Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wake Up Call Nebraska! Number of Tax Dollars Nebraska Is Giving To Israel's Military- And What Else Nebraska Could Be Doing With It

  • From 2009 to 2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel-- the largest recipient of U.S. assistance-- $30 Billion in Military Aid!
  • Through its illegal 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, ISRAEL misuses U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law to kill and injure Palestinian civilians, destroy Palestinian civilian infrastructure, blockade the Gaza Strip, and build illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Feel This Is Very Important To Say

  • Neither I, nor the September 15th Rallies, support terrorism in any form. 
  • All deaths and violations of humans' rights, equality, safety, justice, and peace are to be mourned. 
  • We have a responsibility as fellow human beings and citizens of this world to hold accountable those who cause and support the innocent loss of lives and destruction that are currently happening 
in places like Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Where I Went and Who I Met with throughout Israel, Palestine, and the West Bank

    This is a Map of the West Bank Wall.  The Red Line is where the wall has been built and the Green Line is the border between Palestine and Israel.  Notice how the Red Line (the wall) in many places is no where near the Green Line (the border).

    Here are some of the areas I traveled to and organizations and people I met with during my Interfaith Peace Builders Delegation to Israel, Palestine, and the West Bank.

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    Here is a Sample of the Courageous Wisdom and Insight of the Palestinian People

    10-year old boy in Bil'in, Palestine 

    I dare you to look into the eyes of a mother I met in Bil’in and not feel something shift deep inside your core.  Her name is Suhaer Khateib, a Palestinian woman whose indescribable raw wisdom, honesty, and intensity were beyond all languages, beyond all words.   Although we did not speak the same language, it was the pain and courage in her eyes that rocked every moral fiber in my being as she told me her story. 

    Suhaer grew up in the village of Bil’in, a Palestinian farming village that is on the front lines of resisting the occupation through non-violent resistance.  Bil’in sits amongst the mountains and the olive trees that have supported the families there for hundreds of years.  The occupation is visible in every corner of the village.  The remains of burnt olive trees cover the surrounding hills while the wall, the same wall that snakes through Israel and Palestine, separating farmers from their land, children from their schools, Palestinians from their roads…and Muslims from Jews, slices through the village’s land. 

    News and Reflections of My Delegation to Israel and Palestine

    Katie Huerter in Bethlehem, Palestine 
    Thank you to all of my readers for your patience while I update my blog.  My experience in Israel and Palestine was extremely intense and thought-provoking... which is causing me to take my time explaining the reality I witnessed.

    I will soon be posting day-by-day summaries and reflections of my 10 day delegation, in addition to current statistics, facts, and news relevant to the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. 

    Thank you again for all of your support as you follow me on my journey towards justice and peace!
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    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Omaha Student, Mother, Returns from Interfaith Delegation to Israel and Palestine Palestinian and Israeli youth share perspectives on the Arab Spring and prospects for a peaceful future

    Katie Huerter in Nablus, Palestine 
    Official Press Release 
    For Immediate Release
    August 10, 2011

    Washington, DC — Kathleen Huerter, a student of Non-Profit Administration and Philosophy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, who has just returned from a unique delegation to Israel and Palestine.  Ms. Huerter, along with twenty-three other participants from the United States, landed in Tel Aviv on July 18 for the two-week journey through the conflict zone.

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Budrus: Amazing Documentary of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict and the Power of Nonviolent Resistance

    I'm diligently working on organizing a screening of the film Budrus in Omaha.  
    An inspiring documentary that brings tremendous hope to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and proves that everyday individuals can make a difference and bring about change.  This call to action has now sparked the nonviolent resistance movement sweeping across Palestine.

    Please watch and spread the word!