Straight from the front lines: 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 then, 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.
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 serving in Nabi Salih and featuring Ahed Tamimi and her cousin, Janna Ayyad.
The first of two Palestinian ISM coordinators to join the tour, Rana Nazzal has trained and provided orientation to ISM volunteers in Palestine. In 2013, she and Nariman Tamimi, the mother of Ahed were arrested in Nabi Saleh. We have chosen to withhold the identity of the second Palestinian ISM coordinator until later, so as not to prejudice that person’s ability to come. Both are heroes with compelling stories that they would like to share with you.
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.
The total length of the presentation, including the film and the two speakers, is 50-60 minutes not including Q&A. In order to make the 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 pledged 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.
Schedule of events (subject to change):
- Feb 26-27 Oregon (awaiting confirmation but accepting other bookings)
- Feb 28 Claremont Colleges, California
- Mar 1-5 Attending conference and Al-Awda rally and march in DC
- March 6 Emory University, Atlanta
- March 7 Atlanta event
- March 8 U of Georgia, Athens
- Mar 9-10 Available for events in or near Atlanta/ Birmingham
- Mar 11-12 Birmingham, Alabama
- March 13 Available for event betw Birmingham & Louisiana
- March 14 Louisiana State U, Baton Rouge
- March 15 Available for event in or near New Orleans
- Mar 16-18 Available for events in southeast US
- March 19 Brooklyn, NY
- Mar 20-24 Available for events in northeast US
- March 25 Boston, MA
- Mar 26-30 Available for events eastern Canada
- Mar 31-Apr 1 Break
- April 2-7 Available for events in the US midwest
- April 8-10 Madison, WI
- Apr 11-17 Available for events in US midwest
- Apr 18-25 Available for events in western US/CA
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Thank you for helping to defend Palestine.