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Jews, Palestinians work together for peace – their stories.

Jews, Palestinians work together for peace – their stories.

A friendship forged out of tragedy.
Jeff, an American-born Israeli, and Salim, a native of Palestine, have been close friends since Israeli authorities destroyed Salim’s house…
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Israeli women join Bedouin struggle.
As the last Bedouin villages of the Naqab Desert face destruction, two dedicated women have joined hands to tell the world of their ordeal…
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San Francisco Bay Area group works to “build peace.”

Posters of Jeff and Salim and of Michal and Lubna are phases of an ad campaign produced by Northern California Friends of Sabeel with the support of other organizations. Their images appear in Bay Area public transit stations and vehicles and also on pocket cards distributed by volunteers.

Our first round of three posters in BART stations ran in December 2010 with ads created by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP). The advertisements, which had already appeared in Chicago, featured two father-daughter pairs, one Palestinian and one Israeli, under the words “Be on our side.” Groups across the U.S. have since joined in to run this ad on billboards and public transit.

Two weeks after our first ads came down, posters appeared in six BART stations showing a pair of eyes wrapped in keffiyeh with the words, “Stop Palestinian Terrorism.” Below was a photo of children at play and the words “Teach Peace.” The Israel Lobby group, StandWithUs, sponsored the ads, and they listed a website, SayYestoPeace.org, which accuses Palestinians of teaching their children to hate.

We made no public statements about this ad, but others spoke up, and in response to their complaints, BART removed the counter ads, saying they appeared “disparaging or demeaning to Palestinians as a whole” and violated the district’s advertising standards.

Within a few weeks a StandWithUs replacement ad went up. It included no photo but stated, “Stop Palestinian Leadership From Teaching Hate and Violence.”

The original ads and counter ads generated news coverage in the Jewish press and elsewhere, including a sympathetic story in the weekly Bay Guardian. The attention brought in more donations and helped our fund raising efforts.

The Jeff and Salim ads went up several months later, and StandWithUs responded to these with a new poster that claims, “Israel needs a partner for peace.” They have run these in numerous BART stations, several times more stations than we have contracted for and for longer periods of time.

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Donate to support our work!

We urge everyone who can to support our campaign by clicking on the Donate button below or by writing a check to FOSNA (Friends of Sabeel North America) and sending it to NorCal Friends of Sabeel, P.O. Box 9301, Berkeley, CA 94709.

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We are thankful for the financial support and endorsements of local advocacy groups who have joined us in our campaigns. The lists of sponsors and endorsers to date are included below:

Sponsors:

Northern California Friends of Sabeel

NorCal Sabeel supports the work of Jerusalem-based Sabeel, a group founded by Palestinian Christians who work to end the occupation through non-violent means. Our umbrella group, Friends of Sabeel-North America, holds regional conferences that bring together Muslim, Christian and Jewish academics and activists to explore the realities of the Occupation. The organizers of a Sabeel conference held in March 2010 in Marin County became the nucleus of NorCal Sabeel. Information on Sabeel and FOSNA is available at www.sabeel.org and www.fosna.org. Contact the San Francisco Bay Area Campaign organizers here.

Bay Area Chapter Jewish Voice for Peace

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national organization that provides a powerful voice for the many Jews and others who believe a lasting peace in the Middle East can only come through justice and equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. It calls for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on international law and universal human rights applied equally to Palestinians and Israelis. JVP believes that challenging both Israel’s Occupation and the American institutions that support it requires citizens of the U.S. and Israel to take grassroots action. See www.jvp.org. Contact the Bay Area chapter at bayarea@jvp.org.

Endorsers:

American Muslims for Palestine

American Muslims for Palestine aims to educate the U.S. public about the Palestinian search for justice, freedom and self-determination. The organization seeks to put a human face on Palestinians and to respond to current events and commentary by issuing statements, press releases and publications. It holds commemorative and informational events and places books on Palestine in permanent public library collections. AMP was founded in 2006 and has ten chapters in the United States. See http://www.ampalestine.org.

Middle East Children’s Alliance

For over twenty years MECA has provided direct support to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and within Israel as well as to people in need in Iraq and Lebanon. It has shipped millions of dollars of aid in the form of medical supplies, food and other necessities, and it has directly supported clinics, counseling programs, children’s centers and libraries and organizations working for the rights of prisoners, women and labor. MECA also holds educational events in the U.S. to inform Americans about the Occupation. Currently, MECA is promoting its MAIA project to bring clean water to children in Palestine. See www.mecaforpeace.org.

Bay Area Women in Black

Women in Black is a transnational network of feminist activists, including women of many ethnic backgrounds, who stand against militaristic and fundamentalist leadership in all countries. Members of Bay Area Women in Black work non-violently to end the Israeli Occupation, with its violations of human rights and international law. The group supports a just resolution of this conflict to bring peace and security to the people of the Middle East and challenges U.S. financial and military aid, which supports the Occupation. Members stand in silent vigil every Saturday in front of the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland. See www.bayareawomeninblack.org.

CODEPINK

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.  CODEPINK stands in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activists and human rights advocates working to hold Israel accountable for its violations international law and to promote the rights and freedoms of Palestinians. CODEPINK works creatively in the US to educate Americans about the realities of Israel’s occupation and to change U.S. foreign policy in the region, via its Stolen Beauty Ahava Boycott, Move Over AIPAC, and Lift the Siege of Gaza campaigns. See www.codepink.org.