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Sharing Solidarity and Kinships Between Japanese Americans and Palestinians
December 7, 2023
Tsuru 4 Palestine! We are hosting a Palestine solidarity series for Nikkei, Asian Americans, and other allies.
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“Sharing Solidarity and Kinships Between Japanese Americans and Palestinians”
Join us for a program showcasing the solidarity and kinship shared by Japanese Americans and Palestinians. Hear from Japanese American faith leader Reverend Michael Yoshii and Palestinian activist Adam Manasra from Wadi Foquin in the West Bank of Palestine.
Learn more about Rev. Yoshii’s interfaith partnership and friendship with residents of the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin and an overview of historical issues in Palestine. Hear Adam Manasra’s personal story growing up under Israel’s military occupation and the subjugation faced by his community in Wadi Foquin due to the actions of the Government of Israel. Manasra will also provide an update on the current situation in his community of Wadi Foquin and the relationship between what is happening in Gaza and the West Bank.
07 Dec 2023 @ 5 pm PST / 7 PM CST/ 8 PM EST
Rev. Michael Yoshii is a retired United Methodist clergy. He was one of the convenors of the Israel-Palestine Task Force for the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2006, and the United Methodist Kairos Response in 2010 organizing boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) actions in solidarity with Palestine. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Friends of Wadi Foquin, an interfaith partnership begun in 2009 with the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin. Yoshii was honored in October 2023 with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the California State Assembly highlighting his international human rights work. Rev. Yoshii will share his work with Palestine solidarity from the perspective of his life as a Japanese American having served 3 Japanese American congregations.
Adam Manasra is convenor of Narjes Community Development Committee, a young adult leadership group in the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin located in the Bethlehem District of the West Bank. At 26 years of age, Adam has lived his whole life living under the military occupation of Israel. He received his Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Polytechnic University in Hebron, Palestine, came to the U.S. for a speaking/fundraising tour for a Guest House Project that he designed. He is now speaking to groups about his life under occupation to educate people about his perspective on the current situation in Gaza and
the relationship of Gaza to the West Bank.
“Palestine Power Hour”
Join us, and a coalition of Nikkei4Palestine, every Thursday to call, email, fax, and write letters to our local congresspeople and Japanese American representatives to demand a PERMANENT ceasefire, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, end military funding to Israel, and stop all bills that threaten the safety of Palestinians. Bring friends and family!
This is also a space to connect with others and share resources/strategies. We are stronger together: let’s mobilize and build community with fellow Nikkei and call OUR REPRESENTATIVES TO DEMAND A PERMANENT CEASEFIRE AND STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE!
Tsuru for Solidarity is a way to give voice to the moral outrage of the Japanese American community at ongoing mass detentions in the US and to show solidarity with front-line immigrant communities fighting injustice, mass incarceration and deportation.