Adalah Justice Project (AJP) is grounded in the lived experience of Palestinian citizens of Israel.
However, our work has a much wider focus viewed through a lens that helps us understand injustice against all Palestinians and against oppressed people everywhere.
On this 43rd anniversary of Land Day and the one-year anniversary of Gaza’s Great March of Return, we are reminded that return to the land is the unified vision of the Palestinian people. We believe that the Palestinian people are one, joined in the same anti-colonial struggle from Susiya to Umm Al-Hiran, from Khan Younis to Khalil, from Haifa to Houston.
The New York Times Magazine published an article yesterday titled, “How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics” by Nathan Thrall. In the comprehensive article, AJP co-founder and former director, Nadia Ben-Youssef, says, “Our whole theory of change can be distilled as de-exceptionalizing Israel-Palestine. I don’t want more Palestinian rights activists. I want more human rights defenders.
At AJP, we believe that to “de-exceptionalize” Palestine/Israel is to embed Palestinian rights into existing U.S. progressive discourse, policy and practice.
This approach stands apart from a tendency to separate the Palestinian struggle from other movements for social justice, or to characterize Israel as a wholly unique historical and legal regime.
De-exceptionalizing Palestine/Israel represents a commitment to joint struggle, intersectional analysis, personal and political accountability, and the principled pursuit of human rights.
Will you join us to imagine Palestine after liberation?
Will you join us to realize equality, freedom and justice for all?
With love and solidarity,
Acting Director, Adalah Justice Project