Librarian and Archivist Delegation to Palestine

A delegation of librarians, archivists, and other library workers will travel to Palestine in the summer of 2013. We will connect with our colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions there, applying our experience in the form of skillshares and other types of joint work. We will travel as truth-seekers and information-skeptics, eager to dispense with the superficial and inaccurate portrayals of life in Israel/Palestine that we see in the west and to learn about the realities of life under occupation and apartheid. As library workers, we support access to information, and recognize that this goes in more than one direction. Our trip will shed light on how Palestinian voices and information about Palestine reach us (or do not) and how Palestinian people access (or cannot access) information. We will bear witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and support efforts to preserve cultural heritage and archival materials in Palestine. Upon return to our communities, we will share what we have seen, apply what we have learned, publicize projects we have visited, and otherwise break down barriers to access in any way we can.

During the delegation, we will spend time in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and inside Israel. In all our travels, we will respect the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and will not partner with any organization that violates this call.

For more information, to apply, or to donate to help make the delegation successful, please visit http://librarians2palestine.wordpress.com.

Comments

#1 Mitchell Freedman aka Mickel

Is respecting the BDS movement a requirement for you to go on this trip? If so, that is itself oppressive. One can be for Palestinian civil society without trying to undermine Israeli civil society. As much as I detest the Netanyahu led-government, I find this de-legitimization of Israel as a nation to be deeply wrong. Israeli Arabs are still treated much better than Jews were treated as a whole in Arab lands since the late 1940s. Yet, I don't see us doing any BDS with Saudi Arabia, for example.

#2 jenna

It's not a requirement, but BDS is where the organizers are coming from.