We organize campaigns and community actions in support of the Palestinian liberation movement. Our campaigns raise awareness for and create a call to action against the oppression facing Palestinians. Our community actions build people-power around ongoing developments in Palestine and joint liberation struggles. See examples of our work below.
MD2Palestine is committed to centering Palestinian voices in the fight for Palestinian liberation. We are partnering with Palestinians living in Wadi Foquin to raise awareness of their struggles under occupation and initiate campaigns according to the village's needs.
Located five miles west of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Wadi Foquin is a Palestinian village fighting for existence amidst unrelenting and illegal Israeli settlement expansion. The village has seen acres of farmland and olive trees completely destroyed by the occupier. Palestinians in Wadi Foquin experience inhumane living conditions, including intentional sewage dumping from neighboring settlements into cultivated Palestinian land, which contaminates villagers' crops and groundwater. This is especially harmful because Palestinians have a direct connection to their land and are traditionally reliant on farming as a means for sustenance. Palestinians in Wadi Foquin also face checkpoints that impede upon their free movement and are under constant threat of forced expulsion, home demolitions and land confiscation.
We are committed to pursuing justice for Wadi Foquin and all Palestinians defending the sanctity of their land. Our efforts with Wadi Foquin are a testament to our theory of change by centering those most impacted by state violence. We are excited to continue building relationships with Palestinians throughout historic Palestine and the diaspora.
The Deadly Exchange is a term coined by organizers for the military and police exchanges between United States police forces and Israeli occupation forces. Through these exchanges, US police departments, like the Montgomery County Police Department, have travelled to Israel and members of the Israeli military have come to the US to train police forces at home. The tactics exchanged on these trips are used to further surveil, criminalize, and cause harm to Black and Brown communities on occupied Turtle Island.
In Montgomery County, Maryland specifically, there is a long history of the local police department using surveillance and racial profiling techniques exchanged during these trips to target the Muslim community and peace activists. Multiple police officers who were involved in these spy scandals went on these police exchange trips just years prior, showing a direct link between the increasingly militarized local police force and the deadly exchange.
We are calling for an end to police exchanges across the US, with a particular focus on police departments in Maryland. Reformist policies which put more money in the hands of police departments serve as a public relations stunt and do not bring real community safety. If we are serious about ending the brutal treatment of marginalized communities at home and abroad, we must end these deadly collaborations between the US and Israeli military, which train US police officers to see Black, Brown and indigenous communities as inherently insurgent. We know that as long as violence is perpetrated against any community, none of us are safe. All of our liberation is connected from Turtle Island to the Philippines to Palestine.