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Resisting Militarism, Embracing Peace: Plowshares & Palestine

With Patrick O'Neill and Yousef Munayyer

Event Description

On January 6th, 2021 VJP hosted a webinar exploring the ways militarism is at the root of our distorted national priorities - bloated military budget & vast unmet human needs, global empire, the folly and grave dangers of nuclear weapons - and the U.S.-brokered deceptive "peace" deals between Arab nations and Israel. Guiding our discussion were Plowshares 7 anti-militarism peace activist, Patrick O'Neill, and leading Palestinian solidarity scholar-activist Yousef Munayyer.

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VJP 2020 Highlights

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Our Work

Education

From Lebanon to Palestine: A Vision for Honest Democracy with Dr. Rania Masri

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On October 24th, 2020 VJP hosted a webinar with Dr. Rania Masri. Learn more about our event here


Perspectives on the One State With Yousef Munayyer and Peter Beinart

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On September 10th, 2020 VJP hosted a webinar with Yousef Munayyer and Peter Beinart. Learn more about the event here.


Advocacy

Ending Police Exchanges Between Israel and US

Palestinian-American Dr. Burhan Ghanayem speaks at the Durham City Council Meeting on April 16, 2018

Thanks to the depth and breadth of several organizations supporting the Council resolution to bar police police from training in Israel and other countries with militarized police the resolution passed unanimously and Durham became the first city in the United States to take such action. A firestorm of protests ensued from pro-Israeli factions. But the resolution stands. Read all about it here. Also see check out Eye Witness Palestine's account.

To get involved, visit Demilitarize Durham2Palestine.

Protest Against Knesset at Chapel Hill Council

Coalition for Peace with Justice Members Protest Knesset Members at Chapel Hill Council Meeting, April 2016

Members protest the Town of Chapel Town Council Hosting four Knesset members, who used the occasion to normalize the occupation of Palestinian and the egregious human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Read all about it in this Mondoweiss article.

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Police Brutality from the US to Palestine

Minneapolis

On May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin, a police officer, brutally murdered George Floyd. Chauvin violently cut off George Floyd's airflow using his knee while Floyd desperately pleaded for his life. Outrage at Floyd's murder as one in a long line of state and extrajudicial murders of Black people in the United States sparked nationwide protests, marking #BLM as one of the largest movements in U.S. history.

Resources:

  • A document listing ways to support #BlackLivesMattet

  • Movement for Black Lives website chalk full of good information, events, and actions

  • Engage locally by donating to NC Bail Fund


Jerusalem

Did you know? Minnesota Police Department trained with Israeli Police. The same brutal tactic used by Chauvin against Floyd is deployed by IDF soldiers in Palestine. The U.S. and Israel have a sordid history of sharing brutalizing tactics in order to criminalize, surveil, and murder Black, Indigenous, and Palestinian people.

Resources:

  • Check out Demilitarize Durham2Palestine to learn how to fight police militarization and brutality from Durham to Palestine

  • Learn more about the exchanges of violence

  • Read up on the ways in which Israeli police dehumanizes and brutalizes Palestinian life

  • Learn about the myriad violations committed by the Israeli occupying force


Israeli Human Rights Abuses

Child Detention

Israel detains and imprisons Palestinian children. Children are forced to endure inhumane conditions, torture, and more.

Israeli Troops Kill Peaceful Protesters

Israeli troops were ordered to kill and maim peaceful protesters durning the Great March of Return.

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