Sing and protest

Sing and protest

Join the North Coast Coalition for Palestine (NCCP) at the Santa Rosa mall this Sunday to perform singing flash mobs about the illegal wall that separates Bethlehem from the rest of Palestine’s West Bank.

We will meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at the big hand in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza to practice our revised version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” These new lyrics describes how Mary and Joseph would not be able to get into Bethlehem for the birth of their child if they were to attempt to do it today.

“I think the Christmas season is a perfect opportunity to let people know that the Palestinian city of Bethlehem is completely surrounded by a 26-foot wall with three gates guarded by Israeli soldiers,” said Therese Mughannam, a Christian Palestinian and a member of NCCP.

Richard Falk, Wednesday Dec 10, 7 PM

Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope.
Richard Falk, International Law Scholar
Interview by Peter B. Collins, Q & A to follow

First Presbyterian Church
72 Kensington Rd
San Anselmo, CA


A renowned international law scholar who recently completed a six-year term as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. This Book powerfully illuminates the transformation of the Palestinians’ struggle over recent years into a struggle for legitimacy, similar to that pursued by the anti-colonial movements of the twentieth century. Falk has built this compelling narrative around a series of essays he wrote between 2010 and early 2014 for his personal blog.

The book provides both a nuanced portrait of the development of the Palestinian resistance movement(s) and a strong focus on the key role that international law and institutions and global solidarity movements have played in this struggle. Please join us for this special evening.

“perceptive and informative, rich in understanding” Noam Chomsky

Interview by Peter B.Collins. Q & A to follow

Presented by: Marin Peace & Justice Coalition,
Social Justice Center of Marin, Keep Hope Alive,
14 Friends of Palestine, Nor Cal Friends of Sabeel
Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace,
North Coast Coalition for Palestine

Event: Israeli author appeals for separation of religion and state, Nov 3

Monday, Nov. 3, 7:00 PM 2150 Giffen Ave., on the corner of Stony Point Road and Giffen, just south of Sebastopol Road.

Israeli author appeals for separation of religion and state

Israeli journalist Ofra Yeshua-Lyth, author of the recently re-released The Case for a Secular New Jerusalem: A Memoir, will speak Monday, Nov. 3 in Santa Rosa about why she believes the religious nature of her country is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This discussion will be meaningful for Jews who have begun questioning Israeli policies, Palestinians and their allies, and everyone who is interested in finding a just and peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In the Israeli newspaper Haaretz book reviewer Ilana Hammerman wrote, “ The analysis is a controversial consideration of the question framed by the Hebrew subtitle: Why don’t Israeli’s have a secular democratic state. The subtitle appears without a question mark, perhaps because the answer is obvious from the start: because there is no separation of church and state in Israel.”

Born and raised in Israel, Yeshua-Lyth served as a soldier in the Israeli army and as a correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Maariv in Germany and the US. She is an ardent feminist and the mother of a daughter who refused to serve in the Israeli army.

As part of an international book tour, she will speak beginning at 7 p.m. at the Stony Point campus of the First Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, 2150 Giffen Ave., on the corner of Stony Point Road and Giffen, just south of Sebastopol Road. Admission is a requested donation of $7 to $10. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. There will be refreshments following the talk.

This event is co-sponsored by the North Coast Coalition for Palestine, Sonomans for Justice and Peace in Palestine, the Petaluma Progressives and the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County.

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