Trina Jackson, Program Coordinator for the Inclusion Initiative, is visiting Palestine/Israel as part of Interfaith Peace-Builders' 2014 African Heritage Delegation. The program sends delegates to explore similarities and differences between Palestinian, Israeli and U.S. communities of color. Meeting with a wide variety of impacted communities, including Palestinians, Afro-Palestinians, African refugees, Ethiopian Jews and Middle Eastern Jews, delegates will explore themes of race, militarization and the arms industry, mass incarceration, resource distribution and much more.
The delegation will also see the effects of Israeli policies on various cities including occupied East Jerusalem, Jaffa, Lydd, Nazareth, Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah. By learning about the multi-faceted ways and places in which Palestinians resist occupation - including steadfastness, art and theater, popular committees, community centers, Israeli refusers, Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (& many more!), delegates will gain a deeper understanding of the diverse methods used by the Palestinian grassroots in the fight for justice and peace.