Events

Summer Activities and Fall Meetings

TOWARDS A DEMOCRATIC STATE FOR ALL BETWEEN THE RIVER AND THE SEA

July 12th    6:30 PM     First Lutheran Church Duluth. Talk by Jeff Halper, Israeli Anthropologist and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Even as the genocide in Gaza continues, the US and Europe are plotting with Saudi Arabia to “normalize” Israel’s place in the region, leaving the Palestinians trapped in the tiny enclaves of Israel’s apartheid regime forever.  While our attention and hearts are focused on Gaza, we civil society actors cannot abandon the wider fight for Palestinian rights and a better future for everyone between the River and the Sea, now in a critical phase.

As a founding member of the Palestinian-led One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC) Jeff will present the ODSC’s program for replacing Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory with a democratic state with equal rights for all-including the returning refugees. This, he argues, is the only substantially just way forward, but it is strewn with complex and difficult issues that we will discuss. There will be lots of time for discussion.

Jeff Halper Biography

Jeff Halper is an Israeli anthropologist, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and a founding member of the One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC). He served as the President of Friends World College, an international college program, and has taught at universities in Israel, the US, Latin America and Africa.

Jeff has served on the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. In 2008 he sailed into Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli siege. He was nominated by the American Friends Service Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Palestinian intellectual and militant Ghassan Andoni.

Jeff’s latest books are War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, which was shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award, and Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism and the Case for One Democratic State.

Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm – SUMUD Northland meeting.

Sumud Northland – for Justice in Palestine and Israel  will continue its program year on Thursday, September 26th,  6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth, MN and on Zoom (link below). All are welcome. We will follow-up on July’s talk by Jeff Halper at First Lutheran Church as well as discuss his recent book,Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine – Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State”.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86033186918?pwd=N1lzY3ZmWS80eWNnZGdwSzJGck9odz09 

Calendar of Events

  • Every Friday at 12:00 – 12:30 pm – Women in Black Vigil – Grandmothers for Peace. Lake Avenue and Superior Street, Duluth, MN. From Dorothy Wolden: “These Women in Black actions are silent vigils calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, and end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel.  The silent vigil has been followed by a reading of the names and ages of some of the victims of the bombings and a closing song.
  • Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 pm CDT. Join Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) for an urgent upcoming webinar with Jonathan Kuttab. With new insights and key takeaways about this historic crisis, FOSNA Executive Director Jonathan Kuttab returns from Palestine with an urgent message and call to action for the FOSNA  community and all persons of conscience. 

     

     

    Important Talks, Webinars, Sermons

    • Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac gives a liturgy of lament, in a live broadcast service from the Lutheran Christmas Church in Palestine, shared by Bethlehem Bible College, Churches for Middle East Peace, Evangelicals for Justice, Global Immersion, Red Letter Christians, and Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East (NEME). (Sermon begins around 28:00) Dec. 23, 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juCkshyqGN8 
    • Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb gives the keynote address at the Matthew 25 Summit, January 18, 2024 at the New Life Presbyterian Church in Atlanta Georgia. (Lecture begins around 41:00)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T1BRfvLWQg 

     

     

     

     

     

    FILM NIGHTS

    Prior to the pandemic, our group sponsored several “Film & Food Nights” to raise awareness regarding the Palestinian issue. Various congregations hosted these film nights: In Duluth, MN, Concordia Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and Peace United Church of Christ, and in Superior, WI, Pilgrim Lutheran Church. The following films were viewed and discussed in these venues:

      • 1948: Creation & Catastrophe
      • Gaza in Conflict
      • The Iron Wall
      • Israel vs Israel
      • Knowledge Is the Beginning
      • The Occupation of the American Mind
      • The Wanted 18
      • With God on Our Side

    Recently, the Leadership Team created PowerPoint presentations on various topics: Primer on Palestinians Living Under Occupation; Gaza: History, Trauma, & Hope; Eco-Peace Middle East; Art as Creative Resistance; Beyond the Two-State Solution (featuring Jonathan Kuttab’s proposal); and the Palestinian History Tapestry.