June 6, 2016 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer United States Senator 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-3203 Dear Senator Schumer: On May 26, 2016, we, Marty Rajandran and Barbara Walker, Granny Peace Brigade--Israel-Palestine Conflict Committee, were pleased to meet with Alex Katz, Special Assistant, and (by telephone) Lane Bodian, Legislative Correspondent, of your … Continue reading Letter to Schumer re U.S. Involvement In Israel/Palestine
On this warm, balmy 10 December evening, the Granny Peace Brigade joined together with the Union Square Women in Black Against the Occupation among other groups to commemorate this year's International Human Rights Day. December 10 is the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....... … Continue reading The Irony of Human Rights Day for Palestinian Children
Why is this breaking news: As we told Alex Katz, an aide to the Senator on Monday, June 10, 2015, the Granny Peace Brigade has tried, unsuccessfully for over 5 years to get an appointment with the Senator, OUR Senator! What did we learn that was new/news: What did we hear: Alex Katz, an aide … Continue reading Breaking News: Grannies meet with Chuck Schumer’s NYC staff on Palestine
Monday, January 12 — Press conference on the steps of City Hall regarding the planned trip of 14 New York City Council members to Israel next month. Perhaps due to the heavy rain, the turnout of supporters (maybe 30) and media (maybe 5) was limited, but an excellent group of speakers clearly indicated the reasons … Continue reading Tell New York City Council: Don’t Tour Apartheid Israel!
November 17, 2014 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer United States Senator 780 Third Avenue, Suite 2301 New York, NY 10017 Dear Senator Schumer: We, members of the Granny Peace Brigade, have been continually concerned with the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Thank you for your response of March 11, 2014, to the individual letter … Continue reading Letter to Senator Schumer Regarding the Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Issue
A short note to share this day of action organized by JEWS SAY NO and JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE outside the offices of our Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, condemning their support for the Israeli government's systematic violations of the Palestinian people's basic human rights AND their refusal to meet with constituents who do not support … Continue reading HEY SENATORS: TALK TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS ABOUT PALESTINIANS AND ISRAEL!
With so much attention on the Climate March, I don't want to forget our action at City Hall, on 10 Sept, the first fall session of the City Council. Why City Council? Well you will recall, Mayor DiBlasio has stated that his job includes "defending Israel." Many members of the City Council likewise supported Israel's … Continue reading Remembering Gaza’s Youngest Victims
On August 1st a reporter on Aljazeera America News describing the carnage in Rafah said “today I saw several children…I have to say…I have never seen children look so shell shocked.” On the internet there is a picture of a very young child sitting on stones next to dead parents. Has our Government no memory, … Continue reading The United States-Israel-Palestine — some thoughts
(Click on photos for larger images.) In connection with the ongoing Kerry-Israel/Palestine Peace Talks the GPB decided we should seek advice on practical action we might take to encourage the U.S. Government to act as a truly honest broker in this so vital process. Accordingly, I addressed a letter, below, to each of the following … Continue reading Needed: An Honest Broker
Some Significant Events: For millennia Palestine has been home to Palestinians and their forebears. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted to divide Palestine into two states, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs; Jerusalem was to remain under international control. ['One Palestine Complete -- Jews and Arabs under the … Continue reading Palestinian Homeland, 65 Years, 1947-2012