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.