Thinking of Coming to Palestine?
Interested in Being a Responsible Solidarity Activist?
Palestine Solidarity Project Needs YOU!
The Palestine Solidarity Project offers a unique opportunity for activists from around the world to have an integrated, educational experience as they work in solidarity with a Palestinian organization in their struggle for liberation. PSP is based in Beit Ommar, a village in the southern West Bank with a long history of popular, unarmed resistance. It is also subjected to some of the most intense repression by the Israeli military and is surrounded by right-wing extremist settlements on three sides. While there is a need for solidarity work all over occupied Palestine, Beit Ommar is an important place for internationals to learn about and participate in Palestinian popular resistance and support the work of Palestinian community organizers.
What We Believe
PSP believes that the struggle against Israeli Occupation can and must be led by Palestinians themselves. Internationals are needed on the ground, but in a supporting capacity, rather than an organizing one. Our role is to learn from and support the Palestinian struggle, and then use our personal experiences to raise awareness of the situation and implement action in our own countries.
Our goal is for every international to leave Palestine with the knowledge needed to organize effectively in their home countries to support Palestinian self-determination and liberation, and the relationships with a wide range of average Palestinians who lead extraordinary lives as community leaders and organizers.
PSP is made up of a committee of Palestinians that works closely with a variety of other community groups and individuals in Beit Ommar and the surrounding villages. We also have an international coordinator, an American who has spent over two years in Beit Ommar and 5 years working in Palestine and is here to show new international volunteers the ropes. As of April, 2009, two of our founding members are in Israeli prisons, held without charge or trial. We are clearly making an impact to be so targeted, but it also means we need help now more than ever.
PSP is great for people who have never been to Palestine before and those who may have worked extensively in Palestine and are looking for an organization that will allow them to work more closely with a single Palestinian community.
What We Are Looking For
PSP is looking for flexible, open-minded, energetic people of all backgrounds. In order to work in Palestine with us you must be willing to adhere to local customs and traditions, even if they are not what you are accustomed to or necessarily agree with. People can participate at all different levels: teaching, participating in demonstrations, writing, video editing, the list goes on. We are always looking for Arabic speakers, and people with special skills in computers, videography, and photography. We only ask that volunteers are open to doing what is needed, realizing that it might not always be what they expect. Palestine is an unpredictable place but the support you’ll receive from your Palestinian hosts, International Coordinator and international peers will be in-depth, ongoing, and second to none.
What You’ll Be Doing
Palestine Solidarity Project has three main tracts of work:
1. Organizing and supporting non-violent direct action and demonstrations against the structures of Israeli Occupation, including anti-wall demonstrations, roadblock removals, and other fun stuff (see our website under “direct action”).
2. Documenting, reporting, and intervening in violations of human rights abuses, and, training Palestinians on how to do this themselves effectively (this is the central program of our Freedom Center).
3. Supporting Palestinian self-sufficiency via our Women’s Embroidery Cooperative and greenhouse.
All of these tracts need support from international volunteers. Whether you’re interested in going to demonstrations or teaching English to future human rights observers; removing roadblocks or videotaping others doing it, you can find a way to fit in. We do a lot of writing, videotaping and photographing.
**We are also implementing a program for educating internationals:
We have Arabic lessons, reading materials, and information on lectures and tours available from organizations such as the Alternative Information Center and others. It is essential to our vision that international volunteers leave Palestine with concrete information on the overall situation here so that they can speak/write/sing about it effectively when they return home.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not create popular resistance in Palestine. We are accountable to Palestinian communities and are responsive to the “temperature” at the time. Things can change very quickly in Palestine so if you are expecting direct action every week, you may be disappointed. Likewise, please remember that no matter how many precautions you take, internationals in PSP are often expected to intervene in violent situations; it is not the organization for adventure tourism.
We have a long-term vision: build the capacity of Palestinians to organize and advocate for themselves and creating a network of accountable international supporters who are willing to work in their own countries towards the liberation of Palestine.
If this sounds like the organization for you, Please see our website for more detailed information about how to join us. http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/join
And send us your filled out Questionnaire via the website, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org