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
incarceration.

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-

+972
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.

Mondoweiss
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.

Radio-

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
on WAMC/NPR

Films-

PalestineDocs
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

Background-

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-





-Friday, September 7, 7:30-9:00 PM at the at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock. Film and talk entitled “Is War With Iran Inevitable?” with Dr. Bahman Azad, retired professor of economics and sociology and former acting director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Azad served as a lieutenant in the Iranian Air Force and is organizational secretary of the U.S. Peace Council, co-chair of Iran Pledge of Resistance, NGO representative of the World Peace Council at the U.N., and coordinator of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases. Suggested donation $10. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906

Print out a PDF flyer for this event.


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 mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV jvphudsonvalley.org, 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 (palestinenature.org) 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 mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV jvphudsonvalley.org, 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 mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org 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.

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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

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