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Boycotts, Nonviolence, and Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Transformation

by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

As an American, a Jew, a rabbi, a peacemaker, and a solidarity activist, I want to open a conversation about “BDS” — boycott, divestment, and sanctions — the nonviolent strategy supported by the majority of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, Israel, and the diaspora as the preferred method of ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. I am writing about BDS from a particular framework of understanding:

Principles to Guide our Work: The Conflict between Israel and Palestine

This document is intended both to ground our own work in this area, and also to offer guidance for others, including commissioners and advisory delegates to the 219th General Assembly. It was approved by the National Committee of the PPF on May 24th, 2010.

Israel/Palestine: Is a Two-State Solution Possible?

An often-proposed answer to long-term strife in Israel/Palestine...but it is realistic? Exploring the possibilities and the problems of the two-state solution.

Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace

Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace is a 48-page perfect-bound booklet with a free companion DVD. Steadfast Hope challenges common myths and misperceptions about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presents a compelling snapshot of the present situation on the ground, and offers a guide to the challenges that lie ahead in the quest for peace.

Gaza Conflict Background

This paper by Walter Owensby is an excellent primer for the complex situation in Israel and Palestine, with a special eye for Gaza in light of recent violence in 2008-2009.

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Israel in Gaza: A Critical Reframing

This paper by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (An Israeli and mostly Jewish source) is formatted with line numbers and is a useful resource for discussion.

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Peace & Justice Hymns

The following hymns were written by PPF member Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.

This website has all of Carolyn's 150+ hymns: