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Obama Stands Up to Trump (and Israel); UN Condemns Settlements

by Phyllis Bennis

Just a few hours ago, the Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, demanding a complete end to settlement activity, and holding the settlements a violation of international law. For the first time, the US allowed such a resolution to pass – abstaining rather than vetoing the resolution as it always had in the past. The resolution's passage was a huge slap in the face to Donald Trump’s overnight efforts, with Israel and Egypt, to seize control of Middle East diplomacy weeks before he is inaugurated as president. 

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Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence

When: Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Temple B'nai Brith of Somerville • 201 Central Street • Somerville

Book Talk, followed by discussion and Book Signing.

Free and open to the Public.

Connecting with the Enemy presents the first comprehensive history of

unprecendented grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal

collision of the two national movements.  Bringing to light the work of over

five hundred groups, the author describes how a diverse cross section of

Palestinians and Israelis has spoken truth to power, stood in resistance and

solidarity, and advocated for peace and security.


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Stand Out to mark UN's International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Downtown Crossing • Washington Street (by Macy's) • Boston

Stand Out November 29 to mark UN's International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

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When: Tuesday, November 29, 12 noon to 1:15
Where: Downtown Crossing in Boston, in the space between Macy's and the old Filene's (now Primark). 

We are holding this Stand Out on November 29 to mark the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

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Bil’in and The Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine: book talk

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting at Cambridge • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge

Bil’in and The Nonviolent Resistance

Iyad Burnat will be in Boston
Thursday, December 1 7:00 PM at Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park (near Harvard Square T Station)

to speak about his new book
Bil’in and The Nonviolent Resistance

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Bil’in and The Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine: book talk

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting at Cambridge • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge

Iyad Burnat­
will be in Boston

Thursday, December 1  7:00 PM at Cambridge Friends Meeting House
 (near Harvard Square T Station)

 to speak about his ­­­new book

Bil’in and The Nonviolent Resistance

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The Right to Boycott: Defending BDS

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Central Square Library • 45 Pearl St • Cambridge

Iyad Burnat: Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 9A Hamilton Place • (near Park St. T station) • Boston

Iyad Burnat

will be in Boston

Tuesday, November 1  7:00 PM at Encuentro 5

9A Hamilton Place, Boston (near Park St. T Station)

 to speak about his ­­­new book

Bil’in and The Nonviolent Resistance


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US campaign national conference for Palestinian Rights

When: Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:00 pm to Monday, October 17, 2016, 12:00 pm
Where: West Arlington Gateway • Arlington

Report from Bethlehem

When: Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church Unitarian-Universalist • Cambridge

Shaina Low returns after three months in Bethlehem—her tenth visit to the region since 2008.

As a Palestine Works Fellow, Shaina was assigned to the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights where she researched and authored chapters in its report to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court in The Hague on forcible transfer, a crime against humanity as codified in Article 7 in the ICC statute.

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Stand up for Water Justice in Palestine!

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Public Garden • Bridge by Swan Boats • Boston
Water is a Right!

Join the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine at the Boston Public Garden Bridge (by the Swan Boats) on Wednesday August 10th from 6:30-8:00 pm to participate in an international campaign to protest Israel’s shutoffs and theft of Palestinian water. 

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Tell Governor Baker: Don't Silence Free Speech on Palestinian Rights!

Tell Governor Baker: 



Israel backers are trying to recruit Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to their slanderous campaign against advocates of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

We need to tell the Governor: DON’T BUY IT!

Call Governor Baker:  617.725.4005

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Activists defeat anti-BDS legislation in Massachusetts

Nora Barrows-Friedman Activism and BDS Beat 20 July 2016

Note: UJP is active in both the Water Justice coalition and the BDS campaign.

Boston activists protesting water rights violations by Israel also urged lawmakers to reject an anti-BDS bill in the Massachusetts state senate, 14 July. (Barbara Wilhelm)

An anti-boycott amendment was withdrawn in the Massachusetts senate on 14 July following a campaign by Palestine solidarity groups.

The amendment, which was tacked onto an unrelated economic bill, would have blacklisted individuals and businesses that engage with the Palestinian-led boycott of Israel.

Amendment 133 was withdrawn within just a few hours of being proposed by Massachusetts State Senator Cynthia Creem.

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Eleven Signs That BDS Is Growing


Eleven signs that BDS continues to grow despite Israel’s war of repression

by Omar Barghouti

Posted on July 7, 2016 by BNC


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Protest Israeli Shutting Off Water in Parts of Palestine

When: Thursday, July 14, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • Park Street • Boston

Thursday, July 14 at Noon in front of the State House

 Join the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine to protest Israel’s shut off of water to parts of the West Bank

Many Palestinians are living without any water for days at a time.  Water shortages and cuts have been reported in Palestinian towns and villages throughout the northern Jenin and Nablus districts.  Animals and plants are dying.  The health and lives of human beings, particularly the young, frail, and elderly, are at risk.

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Protest Fidelity Investment's complicity in West Bank stolen homes!

When: Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Fidelity Investment Headquarters • 245 Summer Street • Boston
The Stolen Homes coalition is having an international day of action on June 3 to call on Fidelity Investments to pressure Airbnb to stop listing homes in illegal israeli settlements (Fidelity is one of the largest investors in AIrbnb). In Boston the action will be from 12:00 - 1:30 PM in front of the Fidelity's national headquarters on Summer Street next to South Station. 
(for any of you who do not know me, I am CODEPINK's national Palestine campaign organizer and am helping organize the Boston Stolen Homes June 3action)
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