Army arrested two Palestinian journalists (Sikha Mekomit — +972)

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This work--building partnerships and networks of solidarity--is what we need to face the challenges ahead. Partnership and coresistance upend the systems of division and oppression of Jews against Palestinians, and instead proclaims a vision solidarity, joint struggle and mutual support.

That choice is what is needed to take on the joined forces of division, bigotry and fear-mongering. When those in power choose to ostracize and oppress, we choose to link arms and struggle.

Now, as this calendar year comes to a close and the next one begins, join us in choosing solidarity and coresistance with a generous end of year contribution.

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Already, in just a few weeks, another 50 Diaspora Jews will be in the West Bank standing alongside Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders in struggle against home demolitions and for freedom of movement and access to clean water.

After that, there will be more delegations, more opportunities to show up for our partners, and more moments to stand together and choose freedom and equality.

We all know that this doesn’t happen without countless hours spent planning, organizing, training, visioning and relationship-building. And, those hours are sustained by the support of hundreds of individuals like you and me who believe that solidarity and coresistance can upend the oppression the Israeli occupation and bring peace and justice to all of us.