NorCal Sabeel is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, San Francisco Bay Area–based group dedicated to organizing and participating in events that advance peace and justice for both Palestinians and Israelis. Our mission is to advocate for Palestinian human rights and to amplify the voices of the Palestinians. We condemn all acts of violence against human life, whether committed by states, individuals, or groups. NorCal Sabeel is affiliated with Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).
NorCal Sabeel supports the mission of FOSNA, which is to promote awareness and understanding of the conflict between the Palestinians and the state of Israel through nonviolent advocacy and educational programs for North American Christians and other faith groups. NorCal Sabeel supports:
- the call of Kairos Palestine to end Palestinian suffering
- the end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions
- equal rights and access to resources for all inhabitants of the region, based on principles of social, economic, environmental, and political justice
- the right of return of Palestinian refugees in accordance with international law and human rights principles
- the end to policies of the U.S. government that support and perpetuate the occupation
- active engagement in the campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions
P.O. Box 9301
Berkeley, CA 94709
Restore the Original CA Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
In 2019, the California Department of Education released a draft ethnic studies model curriculum for grades 9–12 that was developed by ethnic studies experts. After a massive effort by pro-Israel groups and individuals, the draft curriculum was revised by the department and released on July 31, 2020. The new curriculum is very different from the original: It eliminates Pacific Islander and Arab American studies, including references to Palestine and the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948. A coalition has formed to restore the original draft curriculum.
Support Rep. Betty McCollum's Israeli Annexation Non-Recognition Act
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and progressive colleagues introduced a historic bill on August 14: the Israeli Non-Recognition Act. The bill states that the act would "prohibit the United States from formally recognizing or providing U.S. aid to any area of the occupied West Bank annexed by the government of Israel in violation of international law." Write your representative to sign onto the bill.
Support Lebanon Emergency Aid
Middle East Children's Alliance is organizing medical and food support for the thousands of people who were injured in the recent devastating fire in Lebanon.
Support Professor Rabab Abdulhadi
Dr. Abdulhadi is a scholar and activist who is the director of Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas/Race and Resistance Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She is an outspoken critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. She has been subjected to a vicious campaign by the pro-Israel Lawfare Project, which has initiated a lawsuit that seeks to silence and intimidate her and others and dismantle the program at SFSU.
AB 1460: CSU Ethnic Studies Requirement
On august 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 1460, requiring students in the California State University system to take an approved ethnic studies course to graduate. Please contact the governor at email@example.com to thank him for signing the bill. Thanks to all of you who contact him about signing the bill!
Understanding Israeli Apartheid Webinar Series
Join the UK's Palestine Solidarity Committee for a four-session webinar series in October on Israeli apartheid. The four webinars are at 10:00 a.m. California time on October 1, 8, 15, and 22.
Oakland-Palestine Solidarity Mural
The Oakland-Palestine Solidarity Mural is an international solidarity and community-building project created under the auspices of NorCal Sabeel, the Estria Foundation, and Art Forces. With its diverse, international team of artists, the mural connects the Bay Area and the United States to Palestine by linking shared histories of colonization, environmental injustice, and the exile of indigenous peoples. View the mural across the street from Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th St., Oakland.
Speaking of Palestine radio show
Books for Children and Young Adults
Films and DVDs
Websites and Blogs
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns
Fact-Finding and Witness Trips to Palestine:
Abolition and Liberation: A Conversation with Angela Davis and Jamal Juma
On Friday, August 28, Angela Davis and Jamal Juma discussed connections between calls made by Black Lives Matter to defund the police and abolish the prison industrial complex and Palestinian calls to tear down all apartheid walls and free Palestine. The event was moderated by Kristian Davis Bailey, a Black pro-Palestine activist and organizer. Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) provided an introduction. NorCal Sabeel co-sponsored the event.
Banner Drop: Defend Palestine/No to Annexation
On August 8, 2020, supporters of Palestine dropped a banner from the University Avenue bridge over Highway 80 in Berkeley. The event was organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement in response to an international call for resistance from the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. NorCal Sabeel was a co-sponsor.
Voices from Palestine Webinar
On July 30, 2020, Middle East Children's Alliance sponsored a webinar in which Jamal Juma, coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign, talked about what the proposed Israeli annexation of 33% of the West Bank means for Palestinians. NorCal Sabeel co-sponsored the event.
Our Fight for Liberation
On June 20, 2020, the families of two young men, one Palestinian (Eyad Hallaq) and one African American (Oscar Grant) talked about their deceased family members and the impact of the senseless killings at the hands of Israeli and Oakland police. The Palestinian Youth Movement organized the event; it was co-sponsored by NorCal Sabeel.
Palestinian Advent Message on the 10th Anniversary of Kairos Palestine
NorCal Sabeel co-hosted Daniel Bannoura on December 14, 2019 in Berkeley. He is an instructor of Islamic studies and comparative religion at Bethlehem Bible College. His talk focused on Palestinian Christian responses to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Bannoura writes and lectures on Christian theology, Islam, and Christians in the Holy Land. Rev. Michael Yoshii, recently retired pastor at Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda and co-founder of United Methodists for Kairos Response, moderated. The following pastors from various Christian denominations also spoke:
• Rev. Dr. Dale M. Weatherspoon, pastor of Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, former member of the General Board of Church and Society and the General Commission on Religion and Race, a community activist, and a lifelong pursuer of justice
• Rev. Dr. John Anderson, recently retired chaplain at St. John’s Presbyterian in San Francisco and member of the the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
• Rev. Dr. Allison Tanner, minister of Christian Formation at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, co-leader of the FOSNA Clergy and Seminary Action Council, convener of World without Walls, and a GTU alumna
Palestine, Academia, and Activism with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi
Dr. Abdulhadi is the director of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Diasporas/Race and Resistance Studies program at San Francisco State University. She has been targeted for her advocacy on behalf of Palestine. On November 19, 2019, she spoke in Alameda about Palestine, activism in academia, and the attacks on her. NorCal Sabeel co-sponsored the event.
On November 12, 2019, many people came to Berkeley to hear lawyer Noura Erakat talk about her new book, Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. NorCal Sabeel was a co-sponsor of the event.
World Without Walls—World Without Cages
The World Without Walls Coalition, of which NorCal Sabeel is a founding member, put on this event on November 10, 2019 in Oakland. It focused on the shared experiences of youth around the globe and about strategies for change.
Palestine Culture Day
At the 41st year of Palestine Culture Day, September 14, 2019, NorCal Sabeel hosted an information booth. The event in Foster City included workshops, live music, comedy, and traditional Palestinian food. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a 2020 gathering.
This annual street fair held in early September attracts tens of thousands of people. As it has for many years, NorCal Sabeel joined JVP Bay Area activists in educating the community about the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinians and how the U.S. government supports this human disaster. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a Solano Stroll in 2020. The next one is tentatively planned for September 12, 2021.
Petaluma Progressive Festival
This annual event brings together activists for social change. The 2019 festival was held on August 25 and NorCal Sabeel joined with our partner, the North Coast Coalition for Palestine, at our table under the shade of walnut trees.