Buddhist Alliance for Non-Violence ​and Human Rights in Israel-Palestine

International & multi-denominational:
Buddhist voices for a just peace in the Middle East

All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting oneself in the place of another, one would not kill nor cause another to kill.
                                                                                                   Dhammapada, verse 130

"Dhammapada: The Path of Dhamma", edited by Access to Insight. Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/index.html




​Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

Promotes human rights in Israel in general and the rights of the Palestinian minority, citizens of Israel, in particular (around 1.5 million people, or 20% of the population). This work also includes promoting and defending the human rights of all individuals subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Israel (e.g. Palestinian residents of the OPT). Adalah is the first Palestinian Arab-run legal center in Israel, and the sole Palestinian organization that works before Israeli courts to protect the human rights of Palestinians in Israel and in the OPT.

Association for Civil Rights in Israel

​Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. ACRI is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories strives to end Israel’s occupation, recognizing that this is the only way to achieve a future that ensures human rights, democracy, liberty and equality to all people, Palestinian and Israeli alike, living on the bit of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Clear View Project provides Buddhist-Based Resources for Relief and Social Change.  Its ​founder and Executive Director is Hozan Alan Senauke.
Defense for Children International-Palestine

​The only Palestinian human rights organization specifically focused on child rights.  DCIP is guided by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as well as other international, regional and local standards. DCIP supports and advocates for the child population: investigating and documenting grave human rights violations, holding both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to account, and providing legal services to children in urgent need. 

www.engagedharma.wordpress.com   (website is in Hebrew / אתר אינטרנט הוא כתוב בעברית)
Engaged Dharma Israel
EDI is a group of Dharma practitioners who as part of their practice engage in Israeli-Palestinian solidarity action. The group works to raise awarness within the Israeli Dharma sanghas regarding the daily realities in the Occupied Palestinian territories and creates opportunities for practitioners to engage in action. Dharma practice and values serve as both guidance and support in our continous action standing together with partners in several Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

Eyewitness Palestine

​"See the land of Palestine/Israel. Connect with Palestinian and Israeli peace-builders. Learn frameworks and strategies for justice. Act to build bridges between people and movements."  (From web homepage)
For information about upcoming 2019 delegations:  www.eyewitnesspalestine.org/2019-delegations-flyer-download

Jewish Voice for Peace

Inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, and human rights. 

Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)- Palestine
A joint program of East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, works for Peace with Justice in Palestine, based on Humanitarian and Christian Values, by mobilizing the world movements of YMCA and YWCA, churches, church-based organizations, UN agencies, and other relevant organizations to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law.
For information about upcoming campaigns and opportunities to travel to the region:   www.jai-pal.org/en/campaigns/olive-tree-campaign

Middle East Children's Alliance

​Protects the rights and improves the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education. In the Middle East, MECA provides humanitarian aid, partners with community organizations to run projects for children, and supports income-generation projects. In the US and internationally, MECA raises awareness about the lives of children in the region and encourages meaningful action.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

​A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Gaza City. The Centre is a non-profit company, dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). It holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
 A milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. 

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

A US coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy. The coalition is bound by commonly shared principles on Palestine solidarity as well as anti-racism principles.

Zen Peacemakers International
A worldwide movement of Peacemakers who practice meditation, embody the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers (Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, Taking Action), live an ethical life, and do social action as a path of awakening and service. We seek to connect, inspire, support, train, and mobilize Zen Peacemakers throughout the world.


Notable Israel-Palestine Literature

Aruri, Naseer Hasan. Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine. Cambridge, MA: South End, 2003.
“A powerful corrective to illusion and misrepresentation.” –Noam Chomsky

Baltzer, Anna. Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. Boulder, Co.: Paradigm, 2007. 
“Moving and vivid.” –Tanya Reinhart

Barghouti, Omar. BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. Chicago, IL: Haymarket, 2011.  
“Omar Barghouti’s lucid and morally compelling book is perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom, and peace.” –Desmond Tutu

Beinart, Peter. The Crisis of Zionism. New York: Times /Henry Holt, 2012. 
“Peter Beinart has written a deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel, its security, its democracy, and its prospects for a just and lasting peace.”  –President Bill Clinton

Bishara, Amahl A. Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics
“Amahl Bishara breaks new ground in her exploration of Palestinian-Israeli-American dynamics of control, protest, and resistance.”  -Rami Khouri 

Blumenthal, Max. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
“It is about time someone wrote this book.”  -Charles Glass

Braverman, Mark. Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. Austin, TX: Synergy, 2010. 
“A brilliant book… Vitally important for understanding the roots and abiding causes of the Palestinian conflict.”  -Naim Ateek

Christison, Kathleen. Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy. Berkeley: U of California, 1999. 
“After reading this book, it will be impossible not to wince the next time a representative of the U.S. government describes America as an honest broker.”

Cook, Jonathan. Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State. London: Pluto, 2006. 
“Very impressive…. Some of his findings will astound even the knowledgeable reader.”  –Salim Tamari

Ellis, Marc H. Judaism Does Not Equal Israel. New York: New, 2009. 
“We will all be the poorer if Ellis’s voice is not heeded, but how wonderfully enriched it is.” -Desmond Tutu

Ellis, Marc H. Practicing Exile: The Religious Odyssey of an American Jew. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2002.  
“As a traditional, even evangelical, Christian, I should have many reasons to be uncomfortable with Marc Ellis’s appeals, but I am deeply moved and affected in lasting ways. He is convincing…”  –Wes Avram, Yale Divinity School

Ellis, Marc H. Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1997. 
“This perceptive and well-conceived book offers the reader a masterful analysis of one of the most compelling issues of our age.”  -George McGovern

Finkelstein, Norman G. Image and Reality: Israel-Palestine Conflict. N.p.: Verso, 1994. 
“This is the most revealing study of the historical background of the conflict and the current peace agreement.”  -Noam Chomsky 

Finkelstein, Norman G. "This Time We Went Too Far": Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. New York: OR, 2010. 
“A very impressive, learned and careful scholar.” –Avi Shlaim

Giladi, Naeim. Ben Gurion's Scandals: How the Haganah & the Mossad Eliminated Jews. Flushing, NY: Glilit Pub., 1992. 
“I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called, ‘cruel Zionism.’ I write about it because I was a part of it.”  –Naeim Giladali

Grodzinsky, Yosef. In the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Struggle between Jews and Zionists in the Aftermath of World War II. Monroe, Me.: Common Courage, 2004. 
“Yosef Grodzinsky has an important story to tell… His book shows that Zionist arrogance was there even before it was directed at Palestinians…”
-Rabbi Michael Lerner

Halper, Jeff. An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel. London: Pluto, 2008.  
“Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the Occupation I’ve read. His voice cries out to be heard.”  -Jonathan Cook

Horowitz, Adam, Lizzy Ratner, and Philip Weiss. The Goldstone Report. New York: Nation, 2011.
“Israelis and Palestinians must read it.”  -Desmond Tutu

Karmi, Ghada. Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine. London: Pluto, 2007.  
“A compelling read… Well written and extraordinarily honest.”  -Dr. Nur Masalha

Khalidi, Rashid. The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Boston: Beacon, 2006. 
“A first-rate and up-to-date historical and political analysis of the Palestinian predicament.”  -Publisher’s Weekly 100 Best Books 

Khalidi, Walid. All That Remains. Baltimore, Maryland: Port City, 1992.  
“A monumental effort… A major achievement.”  -Roger Owen

Kovel, Joel. Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine. London: Pluto, 2007.  
“Written with passion and eloquence… This book should be read by all those concerned with the survival of the human species.”  -Istvan Meszaros

Kushner, Tony, and Alisa Solomon. Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. New York: Grove, 2003. 
“Wrestling with Zion brings together prominent poets, essayists, journalists, activists, academics, novelists and playwrights representing the diversity of opinion in the progressive Jewish-American community regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999. New York: Knopf, 1999. 
“Fascinating…. Comes at a critical juncture.” –The Washington Times

Neumann, Michael. The Case against Israel. Petrolia, CA: CounterPunch, 2005. 
“Michael Neumannn argues a brilliant case against the legitimacy of Zionism, whose essence has been the pursuit of Jewish ethnic domination over Palestine.”  -Kathy Christson

Nusseibeh, Sari, and Anthony David. Once upon a Country: A Palestinian Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 
“Terrific…. Highly recommend for those who want to appreciate the dilemma the Palestinian democrat.”  –Christopher Hitchens

Nusseibeh, Sari. What Is a Palestinian State Worth? Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2011.  
“Nusseibeh’s autobiography is, perhaps, the most important to emerge from the Middle East for decades.”  -Moris Farhi, The Independent

Pappé, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford: Oneworld, 2006. 
“Pappe has opened up an important new line of inquiry into the vast and fateful subject of the Palestinian refugees.”  -The Times Literary Supplement

Pappé, Ilan. A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2004.  
“Ilan Pappe is a ‘new historian’ and this book is true to this label.”  -Ahron Bregman

Pappé, Ilan, Noam Chomsky, and Frank Barat. Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War against the Palestinians. Chicago, IL: Haymarket, 2010.  
“Chomsky is a global phenomenon… he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet.”  –New York Times Book Review

Peled, Miko, and Alice Walker. The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Charlottesville, VA: Just World, 2012. 
“There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one.”  –Alice Walker

Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment. London: Pluto, 2011. 
“This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine.”  -Dr. Nur Masalha

Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle. London: Pluto, 2004. 
“…Brings to light many forgotten and willfully buried facts about the origins of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.”  -Norman Finkelstein

Raz, Avi. The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. 
“Readable, scholarly, and engaging… A tight, convincing examination.  -Matthew Hughes, Middle East Journal

Rokach, Livia, and Moshe Sharett. Israel's Sacred Terrorism: A Study Based on Moshe Sharett's Personal Diary and Other Documents. Belmont, MA: Association of Arab-American U Graduates, 1980. 
“A valuable service to those who are interested in discovering the real world that lies behind official history.” –Noam Chomsky

Rothchild, Alice. Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience. London: Pluto, 2007. 
“Open, honest and compelling.”  -Sara Powell, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Sand, Shlomo, and Yael Lotan. The Invention of the Jewish People. London: Verso, 2009.  
“Extravagantly denounced and praised.”  -New York Times

Segev, Tom. 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East. New York: Metropolitan, 2007. 
“Deliciously detailed… A fascinating and devastating portrait of Israeli society filled with self-doubt then suddenly power and messianic power.”
-The New York Times

Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000. 
“One of the best and most illuminating accounts of Arab-Israeli relations in years.”  -Yaron Ezrahi

Zaru, Jean, Diana L. Eck, and Marla Schrader. Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008. 
“Jean Zaru is an important Christian leader for the Palestinian Christian children community and for the world church….Hers is a voice we need to hear.”  –Rosemary Ruether

On Human Rights & Buddhism

Brackney, ​William H.  Part V: The Buddhist Tradition in Human Rights and the World's Major Religions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 2013. pp. 283-352. 

Keown, Damien V., Prebish, Charles S., Husted, Wayne R.  Buddhism and Human Rights. Curzon Press. 1998.

 King, Sallie B.  Buddhism and Human Rights in Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction. Witte Jr. John, Green, M. Christian, eds. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012. pp. 103-118.

Soko, Keith. A Mounting East-West Tension: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue on Human Rights, Social Justice & a Global Ethic. Milwaukee, WI: :Marquette University Press. 2009.

The following list (permitted for research and educational purposes only) is from the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, March 15, 1995.  Copyright Damien Keown, 1995: 
  Human Rights & Buddhist Teachings

Inada, Kenneth K. (1982). 'The Buddhist Perspective on Human Rights' in Human Rights in Religious Traditions.  Swidler, Arlene, ed. New York: Pilgrims Press. pp. 66-76.

Welch, Claude E .Jr  and Leary, Virginia A., eds. (1990).  'A Buddhist Response to the Nature of Human Rights' in Asian Perspectives on Human Rights. Boulder, Co: Westview Press. pp. 91-103.

Keown, Damien (1995). 'Are there "Human Rights" in Buddhism?' Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Volume 2, 1995. pp. 3-27.

Perera, L.P.N., ed. (1988). Human Rights and Religions in Sri Lanka. A Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Colombo: Sri Lanka Foundation.

--- (1991). Buddhism and Human Rights. A Buddhist Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Colombo: Karunaratne and Sons.

de Silva, K.M. et al., eds. (1988). Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies: Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma. Boulder, Co: Westview Press.

Unno, Taitetsu (1988). 'Personal Rights and Contemporary Buddhism,' in Human Rights in the World's Religions.  Rouner, Leroy S, ed. Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 129-147. 

Human Rights

Humana, Charles (1992). World Human Rights Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Küng, Hans and Kuschel, Karl-Josef, eds. (1993). A Global Ethic. The Declaration of the Parliament of the World's Religions. London: SCM Press.

UNESCO and International Institute of Philosophy, eds. (1986). Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Paris: UNESCO.