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About NorCal Sabeel

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). Read more here.

 

UPDATES

• NorCal Sabeel will host a webinar, Stop Censoring the Truth about the Middle East on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 p.m. (West Coast time). It will focus on Palestine.
 Register Today

• Read a letter to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat by NorCal Sabeel member Therese Mughannam-Walrath about Arab countries signing a "peace deal" with Israel, a betrayal of Palestinians.

• Join the Keep Awake: A Call to Preach Palestine campaign on Nov. 29. Palestinian Christians have called on Christian leaders in the U.S. to commit their congregations to "preach Palestine" on Nov. 29. Please encourage your priest or pastor to heed the call.  Go here to listen to a recent sermon from the North Bay.
Get more information

• Take steps to confront Christian Zionism and support Palestine. FOSNA has a valuable toolkit for activists and local leaders to use when challenging Christian Zionism.
Access the toolkit

• Listen to recent episodes on the Speaking of Palestine radio show from the North Bay:

Oct. 5: This show is a little different from the others as it includes the reading of some books for children about Palestine.

Nov. 2: Jeff Blankfort speaks about the Balfour Declaration (this year is the 103rd anniversary). There's also a piece on tax dollars to Israel, music, poetry and a discussion.

• Watch the documentary The Truth: Lost at Sea, about the 2010 convoy of cargo ships taking humanitarian aid to Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The flotilla was attacked by the Israeli military while in international waters and 10 activists died.
Find it on Prime Video or access it here

TAKE ACTION

Keep Awake: A Call to Preach Palestine on Nov. 29

Palestinian Christians have called on Christian leaders in the U.S. to commit their congregations to "preach Palestine on Nov. 29 (the first Sunday in Advent, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People).
Get more information

Confront Christian Zionism

Christian Zionists are among the most active and vocal supporters of Israel and its apartheid policies toward Palestine. FOSNA has a valuable toolkit for activists and local leaders for challenging Christian Zionism. It includes historical, theological, and political information about Christian Zionism, along with practical strategies.
Find the toolkit here

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.
Get more information and a sample letter

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 this humanitarian effort

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.
Get more information and help Dr. Abdulhadi

UPCOMING EVENTS

NorCal Sabeel webinar: Stop Censoring the Truth about the Middle East

On Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 p.m. (West Coast time) NorCal Sabeel will host a webinar on Palestine. Mark your calendar; details to follow.

ONGOING EVENTS

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.

RESOURCES

Speaking of Palestine radio show
Books
Books for Children and Young Adults
Films and DVDs
Websites and Blogs
Reports
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns

Fact-Finding and Witness Trips to Palestine:
https://uscpr.org/travelpalestine
https://www.fosna.org/trips

PAST EVENTS

National Day of Action against Facebook

JVP National called for a National Day of Action against Facebook on Sept. 23, 2020 because of its outrageous complicity in silencing the voices of Palestinians and Palestinian supporters. In addition to asking for people to call and post on social media, JVP asked the Bay Are JVP chapter for hold a small action at one of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's houses in San Francisco.

 

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.

Watch a video of 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.

Learn more

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 pastor 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.

Get more information about Dr. Abdulhadi and learn how to support her

Noura Erakat

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.

Solano Stroll

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.