Links to Resources: Organizations, Media & Blogs
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. Look here for information on Palestinian civil society’s call for boycott of institutions and companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Watch Amy Goodman interview Rabbi Henry Siegman, former (longtime) head of American Jewish Congress.
Founded in 2008, Independent Jewish Voices Canada is a fast-growing go-to place for Canadians to learn more about the issues and become involved. Open to non-Jewish allies as well.
This amazing group out of Washington, DC, which grew out of the Quaker Fellowship of Reconciliation, sponsors, organizes and leads 3 delegations to Israel-Palestine annually, to meet with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and learn on the ground. I was part of their 50th delegation in June, 2014.
This organization is now the largest progressive Jewish voice in North America. It’s an excellent resource, well-organized, principled and clear. See their short Israel-Palestine 101 for background. (Non-Jewish people are welcome as members and allies.)
Mondoweiss is the hugely-read blog of American Jewish writers Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz, an indispensable daily source of accurate information on Israel-Palestine, with many respected scholars and activists as regular contributors.
Shalom Rav: A Blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen
This is the blog of Rabbi Brant Rosen, a writer and leader on social justice issues, particularly Israel-Palestine, and a man of mighty integrity.
These two organizations (one Palestinian, one Israeli) are dedicated to bringing the reality of pre-1948 Palestine to the consciousness of Israelis and the larger community of nations.
Links to Cultural Resources
Read Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
by Max Blumenthal, Nation Books, NY: 2013.
This book is a must-read for those interested in a look at where 100 years of Zionism leads. Max is young, smart and unsparingly honest.
Watch “Five Broken Cameras”
This compelling film is set in Bil’in (occupied Palestinian territories), where villagers have held weekly non-violent demonstrations against the occupation for over 10 years now. It was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Documentary in 2013, together with the excellent Israeli film, “The Gatekeepers”.
Listen to le Trio Joubran:The First 10 Years
Hear the gorgeous music of these 3 Palestinian brothers from Nazareth, now also resident in Paris.
Check out Zatoun www.zatoun.com
Buy delicious Palestinian olive oil and za’atar (sumac, mountain thyme & sesame seeds)
Explore The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey
Learn about Palestinian cuisine from Laila El Haddad & Maggie Schmitt, www.justworldbooks.com, 2012; get Olives,Lemons, Za’atar, Rawia Bishara, Chef/Owner of Brooklyn’s Tanoreen Restaurant, www.kylebooks.com, 2014; or see Jerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi, www.randomhouse.ca. This book has wonderful recipes and mouth-watering photos, but I find its cultural appropriation irritating. It stretches credulity to suggest that an ancient city like Jerusalem, with an overwhelmingly Palestinian population for millennia, now has a cuisine credited so disproportionately to Jewish-Israelis who’ve moved there in the last century.