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-

-Saturday, June 30, 7-8:30 PM. Film showing: “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. SPECIAL GUESTS: The New Progressive Baptist Church Choir will perform 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. Contact: or 845 876-7906

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

Mid East Crisis is planning an event for the Tamimis in New Paltz on Sunday the 18th (12 noon in front of the Starbucks in the Middle of town). We will have handouts, and possibly some participation from SUNY students.

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


Last Farmers' Market of the Year

We passed out about 200 flyers at this farmers' market.
The first flyer went to a retired engineer who was
born in Nablus, after his parents were forced
out of Israel during the Nakba.

Veterans For Peace in Palestine • Bil'in

Bringing news about HP and the illegal occupation
to Saturday afternoon shoppers.

"KINGSTON >> More than 75 people from the new Hudson Valley chapter of the group Jewish Voice for Peace gathered at Wall and North streets in Uptown Kingston late Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate their solidarity with Muslims and other minority groups." See full story in the Kingston Freeman.

Middle East Crisis Response was proud to stand with JVP in resisting racism in America. Human rights for all must be our standard. Listen to Pete Seeger's "We Will Love Or We Will Perish."

Many people know the Hewlett-Packard myth. Started in a Palo Alto garage, it's one of those “brilliant, creative local boy makes good” stories. But did you know that today HP is among the top military services companies in the world?

HP specializes in technologies to control and monitor large populations, selling to prison authorities, immigration police, and military regimes. These products are designed to limit human rights and civil rights, and they are a threat to all of us. HP is also complicit in Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

SIGN TODAY: Boycott HP, Technology of Israeli Apartheid!
Then organize with others in your city and join others around the globe in taking action during the week of Nov. 25 to Dec. 3. Pick the day that works best for you, and let the International Boycott HP Network know your plans by signing up here. The Week of Action includes Nov. 29, which is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The Women’s Boat to Gaza activists
are free and undeterred

Salam Qumsiyeh at the Woodstock Reformed Church

-Thu, Sep 8 at the Woodstock Town Library. Salam Qumsiyeh will come to the first part of the Middle East Crisis meeting to get to know local activists working for human rights in Palestine. Meeting starts at 7 pm and is open to the public.

-Sun, Sep 11 starting at 11:30 am after Woodstock Reformed Church services: A Conversation Salam Qumsiyeh, a young Christian Palestinian living in the West Bank. Salam Qumsiyeh is being hosted by the Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker Street. Potluck; bring a dish to pass. Open to the public. Contact: or 518 291-6808

-Wed, Sep 14 from 7 to 9 pm. "My Life as a Christian Palestinian in the West Bank," a talk by Salam Qumsiyeh, will be presented at the Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker Street. Middle East Crisis Response is cosponsoring the event, which will include refreshments and is open to the public. Contact: or 518 291-6808

We had 35 people for "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations. War in the United States." Great discussion followed the film showing June 3.

MECR in DC for the national march
on Washington to support Palestine.

Talk and book signing by Lillian Rosengarten, author of
Survival and Conscience: From the Shadows of Nazi Germany
to the Jewish Boat to Gaza, from 7-8:30
Inquiring Mind Bookstore, 200 Main St, Saugerties

"Stop the Racism and Hate" vigil in Rhinebeck on Dec 20 brought out about 15 people, with many stopping
to register their support.

"Stop the Racism and Hate" vigil drew a
good number of people in Woodstock on Dec 13.

This is what occupation looks like.
End US support for apartheid Israel!