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Our new materials on Algeria's protests, Jerusalem, Gaza. A new project for Palestinian Prisoners' Day (4/17.) And more!
Dear friends--

Such a lot is happening in the world! Sometimes, it feels hard to keep up. But I'm happy to tell you about several great new Just World Ed resources that help to put current events into perspective-- and also some  handy tools to help you and your friends build a better world...
(As for about Israel's recent election-- I don't have much to say, since it really is just a continuation of the massive lurch to the right evident in Israel since 2000... which I wrote about here, ten years ago. )
Click HERE to jump down to our plans for Palestinian Prisoners' Day-- this Wednesday!
We have meanwhile been continuing with our "Story/Backstory" project. In the first week of April, the focus was on the situation of Jerusalem's beleaguered Palestinian population. I published this piece in Mondoweiss that put the Israeli government's new assaults on Palestinian life in Jerusalem into a multi-decade perspective. Then, the super-well-informed writer and social activist Nora Lester Murad was my guest in that week's podcast episode.

This past week for the "Story/Backstory" project, I was following the very exciting, sustained, and inclusive popular protest movement in Algeria, which on April 2 forced the country's 20-year president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to resign... Yesterday, I released a written interview with US-based Algeria specialist Bill Quandt, then an audio interview with Algerian writer and thinker Amin Khan for the podcast portion of the project.

I also pulled together English-language versions of a couple of key Algeria-related documents in this blog post.... And as soon as I have a moment, I'll do another blog post on the topic.

One feature of the protests has been the support they've received from pillars of Algerian legitimacy including several veterans of the country's independence movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Female independence heroines Djemila Bouhired and Zohra Drif (Bitat) have been out in the streets with the protesters... and yesterday, Mme. Drif published this very thoughtful statement in El-Watan. (It's in French. Scroll down some to read it.)

As you may know, in late 2017, Just World Educational was proud to bring Mme. Drif to the United States to share her recollections of the independence struggle with audiences on the east coast. We had earlier planned for her to be doing a west-coast tour just about exactly now-- but earlier this year she wisely judged it might be better to stay in Algiers to see what would happen with the election season... Stay tuned!

Of course, you should anyway read Inside the Battle of Algiers, the truly engrossing memoir she published in in English in 2017.

By the way, we've now completed Week 8 of the "Story/Backstory" project. The portal that has up-to-date links to all these materials, as they are released, is here.

The project is planned to run for five more weeks. At that point, we'll probably do more work to integrate these resources-- which will have continuing value for some time to come-- with other useful source materials on the subjects covered.
In other news, we had a lot of interest in the "Instant Photobooth" activity we ran at the recent "No to NATO, Yes to Peace!" conference here in Washington DC. You can read a little more about how that went-- and our plans for a continuing #IStandWithGaza project, here.

... And building on the enthusiasm that photobooth project generated, we are planning a similar kind of information-plus-solidarity project for the coming few days... because April 17 is Palestinian Prisoners' Day!

It will have the hashtag #ISupportPalPrisoners.

We have prepared special signs for this occasion that we invite you to download, print out, and use with your friends to take and share photos to express solidarity with the 5,450 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israel's prisons. (Scroll on down to find the signs.)

You can learn a lot more about the situation of Palestine's political prisoners at this page on the website of the Ramallah-based NGO Ad-Dameer ("Conscience")-- and elsewhere on their website, too.

In the next couple of days, with help from Yousef al-Jamal, we'll be providing more information about the prisoner issue on our website, too. (Yousef was the translator of the recently published book Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak.)

So now, here is the "US Letter" format version of the sign for you to download and use. (Scroll on down for the A4 format version...)

The Palestinian news agency Wafa reported today that:

Over 400 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails remained today on their sixth day of hunger strike demanding better prison conditions
So our campaign is extremely timely!

And here's the "A4" format version of the sign.

... Finally, as I'm sure you're aware, all these projects take resources!

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And our big thanks for everything you do to build a better informed and more just world--

Helena.
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