Meetings: 7:00 - 8:30 pm the second Thursday of the month at the
Woodstock Public Library. The fourth Thursday is a conference call.
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Local Groups-

End the New Jim Crow
Campaign to end mass

Hudson to Gaza Freedom March
Our local trip to Cairo to break the siege of Gaza.

Hudson Valley BDS
Resisting Israeli apartheid though economic means.

JVP Hudson Valley
New Hudson Valley chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

JVP Vassar College
Campus chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Middle East Notes
Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Lay Missioners.

Woodstock Free Speech
The campaign to protect BDS speech in Woodstock, NY.

Other Blogs-

News, analysis, video and voices from Israel/Palestine.

Al Shabaka
The Palestinian Policy Network.

Bend The Arc
A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

Doctor in Galilee
"a physician struggling to alleviate his people's lot" -Desmond Tutu

Fantasyland Media
Stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine.

Jewish writer for the American Conservative questions Zionism.

Palestinian girl
Reporting from Nabi Saleh

Palestine Legal
Protecting the right to stand for justice in Palestine.

Popular Resistance
Mazin Qumsiyeh, former Yale
professor now in the West Bank.

Students for Justice in Palestine
National Students for Justice in Palestine.


Activist Radio on ClassWars
every Thu from 5-6 pm on WVKR

Nic Abramson's interview
on Activist Radio

Rami Efal's interview
on Activist Radio

Miko Peled's interview
on Activist Radio

Understanding Israel/Palestine


Web resource of films about the lives of Palestinians.

Some of my Best Friends are Zionists
Jewish Americans who've changed their minds.

Presbyterian Teaching Guide
Why Palestine Matters:
The Struggle to End Colonialism

Steadfast Hope
The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace: booklet and DVD


Chris Hedges on Gaza

Discriminatory Laws Database for Muslims living in Israel.

Mapping the Israeli Apartheid in the West Bank.

Corporations directly involved in the illegal occupation.

Read Joel Kovel's book Overcoming Zionism that was censored by the Israeli Lobby. Listen to his interview on "Democracy Now!"

Read Carl Stock's book From D'burg to Jerusalem: The Unlikely Rise and Awful Fall of a Small-Town Newsman.

Read about Rachel Corrie, the 23 year old American peace activist, who was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer as she knelt in front of a Palestinian home. A memorial as well as a tribute to Rachel Corrie were put in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Watch a video of Jim Page singing "I'd Rather Be Dancing."

Listen to Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian, talk about apartheid and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Listen to: "They're Building a Wall" by David Rovics.

Songs For Mahmud

Watch a short clip from "A Palestinian Woman," a new release from Red Hill Films.

Watch the "Shame of Ertas" on YouTube.

Listen to Yonatan Shapira, an Israeli Air Force pilot who refused to serve in the occupied West Bank. He spoke at Bard College, and from Israel at the beginning of the Gaza invasion.

Read the "Two-States or One State" public debate between Uri Avnery and Ilan Pappe.

What YOU can do for justice in Palestine.

Donate to MECR-

Make checks out to "MECR" and send them to: MECR, PO Box 614 Shady, NY 12409.

If an Agent Knocks-

Download and read a PDF file from the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Hand Crafted-

Rep. Omar is facing these attacks because she is a Black, Muslim woman who has taken a seat in the halls of power and is refusing to be a silent token. She is advocating for unapologetically universal progressive politics. And yet, there is a deafening silence from the Democratic leadership about the threats against her—including the reprehensible Islamophobic poster in the West Virginia Capitol—effectively giving a green light to violence.

With their silence, Democrats are complicit in any violence or threats against Rep. Omar. That complicity edges them closer and closer to Trump’s gleeful incitement of hate speech and white supremacist, white nationalist violence against marginalized communities.
Call House Speaker Pelosi now at 202-225-0100
and press "1" to leave her a message

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Friday, March 8, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock. An evening with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Combatants for Peace, featuring two former soldiers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who will speak about their personal transformation from fighters to nonviolent activists. A segment from the award winning documentary “Disturbing the Peace” (streaming now on Netflix!) will be shown. Suggested donation $10 - $20; no one turned away. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV, Veterans For Peace, and Women in Black - New Paltz, American Friends of Combatants for Peace  Contact: or 845 876-7906

Print out a flyer and post it in your community!

Paying Tribute to Joel Kovel

We had a full house for this December 7 event entitled "Joel Kovel and His Legacy: Film Tribute with Cambiz Amir-Khosravi and DeeDee Halleck." Joel Kovel was an activist, physician, and professor who wrote 13 books including The Enemy of Nature, White Racism, Overcoming Zionism, and Red Hunting in the Promised Land. He was also a founder of our group, Middle East Crisis Response.

Take Gaza. If you are going to place two million people in a concentration camp, which is in
 effect what it is, and put them under a vicious siege, you have to ask yourself; am I justified in doing this? People who try to oppose it are traitors, Arab lovers and so on. You have seen this phenomenon in European history, I don’t have to give you examples. - Noam Chomsky

Currently, Popular Resistance is supporting an effort to ask the International Criminal Court to launch a full investigation of Israel for its war crimes. People and organizations are invited to sign on to the letter, which will be delivered by a delegation, including us, to the Hague in November.

Click here to read and sign onto the letter (please share it).

Click here to donate towards the delegation to the ICC.

MECR showed “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine” at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St, Kingston. This free documentary follows an African American gospel choir as it travels the Holy Land singing in a Palestinian play about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Al Helm (the dream) explores cultural differences, human rights, and the power of nonviolent action. The New Progressive Baptist Church Choir performed live at the end of the film. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV, and Veterans for Peace.

Talk and Book Signing with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

The June 22 talk and book signing with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities and founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History ( was a great success. Dr. Qumsiyeh talked about colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and how Palestine has dealt with decades of Israeli oppression.

The talk was at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore & Gallery 200 Main St, Saugerties, and was sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV, and Veterans for Peace.

An Evening to Break the Blockade of Gaza

On June 1 we held an Evening of Music and Discussion with Yonatan Shapira (former IDF Air Force pilot) and Elis Elhanan (co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian NGO Combatants for Peace) to benefit the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. We had a full house crowd at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave.

Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: or 845 876-7906

Remembering Our Mentor and Friend

"Joel Kovel, to be brief, has been a prestigious and best-selling writer on psychotherapy, a militant left activist from the middle 1960s onward, an eco-theorist and an explorer of the world just beyond our sense perceptions. He offers us the details most precious to him, the saga of his own family (or families), his shift from one intellectual emphasis to another, his growth in politics but also his political conflicts." -CounterPunch

We feel privileged to have known Joel Kovel all these years. He was a founder of Middle East Crisis Response, a visionary writer and thinker, and a good friend to many of us. His quest for justice and human rights for all people will always be a guiding principle of our organization. His meticulous scholarship on Palestinian history will always inform MECR's struggle. The truth about racism will eventually set us free from the hatreds that plague our society, as well as from the militarism and exploitation that has heretofore guided America's foreign policy.


Middle East Crisis joins Black Lives Matter in New Paltz vigil

Photo by Ellen Davidson

Remembering Pia

In memory of our dear friend and fellow activist, Pia Alexander, who passed away last week. From your trip to the deep South during the Civil Rights Era to your journey to Cairo as part of the 2009 Gaza Freedom March, you always stood up for those who were being oppressed. You were never afraid to speak truth, nor to portray truth in your art.

You will always be with us