Northfielders for Justice in Palestine / Israel

NJP News & Upcoming Events

NJP Fall Event: On the Ground: In Palestine, In Minnesota
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

You are invited to join Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel for our annual Fall Event.  This year, because of Covid,  the meeting NJP is sponsoring will be on Zoom, so you can participate from your home; it will beTuesday, October 13, 7-8:30pm (CST). A poster is attached.

 We are pleased to have two dynamic and informed speakers for our event:

 Mariam El-Khatib is an active member of the Minnesota chapter of  American Muslims for Palestine. She was previously a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Minnesota where she helped pass divestment on campus.  She will focus on issues surrounding Palestinian identity, drawing on her own experience as a Palestinian and living in Palestine under Israeli occupation.

 Sylvia Schwarz is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace and of Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign and she has been a frequent participant in Twin Cities discussions of Palestinian issues. She will focus on issues surrounding the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movement.

 Jonathan Hill of NJP will moderate the discussion, and there will be ample time for your questions or comments; Jonathan will explain the easy way to send them in via the Chat feature on Zoom.

Registration is required, but it is free and easy.  Simply click on this link and give your first and last names and your email address: 
                    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upMtd-CqrzsjGtYFd8Z5FBgFsfSEZ0oEG1HK
You will then be sent the meeting link in time for you to join our meeting.

 We  hope you will join us on Tuesday, October 13.  If you have questions, you may send them to Ed Langerak: langerak@stolaf.edu.

 Let’s talk the walk and walk the talk.  

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Al Nakba —– May 12, 2020

Dear Supporters of NJP:

As many of you will recall, at this time of the year we normally hold a ceremony in Northfield’s Bridge Square remembering the Nakba, that time in 1948 when some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their ancestral homes and villages in what became the state of Israel.

The Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe,” continues today in the ongoing exile and subjugation of the Palestinians.  Given the current Covid 19 pandemic, we shall not this year be in Bridge Square.  However, we would like to share with you a video we had made of our Bridge Square event three years ago in 2017. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZVFLHxHnFo

Since then, the situation of the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and the region’s refugee camps has only got worse, to which is now added the additional burden of the corona virus pandemic.

With your help, we shall continue our advocacy and work on behalf of peace and justice for all in Palestine/Israel.

Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel   
P. O. Box 118
Northfield, MN 55057
email: info@njpmn.org

For those wanting to know more about the Nakba — 1948:  Creation & Catastrophe  —  currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

https://www.1948movie.com/

“Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1946:  Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world ….

For more perspectives on the movie:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/creation-and-catastrophe-survivors-review-1948
https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/last-eyewitnesses-nakba/

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NJP Urges Medical Support for Palestine

April 17, 2020
 
Dear Friend:
 
In  these testing and distressing days, there is little time to find the energy to do anything other than look after ourselves, our families and friends, while doing what we can to support the national effort in overcoming the present pandemic. If you are one of those in the front line of the national defense, in whatever capacity, we owe you our deepest gratitude and admiration. 
  
We write to you now because you have been a supporter of Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, and for this we want to thank you most sincerely. 
 
We have put scheduled NJP activities—including our annual Nakba memorial in Bridge Square, and our planned film series at Bethel Church—on hold.  We shall engage again in public events when it is judged safe to do so.
 
Like us we are sure you have been following the global scale of the pandemic.  And like us you may have wondered how things stand with the Palestinians in the West Bank, in Gaza, and in the various refugee camps in the region.   The answer is that they stand in an urgent and critical situation.  To military occupation, blockade, or isolation, they now face the additional deadly siege of Covid 19, with few resources to overcome it.
 
Those of us in NJP believe that what is most urgently needed by the Palestinians at this dire moment is medical relief and equipment.   If you agree, and would like to offer this kind of help, then we urge you to consider donating to one or more of the following organizations: 
 
—American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA):   https://www.anera.org/
 —Medical Aid for Palestine:  https://www.map.org.uk/
 —Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund:  https://www.pcrf.net/
 
We are all being stretched to the limits of our endurance by the present circumstances.  By the calculus of human misery there are so many in need of our support. At this moment we are thinking of the Palestinians.  We hope you may do so as well.
 
With our thanks for your consideration, and good wishes for you continuing health and safety.
 

Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel   
P. O. Box 118
Northfield, MN 55057
email: info@njpmn.org


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Formed in 2007, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocatefor justice and peace in Palestine/Israel.

For more information about NJP, write to info@njpmn.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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