The Center for Jewish Nonviolence works with many Palestinian and Israeli organizations and activists. We welcome the diversity that comes with this. Just as the Center for Jewish Nonviolence contains the full spectrum of the anti-occupation Diaspora Jewish left, our Palestinian and Israeli partners join us from a similarly broad spectrum. The organizations listed on this page are using their own language to describe their work.
HOLY LAND TRUST
See Holy Land Trust’s Website here.
Holy Land Trust exists to lead in creating an environment that fosters understanding, healing, transformation, and empowerment of individuals and communities, locally and globally, to address core challenges that are preventing the achievement of a true and just peace in the Holy Land.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence works closely with Holy Land Trust when it comes to logistics (activist housing, transportation, food) as well as for inspiration and education.
YOUTH AGAINST SETTLEMENTS
See Youth Against Settlements’ Website here.
Youth Against Settlements is a nonviolent direct action group, which seeks to end the building and expanding of illegal Israeli settlements through non-violent popular struggle and civil resistance. Through empowering and educating Palestinians, especially young people, YAS encourages the population of Hebron, especially in the H2 area under Israeli military control, to remain in the area, stand firm, and mount nonviolent resistance and resilience campaigns.
Read Peter Beinart’s account of that day here.
Susiya is located in the southernmost part of the West Bank, about 15 kilometers south of Hebron. In 1986, Israeli authorities expelled the residents, who then were living in caves, after nearby archaeological ruins were declared a national archaeological park. Now the residents are living on their agricultural land, and anything they build is declared “illegal” and receives a military demolition. The residents of Susiya appealed again to the High Court to claim rights to their land and have been in conversation with the Defense Ministry regarding their village’s future.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence has a close relationship with the village of Susiya, having been hosted by the village, and organized multiple campaigns with the village including a “Return” visit to the archeological site for the residents, and, in conjunction with All That’s Left, a Shabbat Against Demolitions and Sukkoth Against Demolitions.
UMM EL KHEIR VILLAGE:
After being forced out of the Arad desert, Bedouin from the Hathaleen clan settled in what is now Umm El-Kheir. The land was purchased in 1965 from the nearby town of Yatta but in 1980 the Israeli settlement of Carmel was built directly adjacent to the village on land that belongs to the village’s residents. Unlike Carmel, the residents of Umm El-Kheir are not connected to any services; they are entirely off the grid, which is only a few steps away from them and have to purchase tanks of water. The community has experienced demolitions, often involving resident being arrested, each year since 2007 and there is a military demolition order on nearly every structure, including outdoor clay ovens. In recent months, the settler group Regavim, subsidized by Israeli government funding and foreign donations, has brought surveyors and members of the Israeli Knesset to see the ‘illegal’ construction and to quicken the process of demolishing the village.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence has helped plant Za’atar on plots of land susceptible to takeover and develop art projects in Umm El-Kheir.
BATAN AL-HAWA (EAST JERUSALEM)
See Ir Amim and Peace Now’s report on the situation in Batan el Hawa here.
Batan al-Hawa is a Palestinian community in Silwan, located just outside the Old City walls within clear sight of Al-Aqsa. Batan al-Hawa is now the site of the largest attempted settler takeover in East Jerusalem, representing not only the large-scale displacement of an entire community but also the complicity of the Israeli government in facilitating private settlement in the Historic Basin.
In the summer of 2016, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence helped put on a street fair alongside Batan al-Hawa residents.
Breaking the Silence
See Breaking the Silence’s Website here.
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life. Their work aims to bring an end to the occupation.
Breaking the Silence has given in-depth educational tours of the H2 section of Hebron to delegations from The Center for Jewish Nonviolence.
ALL THAT’S LEFT
“All That’s Left” is a collective unequivocally opposed to the occupation and committed to building the diaspora angle of resistance.
Launched in 2013, its members come from a variety of political, ideological and personal backgrounds, including non-Zionists, Liberal Zionists, Anti-Zionists, Socialist Zionists, Zionists, Post-Zionists, one- , two- , some- , and no-staters and everything in between. The common thread in our work, actions and connections is our unequivocal stance against the occupation, rooted in the notion that all people(s) are equal and our focus on informing and empowering the Diaspora to take action.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence sees All That’s Left members as very close allies and organizing partners on the ground, particularly when it coms to direct action.
See Ta’ayush’s Website here.
Ta’ayush defines itself as a group of Israelis and Palestinians striving together to end the Israeli occupation and to achieve full civil equality through daily non-violent direct-action. The activities and the activists of Ta’ayush always concentrate on field work.
COMBATANTS FOR PEACE
See Combatants for Peace Website here.
We are a group of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in our region: Israeli soldiers serving in the IDF and Palestinians as combatants fighting to free their country, Palestine, from the Israeli occupation. We – serving our peoples, raised weapons which we aimed at each other and saw each other only through gun sights and have established Combatants for Peace.