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ICPR seeks peace with justice for the Palestinian people and calls for the fulfillment of their human rights in accordance with international law and UN resolutions, including the inalienable right of refugees to return to their homes. 

Monthly Meeting, Run 4 Palestine & More!

Salam Y'All..
ICPR's monthly meeting is coming up this Thursday: We ha ve so many plans for  the remainder of the year and everyone's participation is welcomed; details below, under 'Upcoming Events'!

July 8th marked the two year anniversary of Israel's 51-day bombardment of besieged Gaza and so we've included a few videos about that, as well as one about Black-Palestinian solidarity. Plus other ICPR and solidarity news we thought you might like to know about! 
Last but not least, we invite you to be part of the solidarity movement; see the "Get Involved" section!  

Onwards for Palestine!
Haithem El-Zabri, Acting Coordinator. 
Upcoming Events

ICPR Monthly MeetingThursday, July 14th at 7:00pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church -  3208 Exposition Blvd., Austin 78703
This month is action packed! Among other things, we will be discussing the upcoming retreat, planning the Run 4 Palestine event, and considering new initiatives from members; bring your ideas and positive energy! Our meetings are open to anyone who supports justice for the Palestinian people, and we always welcome new members and begin meetings with introductions. 

The People and the Olive: The Story of the Run Across Palestine
Saturday, July 23rd at 7:00pm 
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - 14311 Wells Port Drive, Austin 78728 
An inspiring documentary about the daily
The People & The Olive
joys and struggles of Pa lesti nian  fair trade farmers and the American ultra marathoners who ran across the West Bank planting olive trees and bridging cultures along the way. 70 minute s, 2012, English and Arabic with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.
Click here for trailer! 

Run 4 Palestine, 5K run/2.5K walk
Saturday, August 13th; event starts at 9:00 am; run at 10:00am
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
For the first time in Austin, a 5K run benefiting honors college students in Palestine! Houston-based non-profit, Reach Education Fund, has covered university tuition for 100 students last year and aiming for many more this year! 'Run 4 Palestine' is taking place in 20 cities around the world simultaneously: 6:00pm Palestine time! Family friendly with a children's play area and concurrent activities for non-runners at the shaded pavilion! Register for the run online. We can definitely use more volunteers to ensure a flawless and successful event; email us at icpraustin@gmail.com to sign up! 

'Night in Gaza' Presentation & Fundraiser featuring Dr. Mads Gilbert
Friday, October 7th at 7:00pm
Dr. Mads Gilbert is a Norweigan doctor who dropped everything to treat the injured in Gaza's hospitals during the Israeli bombardments of 2006, '08, '11, and '14. He kept a personal camera in his overalls and documented some of what he witnessed. He credits his inspiration to the heroic resilience he saw, and will share these stories too, as well as what we can do and need to do to end the siege of Gaza. Watch Mads in AJ+'s 3-minute 'A Doctor's Prescription for Gaza'Ticket sales benefit  Dallas based non-profit KinderUSA's sustainable aid projects serving Palestinian children

Updates & More...

Black Lives Matter
We share the pain and outrage of the Black community; this video illustrates the connections between the systems of violence that make Black and Palestinian lives so easily expendable:
"When I See Them I See Us."

Gaza, 2 Years after the 2014 Assault
Palestinians in Gaza are still living under siege and are still coping with the disastrous consequences and destruction of Israel's 'Operation Protective Edge.' Here's a selection of short videos describing the situation today: 

Presbyterian and Unitarian Universalist BDS Progress 
In 2014, the Presbyterian Church General Assembly voted to divest from companies that profit from and sustain Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as an endorsement of the boycott of settlement goods. This year, it expanded on that with a series of over tures, including calling on Re/MAX to cease business in West Bank settlements. And at the Unitarian Universalist Association's conference, support for divestment was 54%! More from Anna Baltzer at the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation  and from Mondoweiss.

Our Captain
Revere n d Ed Hartwell's 90th Birthday
ICPR originally began in 2000 as a church study group led by Rev. Ed Hartwell. Last month,  members, family and friends celebrated Ed's 90th birthday! His wife, Karen, recounted a summary of Ed's long track record in social justice activism, which still continues to this day.  Ed expressed his pride in ICPR, what it has accomplished during the past years and what it has become today.   

The Occupation of the American Mind
ICPR's Recent Events

Ramadan Iftar Social 6/11, Al Marah Restaurant
Our monthly meeting was followed by an open iftar featuring delicious Palestinian food! 
The Occupation of the American Mind  6/9, Carver Museum & Cultural Center
Film screening and discussion with Professor Robert Jensen. We had a full house and lively discussion!
Airbnb BDS Action 6/3, Fidelity Investments 
Delivered a letter, jointly with Austin Jewish Voice for Peace, as part of the Stolen Homes national campaign opposing settlement rentals in the West Bank.
Nakba commemoration: The Land Speaks Arabic 5/15, Friends Meeting of Austin 
Film screening and testimonies from local Palestinians about how the 1948 Nakba impacted their lives.
Roadmap to Apartheid 
5/3,  21st Street Coop
Film screening of this award-winning documentary , followed by discussion.
CelebrASIA Festival  5/2, Asian American Resource Center
epresented Palestine for the first time at this annual event, jointly with Palestine Online Store, and publicized ICPR and its events.
Earth Day Festival  4/23, Mueller Lake Park
ICPR's booth featured
 visuals about the water situation in Gaza and we talked to people about it and distributed informational materials. 
Daoud Nassar: We Refuse To Be Enemies 4/7, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Hosted Palestinian farmer and peacemaker from the Tent of Nations in Bethlehem for an engaging presentation. 

Palestine will be free!
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Got ideas for events or actions? Questions? Comments? Collaborations? Proposals? Contributions? Complaints? Requests? 
You can reach us the following ways: 
Postal: P.O. Box 301621, Austin, TX 78703 

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