Next Meeting 2/15, Upcoming Events, Donate to Gaza

Next JVP-NC meeting is Sunday, 2/15 from 4-6 pm. Location TBA


Click here for more info.

upcoming events:

Tuesday, 1/20, Mirath — Lebanese Heritage film at NCSU
Friday, 1/23, NAACP Legal Defense fund at Duke law school from 9-3 pm
Thursday, 2/5, Steven Salaita at UNC
Saturday, 2/14, HK on J march in Raleigh
Sunday, 2/15, next JVP-NC meeting
Tuesday, 2/17 – Khalil Muhammed at Stone Center
Tuesday, 2/17 film on Palestine in Oxford, NC
to give $$$ to Gaza right now:
Donate to provide plastic sheeting, warm clothes, blankets, and heaters to families in Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon
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Dear [JVP],

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the terrible cold, wet weather in Palestine and neighboring countries.

The situation is very, very serious. Since the major assault in the summer, many families in Gaza are living in homes with missing windows, partial walls and leaking roofs. Some are still in shelters. And Israel is still not allowing building materials or enough fuel into Gaza. Some families have eight hours of electricity, some have just two hours, and some have no electricity at all.

Already, three infants in Gaza have died of the cold.

The refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon—where more than a million people have fled from Syria—are facing similar desperate conditions. They are living in tents or in schools and mosques, unprotected from the cold and rain.  Many left their homes in Syria with almost nothing.  No warm clothes, no blankets, no heaters.

If you need more information, please see the articles and videos to the right.  But the facts are simple.  And the solution is simple too, if we can count on your support again now.

Please, make a special contribution so that MECA can purchase and deliver plastic sheets to cover walls and roofs, heaters, baby blankets, thermal socks and underwear. Our staff and partners are on the ground talking to families to find out what they need.

The families in Gaza and the families who fled Syria have suffered so much terrible loss, pain and deprivation. Right now, we can bring themthe gift of warmth to help them survive this hard winter.

It is still very cold. Winter is always harder for families who cannot afford good shelter, clothes, blankets or heat. But, now, in this disastrous cold and wet weather, their suffering is so much worse.

Thank you so much for your compassion and your generosity,

Josie Shields-Stromsness
MECA Program Director
Bethlehem, Palestine

Happy New Year! + Updates and Events

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Thanks for coming out to our JVP-NC Chanukkah party in December! We raised $100 for Rasmea Odeh’s legal defense fund (read more on her case here.) If you’d like to donate, visit
AND the photo we tweeted out got re-tweeted by the Justice for Rasmea and the US Palestinian Network. See above.
 ***next JVP-NC meeting is Sunday, 1/18 from 4-6 pm at 204 Rigsbee Avenue Unit 201 in downtown Durham***
***Raleigh Friends Meeting and The Coalition for Peace with Justice invite you to a documentary film screening and discussion.

                    Thursday, January 15th, 2015  @ 7pm
     “At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non Violence:” a documentary that shows the largely unreported Palestinian tradition of non-violent resistance to the Occupation.Film producers,  Kathy Kamphoefner and Paul Pierce,  worked for many years with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Palestine and served as American Friends Service representatives in Jerusalem, will facilitate discussion following the film.
Experienced trainers of nonviolence, conflict transformation, and human rights observers, they worked regularly with Palestinian and Israeli peace buildersFree and open to the public. Donations appreciated.
Thursday, January 15th @ 7pm,  (6:30 coffee/snacks)
Raleigh Friends Meeting house, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh 27607. Near Cameron Village.  Street parking.

sponsor: Raleigh Friends Meeting
co sponsor: The Coalition for Peace with Justice

questions:  919 914 9881  email

***from UNC-Students for Justice in Palestine
UNC’s MLK Memorial Lecture this year is featuring author and activist Angela Davis, and will be at UNC’s Memorial Hall on January 19th at 7:30pm. Her lecture is titled Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson To Palestine.
If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail for free tickets.
There are other events planned throughout the week centered around honoring MLK’s legacy. For more info visit .

Durham becomes first municipality to boycott G4S for Israel security role!

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DURHAM, NC, November 24, 2014 —  Durham has become the first U.S. municipality to boycott a company because of its role in perpetuating injustice in Israel/Palestine.

On a night when the Ferguson grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, Durham residents successfully brought an end to a County contract with private security corporation G4S Secure Solutions.

County Commissioners decided to drop the county’s $1 million annual contract with G4S. They will now put the security contract up for bidding.

G4S previously provided security at Durham County libraries and civic buildings. Durham reconsidered its security contract after residents protested the role of the privatized police force in the community and the company’s involvement in Israeli institutions that detain and discriminate against Palestinians.

“As a long-time Durham resident, the presence in my community of a company that participates in the oppression of my people makes me feel unsafe and unwelcome,” said Ahmad Jitan. “Given their track record in occupied Palestine, I do not expect G4S to have the best interests of people of color here in Durham in mind. If Ferguson can’t even keep the public police force accountable for their actions, how can we expect to keep a private police force like G4S accountable? For the sake of both my homes, I am proud that the county dropped the G4S contract. I do not want my tax money to fund a company that profits from the occupation of my people’s land.”

G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Service in 2007 and its machinery and security officers have been deployed in checkpoints and illegal settlements in occupied Palestine.

“Since I moved to Israel and saw the reality of life for Palestinians with my own eyes, I could no longer remain silent,” said Emily Schneider, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace – NC. “I waited for hours with Palestinian friends at checkpoints that look like cages—that run with G4S security equipment. Thank you, Durham County Commissioners, for boycotting G4S.”

G4S has also been implicated in human rights abuses across the globe, including torture in prisons; in August 2014 the company was awarded a $118 million contract in Guantanamo Bay. It is a target of the international boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) movement.

Earlier this year, an interfaith coalition of seven North Carolina organizations, including Jewish Voice for Peace, the Salaam-Shalom Committee of the Church of Reconciliation, and the Muslim American Public Affairs Council, wrote a letter to the Durham County Commissioners asking that they reconsider the contract with G4S. Over 200 residents also added their photographs to a visual petition at

“I grew up in South Africa under apartheid. When I look at the Palestinians, they look very much like me. The same thing is happening to them that happened to us,” said Kay-Robert Volkwijn, a retired Presbyterian minister. “Durham County dropping the contract with G4S Secure Solutions sends a powerful signal that the people in power in the Durham community will not be part of supporting occupation.”

Durham County joins the University of Kent, King’s College London, and the Irish Government, among other institutions, in cutting or denying contracts with G4S due to its activities in Israel/Palestine. Earlier this year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Methodist Church both divested from G4S.

G4S will be allowed to bid in the new County Request for Proposals, which is expected to come out within 30 days. However, the Durham Drop G4S coalition has vowed to continue pressure to ensure G4S does not receive the new contract.

Linking Liberation Struggles: The Quest for a Just Peace for Palestinians and Israelis

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The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME) will present a forum that explores the connections among Jewish, Palestinian, African-American, Latino, and Native American liberation struggles. While distinct, these struggles share many similar dynamics.

The forum coincides with the onslaught of alarming events in Israel-Palestine: unprecedented destruction in Gaza with thousands of shocking civilian deaths and injuries, and hundreds of thousands displaced, and Israel’s announcement of a massive expropriation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and more illegal settlements in Arab East Jerusalem. Israel’s third and most brutal attack on Gaza since 2009 has prompted new waves of solidarity among peace activists with the Palestinian people. What can we learn from each other about our experiences with oppression from dominant power, dispossession, propaganda, incarceration, and dehumanization?

AIME and 14 co-sponsoring organizations present four nationally-known and respected speakers: Rabbi Brant Rosen (Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council), Yousef Munayyer (Palestine Center of the Jerusalem Fund), Ajamu Dillahunt (Black Workers for Justice), and Gabrial Camacho (National Latino Organizer for the American Friends Service Committee).

WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 2:30 – 5:30 pm 

WHERE: Fed Ex Global Education Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus (301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill 27516). Free parking on site.

No admission charge. Donations gratefully accepted.

Great Sukkot! Next Meeting 10/19!

Sammy and Baez shaking the lulav and etrog! Photo by Dannette Sharpley-Truong.

We had a wonderful Sukkot celebration last night with great turnout! Good food was eaten, songs were sung, and a few cool drops of rain were felt.

The next JVP-NC meeting will be on Sunday, October 19 from 4pm-6pm at

First Presbyterian Church 305 East Main Street, Durham NC 27701

What to expect:
-exciting updates on national member meeting
-exciting updates on drop g4s campaign
-exciting updates on leadership transition
-exciting updates on upcoming events

Looking forward to being together on Sunday!
Also, don’t forget about the upcoming Linking Liberation Struggles event – Sunday, Oct. 26, Chapel Hill, NC
For more info, please contact .

Plow, Sow, Reap: an Interfaith Sukkot Gathering, Oct. 10

Sukkah by Beth Bruch

Sukkah by Beth Bruch

During the holiday of Sukkot, Jews across the world celebrate by building a temporary shelter called a sukkah — usually a little hut in the backyard made of wood or grass, decorated with flowers and paper. The sukkah’s origin is in the temporary dwellings that agricultural workers lived in during autumn harvest seasons in the past.

This year, we invite you to celebrate Sukkot by joining Jewish Voice for Peace – North Carolina for an interfaith, inclusive gathering.

Friday, October 10th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
1107 Ninth Street (near Club Blvd) in Durham – come to the backyard to find us in the sukkah!

All are welcome!

We have chosen to come together this year across faiths, cultures, and traditions to reflect not just on Jewish people’s liberation and livelihood thousands of years ago, but also on the struggle for liberation happening today in Palestine. We’ll draw on our many faith and spiritual traditions to support an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

We invite you to join us so we can learn more about each others’ faith traditions and commitment to social justice.

If you are able, please bring a potluck dish to share. If you are not able, please come anyways and eat anyways. As part of the gathering, we will invite you to share a blessing, rooted in your faith tradition or your family or a spiritual practice you have claimed – so please bring something!

Questions? Call Jade at (831) 588-3463