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About the NEYM Israel-Palestine Working Group

The Israel-Palestine Working Group of New England Yearly Meeting has been meeting since 2015, primarily to plan programs at Yearly Meeting Sessions about Palestine-Israel. Each summer we’ve organized and facilitated over 30 programs including slideshows and movies about the region, workshops, speakers, a Gaza pinwheel display from the AFSC, photographic displays, and informal lunch sessions. Most recently we have concentrated on helping write and distribute minutes (statements) from monthly and quarterly meetings. We are a small, self-appointed interest group from different sections of New England within New England Yearly Meeting. Most of us have visited the Palestine-Israel  numerous times and have been active on related issues for more than one decade.

Our goals are to foster comprehension of the constantly shifting political landscape, encourage Quaker and individual action, ultimately to contribute to a just peace in Palestine-Israel. One vehicle for this is a strong fair minute from NEYM.

“Our lives are love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another, but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.” (Isaac Penington, 1667)

Cliff Bennett (Plainfield MM, VT), Margaret Hawthorn (Monadnock Quaker Meeting, NH), Anita Rapone (Burlington Friends Meeting), Susan Rhodewalt (Northeast Kingdom Quaker Meeting, VT), Scott Rhodewalt (Northeast Kingdom Quaker Meeting, VT), Skip Schiel  (Friends Meeting at Cambridge, MA), Charles Simpson (Burlington Friends Meeting), Jonathan Vogel Borne (Friends Meeting at Cambridge), Martha Yager (RI)

Sandy Isaacs was a key founding member active until his death in January 2019, and Joyce Rawitscher was an earlier important founding member, active until her death in November 2016.

We are a self-selected interest group within New England Yearly Meeting, and part of the Faith in Action Committee of NEYM.

News and Events

  • Friends Fiduciary Corporation divests from companies working in Israel
    March 12, 2019
    Old news (2012) but worth repeating
  • Space to Play
    March 12, 2019
    No space to play in Palestinian refugee camps
  • On Our Way Home, a photographic project about internally...
    March 11, 2019
    Photographs about internally expelled Palestinian refugees
  • In photos: Israel’s war on nonviolent resistance in Hebron
    March 11, 2019
    Photos of non violent resistance in Hebron
  • Gaza march leader, Ahmed Abu Artema, to conscientious...
    January 17, 2019
    The leader of Gaza’s Great Return March holds a rare conversation...
  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Insult to Angela Davis...
    January 17, 2019
    Scholars, activists, and grassroots organizers have flocked to her defense, a...
  • Quakers will not profit from the occupation of Palestine...
    December 8, 2018
    Quakers in Britain has today become the first church in the...
  • “What does justice look like? Moving towards a Just Peace in Palestine and...
    October 23, 2018
    An AFSC conference on Palestine-Israel at Pendle Hill December 2018
  • Uri Avnery, Israel's Visionary of Peace, 1923-2018
    August 20, 2018
    Israeli activist Uri Avnery takes part in a protest at the...
  • Palestine-Israel at a Large Quaker Gathering in New England,...
    August 16, 2018
    Palestine-Israel program at NEYM Sessions 2018
  • The March of Folly by Uri Avnery
    July 26, 2018
    Avnery on Israel's current policies toward Gaza
  • Palestine-Israel programs at NEYM Sessions-August 2018
    July 4, 2018
    Workshops, lunch meetings, exhibit, and road signs at NEYM this summer
  • The One-State Solution
    July 3, 2018
    A well-reasoned consideration of the One State Option
  • Birthright: Not Just a Free Trip (From If Not...
    July 3, 2018
    How Israel sells itself to young American Jews
  • Targeting the most vulnerable: children in detention in the...
    July 3, 2018
    Imprisoned children in Palestine & the United States
  • We Live Near The Border With Gaza, And We...
    June 15, 2018
    An Open Letter to Israeli & Hamas Leadership from Israeli neighbors
  • Killed for Protesting (in Gaza): 6 Things to Know...
    June 14, 2018
    Action suggestions about Gaza from Jewish Voice for Peace
  • A martyr forever caught on camera
    June 8, 2018
    Photography reveals truth
  • Mubarak Awad, Palestinian Mentor of Nonviolent Resistance
    May 26, 2018
    Mubarak Awad, exiled leader of strategic nonviolence—he is not the only...
  • Bethlehem
    Mazin Qumsiyeh — A Voice from Bethlehem
    May 21, 2018
    In this posting from the West Bank, Mazin Qumsiyeh speaks in...
  • Why Are Palestinians Protesting in Gaza?
    May 15, 2018
    by MIKE MERRYMAN-LOTZE (in Counterpunch) A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is evacuated during a...
  • Palestinian Christians and Muslims call on faith communities to...
    May 3, 2018
    Palestinian Christians and Muslims call for justice
  • Two programs about anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and privilege, Saturday,...
    April 10, 2018
    Living into New England Yearly Meeting’s Israel/Palestine Minute/statement: Understanding Interplay of...
  • The Great March of Return (of Gazans to their...
    April 2, 2018
    Palestinians participate in a tent city protest commemorating Land Day, with...
  • Two recent alarming actions by the Trump administration: Jerusalem...
    January 25, 2018
    Respond to the Trump administration's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital...
  • Vic Mensa: What Palestine Taught Me About American Racism
    January 18, 2018
    One African American perspective on Palestinian rights—by someone who's been there
  • Ahed Tamimi & the Struggle for Justice in Nabi...
    January 18, 2018
    An insightful, twenty minute interview with a young Palestinian activist, currently...
  • A conference: THE  ISRAEL LOBBY & AMERICAN POLICY 2018,...
    January 11, 2018
    THE ISRAEL LOBBY & AMERICAN POLICY 2018 Just before the annual American...
  • AFSC Germany
    AFSC among human rights orgs barred from Israel
    January 10, 2018
    PUBLISHED: JANUARY 8, 2018 Yesterday the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) was...
  • Gaza’s airport, once a symbol of statehood, is now...
    January 9, 2018
    Palestine built it in 1998; Israel destroyed in 2 years later.
  • What were the top BDS victories of 2017?
    January 8, 2018
    The movement for Palestinian rights continues to grow across the world....
  • Israel indicts Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi
    January 2, 2018
    Resistance by youth to the Israeli occupation in Sabi Saleh
  • The Challenges We Face and Community We Forge: An...
    January 1, 2018
    An interview with Sa'ed Atshan whose invitation to a Quaker school...
  • Jerusalem: Why the World Doesn’t Recognize It as Israel’s...
    December 6, 2017
    The importance of Jerusalem, as symbol and as sovereignty
  • Angela Davis on Black Lives Matter, Palestine, and the...
    December 5, 2017
    Angela Davis, scholar and activist, former Black Panther with a long...
  • Israel's settlements: 50 years of land theft explained
    December 1, 2017
    Israel's settlements: 50 years of land theft explained
  • On the 35th Anniversary of Sabra and Shatila: The...
    September 16, 2017
    A medical doctor remembers serving in the camp during the massacre.
  • "The Occupation of the American Mind" on Democracy Now
    September 14, 2017
    How media filters perspectives about Israel and Palestine
  • Sa'ed Atshan Speaks Out on Disinvitation
    September 5, 2017
    Palestinian professor, speaks out on cancellation of Friends' Central speech
  • NEYM unites on a statement about Palestine-Israel
    August 8, 2017
    For the first time, NEYM responds to the violence in the...
  • Plans for NEYM Annual Sessions 2017
    August 3, 2017
    The New England Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions takes place August 5–10,...
  • Teachers fired for supporting students
    May 9, 2017
    Friends' Central teachers fired after inviting Palestinian professor to speak
  • Findings from Visits in Salem Quarter
    May 1, 2017
    Findings from circulating Cambridge Meeting's statement on the US Role in...
  • Friends Central disinvites Sa'ed Atshan
    March 16, 2017
    Palestinian Quaker, academic and activist barred from speaking at Quaker School

Statements and Minutes from New England Quakers

  • Minute of Concern for Palestinians in Gaza
    July 5, 2018
    A few Quakers in New England speak out about the blockade...
  • NEYM unites on a statement about Palestine-Israel
    August 8, 2017
    For the first time, NEYM responds to the violence in the...
  • Salem Quarterly Meeting Statement on the United States Role...
    April 23, 2017
    A statement and call to action
  • Statement on US Role in Israel/Palestine
    January 11, 2016
    A minute adopted by Friends Meeting at Cambridge, January 2016
  • Support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
    December 13, 2015
    Storrs (CT) Friends unites on minute
  • Boycott and Divest Products Supporting Occupation
    June 7, 2015
    A minute adopted by Monadnock Quaker Meeting, July 2015
  • A Call for a Just and Lasting Peace
    November 9, 2014
    A minute adopted by Burlington Friends Meeting, November 2014
  • Recommendations to Northwest Quarterly Meeting
    February 28, 2014
    Ad-hoc Israel-Palestine Committee of NW Quarter's recommendations


  • Other Quaker Resources
    Websites and links to statements by other Quaker groups
  • Non-Quaker Resources
    Information found on these websites has been helpful in our work
  • Suggested Reading (books and articles)
    Compiled by Skip Schiel
  • Suggested Visual Media
    An annotated list compiled by Joyce Rawitscher and Skip Schiel