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and celebrating our tenth year. Our first screening was September 20, 2012, Occupation Has No Future. Director/producer David Zlutnick joined us via Skype for a post-screening Q&A.

On October 17, 2021 RW4P's Witness Palestine Film Festival is back in person in The Jack Garner Theatre, formerly Little 5, during our now-typical October Sunday-Monday slots.

Programs Sunday Oct 17 & 24 @ 2:30; Monday Oct 18 & 25 @ 6:30 p.m.

Your all-volunteer festival planning committee is at work selecting the movies to screen and locating people closely connected with the movie or topic to answer your questions immediately following the screening.

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RW4P Held Memorial Day Vigil

Some of the participants gathered around the field of flags. Foreground: A flag honoring Mahmoud Hamed Talba, 13.

 

Nobody is a number and everybody has a name.

Each of seventy-two white flags displayed the name and age of a child killed during the latest Gaza war. Gathered Monday afternoon in a church yard, participants read the names and ages. When all had been read out, the people processed silently to the side of the church to plant the flags on a lawn.

Rochester Witness for Palestine organized the event on May 31 at Irondequoit United Church of Christ. Officiating were Rev. Loren McGrail, pastor of Irondequoit UCC, and Rev. Richard Myers, pastor emeritus of Immanuel Baptist Church in Rochester NY.

Participants also brought children’s toys to decorate a memorial altar.

The flags remain on display on the Ganado Road side of the church until Wednesday June 2.





News we're following

We completed our 9th Witness Palestine Film Festival

The Little Theatre marquee displaying the Witness Palestine Film Festival

The 2020 Witness Palestine Film Festival closed on November 1. This festival went online because cinemas in New York State have been closed due to covid-19. In an effort to support the amazing Little Theatre, our home since 2012, we advertised with them, which meant our programs were listed on their web site and on the marquee on East Avenue.

Our virtual 2020 festival included:

A People Without a Land, Oct 4-13
It's What We Do, Oct 11-20
Seeing Through the Wall, Oct 18-27
Brooklyn Inshallah, Oct 25 – Nov 1




We accept online donations

We understand that many people are under financial stress due to the pandemic. If you are able, we'd appreciate consideration as a recipient of your charitable giving. Since September, we can receive your donations online by credit or debit card. You do not need to set up any other account to do so. We're a 501(c)3 organization. Browse rw4p.org/donate





UN releases database of firms benefiting from Israeli settlements

On February 12, 2020, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), released a report listing 112 companies benefiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Among them are parent companies operating familiar web sites including AirBnb, Expedia, Home Away, OpenTable, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity, TripAdvisor, VRBO, and the Israeli office of Re/Max.

agoda airbnbcheaptickets expedia general mills hotels.com kayak Motorola Solutions Open Table Orbitz priceline rentalcars travelocity tripadvisor trivago vrbo

You can read the UN’s MS-Word document here.

The study authorized an independent international fact-finding mission in 2016 (see UN Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/31/36/) which established these criteria to be included on the list:

  1. The supply of equipment and materials facilitating the construction and the expansion of settlements and the wall, and associated infrastructures;
  2. The supply of surveillance and identification equipment for settlements, the wall and checkpoints directly linked with settlements;
  3. The supply of equipment for the demolition of housing and property, the destruction of agricultural farms, greenhouses, olive groves and crops;
  4. The supply of security services, equipment and materials to enterprises operating in settlements;
  5. The provision of services and utilities supporting the maintenance and existence of settlements, including transport;
  6. Banking and financial operations helping to develop, expand or maintain settlements and their activities, including loans for housing and the development of businesses;
  7. The use of natural resources, in particular water and land, for business purposes;
  8. Pollution, and the dumping of waste in or its transfer to Palestinian villages;
  9. Captivity of the Palestinian financial and economic markets, as well as practices that disadvantage Palestinian enterprises, including through restrictions on movement, administrative and legal constraints;
  10. Use of benefits and reinvestments of enterprises owned totally or partially by settlers for developing, expanding and maintaining the settlements.

The study was already contemplated in 2012 (UN Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/19/17)

This article on Mondoweiss lists all of the companies: “UN releases database of companies operating in illegal West Bank settlements

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