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.

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.


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 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-

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 ... Presente.

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

State-sanctioned backlash
against the movement for Palestinian human rights has reached a new low: Gov. Cuomo just signed a McCarthyite executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organizations that support the Palestinian call to boycott companies profiting from, or cultural institutions complicit in, Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. Furthermore, the order requires the creation of a publicly available blacklist of all companies and institutions that support the movement.
A local effort in Woodstock, NY includes a petition to the town board on First Amendment rights and the freedom to express support for BDS. Please read the proposed resolution and sign the petition. You don't have to be a resident of Woodstock to sign.

The Freedom to Boycott in NY campaign created an online petition calling Cuomo to rescind his order. The folks at the US Campaign to End the Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace anchored this effort and the petition is live through the JVP website.

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 at the Inquiring
Mind Bookstore, 200 Main St, Saugerties.

We had a great weekend with Existence is Resistance and M1! Huge thank you
to all the student organizations and the VSA for helping to pull this off!!!
Vassar College Students for Justice in Palestine

"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.

 Dear WIB and Friends,

We will once again stand this Saturday in solidarity with the Palestinian women of occupied East
Jerusalem and for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The Middle East Crisis Response will also be joining us. It is from 12:45 to 1:30 on the vigil corner on Main and N Front Streets in New Paltz.

From our flyer, "The guerrilla state style tactics used in occupied East Jerusalem, be it the attacks on Palestinians in the streets, the beating of the young and old, the attacks on children going to and from school, the invasion of violent settlers into our homes, the control of our life, water, cell phones, internet, mobility, health, economy, and access to other resources, have situated us in human cages--segregated, restrained by Israeli laws and security theology, unable to know what will come next."

We will photograph our vigil to send to the Jerusalemite Women's Coalition so they know the world has not forgotten them and that many are working for peace and justice in that part of the world.

In Solidarity,

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

"Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace" is a 48-page booklet with a free companion DVD.

Produced by the Israel/Palestine Mission Nework of the Presbyterian Church, the documentary challenges common myths and misperceptions about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film offers an inspiring view of the activities currently being undertaken by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peacemakers working for justice and reconciliation. It also gives helpful guidance on how your congregation can contribute to the cause of just peace for the people who share the Holy Land.

Watch the video!
Buy 2nd Edition now! (price $10)

The Episcopal version of Steadfast Hope is now Available. Order by mailing your name, address, phone number and number of requested copies to EPF 637 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60605-1839 or call 847-910-5932. Purchase online.

Why don't you set up a film showing at a local church or synagog?