Thursday, December 20, 2007

Stealing From Children: Azzoun Children’s Park Further Threatened by Impending Demolition

This article is from the website of the International Solidarity Movement, dated December 8th, 2007.

"Only a few months from now the entire children’s park on the outskirts of Azzoun will be in ruins, demolished by the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF). The reason given is the lack of building permit from the Israeli authorities, even though the park is located on Palestinian land." Read the rest of the article.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Why a Madison, WI chapter of Playgrounds for Palestine

When Susan Abulhawa came to Madison for the Wisconsin Book Festival in fall 2007, I was able to interview her on my radio program, A Public Affair, on community radio WORT. Having read her novel, "The Scar of David," I felt moved to offer to help the group that she founded, Playgrounds for Palestine. Susie invited me to come to Philadelphia to meet members of the PfP board, and to join the board as the founding member of a Madison chapter. I was able to tack a visit to Philadelphia onto a work trip to NYC, and agreed to found a Madison chapter. Madison is a prime location for a PfP chapter since there is already a lot of activity around and high level of awareness of Palestinian issues. I look forward to engaging people already active on Palestinian issues to work on PfP projects, and also to reach out beyond those existing networks to draw others in.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Starting the chapter

On December 16, 2007 I traveled to Philadelphia to meet with PfP's board...