In October, we went public with our campaign to get the City of Grand Rapids to adopt a resolution in support of divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
The Grand Rapids BDS Campaign is still going strong and we created this short video to help us promote the campaign and to demonstrate the broad base of support we have around justice for Palestine.
This campaign is modeled on the South African Anti-Apartheid Campaign of the 1980s. The Palestinian BDS Campaign is critical for those of us who live in the US, since the US government provides $3 Billion annually in military aid to Israel, supports the ongoing expansion of Israeli settlements and blocks any effort to enforce United Nations resolutions to against the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
If you want to know more about the growing BDS Campaign, go to this link and please share this video.
Rev. Naim Attek was in Grand Rapids speaking to several groups about the struggle for Palestinian liberation. This interview was conducted just after a talk he gave at GVSU, at an event co-sponsored by Healing Children of Conflict. In 1991, Ateek established Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Prior to that, he served as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and also served as a priest in Haifa and Nazareth. He has authored many books.
For more information on Rev. Naim Ateek and Sabeel, please visit http://sabeel.org/
This video takes you through the process of Healing Children of Conflict’s work with an Iraqi boy named Hamzah, who was brought to the US to get a prosthetic leg, which he lost due to a US missile attack. HCC members talk about their experience of working with Hamzah in 2011.
Jeff Smith of GRIID and HCC interviews founding director of No More Victims, Cole Miller. Cole was in Grand Rapids to present information about this campaign and to invite people to be part of this international campaign. The interview includes video footage of an Iraqi girl who’s father and brother were killed at a US military check point in Iraq.