Recent Events

Israel: A Colonial Settler State?
Monday, October 1, 7 pm Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse

Israeli activist and scholar Jimmy Johnson discusses the question of whether Israel is a colonial settler state, drawing comparisons with the United States and other such states. Thanks to Nick Papatonis for his efficient and timely videography and posting!


Rabbi Brian Walt on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions to End Israel's Occupation
Wednesday, June 20 at ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse

Rabbi Walt was one of the founders of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America and served as its first executive director from 2003-2008. In 2009 in response to the Israeli attack on Gaza, Rabbi Walt co-founded Taanit Tzedek -- Jewish Fast for Gaza. He is a frequent speaker and blogger on questions such as: Can one be a supporter of the state of Israel while disagreeing with many of its government's policies? Can one be pro-Israeli and also pro-Palestine?



3rd Annual Nakba Commemoration
Sunday, May 20 at 4 pm ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse

The Nakba (catastrophe) is the uprooting and displacement of 750,000 Palestinians as the state of Israel was created in 1947-48. We will gather to remember and commit ourselves to working for justice for the Palestinians and all who live in the region. Featuring a skype conversation with Palestinian activist and intellectual Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh.


Justice for the Palestinians
Protest in Support of Land Day

Friday, March 30, 2:30 pm
Intersection of Erie Blvd. E. and East Genesee St., Dewitt

See the Photo Gallery on Flickr


Video from Move Over AIPAC Demonstrations
by Ava and Keren Carmeli Interviews with participants of AIPAC's annual policy conference in DC, May 2011.


Commemorating the Nakba (Catastrophe)
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ahmed al Hindi, Shaw Dallal and Dana Olwen shared stories of their families connection to the Nakba, the uprooting and displacement of 750,000 Palestinians as the state of Israel was created in 1947-48, and their thoughts on the current state of the conflict. Hear the stories of local Palestinian-Americans whose families were displaced in 1948 when the State of Israel was created and 750,000 Palestinians were displaced.

See the Photo Gallery (photos by Ava Carmeli)


Standing with the People of Egypt
February 4, 2011
About 100 people came out on very short notice to stand (and march) in solidarity with the people of Egypt's courageous resistance to the Mubarak dictatorship. The Peace Council calls for the US government to cease all funding to the Mubarak regime and use its full diplomatic and political pressure to push for Mubarak's immediate resignation and the beginning of a true transition to democracy.

Post-Standard Article and Photos
YNN-TV Story

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION Protests the Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Flotilla for Gaza
June 2, 2010

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Syracuse's First Public Al-Nakba Commemoration
May 16, 2010

Nakba in Arabic means "catastrophe." When capitalized Nakba refers particularly to the events of 1947/48 when over 650,000 Palestinians were driven from their cities, towns and villages in what then became the State of Israel. CNY Working for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine recently organized Syracuse's first public commemoration of the Nakba. On May 14 ArtRage showed the 200-minute long documentary, "Al Nakba." On May 16, also at ArtRage, over 40 of us heard four local Palestinians share their own and their families' painful and fateful Nakba experiences. It was important yet painful to hear the stories from Dr. A.G. Musa, Dr. Yousef Abu-Sbaih, Rev. Hani Khoury, and Najah Zaaeed. Let's make the commemoration a "first annual."

Dr. A.G. Musa speaks at the first public Nakba commemoration in Syracuse, NY on May 16, 2010.

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News Coverage of Syracuse Area Efforts to End the Siege of Gaza

Post-Standard article, Dec. 31, 2008
News 10 Coverage of Dec. 30, 2008 Protest
Post-Standard article, Jan. 10, 2009