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A Biblical Alternative to Christian Zionism
Rev. Dr. Alex Awad, General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church
Challenging Christian Zionism through shedding light on its dangerous teachings and exposing these teachings in light of the Scriptures.

Advertising as a Tool for Advocacy
Clare Maxwell and Rick Colbath-Hess, Palestine Advocacy Project
Advertising can be one of the most effective ways to spread crucial information across a widespread audience, yet it is also a medium that has often been a tool for public manipulation. The Palestine Advocacy Project is one of the few organizations in the country that focuses entirely on using advertising as a forum for education and political debate. Our ads challenge the relationship between the United States and Israel, highlight Israeli policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and advocate for the human rights of Palestinians. With the movement for Palestinian self-determination gaining more and more support, our advertising plays a critical role in public awareness around the issue. The goal is for participants in this workshop to come away with a greater understanding of how advertising can be used to further the movement and with ideas planted for messaging in their own campaigns. 

BDS 101: Building a Campaign
Stefanie Fox and Shelley Fudge, Jewish Voice for Peace; Garrick Ruiz, BDS-LA for Justice in Palestine; Alli McCracken, CODEPINK: Women for Peace

Join us for an in-depth exploration of campaign building with case studies from campaigns across the country. Curious how organizers have taken on SodaStream, G4S, Remax, Veolia, and more in their own communities? We will look at how to approach research, target selection, creative actions, and more. Come hear about local successes and workshop your own campaign ideas. 

Boycott Birthright
Gabi Kirk and Jesse Yurow
We are two young Americans Jews who are interested in advancing a conversation around a campaign to get young American Jews ages 18-26 to boycott Taglit Birthright trips to Israel. This workshop will overview a history of Birthright, its propaganda ideology, and previous and ongoing organizing against it as well as alternatives to it. We will then have an organizing conversation about questions and ideas for a new initiative, how people can get plugged in, and possible tangible next steps in a boycott campaign to continue after the conference. This workshop is open to all, not just Jews.  

The Boycott Doesn't End at the Green Line: Why Boycotting SodaStream is More Important Than Ever
Mindy Gershon and Andrew Kadi, Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
The BDS campaign against SodaStream has focused on their factory in an Israeli settlement. They operated on stolen Palestinian land while claiming to benefit Palestinians living under military occupation by giving them jobs. SodaStream is moving out of the occupied West Bank to an area in the Naqab (Negev) desert, near the site of Israel's ongoing ethnic cleansing of Bedouin citizens. G4S has also shut West Bank locations. This is the moment for some working on BDS to move beyond focusing only on occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem to exposing the full spectrum of dispossession and suppression of Palestine. By refocusing on Israeli apartheid as a whole, we can help the public understand that the only effective way to dismantle apartheid is to boycott its architect: Israel itself. 

Business of Backlash
Sara Kershnar and Max Geller, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
The panel will provide an overview of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network's recent report detailing the nationally coordinated and well-resourced campaign of backlash against the Palestinian and Palestine Solidarity movements. By following the trail of money, the report reveals that these donors, many of whom gained their wealth from or are invested in industries that profit from war and instability in the Middle East, are involved in undermining other progressive causes. They are some of the largest donors to reactionary candidates, think tanks and causes including Islamophobia, climate change denial, opposition to gay marriage, and privatization of education. The panel will conclude with stories of our successes despite the resources behind these attacks, strategies for defending our movements, and the necessity of forging alliances across our movements to confront our common enemies.

Cultural Boycott
Remi Kanazi, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
As BDS advances across campuses, academic associations, and churches in the US, it is the perfect time to take cultural boycott to the next level. Examining the specifics of the PACBI call as well as the national landscape on cultural boycott, we will explore how to present a convincing framework for the tactic. This workshop will include discussion on different types of cultural boycott strategies, what a specific campaign looks like, and how to mount one in your local community or link into work being done nationally. 

Don't Get Co-Opted: Developing Strategies to Combat Creeping Normalcy
Kristin Szremski, American Muslims for Palestine and Jesse Yurow, Jewish Voice for Peace
Zionist organizations have actual strategies to co-opt Palestine solidarity activism and it impacts from our work with civic groups and religious institutions to campus activism. The idea is to build "relationships" so criticism of Israeli policies becomes "unthinkable." This workshop will examine the Israel Advocacy Initiative, the Israel Action Network and the David Project's White Paper, "A Burning Campus: Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America's University and Colleges," and how these strategies co-opt our work under the guise of interfaith cooperation; look at the impact on our institutions and organizations, with a special focus on SJPs and campus activism; and create real strategies to combat creeping normalcy. What should SJP students do if they receive an invitation from a pro-Israel group to do a joint program that is not political in nature? What should your church committee say when a Zionist organization invites you to participate in a domestic social justice activity?

Fighting Anti-BDS Legislation
Rahul Saksena, Palestine Legal and Mike Coogan, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 
As the BDS movement grows in the United States, so too does the backlash against it. One aspect of the backlash is taking shape in Congress and state legislatures across the country in the form of proposed laws aimed at punishing or stifling BDS activism. But because BDS relies on First Amendment-protected tactics, legislative attempts to quash Palestine human rights activists' voices often rely on unconstitutional principles. What are these proposed laws and how do they affect your rights? What new bills should we expect in the next year? How can we collectively fight these bills from being enacted? 

Free Speech, Except for Palestine? A Sneak Peak at Palestine Legal and JVP's Forthcoming Reports 
Rahul Saksena, Palestine Legal and Ben Lorber, Jewish Voice for Peace
From false claims of anti-Semitism on campus, to legislative initiatives aimed at stifling divestment campaigns, to bullying and legal attacks on students, professors and university administrators, it's clear that there is a concerted campaign to silence First Amendment-protected activism by Palestinian human rights activists, particularly on campuses. And with billionaires like Sheldon Adelson committing tens of millions of dollars, we know who is funding this effort. In September, Palestine Legal and Jewish Voice for Peace will release reports documenting the strategies and tactics of these repression campaigns, particularly their effects on campus activism. Join us for an interactive workshop, where you will: 1) get a sneak peak at the reports' findings, and 2) help brainstorm creative ways to use both reports to fight back, and ensure our rights are protected. 

From Block the Boat to Stopping Urban Shield- Anti-Policing and Anti-Imperialism: Palestine as a Site of Global Struggle
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
In the wake of growing rebellions against policing in the US, the connections between Israel and global repression are becoming more visible and the efforts to challenge them are widening. Using Block the Boat and Stop Urban Shield as case studies, this discussion will draw on lessons learned in cross movement building, and anti-racism.  How do we engage in BDS campaigns involving militarization and policing while still amplifying the calls for abolition and the liberation for Black and Brown communities? Join us in a discussion about these questions and the role of Palestine in challenging state violence in the US.

From Gaza to Ferguson- A Story of a Death Foretold
Eran Efrati and Maya Wind, Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions-USA
Based on field research and interviews with soldiers, police officers, and professionals in the security industry in Israel and the United States, our presentation seeks to analyze the military-security industrial complex, with a particular focus on the Israel-US nexus. We will trace specific technologies and weapons that were tried, many for the first time, in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014, to their circulation in the US and around the world. Lastly we will facilitate a discussion regarding the implications of these analyses for the movement for justice in Palestine in the US, attending also to recent events in Ferguson and Baltimore and to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Israel, a Democracy?: Building an International Public Campaign for Equality, Justice and Freedom
Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights In Israel and Ramzi Jaber, Visualizing Palestine
The session will build practical campaign skills and serve to further the joint-work of a coalition of civil society partners working to develop a public campaign to debunk Israel’s “democracy myth.” The workshop will focus on messaging, advocacy targets and main campaign methods needed to expose how Israel is not a democratic state given the inherent contradiction in the concept of the ‘Jewish and democratic state’ and the existence of the Occupation. Drawing from key discriminatory laws and Supreme Court decisions in Israel, with an emphasis on legislation and state practices that are particularly resonant for international/US audiences, the workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to contribute to and join an emerging international advocacy effort.

Make the News: Best Practices for Grabbing Headlines & Getting Your Message Out
This past year BDS campaigns have been grabbing national and local headlines. This workshop will explore how to identify local media opportunities, best practices around engaging with local media, and different ways of creating your own media. We will also explore how to strategically manage different aspects of a media campaign and tailor messaging to your audience. 

Lessons learned on the Hill: Advocacy efforts for the "No Way to Treat a Child Campaign"
American Friends Service Committee and Defense for Children International- Palestine
Organizers with the campaign, "Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child" will share their experiences engaging the US Congress in 2015, including how they mobilized grassroots advocacy to build for a successful briefing and Congressional sign-on letter. Campaign resources and future plans will be shared in the workshop.

Organizing Rasmea’s Defense Campaign: Lessons Two Years On
Join leaders of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)--the main organizers of the Rasmea Defense Committee--as we discuss the challenges and victories from the past two years of organizing in her defense. Discussion will include a legal update on the case, in addition to a sharing of strategies and tactics that helped build the international movement in support of #Justice4Rasmea. These will include political framing of government attacks on community members, building a base of support outside of traditional activist communities, adapting and implementing mechanisms developed by the Rasmea Defense Committee for other campaigns, and more.

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back Film Screening and Discussion
"Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in human rights violations promote themselves as "gay friendly" to improve their public image. Pinkwashing is one element of a rebranding campaign called Brand Israel Israel launched a decade ago. In 2012 activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour's centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission, cancelled. A backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back. 

Protesting with Panache
Dave Lippman, Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
Research, partnerships, and publicity are all part of building effective campaigns for BDS.  Another important part is how we bring art and culture to the street in service of the movement. Enough with the speeches, what about Dabke dancing, reading of Palestinian poetry, theatrical skits, apartheid walls, and parodies of popular songs? What about Santa hats, Grinch masks, and Lady Gaga dances? How do you hold a festival of liberation in a street or on campus or inside a big-box store or on the street where you live?  Why would you do that?  Come find out, or tell us!

Students for Justice in Palestine Meetup 

Taking Advantage of the Political Moment: Broadening Our Base
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, Nadia Hijab, Executive Director, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and David Wildman, Executive Secretary, Middle East, Human Rights & Racial Justice, Global Board of General Ministries, United Methodist Church
How do we simultaneously take advantage of and stay ahead of the current "normalization" of criticizing Israel and challenging aspects of US Middle East policy in the media, in broad membership organizations, in mainstream discourse, even beginning in Congress? How do we broaden the political and organizational base of the US Campaign to take advantage of this moment? 

Teach Palestine: Resources for Teachers and Educators to Bring Palestine into the Classroom
Ziad Abbas, Middle East Children's Alliance, and Jody Sokolower, Rethinking Schools
How can we use stories to help students in the United States see that Palestine connects to their own lives? How can we weave it into current curriculum? In this interactive workshop, highlighting the voices of Palestinian youth, we model lessons and share student-friendly resources that explore connections between US issues/movements and Palestine, including: police violence, child arrests, checkpoints, prisons, US/Israeli ties, environmental justice, and resistance.

Transnational Movement Building– Linking and Enlarging Shared Struggles for Social Justice in Black America and Palestine
Ahmad Abuznaid, Dream Defenders, Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights In Israel, Dawn Gibson, Hello Racism, Azadeh Shahshahani, National Lawyers Guild, and Sandra Tamari, St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
Advocates and activists from within both movements will reflect on the unique moment of transnational movement building and the lessons learned in linking struggles against supremacy, state violence and militarization. How are transnational coalitions being formed? What international spaces can be used to further the cause of justice in the US and Israel/Palestine? The workshop will examine the connections between the U.S. and Israel’s practices of mass incarceration, and how it is used as a means to control, subjugate, and suppress liberation movements and communities of color. The workshop will also identify joint-advocacy initiatives and in discussion with participants will address ways to build a global movement that effectively targets the structures and institutions driving the dehumanization and violence against Black Americans and Palestinians.