Occupation is Not Our Judaism

Hebron and South Hebron Hills, West Bank; Occupied Palestinian Territories

July 10 – 20, 2016

What: Jewish activists from around the world will convene in the West Bank for 10 days of solidarity activism with Palestinians who are being evicted from their homes and pushed off their land in the name of ongoing settlement expansion and occupation. Likely projects include: infrastructure development, agricultural projects, sit-ins, and marches.

Why: We believe that international Jewish support for Palestinian & Israeli nonviolent activists working to end the unjust occupation of the Palestinian Territories is crucial. As Jews, we say to our own communities, to the Israeli government, and to the world that the occupation must not continue.

Where: Activists will stay together in Bethlehem and engage in a variety of campaigns and activities in Hebron and South Hebron Hills.

Who: The Center for Jewish Nonviolence is comprised of Jews from the entire spectrum of the anti-occupation left. We come from groups and organizations like All That’s Left: Anti Occupation Collective, Jewish Voice for Peace, J Street, Open Hillel, If Not Now, Students for Justice in Palestine, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, T’ruah, Hashomer Hatzair, and many others. We expect participants to come with various understandings of the causes of and solutions to the occupation. This diversity is welcome.

Learning: Learning, reflecting, and skill-sharing is a vital component to building vibrant communities. As part of our 10 days together, we will devote one full day to a conference and workshop on themes, histories, strategies, and tactics related to our work.

When: Sunday July 10 to Wednesday July 20, 2016.

Cost: In order to make participation accessible to as many people as possible, participation fees are on a sliding scale.
Actual cost of the trip: $1100.
Solidarity cost: $1500. We ask all those who are able to pay the solidarity rate to help subsidize the cost of participation for those with fewer resources.

Limited scholarships available to cover 20% to 75% of cost depending on need. Please indicate in your application that you are applying for a scholarship. Participants are encouraged to utilize grassroots sources and online crowd-fundraising to help subsidize their international airfare. Organizers can support individual participants with their grassroots and online fundraising initiatives.

Included in the Cost:

  • Accommodation in Bethlehem for 10 nights from 10 July – 20 July 2016; double or triple occupancy
  • Local transportation between Bethlehem and Hebron region; pick up first day in Jerusalem, drop off last day in Jerusalem
  • Daily Breakfast & Lunch
  • Seven nights of dinner (3 free evenings)
  • One day conference and workshop on “Occupation is Not Our Judaism”
  • Experienced team leaders
  • Facilitated group discussions on strategic planning and reflection

Not included: International airfare; transportation from the airport; three dinners; health or travel insurance. We encourage all participants to purchase travel insurance in advance.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so get your applications in early! Deadline: April 1, 2016.

Individuals who are likely candidates for participation will be contacted to arrange a 20 minute phone or Skype interview.

Diversity: Participants in CJNV activities represent many genders, sexualities, races, nationalities, socioeconomic classes, levels of formal education, and levels of religious observance. We recognize that white/Ashkenazi Jews are overrepresented in our current organizing space. In order to promote and foster diversity, we have some dedicated scholarships to assist Jews of Color, Sephardim, and Mizrachim to join us. Our embrace of diversity includes an expectation that all participants act with openness and respect toward all other participants at all times.