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Welcome to 14 Friends of Palestine


Israel's Vicious Attack on Gaza

As Israelis sit on a hillside and cheer every bomb and missile that drops on Gaza:

Israelis watch and cheer as bombs and missiles drop on Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza suffer:

Effects of Gaza Bombings

Read more about the vicious assualts on Gaza on our dedicated page here...

Gaza's Ark, Update

The below photo is of Gaza's Ark after it was sabotaged likely by a covert Israeli operation in April 2014

Gazas Ark Sabotaged

 

Read more about the sabotage here...

Below is a picture of Gaza's Ark almost completely destroyed in the Israeli bombing of Gaza's port at 2am on July 11th 2014, Gaza time.

Gaza's Ark Burning

Below is a picture of Gaza's Ark after the attack:

Gaza's Ark Burned

Read more about the bombing here...

 

The Mavi Marmara: Israel, Turkey and Justice

Four years ago, Israeli commandos attacked the MaviMarmara and five other ships in the Freedom Flotilla, in international waters, while they were heading to Gaza. The Flotilla, which Free Gaza helped organize along with the Turkish charity, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, was determined to break the blockade of Gaza and bring humanitarian aid to the people there. Eight Turks and one American were killed on board the Comoros-flagged Mavi Marmara ( a tenth man recently died from his wounds) and many others on all the ships were injured, some seriously.

On 26 May 2014, the Istanbul Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for four former Israel military officials who ordered the 2010deadly commando raid. They are: Israel's former Military Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, former Navy Chief, Eliezer Marom, former Military Intelligence Chief, Amos Yadlin, and former Naval Intelligence Chief, Avishai Levy.

Read more....

Remembering those who do not have freedom

Tibetans, North Koreans, sex slaves, Palestinians . . . among these, only the Palestinians’ lack of freedom is enabled by the U.S. government, with our tax dollars. The U.S. supplies over $8 million dollars a day in military aid to Israel, whose population is about the size of the Bay Area’s. Most of this military aid is used against Palestinian civilians who are struggling to free themselves from Israeli occupation, domination, and expansion onto Palestinian land....

read more in our flier here

Visit this link to read more about an important letter from 15 mainstream US religious leaders asking Congress to condition Israel military aid on human rights compliance.

The signers urge an immediate investigation into possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which respectively prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations and limit the use of U.S. weapons to “internal security” or “legitimate self-defense.”


Watch Auschwitz Survivor, Dr. Hajo Meyer, speak on Palestine


If the above doesn't display, click here to watch it on YouTube


Samer Issawi


  • An exuberant welcome home in JerusalemSamer Isawwi goes home to Jeruslaem to a hero's welcome.
  • With sister Shireen
  • Home to his beloved Jerusalem
An exuberant welcome home in Jerusalem1 With sister Shireen2 Home to his beloved Jerusalem3

Samer Issawi, the Palestinian hunger striker who went without food for over 270 days in an Israeli prison, returns to his beloved Jerusalem to a joyous welcome. His sister Shireen and the rest of his family have been waiting with extraordinary patience and fortitude for this moment, so typical of the amazing endurance of the Palestinian people.

More information here...


2014 Sponsored Diet to Benefit Palestine


The Sponsored Diet for Palestine is now finished - more details of how much we raised coming soon!.

2014 Sponsored Diet to Benefit Palestine


Gaza’s Ark - How you can Help Today

For the next several months, 14 Friends of Palestine will be concentrating almost exclusively on Gaza’s Ark

For information about this exciting project, and the latest progress report, please click here...

Free Gaza sought to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza by sailing international boats to Gaza, with five of the nine attempts successfully reaching Gaza Port.
Gaza’s Ark hopes to break the blockade by doing the exact opposite – by building a boat inside Gaza and sailing it out! We have already purchased a fishing boat and are currently refurbishing it and converting it into a cargo vessel, to carry goods for export to the outside world. Palestinians want trade, not aid. This is an international effort, with Canadians, Americans, Australians, Europeans and South Africans working together.

    What You Can Do to Help


  1. Buy a Gaza’s Ark share for $50. Contact 14friendsofpalestine@gmail.com

  2. Buy a T-shirt for $20 for S,M,L,XL; $22 for 2X,3X. Price includes sales tax. Add Shipping $5. Available in four colors: Black, Teal, Green and CODEPINK. Make check payable to Turtle Island Humanitarian Aid with Gaza’s Ark in the memo line. Mail to: Gaza’s Ark, PO BOX 6634, San Rafael, CA 94903. Contact 14friendsofpalestine@gmail.com More details are here...

  3. Buy a copy of Freedom Sailors for $15. This is the story of the first breaking of the siege by the Free Gaza Movement in August 2008. A great read.

  4. Send a tax deductible check made out to our fiscal sponsors, Nonviolence International, with Gaza’s Ark in the memo line, to this address:-

    Gaza’s Ark/14 FP

    PO BOX 6634, San Rafael, CA 94903

Thank you for supporting Gaza’s Ark.

Remembering The Nakba



Nakba Ad.

Please visit our page dedicated to remembering The Nakba....


An Important Announcement From Gaza's Ark!


May 15, 2013

On the 65th commemoration of the Nakba, the struggle continues:

We have purchased Gaza’s Ark - with your help, we will sail towards justice

Gazas Ark and Freedom Flotilla Logo

When Palestinians and other people of conscience mark Nakba (Catastrophe) Day on May 15, they insist that the world acknowledge the history of Palestinian dispossession since 1948. As world leaders have ignored Palestinian dispossession in general, they have also ignored the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza under the Israeli blockade. Gaza's Ark is a people-to-people campaign to force the injustices faced by Palestinians in Gaza back onto the world's agenda.

More information on the Gaza's Ark web site here...


Fast with us in Solidarity with Samer Issawi

Samer al-Issawi and his sister

Members of 14 Friends of Palestine and the 2013 Sponsored Diet for Palestine invite people of conscience to join them in a 24-hour fast in solidarity with Samer Issawi, the Palestinian political prisoner who has now been on hunger strike for over 210 days. Issawi has been held since July in administrative detention; this means he has not been formally charged with a crime. He either wants to be formally charged and given a fair trial, or released, and will continue his hunger strike until one of these things happens. We also demand Israel release imprisoned Palestinian hunger strikers Ayman Sharawna, Tareq Qaadan and Jaafar Azzidine together with all Palestinian political prisoners.

We will start the weekly fast on Fridays at 8pm, and continue until Saturday 8pm, eating no food whatsoever and drinking only water.

This time was chosen as most people do not have to work on Saturday. However, you are welcome to pick your own day and time to fit your schedule. The exact date is not important; any time from now is fine. However, we would ask you to please tell your local media that you are fasting, and why. Also tell as many friends as possible. Our goal is to raise awareness across the world about the plight of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, often without charge or trial; men, women and even children.

If you would like to join the 24-hour fast, please accept the invitation on the Facebook event page here.

Or email us at 14friendsofpalestine@gmail.com

Please also visit the Free Samer Issawi Campaign Facebook page here

Finally, please read Samer Issawi's message of Feb 16th, the 209th day of his hunger strike:

16.02.13 - "I turn with admiration to the masses of our heroic Palestinian people, to our Palestinian leadership, to all forces, parties and national institutions. I salute them for standing by our fight to defend our right to freedom and dignity.

I draw my strength from my people, from all the free people in the world, from friends and the families of the prisoners who continue day and night chanting for freedom and an end to the occupation.

My health has deteriorated dramatically and I'm hung between life and death. My weak body is collapsing but still able to be patient and continue the confrontation. My message is that I will continue until the end, until the last drop of water in my body, until martyrdom. Martyrdom is an honor for me in this battle. My martyrdom is my remaining bomb in the confrontation with the tyrants and the jailers, in the face of the racist policy of the occupation that humiliates our people and exercises against us all means of oppression and repression.

I say to my people: I'm stronger than the occupation army and its racist laws. I, Samer al-Issawi, son of Jerusalem, send you my last will that, in case I fell as a martyr, you will carry my soul as a cry for all the prisoners, man and women, cry for freedom, emancipation and salvation from the nightmare of prisons and their harsh darkness.

My battle is not only for individual freedom. The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues, Tariq, Ayman and Ja'affar, is everyone's battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons. Our goal is to be free and sovereign in our liberated state and in our blessed Jerusalem.

The weak and strained beats of my heart derive their steadfastness from you, the great people. My eyes, which started to lose their sight, draws light from your solidarity and your support of me. My weak voice takes its strength from your voice that is louder than the warden's voice and higher than the walls.

I'm one of your sons, among thousands of your sons who are prisoners, still languishing steadfasting in the prisons, waiting for an end to be brought to their plight, their pains and the suffering of their families.

The doctors told me I became exposed to stroke because of the disorder of my heartbeats, the shortage of sugar and the drop in blood pressure. My body is full of cold and I can't sleep because of the continued pain. But despite the extreme fatigue and chronic headaches, as I move on my chair, I'm trying to summon all my resources to continue on the road till its end. There is no going back, only in my victory, because I'm the owner of Right and my detention is invalid and illegal.

Do not be afraid for my heart if it will stop, don't be afraid for my hands if they will be paralyzed. I am still alive now and tomorrow and after death, because Jerusalem is moving in my blood, in my devotion and my faith."

Samer Issawi


Israel's Attacks on Gaza


Click here to visit our dedicated page to see our statement on the Gaza attacks and to find out how to stay informed, and most importantly, how you can help.

 

Baby Omar killed in an Israeli Attack Baby Omar killed in Israeli Attack - Father Grieving

Baby Omar, 11 month old son of BBC employee killed in the Israeli attacks on Gaza

 

Freedom Sailors   Brides Boycott Ahava at Bed Batch & Beyond in Larkspur, CA

Freedom Sailors is a much-needed account of how a small group of ordinary people conceived and executed what seemed like a grandiose and audacious plan to break Israel’s illegal military blockade of the Gaza Strip.   Bed Bath & Beyond flash mob in Larkspur, Marin: Stop selling illegal Israeli settlement products Link...

Bay to Breakers - raising money for the Maia Water Project

14 Friends of Palestine sent a team of five to join MECA in the Bay to Breakers on Sunday, May 20th, to raise money for the Maia Water Project, bringing safe drinking water to the children of Gaza.

Maia Gaza Water Project - sponsored by 14 friends of palestine

Currently the aquifer under Gaza is so low that sea water is creeping in and making the drinking water supply too salty. Kidney disease is rife among the young, as well as Methemoglobinemia, a disease of the red blood corpuscles that converts the haemoglobin to methemoglobin that prevents the red blood cells from carrying sufficient oxygen to all the organs of the body. It is caused by drinking polluted water, and an alarmingly high number of children in Gaza have resultant permanent brain damage from this disease. It is known as ‘blue baby syndrome’. This could be easily prevented by installing water purification systems in every school.

MECA is working in partnership with community organizations in Gaza to build water purification and desalination units in schools throughout the Gaza Strip, and has provided clean water to 14 large UN schools in Palestinian refugee camps and to 13 kindergartens in refugee camps, towns, and villages. Our joint goal with MECA is to raise $11,500 to provide a water purification system for one middle school in Gaza, so that the children there can have safe, clean drinking water.

Late donations for MECA will be accepted through end of July, 2012.

You may donate directly online here...

or send a tax deductible check made out to MECA, with Water Project in memo line, to us at:


14 Friends Of Palestine,
PO BOX 6634,
San Rafael, CA 94903
USA

Thank you for your continuing support!

Bay to Breakers 2012 - team raising money for the MECA Maia water project

You can also check out the successful fund raising we did in 2010 for the Maia Water Projecet here...

 

Israel Divestment Campaign

We are currently focusing on collecting signatures for the Israel Divestment Campaign.

Please sign the online petition by clicking here.

Members of the Israel Divestment Campaign will be delivering the petition to the boards of the State Retirement Systems, CalPERS and CalSTRS, to request the following:

We, the undersigned, oppose investments by the California State Retirement System (STRS) and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) in any company that profits from the State of Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, includingEast Jerusalem.

According to your own investment reports, more than $3 billion is invested in companies that we believe facilitate Israel's violation of human rights, its repudiation of international law and its disregard of UN Conventions and Resolutions.

Further, we are concerned that these investments put the retirement funds at risk of major loss as a result of increased worldwide divestment activity.

Therefore, we the undersigned, all of whom are either STRS and/or PERS members and/or California State taxpayers, call on you to honor your own policies prescribing socially responsible investing and respect for human rights and to begin your own defined process of engagement with the companies that supply Israel the equipment, supplies and services that facilitate the violation of human rights.

Thank you for signing this petition. You may choose not to have your name displayed on the website. When you have signed, please confirm your signature or it won’t count. Please forward widely.

Please sign the online petition by clicking here.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception. - Mark Twain 1916

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What We Do

  1. We support the organizations listed on the left side of this page.
  2. We do local outreach projects in Marin.
  3. We work to overcome the 'them and us' mentality that is such an obstacle to peace.
  4. We honor the memory of Rachel Corrie.

Let me Stand Alone

  1. We provide educational materials to schools and libraries including copies of A Little Piece Of Ground by Elizabeth Laird.

A Little Piiece of Ground

Freedom Sailors

Freedom Sailors is a much-needed account of how a small group of ordinary people conceived and executed what seemed like a grandiose and audacious plan to break Israel’s illegal military blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Letters from Palestine

Many books have dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Israeli perspective. However, few reflect the Palestinian point of view. The author is Prof. Ken Ring, a resident of Marin.

Sylvia Bingham

It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Sylvia Bingham, one of the founders of 14 Friends of Palestine. Sylvia was cycling to her new job in Cleveland, helping disadvantaged women, when she was hit by a truck and killed. Sylvia was only 22 years old, and had just graduated from Yale. Further details are on the web site here..

Sylvia will be remembered for her compassion for the less fortunate, her integrity, and her courage to stand up for what is right. Sylvia's determination to make the world a better place is an inspiration to us all.

Past Events/Activities

A CONCERT OF ETHNIC MUSIC AND DANCE
with

Hannah Romanowsky and the Romanza Dancers
Live Music by Helm
Guest speaker: Greta Berlin, co-author of Freedom Sailors

Dedicated to Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old peace activist who was killed on
March 16, 2003, while protecting a Palestinian home from being bulldozed.

Sunday March 24, 2013 at 4pm

Thanks to the performers, Greta and to all who came - a very successful event.

A Beneift In Memory of Rcahel Corrie

A concert of Vocal Music Featuring Sing We Enchanted and Soha Al-Jurf for our sponsored child in Gaza, Khitam Qanoo' Sunday Jan 27, 2013

Thanks to the performers and to all who came - we met our funding goal!

David Rovics performs in San Anselmo, CA

David Rovics performed in a concert to benefit Gaza's Ark in San Anselmo  

Thanks to all who came - fantasic show - there's a rumor there might be a video in the works!

David Rovics performs in San Anselmo, CA

Colonel Ann Wright gave a presentation on 'Breaking the Israeli Naval Blockade by Sailing with Gaza's Exports' in San Anselmo, CA

Colonel Ann Wright - Breaking the Israeli Naval Blockade by Sailing with Gaza's Exports - talk in San Anselmo, CA

A showing in Marin to a full house of the acclaimed movie that portrays a young woman going to Israel/Palestine in the present day, using her visit to investigate her soldier grandfather's part in the post-war phase of the British Mandate of Palestine.

The Promise Flyer

A Benefit Concert in Memory of Rachel Corrie

A CONCERT OF ETHNIC MUSIC AND DANCE
Live Music by Helm

Dance performances
by Natalie Nayoun and Hanna Romanowsky

We raised $700 for the Palestinian youth Bail Fund and $512 for Khitam Qanoo’

A Benefit Concert in Memory of Rachel Corrie For the Palestinian youth Bail Fund and Khitam Qanoo’ A CONCERT OF ETHNIC MUSIC AND DANCE Live Music by Helm, 
Dance performances by Natalie Nayoun and Hanna romanowsky

Singing for Khitam

A concert of unaccompanied choral music including music by Wilbye, Janequin, Dvorak and the Beatles

Singing for Khitam - A concert of unaccompanied choral music

My Name Is Rachel Corrie

Directed by Lois Pearlman and Starring Mandy Cimino as Rachel With Middle Eastern music by HELM, and songs by Doug Adamz

My Name is Rachel Corrie  - This play by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner is based on the writings of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza while trying to save a Palestinian home from demolition.

 

Holiday Concert with Just Voices to Benefit the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.
Thank you all who supported this event!

2010 Holiday Concert with Just Voices to Benefit the PCRF


We raised $2,020. For a small donation, you can get a DVD of the event by emailing us...

2010 Anne Wright Event


You can view a recording of the event here...

Thank you all who supported this event with Adam Shapiro. We are delighted to say that we raised $915 for U.S. Boat to Gaza.

2010 Adam Shapiro Event

 

Thank you all who supported this event, which has raised $5,965 broken down to: $1,545 for Khitam Qanoo and $4,420 for MECA's Maia water project, bringing safe drinking water to the children of Gaza.

2010 Paletinian Dinner Party

 

2010 Sponsored Diet Fundraiser

2010 Sponsored Diet

 

2010 Rachel Corrie Memorial - concert of arabic music

Thank for supporting the Free Gaza Movement.. They hope to sail to Gaza in Spring 2010.

Huwaida Arag Speaks

 

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent event to benefit the Friends of Sabeel .

Gaza and The Freedom March

 

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent event:  the presentation on Gaza by Donna and Darlene Wallach, in aid of the Gaza Branch of the International Solidarity Movement.

Report Back from Gaza

 

Singing for Khitam. A concert of unaccompanied choral music to benefit our little sponsored child, Khitam Qanoo

Singing for Khitam

 

Dancing for Rachel - a Rachel Corrie Memorial Concert of Arabic Music and Dancing.

Dancing for Rachel

The performers : Hannah and Danceversity students, Evil Eye Belly Dance, Terry Di Giorno, Raks Terayz, and Helm

Guest speaker Dr. Jess Ghannam, Board Member of the Gaza Mental Health Program

Israeli Peace Activist Dorothy Naor's talk

Free Gaza

Visit AATW here

Shachaf's video of the destruction of Palestinian apricot trees is on YouTube here. .

Free Gaza

The Free Gaza web site is here.

Alison Weir

The If Americans Knew web site is here.

Anna Baltzer

We were able to give Anna donations totaling $1,068, plus 15 Euros!

For people who did not get a copy of Anna's fact sheet handout, click here.

Anna's web site is here.

Five for Palestine web site is here..

Thank you to everyone that supported our 2008 Summer Raffle for Palestine that raised $13,360!

Arnas Children

nakba flyer

Thank you all who organized our successful educational Nakba event .

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