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Madison Rafah Sister City updates on May 3rd - for the week ahead - Action Alerts, Images and more!




From Common Dreams: Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip hold a press conference and event in the courtyard of a school turned into a shelter in the city of Rafah, expressing gratitude and thanks to American and European university students for their solidarity with Gaza on April 28, 2024. 

(Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images)


UPDATE ON THE UW LIBRARY MALL PROTEST ENCAMPMENT


After the police broke up the Library Mall protest and detained 34 people early Wednesday morning, the encampment was quickly rebuilt. A meeting was finally held between the Chancellor and the students and it is reported that police action is halted for the time being. WORT Radio has this excellent coverage. The Daily Cardinal blog is also a good source of information. And here is a good collection of pictures from Madison and Milwaukee protests. 

Meanwhile, anyone who can come down to the Library Mall protest please do so. SJP posts a daily schedule with updates on Instagram.

Tonight there will be a Liberation Shabbat sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace beginning at 7:30. Also, if anyone is experiencing harassment by counter-protestors or others, JVP is tracking those incidents and asks that people report them by emailing madison@jewishvoiceforpeace.org


GOOD ARTICLES TO READ

(1) The Police Brought Violence to UW Madison's Gaza Encampment (Eyewitness account by Scott Gordon in Tone Magazine)

(3) Another Option is Possible: University of MN and Protestors Reach Agreement. Northwestern and Brown University also reached agreements with protestors.


PETITIONS TO SIGN

(1)  Please sign this petition to 37 college administrations (including UW Madison) asking for a stop to police repression against students protesting genocide in Gaza, with a special emergency petition to UCLA. Go to the link and click on the tabs to send your messages. There is also a great deal of information at that link.



AND...IRONIC SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: 

It turns out that camping on campus IS allowed!!!

Badger fans camp outside Kohl Center ahead of game (Feb. 2024)


AND FINALLY...MEANWHILE IN GAZA:

As the news is dominated by the student protests, we need to remember the reality of what is going on in Gaza that is driving those protests.

Check out The Electronic Intifada "Features" Section for a series of first-hand accounts of what life is like in Gaza right now, including Gaza's New and Terrifying Reality by Ahmed Abu Artema.

Prominent Palestinian doctor tortured and killed in Israeli detention

Reported by Middle East Eye (May 2, 2024)


The Israel-US game plan for Gaza is staring us in the face by Jonathan Cook

The western media is pretending the West’s efforts to secure a ceasefire are serious. But a different script has clearly been written in advance. This is what we must stop.

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