ISM Tour 2018: Bring the Palestinian resistance to speak to your group

In 2002, the International Solidarity Movement grabbed world attention by bringing volunteers from around the world to defend Palestine through nonviolent resistance.  They stayed with resistance fighters in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. They brought medical supplies to the besieged Palestinians in the ancient Nablus Casbah.  They documented and filmed the destruction and mass killing of Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp.  In 2002 and 2003, thousands participated at their own expense. 

One was Rachel Corrie, who was killed trying to prevent demolition of a home in Gaza. Another was Tom Hurndall, killed by a shot to the head.ISM has operated continuously since that time, serving at the request of the Palestinian community through participation in Palestinian nonviolent resistance. In 2009, 2012 and 2014, ISM volunteers were with the Palestinian people in Gaza, reporting the Israeli invasion and helping in the hospitals, clinics and schools that were attacked even as they served the refugees.

But ISM is today unable to fill the demand from the Palestinian popular movement.  We need more volunteers, so we decided to bring the ISM to North America to talk to interested groups. In late February, one of our Palestinian coordinators and an experienced international volunteer will team up to speak on the west coast. In March, they will tour the east coast, then the rest of the US and Canada, ending in late April.

The presentation will include a screening of an abridged version of Radiance of Resistance, a film produced by three ISM volunteers in Nabi Salih and featuring A’had Tamimi and her cousin, Janna Ayyad.

The ISM volunteer for the west coast portion of the tour will be Katie Miranda , who served as an ISM activist, coordinator and trainer in the West Bank. Katie Miranda is a jewelry and apparel designer, calligrapher, and contributing cartoonist to Mondoweiss and Middle East Eye. She is the founder of Palbox, a quarterly subscription box featuring products from Palestine and Arabic calligraphy.

On the east coast, Joe Catron will serve on the tour. As an ISM volunteer, Joe reported from Gaza during several major Israeli attacks, especially from al-Shifa Hospital, as the Israelis threatened to bombard it. He is now an independent reporter on Palestine and the Middle East, and an organizer of many public actions in New York, as well as a widely followed commentator on social media. We will announce the Palestinian participant/s after they successfully get their US and Canadian visas.

In order to make the speaking tour affordable to student groups, we are asking only for $250 per event plus local meals, lodging and transportation.  Homestays with local families in the community are an inexpensive and welcome way to meet the lodging and meal requirements.  The actual cost to ISM is around $1000 per event, including international and domestic airfares as well as speaker compensation for otherwise lost income.  A small group of donors has already pledge to match your donations in order to raise the estimated $25,000 to cover the rest of the costs.  Please be as generous as you can.

To reserve a date for your event:

Reply to this email or call 510-236-4250.

To help with your donation:

Send your donation by check or on line to the Northern California chapter by following the instructions here: donate/

Thank you for helping to defend Palestine.