- Written by Katie Miranda Katie Miranda
- Published: 12 August 2017 12 August 2017
I attended Senator Ron Wyden’s town hall on August 9 in Tualatin, Oregon. I was concerned about his co-sponsorship of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, S.720 which, as the ACLU stated, could expose someone to criminal prosecution for speaking at a rally, or on twitter, in favor of a U.N. boycott proposal against Israel.
Wyden began the town hall by giving a flag to Les and Eva Aigner, two Holocaust survivors who reside in Oregon, whom Wyden lately honored in a speech in the Senate.
Everyone who wanted to ask a question was given a lottery ticket. Maria Barahona was called on and her question to Wyden was:
Senator Wyden, I want to thank you for your position on many issues of civil liberties and holding the constitution which has been badly trampled by the Trump administration. But i’m concerned about your co-sponsorship of the Israel anti-Boycott act.
I feel, Senator Wyden, that you are two different Senators. There is Senator Wyden who stands up for my civil liberties and defends my right to privacy, stands for healthcare and other issues. But there’s the other Senator Wyden who seems to to want to defend the human rights violations of a foreign country, Israel from opposition to its illegal policies. And you seem willing to do so by supporting a bill which would punish your own constituents who care about human rights.. and illustrate the all too familiar bi-partisan Palestine exception when it comes to free speech from pro-Palestine activists. I want my senator, at the very least, to withdraw his support from this awful bill, S. 720 and stand up for my right to free speech and the right to boycott.
At this point approximately 10 people held up “I agree” signs. No one, that I could see, held up “I disagree” signs.
Statement by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Robert Piper, on the 50th Anniversary of Israel’s Occupation
- Written by Robert Piper Robert Piper
- Published: 06 June 2017 06 June 2017
- Written by Peter Miller Peter Miller
- Published: 20 May 2017 20 May 2017
When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8pm to 10pm
Where: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Join ANERA at Taborpace in Portland, OR, for our #RamadanSolidarity Iftar! Featuring a special performance by Palestinian-American comedian Amer Zahr, this Iftar will raise funds to send food packages to refugees and vulnerable families.
A full-course dinner will be served and ANERA’s Director of Donor Development, Hani Almadhoun, will be speaking about the current refugee crisis in Lebanon and conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, with an emphasis on the positive impact ANERA supporters have through our programs on the ground.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/312657485829713/
Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland and Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
- Written by Colter Louwerse Colter Louwerse
- Published: 13 May 2017 13 May 2017
Read the full article at https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2017/05/09/is-the-international-community-unfairly-biased-against-israel/
There are numerous reasons why it is appropriate for the international community to focus so heavily on Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.
The latest installment in United Nations bashing occurred this past week when all 100 United States Senators——including such progressive figures as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren——signed a letter accusing the organization of using its platform “to advance an anti-Israel agenda” and “at times” to “reinforce the broader scourge of anti-Semitism”. The allegation is not a new one, and has long been a favorite of US officials attempting to obfuscate Israel’s appalling human rights record.
- Written by Peter Miller Peter Miller
- Published: 26 April 2017 26 April 2017
Life & Prison in Palestine:
A Cartoonist’s Eye
Mohammad Sabaaneh, author of White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine
Sunday, May 7th - 7 to 9pm
First Unitarian Church
1226 SW Salmon Street
Buchan Reception Hall
Mohammad is a talented cartoonist based in Ramallah and a former political prisoner in Israel. His work has been lauded by leading political cartoonists worldwide.
“Each of Mohammad Sabaaneh’s powerful drawings is like a gut punch that gets straight to the essence of the stark reality of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. This is how an artist resists.” Joe Sacco, author and illustrator whose books include Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
Mohammad’s book is published by Just World Books justworldeducational.org
Sponsored by: Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights - auphr.org and Portland Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East - uujme.org
Cosponsored by: Holy Land Ministry at Spirit of Grace, Vancouver for Peace, and Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland - jvp-pdx.org