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. Most of us have visited the region 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 Meeting, VT), Margaret Hawthorn (Monadnock Quaker Meeting, NH), Sandy Isaacs (Monadnock Quaker Meeting, NH), Susan Rhodewalt (Mt. Toby Meeting, MA), Scott Rhodewalt (Mt. Toby Meeting, MA), Skip Schiel  (Friends Meeting at Cambridge, MA), Martha Yager [Joyce Rawitscher (key founding member, active until her death in November 2016)].

We are a self-selected interest group within New England Yearly Meeting.

News and Events

  • 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
    The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the...
  • NEYM unites on a statement about Palestine-Israel
    September 6, 2017
    For the first time, NEYM responds to the violence in the...
  • Sa'ed Atshan Speaks Out on Disinvitation
    September 5, 2017
    Palestinian professor, speaks out on cancellation of Friends' Central speech
  • 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

  • NEYM unites on a statement about Palestine-Israel
    September 6, 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
    NEYM Israel Palestine Working Group's recommendations

Resources

  • 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

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