Mission Statement: Working for Peace and Justice, Friends of Hebron supports the resilience and nonviolent struggle of the Palestinian community.
Our Goals: We advocates for justice, freedom, equality, and self-determination for Palestinians in accordance with international law. We seek to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and systems of inequality and apartheid where separate laws are applied to separate groups of people.
What we do:
Support the resiliency of the Palestinian community in Hebron, especially in the H2 area under Israeli military control, to remain to remain in their homes despite the hardships and violence they face from the occupation.
Empower, educate, and train Palestinian youth to use nonviolence as a means of resistance and to use cameras to document human rights violations.
Raise awareness in the international community about the situation in Hebron and encourage them to take action to advocate for freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians.
Support the Palestinian community in Hebron to use of creative nonviolent direct action as a peaceful way to pressure the Israeli government to end its policies of apartheid and occupation.
In the US: We provide education about the historical and political situation on the ground in Hebron. We educate the general public and leaders about how nonviolence is an effective means to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and achieve a just and peaceful solution based on principles of international law. We focus on Hebron as a microcosm of the occupation and an extreme situation where families suffer daily from human rights violations.
In Hebron: Through Hebron Freedom Fund we support families in Hebron living under the most difficult of circumstances. We strengthen the infrastructure of civil society in Hebron, lift up the work of nonviolent activists in Hebron, and provide education to visitors as to the history and political situation in Hebron.
We oppose the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and all the stages of Israel’s settlement enterprise, from settlement planning to construction and expansion.
No cooperation with settlers or other parts of the occupation; no participating in any actions or activities that normalize or support settler colonialism.
We are committed to nonviolence as a strategy and as a principle for the strengthening Palestinian civil society. WPJ believes sees nonviolence as a source of strength and power in the face of massive violence from the State of Israel and fundamentalist Israeli settlers.
We opposes all forms of racism, including islamophobia and anti-semitism. We recognize the interconnected and intersectional natures of various social justice and indigenous struggles.
We are committed to Palestinian empowerment leadership.