Week 19: U.S. Support for Israel Online Gathering

Week 19: U.S. Support for Israel Online Gathering

On Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm Jerusalem time we learned about U.S. support of Israel, and what can be done to change the narrative around and support for Palestine in the United States. We were be joined by our friends from Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).

More about our guests:

Rochelle Watson – National Organizer for FOSNA

Watson has 20 years’ experience as a community organizer. She was a project manager for Art Forces, a mural-based social change organization based in San Francisco. Watson co-founded the Olympia Rafah Sister City Project after her friend, Rachel Corrie, was killed by the Israeli military in 2003 while protecting a Palestinian home facing demolition. In 2010 Rochelle co-founded Olympia BDS, which led to the Olympia Food Co-op becoming the first U.S. grocery store to boycott Israeli goods.

Jonathan Brenneman – Communications Manager for FOSNA

Jonathan is a Palestinian-American Christian. He was a frontline activist of Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine project in Hebron/Al-Khalil from 2012 to 2014. After his time with CPT he completed a Master’s at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. That program included a six-month internship in Cape Town, South Africa fighting for more just land policies. Jonathan was the Israel/Palestine Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA, where he facilitated the writing, passing, and implementation of the Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution.

Activism Time

Activism Time slides available as PDF here.

Full Kumi Action at:

FOSNA Actions:

Black Church Call to End Israeli Apartheid:  https://www.fosna.org/blackchurchstatement 
Support Rep. McCollum’s Bill, H.R.2590, to Protect Palestinians:  https://fosna.good.do/justice/McCollumBill/ 
Sign our petition to Stop Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem:  https://secure.everyaction.com/wUAYmd6RzEacXxN3WQuYQQ2 
Join FOSNA’s Clergy and Seminary Action Council:  https://www.fosna.org/clergy 
Join FOSNA’s mailing list to learn more about future US based advocacy efforts and Preach Palestine:  https://fosna.nationbuilder.com/newsletter_sign_up 
U.S.: Send letters to your representatives with FOSNA
If you are on twitter please tweet at Sec Blinken
Find the toolkit with pre-written tweets here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XVNQoPamGH8pvQnasmtTq1LSXXLuRKZDbMZRMqWjwnk/edit?usp=sharing

Actions to take for Sheikh Jarrah:

U.S.: Send letters to your representatives with FOSNA
Contact Congress: Peace in Sheikh Jarrah Write letters to members of the U.S. Congress at https://actionnetwork.org/letters/contact-congress-peace-in-sheikh-jarrah/
Contact the Canadian Government: Letter Writing with Just Peace Advocates https://actionnetwork.org/letters/write-canadian-government-savesheikhjarrah-protect-palestinian-families-and-stop-israeli-ethnic-cleansing-in-jerusalem/
Sign the U.S. Petitions
http://bit.ly/StopJerusalemExpulsions https://actionnetwork.org/letters/savesheikhjarrah
UK citizens can write letters about Sheikh Jarrah
Palestine Portal has a full list of actions you can take https://www.palestineportal.org/action-advocacy/direct-action/political-advocacy/advocacy-on-jerusalem/stop-jerusalem-expulsions/
Share these actions and information about Sheikh Jarrah and the recent reports about Israel’s apartheid far and wide!

From the Presentation/Chat