Nonviolence International is launching an affordable alternative spring break opportunity to Iran for current students! The Student Peace Trip to Iran will be from March 9th-19th 2017 for students seeking a peaceful future between Americans and Iranians. More information is below.
Read this remarkable article written by Andrés Thomas Conteris who has long served as NI’s Director of the Program on the Americas. Mr. Conteris is receiving no funding for his work. Please consider donating to help his solidarity work.
In 2007, Abu Wa’el Dhiab (aka Jihad Diyab), surrounded by other prisoners on hunger strike in Guantánamo, decided not to join. He had refused to eat at other times (once because guards flushed the Koran down the toilet), but this time, he wasn’t ready. With his fellow prisoners nearby wasting away, he requested to be moved. Permission denied.
When Dhiab joined the strike, prison authorities acquiesced to change his cell. It was too late. He had embarked on a politically motivated fast that lasted, with few exceptions, until leaving Gitmo 7 years later.
While still at the Guantanamo gulag, a Uruguayan official visited Dhiab, age 43, saying his family would be in Montevideo to welcome him to freedom. Upon arriving on December 7, 2014, his family wasn’t there. Month after month he was told to be patient, “no te preocupes,” (don’t worry). For the full article click below.
We would like to extend a special congratulations to the 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Winner, Eboo Patel. Eboo is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). He will receive the 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize for his long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the U.S. Dr. Patel founded IFYC in 2002 with the goal of making interfaith cooperation a social norm. Today, IFYC has become the largest interfaith organization in North America, partnering with college campuses to foster and develop institutional cultures of mutual understanding, respect, inclusion, and collaboration. Each year it trains 500 college students to be interfaith leaders and reaches nearly 1,000 college campuses with its messages and programs. Through IFYC, Dr. Patel’s work has advanced interfaith studies as a new academic discipline which is recognized today as a field of study and taught in over 100 colleges. In 2009, he served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and helped launch the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which engages over 500 campuses each year in high-quality, sustainable interfaith work. Dr. Patel has consulted with the White House, U.S. Department of Education, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and many others to share best practices for interfaith programming and cooperation. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer.
You can read more about the award and other winners here.
Two journalists from Al Jazeera who were on board Zaytouna-Oliva have been released and have safely reached London and Moscow. The other 11 women of the Women’s Boat to Gaza are still in detention, but we anticipate that they will be ‘deported’ soon, as they were moved yesterday from Givon Prison to a detention facility at Ben-Gurion airport.
Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation is happening much quicker than in previous flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception, including the demand of rock band Pink Floyd.” According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demanded that the Zaytouna-Oliva stop its course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least seven IOF members, both male and female, boarded our yacht and commandeered it in international waters.