Parallel Liberation Struggles: Lessons in Resistance
Conference, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm*
Keller Hall, Room 3-210, 200 Union Street SE, Minneapolis, MN
*Registration: 9:30 am / Lunch will be provided
People under oppression suffer from three types of violence (Johan Galtung):
Structural Violence Direct Violence Cultural Violence
as in Genocide, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing (Raphael Lemkin)
Join us as we (1) commemorate the 100-year Palestinian resistance to Israel’s settler-colonial project and (2) explore the similarities in violence used against Palestinians, African Americans, and Native Americans and their methods of resistance.
Philip Weiss                                                    Dhoruba bin Wahad                                        Nadia Ben-Youssef                                             Black Panthers                                                  Adalah Justice Project

Alan D. Gross                                                  Jennifer Bing                                                     Erika Levy
American Indian Movement                        AFSC, No Way to Treat a Child                     Jewish Voice for Peace

Conference is free and open to the public.
Advanced registration is requested:
Sponsoring Organizations: MN Break the Bonds Campaign, Women Against Military Madness, Anti-War Committee, Middle East
Peace Now, Jewish Voice for Peace – TC, National Lawyers Guild, American Muslims for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine,
Minnesotans Against Islamophobia, Socialist Action. Contact for more information.


Israel / Palestine:  Reflections from a Palestinian Quaker
 Thursday, October 19th — 7:30pm –Weitz Center for Creativity — Room 236
a presentation by Sa’ed Atshan

Sponsored by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement of Carleton College with support from the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting and Northfielders for Justice in Palestie/Israel
Dr. Sa’ed Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College.  He earned a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.  He received his BA from Swarthmore in 2006. Atshan is Christian/Quaker, grew up in Palestine, and is also an LGBTQ rights activist.   He graduated from the Ramallah Friends School.

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Saturday, November 4th — 8:45am-3:15pm — St. John’s Lutheran Church — 500 Third Street West — Northfield, MN

        Perspectives on Palestine 2017
a conference presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel

co-sponsored by First United Church Of Christ Northfield, the Mission and Justice Committee of Bethel Lutheran Church Northfield and the MICAH group of the Northfield United Methodist Church.

This conference aims to provide an often unheard perspective on the conflict in Palestine and Israel.  Featured speakers are Mark Braverman, Nathan Stock and Jennifer Bing.   It is our hope that these presentations will bring a new sense of insight and critical awareness to the understanding of the the underlying issues.  Speaker Bios are attached.

General registration is $40; students $10.  However, NJP wants to make the Conference as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.  For scholarship information, contact Jenny Hartley @

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Speaker Bios
Jennifer Bing: No Way to Treat a Child Jennifer Bing has worked with AFSC’s Palestine-Israel Program since 1989. She directs the Chicago AFSC Middle East Program and works with the Israel-Palestine joint U.S. program. Jennifer coordinates AFSC’s education and advocacy work on the campaign Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child. In this role, she works closely with faith organizations and human rights groups throughout the U.S. Her first visit to Israel and Palestine was in 1982, as a college student on the Earlham College Great Lakes program in Jerusalem. She returned later to work at the Ramallah Friends Schools, where she lived for three years during the first Palestinian intifada (uprising). She has since led and participated in delegations to the Middle East, most recently in 2015. Prior to AFSC, Jennifer worked as a volunteer teacher at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank, as a researcher on child rights with Save the Children, and a coordinator of seminars with Gene Sharp and the Program on Nonviolent Sanctions at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Jennifer is a Quaker and an active member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.

Mark Braverman: Tipping Point: Politics, Zionism and the Call to the Church
Mark Braverman is a Jewish American with family roots in Jerusalem. He has written and lectured on the theological and interfaith issues related to the search for peace in Israel and Palestine and has been closely involved in the growth of the international church movement for Palestinian rights. In his writing and speaking Mark focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse and the function of interfaith relations in the current search for just peace. Mark serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America and was on the Board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA from 2007-2011. He is a cofounder of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Palestinian land rights in historic Palestine. In 2011 he was instrumental in the founding of Kairos USA, a movement to unify and mobilize American Christians to take a prophetic stance for a justice for Palestinians.
Mark is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land (Beaufort Books, 2011), A wall in Jerusalem: Hope, healing, and the struggle for peace in Israel and Palestine, (Jericho Books, 2013), and recent journal articles on the kairos movement and prophetic theology. His writing, blogs, and sermons can be found at

Nathan Stock Gaza and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Nathan Stock directed The Carter Center’s Israel-Palestine Field Office for three and a half
years, until the summer of 2017. He led Carter Center efforts to facilitate the reunification of
the Palestinian political system and to assert Palestinian sovereignty via international fora.
Stock joined The Carter Center in 2008 as an Assistant Director in the Conflict Resolution
Program. He was based in Atlanta, GA, while traveling regularly to the Middle East. He
designed and managed programming targeting the Fatah-Hamas conflict, and implemented
programming to monitor and advance political solutions to the Syrian civil war.
Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Stock spent two years working to strengthen local civil society organizations in
Afghanistan. During the Al-Aqsa Intifada, he lived in the Gaza Strip, working with a Palestinian NGO to
design and fundraise for conflict resolution programs targeting the Palestinian community. Mr. Stock is
currently based in South Carolina, where he cares for his infant daughter and consults and writes on Israeli-
Palestinian affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Colgate University and a
master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University’s School of
International Service.

Past Events

Where Are We Headed In Israel/Palestine?

A Presentation by Jeff Halper
October 28, 10am – Minnesota Church Center
122 West Franklin, Minneapolis MN

Arguing (through maps and visuals) that the two-state solution is dead and gone and that, in fact, one state – an apartheid state – already exists between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, he goes on to outline what a democratic, bi-national state – the only remain just solution – might look like, and what obstacles it faces from Israel, the international community and even among Palestinians themselves.

Jeff Halper is an Israeli anthropologist, the former head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and the Coordinator of the War Against the People project of The People Yes! Network (TPYN). A well-known activist, he has also taught at universities in Israel, the US, Latin America and Africa. Among his academic and political writings are Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century (Westview, 1991); Obstacles to Peace, a resource manual of articles and maps on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, published by ICAHD; An Israeli in Palestine (London: Pluto Press, 2008); and his latest book, War Amongst the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (Pluto Press/University of Chicago, 2015). Jeff participated in the first (and successful) attempt of the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli siege by sailing into Gaza in 2008. He serves on international support committee of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine, and was nominated by the American Friends Service Committee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Palestinian intellectual and activist Ghassan Andoni.


The Israel Lobby’s Influence on America

A Presentation by Grant F. Smith
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Rm 280  Tomson Hall
St. Olaf College, Northfield MN

Sponsored by:

  • Northfielders for Justice in Palestine-Israel
  • St. Olaf  Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • St. Olaf Middle East Studies Program
Endorsed by:
  • Carleton College Students for Justice in Palestine
* Grant F. Smith is director of the Washington, DC-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep)