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Thirty-one (31) aid, faith, human rights, and development organizations are calling on world leaders to take urgent action to halt
ongoing demolitions and hold the government of Israel accountable for the wanton destruction of Palestinian property and of
projects funded by international aid in the occupied West Bank. 
August 21, 1015

2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine


The catastrophe of the Israeli military 50-day incursion into Gaza in Summer 2014 - 6 NGO & 2 State Dept. Reports
(including new Amnesty International Reports - July 2015)

Next AIME working meeting September 3rd, Thursday, 11:30am to 1pm, we have been invited to hold our meeting at Rev. Paul McAllister's Church of God, 89 Miliken Road, Pittsboro more

Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East

(AIME) has a unique mission to promote and join together interfaith dialog and  faith-based action that addresses human rights violations caused by the U.S. supported illegal Israeli occupation.  More...  

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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."                                                                                                Edmund Burke

"The Quest for a Just Peace: Linking Liberation Struggles"
Videos of talks now online - click here
Held October 26, 2014 UNC Chapel Hill FedEx Global Education Center

The forum explored the connections among Jewish, Palestinian, African-American, and Latino, liberation struggles. While distinct, these struggles share many similar dynamics...

Upcoming Events

Waging Peace: Doing Justice Through BDS

September 18-20

Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.

To register and for much more information, click here
See calendar entry for map

Hind Khoury, the General Secretary for KAIROS
Palestine, will be speaking in the Triangle on

Thursday September 24

We believe the Methodist Conference is hosting/organizing. Check back later for details.

See calendar entry for details

The US Campaign will be holding its next conference September 25-27, 2015 in Atlanta (Holiday Inn & Suites Airport North, 1380 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344). - See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=494#sthash.PfFnOAmO.dpuf
The US Campaign will be holding its next conference September 25-27, 2015 in Atlanta (Holiday Inn & Suites Airport North, 1380 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344). - See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=494#sthash.PfFnOAmO.dpuf
The US Campaign will be holding its next conference September 25-27, 2015 in Atlanta (Holiday Inn & Suites Airport North, 1380 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344). - See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=494#sthash.PfFnOAmO.dpuf

Advancing a Mass Movement for Palestine

The US Campaign will be holding its 14th annual  conference September 25-27

in Atlanta

See calendar entry for details and map

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On July 8, The Real News Network will air an edition of their signature show "Reality Asserts Itself" that features an in-depth discussion with El-Haddad and Alareer, the talented (and Gaza-Palestinian) editors of Gaza Unsilenced. We're hoping TRNN's show will be posted to their website by 6 pm Eastern Daylight (NYC) Time... Once it is posted there, it will be another powerful resource to help you and your friends learn more about Gaza. Details

See calendar entry for details

Iftar & Benefit Dinner

Tuesday, June 30, 7:30PM

Raise funds for poor communities in Gaza, West Bank, and Lebanon during Ramadan by attending a meal at the Mediterranean Deli, Chapel Hill

See calendar entry for details

 Challenging Islamophobia and Racism

Monday, June 15; 6:30PM - 9:00pm

Baptist Memorial Pullen Church, 1801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605

For flier click here

See calendar entry for details

Balance & Accuracy in Journalism

Come join in the discussion, and our screening of Gaza citizen Fida Qishta’s documentary 

“Where Should the Birds Fly?”

filmed during and after the prior, 2008-2009
Gaza assault. 

Wednesday, June 10 7:30 pm

  Community Church of Chapel Hill, UU
106 Purefoy Road
See calendar entry for details

Rabbi Ascherman will speak about his human rights work in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Sunday, May 31st, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Church of Reconciliation
110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

See calendar entry for details

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think:  Documentary explores gathered opinions of Muslims in first major opinion poll of its kind taken by Gallup.

 Thursday, May 28 6:30 - 8 PM

Community Church of
Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist

See calendar entry for details

The Costs of War at Home and Abroad: A Memorial Day Commemoration with keynote speaker Reverend Curtis Gatewood,

 Monday, May 25 2:30– 4 PM.

Extraordinary Ventures
 200 S. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill.

Sponsored by Orange County Peace Coalition.

See calendar entry for details

Shadows Of Liberty: Documentary focused on significance of free media that allows open access to information for all. Public invited to viewing and discussion following screening.

Thursday, May 21

Varsity Theatre, 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.

$ 5 suggested donation.

See calendar entry for details

No Injustice Will Last Forever:
One Day the Wall Will Fall!

Through song and story, Garth will share his dedication to the hope, resilience and work of peace builders in the Holy Land. 

Community Concerts 

Saturday, May 2  7 PM
Binkley Baptist Church
1712 Willow Dr.Chapel Hill, NC 27514

See calendar entry for details

Sunday, May 3  7 PM
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
(Co-hosted with First Presbyterian Church, Burlington)
320 E Davis St.
Burlington, NC 27215
See calendar entry for details 

Monday, May 4  7:30 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
1725 N New Hope Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27604

See calendar entry for details

From Mississippi to Palestine: A Conversation with Civil Rights Activists

Talk by Jewish veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Dorothy Zellner, Ira Grupper, and Larry Rubin

 Friday, April 17th from 4 to 5:30

Duke Divinity School Room 0012  Westbrook

See calendar entry for details

Water in the Desert: The Gaza Water Crisis: 

Talk by Ralph and Emily McCoy

 6 - 7 PM, Wed, Apr 15, Binkley Baptist Church Lounge, 1712 Willow Dr (by 15-501 and Univ. Mall), Chapel Hill.

See calendar entry for details

Gaza Kitchen: The intersection of culture, politics and violence

 Laila El-Haddad, an award-winning author, public speaker, and parent-of-three from Gaza City.A graduate of Duke and Harvard.

Friday, April 10  4 - 5:30pm 
Duke University
John Hope Franklin Center 240

See calendar entry for details

Accountability on the World Stage:
The Case of Gaza

Talk by Noura Erakat

Noon, Thursday, April 10

Room 4085 UNC School of Law, Van Heche


See calendar entry for details

INTERNATIONALIZING GAZA: The Politics of International Law and the Struggle for Justice

Talk by Noura Erakat

7 PM, Thursday, April 9

Manning Hall Room 209, UNC-CH

See calendar entry for details

Balance & Accuracy in Journalism
Chris Courtheyn of 
 UNC & Fellowship of Reconciliation on 
Current Peace Negotiations between
ARC Guerrillas and the Colombian Government:


7:30 pm Wednesday, April 8
  Community Church of Chapel Hill, UU
106 Purefoy Road
See calendar entry for details

Popular Resistance: Iyad Burnat, recounts stories of Bil’in, West Bank

Iyad is brother of Emad Burnat, photographer of award-winning documentary film, 5 Broken Cameras.

 7 PM, Monday April 6

Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy

 Lecture Hall 4

See calendar entry for details

Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?

Talk by David Tolbert,
 President of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ),

7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 25

Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute Garage Bay 4, Smith Warehouse,114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham.

See calendar entry for details

Amira Hass: "The Palestinian Reservations and the Space of Jewish-Israeli Dissidence"

Monday March 23

CHANGED 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Duke University
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room

Read More

See calendar entry

The Coalition for Peace with Justice invites you to join Fida Qishta, Palestinian filmmaker from Gaza, for a screening of her film Where Should the Birds Fly 
Flier     More Info

Tuesday, March 17, 6 PM–8 PM
Guilford College Founders Hall, Gilmer Room
5800 W Friendly Ave Greensboro, NC 27410
Free meal provided. Reserve by March 13 to: tetheridge@afsc.org. Drop-ins welcome.
AFSC Area office of the Carolinas-Peace
Economic Justice Program Alamance Peace Action (Burlington)

Wednesday, March 18, 7 PM–9 PM
Jones Chapel, Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27607

Thursday, March 19, 7 PM- 9PM
UNC-CH 305 Dey Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Co-sponsor: Students for Justice in Palestine

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

7:30 PM, Fri, Mar 13

Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist sanctuary

Documentary by award-winning producer Connie Fields about a black gospel group from the US visiting the West Bank.

Co-sponsored by the Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of the Church and  Balance and Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ)

See   calendar entry     flier

Community Meeting on Durham County’s Security Contract

3:00 - 5:30PM Sunday March 8

Self-Help Temple Building, 302 West Main Street, Durham
 (First Floor Conference Room)

We believe that the Durham community should have its say in what security is required and how it should be organized.

 See calendar entry for details


 7 PM Tuesday March 3
“SHORT FILMS: Recent docs and dramas from and about Palestine” w/ Nick Denes of the London Palestine Film Festival 
Dey Hall 307 UNC

Events hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
See calendar entry for details



Wait Chapel Wake Forest University

Monday, March 2, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

 calendar entry for details.
See note from Miriam Thompson there.

For more information,  email Manzoor Cheema, Muslims for Social Justice, Manzoorcheema@yahoo.com.  For carpooling information, leave a msg at (919) 370-4114

Politicizing Human Rights in Israel/Palestine

12 Noon Tuesday March 3

Anat Biletzki, a long-time philosophy professor at Tel Aviv University,

See calendar entry for details

Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 at UNC


Monday February 23
Bingham Hall 301 UNC
6:00PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday February 24
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
Duke University 
5:00PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday February 25
“SHORT FILMS: Recent docs and dramas from and about Palestine” w/ Nick Denes of the London Palestine Film Festival 
Bingham Hall 301 UNC
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday February 26
Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge UNC
8:00 PM

Events hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

Law in the Age of "Forever War"

. 8 AM Fri, Feb 27 to  5 PM Sat, Feb 28,

 21st Annual Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security Conference. Topics covered include: targeting, surveillance, home-grown terrorism, intelligence gathering in the digital age, law of armed conflict issues, and ensuring human rights and civil liberties Duke Law School, Science Dr, Durham. Register: http://web.law.duke.edu/lens/conferences

See calendar entry         See flier

Water in the Desert: The Gaza Water Crisis Ralph and Emily McCoy

 6-7 PM, Wed, Feb 25

Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill

See calendar entry for details 


The Legacy of Malcolm X: Afro-American Visionary, Muslim Activist

 Saturday, Feb 21,10 AM--5:30 PM,

 UNC's Fed Ex Center Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Focuses on significance of his ideas, principles, and critiques as a radical African American, Muslim, and global intellectual.

See calendar entry for details.


WORKSHOP on Palestinian Children in Detention

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30-12:30
(Registration 9 - 9:30)

 Presented by The Coalition for Peace with Justice and the American Friend Service Committee                                              
Durham Friends Meeting, 404 Alexander Ave. Durham  calendar entry for details.


Pancake Supper (5:30) then the film
"The Stones Cry Out" (6:30)

February 17

Open Meeting the St Cyprian's Chapter of AIME

 St Cyprian's Episcopal Church
408 Granville Street, Oxford.

See calendar entry

Moral March on Raleigh

Assemble Shaw University, Raleigh

Saturday, February 14

Pre-Rally begins at 9 a.m. | March begins at 10 a.m.

See calendar entry

Triangle Interfaith Alliance Annual Dinner

Temple Beth Or, Raleigh

Talk "Faith and Social Justice" by Imam Khalid Griggs,
Community Mosque of Winston Salem

Thursday February 12 at 6PM

See calendar entry

Transcending the Legacy:
Connecting with Palestine

UNC Stone Center, Hitchcock Room

Tuesday February 10 at 7:30 PM

A fabulous documentary about a group of African American gospel singers and performers who make a trip to the Holy Land to work with Palestinian actors and a director on a performance about MLK. While visiting the Holy Land, much to their surprise, they find Occupied Palestine.

See calendar entry for details

Church of Reconciliation and
Jewish Voice for Peace - NC gathering

On Sunday, February 8, members of Jewish Voice for Peace-NC will be honored guests of the Salaam-Shalom Committee of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill.

See calendar entry for details

Uncivil Rites: Academic Freedom and
the Silencing of Speech

Hyde Hall, University Room, UNC-CH

Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 pm

See calendar entry

We will show "The Stones Cry Out" (about Palestinian Christians) as part of our ongoing film series on social justice issues called "The Conscientious Projector." 

February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Episcopal Church of The Advocate
 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill NC

See calendar entry

Shattered Families in the Middle East
by Bill Corcoran, President and Ceo of
American Near East Refugee Aid

101 Lanpe Dr, Raleigh, NC
Auditorium - Room 232 A

Monday February 2  7 PM See calendar entry


UNC CH, Tuesday February 3 6PM
1005 FedEx Global Education Center

See calendar entry

Rev. Barber will speak

 Sonya Hayes Stone Center Theater
150 South Road, Chapel Hill

 Sunday February 1 at 3 PM

Hosted by the UNC CH Campus NAACP student branch.

See calendar entry

UNC Update Series: Israel-Palestine Conflict
 Thursday January 29 6:00pm
FedEx Global Education Center Room 1005
UNC- Chapel Hill

See calendar entry for details

Dr. Abu Sway, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies and Director of the Islamic Research Center at Al-Quds University in Jersualem/Palestine, for a discussion entitled "The Importance of Peace for Jerusalem" on Monday Jan. 26th at 6PM in the Rhodes Conference Room 233,
Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy
Corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road, Durham

See calendar entry

A tribute to the legacy of Dr. King in verse and song, featuring Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Carolyn Malachi.


January 20 at 7pm, UNC Stone Center Auditorium 

See calendar entry

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015, 7 pm.

     Raleigh Friends Meeting, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh, NC    

See calendar entry with flyer link

UNC Playmakers Kenan Theatre, corner of Country Club Rd and Theatre Drive, Chapel Hill

January 7-11

Written and performed by Aaron Davidman, a personal story that grapples with complexities of identity, history and social justice in America, Israel, and Palestine. See calendar entry


NAACP Town Hall meeting with the Carrboro and Chapel  Police Chiefs, Noon, Saturday, January 3rd, at the new and historic Rogers Rogers Road Community Center, in Chapel Hill. This is a conversation that informs every community struggling with this burning issue.

See calendar entry

Emergency Protest for Gaza

Raleigh N.C. July 19, 2014

See remarks made

 Vertigo Israeli Dance Company Protest

 at Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham,   NC June 12, 13 2014

Click here

Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Protest

at Memorial Hall  

Campus of University Of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC   April 3, 2014

Click here

Some PC(USA) General Assembly links.

Click here.

Rev. Mark Davidson's op-ed on the GA's divestment action. (June 23, 2014)

Click here
(Consider adding your comment.)

Also see letter-to-the-editor submissions by AIME members

FOTONNA Emergency Response Plans
Information Letter, Timeline of Events
and Sample Appeal Letter

Dear Friends of Tent of Nations,

We are writing this letter to call for action against acts of injustice by the Israeli Military towards the Nassar family farm and theirTent of Nations Peace Project.  This farm (known as Daher’s Vineyard) is located just six miles southwest of Bethlehem in the Occupied Territories of Palestine (the West Bank).  As you know, this family has registration papers for their 100-acre farm dating back to the Ottoman Empire, and they are now in a situation where the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) brought in bulldozers on
May 19, 2014 and destroyed between 1,500 and 2,000 mature, fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees and grape vines, all in the lower valley of the farm....

For more information and action you might take, click here. Also see here and here.

Rev. Mark Davidson, Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, Rev. Ronald Shive paper countering an article on neutrality that appeared in
Christian Century 
Click here.  Posted 9-4-2014

 (New) Rev. Mark Davidson's review of Ari Shavit's book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. Click here. Posted 3-19-2014

Mark Davidson's remarks on divestment at the 2-22-2014 New Hope Presbytery meeting. The vote was 108-51 to affirm The Church of Reconciliation's session's overture to divest (actually to concur with the excellent overture from the San Francisco Presbytery) from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. Click here.

Rev. Mark Davidson's "How Our Church’s Witness for a Just Peace Strengthened Our Relationships Within the Jewish Community" , published in Unbound. "An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice".

Excerpt from conclusion: So if you are considering bold, conscience-driven public witness toward a just peace in Israel-Palestine but are worried that it will damage your interfaith friendships with our Jewish friends and colleagues, I urge you to take the risk and trust the depth of the friendship. Sparks will certainly fly, but you’ll be surprised what wonders the Spirit can work through your moral courage.

Full article: http://justiceunbound.org/carousel/how-our-churchs-witness-for-a-just-peace-strengthened-our-relationships-within-the-jewish-community/


Tell Congress to call for a complete halt to all settlement activity

This month, tell Congress to call for a complete halt to all settlement activity as a show of support for a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

Click here to send a message today!
Organizations in the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy are sending out action alerts monthly, focusing on different issues so that members of Congress hear consistently that their constituents support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. 

No WAR with Iran - Please post, share and act now

 The U.S. Senate is just eight votes away from passing veto-proof legislation that could torpedo diplomatic negotiations with Iran and send the U.S. to war. But outrage is growing and we can help turn the tide by sending a message to the 21 senators who have come out against AIPAC-backed bill S.1881, and the 20 senators who haven't endorsed. Sign the petition below to make sure these senators stand strong and don't support AIPAC's war bill.To sign petition, click here.

Petition Senator Reid: No to S 1881

Senators Kirk, Schumer, and Menendez have sponsored an AIPAC-written bill S. 1881 that will impose new sanctions on Iran. The Administration has said this bill will kill diplomacy with Iran and President Obama has called it a "march to war" since it will effectively end nuclear talks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can stop this bill by not allowing it to come up for a vote. Don't undermine this golden chance for diplomacy to work; ask Senate Majority Leader Reid to keep the bill off the floor. To sign petition, click here

Action alert from United for Peace and Justice

The Senate is back in session and will soon be considering the Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act 
(S 1881). The clear purpose of this bill is to undermine the promising diplomatic opening to Iran, undertaken by the Obama Administration. 

For more information and for a special phone number to petition your senator, click here.

Rev. John Heinemeier’s "We Remember This" is a hopeful reflection on the possibility that peace and justice for Palestinians might parallel the progress made addressing the injustices afflicted on Afro-Americans in this country.  Presented at the Jewish Voice for Peace launch of their North Carolina chapter, December 2013.


End the blockade that's flooding Gaza | American Friends Service Committee

Sign petition to congress  More info

Israeli lawmakers: Don't evict tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens from lands
they have inhabited  for generations.

Sign petition  More info

Campaign for Wadi Foquin

Located in the Bethlehem District in the West Bank, Wadi Foquin is a Palestinian village of 1,200 inhabitants (click here for a larger map). Since the establishment of Israel as a state Wadi Foquin has been twice demolished and then in 1954 those who lived there were forced into a refugee camp. More

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