Programs, 2013-14

 Networking for Justice in Palestine/Israel

May, 2014
Networking for Justice in Palestine—how Friends of Sabeel Colorado can work with other groups to change US policy

Two guests and their work with other organizations—
  • Pat Hewett tells about her recent attempt to enter Gaza with an international delegation organized by Palestinian NGO.
  • Geoff Tennent, with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) updates about their work on the DU campus and the organized resistance to SJP chapters on campuses across the country. 
How can we work together to increase our effectiveness?

 The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Miko Peled is an Israeli peace activist and author of The General's Son, the Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. He maintains a blog "dedicated to tearing down the separation wall and transforming the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Israelis and Palestinians will live as equal citizens."

His book chronicles his transformation from a staunch Zionist, the son of an Israeli general and war hero, into a peace activist. When, on September 4, 1997, his niece Smadar, 13, was killed in a suicide attack in Jerusalem, Miko describes how he was driven to explore Palestine and its people, and their stories.

► In Gaza - Eva Bartlett, Human Rights and Justice Advocate for Palestine

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Called Canada’s Rachel Corrie, Eva Bartlett is an activist and journalist living in Gaza since 2008. Her eyewitness accounts from Occupied Palestine have been published in The Electronic Intifada, Inter Press Service, Countercurrents and her own blog

As a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, Eva accompanies Gazan farmers and fishers under threat of harassment and sniper fire from Israeli forces. Eva rode with medics in their ambulances during Cast Lead, Israel's devastating assault on Gaza in 2008-2009, which killed 1,500 Palestinians, and documented the 2012 attacks from a central Gaza Strip hospital.

► The Soldier and the Refusenik - Eran Efrati and Maya Wind

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Eran is a former IDF soldier who served in Hebron and other locations in the West Bank. After his discharge in 2009, he joined Breaking the Silence, an organization of vereran Israeli soldiers working to raise awareness about the daily reality in the Occupied Territories.  He has collected soldiers' stories, guided political tours in the West Bank and spoken to Israeli youth about the reality of being a soldier in an occupying army.

Maya joined the Shministim movement and helped to establish the 2008 refusenik group. She refused to serve in the Israeli army and was sentenced to military prison and detention. She was exempted in 2009. She has co-led the Jerusalem alternative education program of New Profile, a feminist movement for the demilitarization of Israel. She also guided political tours in East Jerusalem and the West Bank for the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and worked with Rabbis for Human Rights.

Today both are active with Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within.

► Developing Lobbying Skills

Sunday, February 9, 2014

How can we be better advocates for a just peace in Israel/Palestine? Last year the Colorado legislature took up the issue of allowing the State of Colorado to invest in Israeli General Obligation debt, while at a local level, the Boulder City Council was asked to make Nablus, in the West Bank, a sister city.

Toni Larson will offer us some background and tools for lobbying. Some questions to be addressed in this presentation include:

•  Who is an advocate?

•  What does advocacy mean for an individual?

•  Why is advocacy important?

•  How does advocacy affect policy?

•  What are some of the useful tools for advocacy?

Toni Larson has participated in the Colorado legislative process for 40 years and has a PhD in higher education with an emphasis in policy studies.

► Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

Sunday, January 5, 2014

An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King Jr. They become witnesses to life under occupation and a non-violent movement for social justice.

"We went to the Holy Land with Dr. Clay Carson, who runs the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, to film his play about King performed by the Palestinian National Theatre and an African-American gospel choir which was presented to audiences all over the West Bank. It was an intense cultural exchange between two peoples encompassing the joy of new friendships, creative collaborations and eye opening experiences. No one who participated remained unchanged."

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► Mental Health Counseling in the West Bank: Treating Trauma and Loss

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Janet Wright is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Fort Collins, with a specialty in treating trauma and loss. She first provided training in the West Bank to the East Jerusalem YMCA in 1998, followed by a 2004 pilot study of children with PTSD using EMDR, a therapy that is particularly effective in treating trauma. Since that time she has been to the region many times and over 200 clinicians in the West Bank have been trained, including the first Arab training team, which now resources Arab clinicians in the region.

She will talk about what western therapists and our West Bank colleagues have learned from each other, and about the impact of the occupation on those living in the West Bank.  

► The Stones Cry Out - film

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Director Yasmine Perni will be in Denver to host this screening of “The Stones Cry Out.”

Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land. For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression.

The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events. This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today. See more:

► Boulder Nablus Sister City Project

Sunday, October 13

How the effort to create a sister city relationship, although unsuccessful, achieved massive exposure for Palestinians and benefit the people of Palestine, with Essrea Cherin.

► Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
the BDS Movement in Colorado

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Doug Singsen, one of the coordinators for the Colorado BDS Movement, will talk about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine and its apartheid policies towards Palestinians. The BDS movement was launched in 2005 by a coalition of 171 Palestinian groups and in the last eight years has gained international support and scored a growing number of victories. In Colorado, a group of Palestinian solidarity and anti-war activists and groups, including Sabeel-Colorado, has come together to form the Colorado BDS Campaign, which is dedicated to bringing the fight for Palestinian freedom to Colorado.

Doug Singsen is a member of the International Socialist Organization and an affiliate faculty member in the Art History department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition to BDS, he has also been active in Occupy Wall Street and the fight against budget cuts to public services, particularly public higher education.