Local Events

We have planning meetings on the 1st Sunday of each month at Cup of Joe’s at 6pm (Capitol and University). Please join us and become an active participant in ending the occupation!

January 2012

“A Child’s View from Gaza”

Drawings created by children in Gaza depicting the horrors, experiences and emotions generated by Operation Cast Lead

For the month of January 2012, Voices for Palestine will be sponsoring the exhibition of “A Child’s View from Gaza” in downtown Boise. This is an incredible opportunity for our community to view the experiences of children in the Gaza Strip. It is a glimpse into the mind of a child living under a violent occupation.

“A Child’s View from Gaza” is an exhibit featuring drawings created by children living in the Gaza Strip. All experienced the trauma of “Operation Cast Lead;” Israel’s 23 days of bombardment and invasion of Gaza during December 2008 and January 2009.

The drawings in this exhibit were created by children ages seven to fourteen. The exhibit expresses the children’s experiences and hopes for the future. Viewing their drawings is a heart wrenching experience. The drawings are a call for a world of peace, justice and equality for the children of Gaza and the world.

Below is a video showcasing images from the exhibit.

The exhibit will be displayed for the entire month of January 2012 at:

Dawson’s Downtown Coffee House

219 N. 8th St. Boise, ID 83702  (8th and Bannock)

Coffee House Hours:
Monday-Thursday 6:00 am — 9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 6:00 am — 10:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am — 8:00 pm

Check back for a schedule of activities related to the exhibit.

***Please note there has been a delay in shipping- Art work will not be ready for viewing until Saturday January 7th. The opening reception has been rescheduled for Tuesday January 10th. Sorry for any inconvenience.


Sunday September 4th, 2011

Learn, Think, Act!

This upcoming September Palestine will be bidding on becoming a full member state of the United Nations.

Interested in learning about this?

Would you like to hear more about the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict along with American relations?

Should you express your support?

Please join us this Sunday to hear from Dorgham Abusalim, a student from Gaza, Palestine who will share information about the current state of affairs, and will be happy to answer your questions.

When:        Sunday September 4th   5:00 PM-6:00PM

Where:       Dawson’s Downtown Coffee House

219 N. 8th St.  Boise, ID, 83702        (8th and Bannock)

This event is free and open to the public!

Sponsored by Voices for Palestine and Students for Statehood



Thursday March 10th, 2011

Sneak Preview of Budrus at The Flicks

Hosted by Idaho Peace Coalition

Thursday, March 10, 2011 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Budrus– Ayed Morrar united Palestinians and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. While this film is about one Palestinian village, it tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East. By supporting the ideas of his 15 year-old daughter,  Ayed brought women to the heart of the struggle and welcomed hundreds of Israelis to cross into Palestinian territory for the first time and join this nonviolent effort.

Winner of awards at 11 film festival s including the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.


Event Ticket Cost: $10 in advance, $11 at the door

Sunday September 12th and 13th, 2010

On May 31st, a humanitarian convoy taking aid to the besieged Gaza strip was attacked in international waters by the Israeli military. Fatima Mohammadi, was on the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, on which 9 aid workers were murdered and several dozen were seriously injured.

Mohammadi, a Boise native, will provide us with her eyewitness account and offer a Question and Answer forum. She will be presenting at two locations this coming week:

SUNDAY, September 12, at 3:30pm at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 Garrett, Garden City.


MONDAY, September 13, 7pm at Dawson Taylor Coffee House, 219 N. 8th St., Boise (8th and Bannock).

Both events are free and open to the public

For inquiries, please contact Lama Nasser at 208-230-1150 or lamalucynasser@yahoo.co

Saturday September 11, 2010

The Idaho Peace Coalition and Snake River Alliance will host the Idaho Peace Festival with singer David Rovics on Saturday, September 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise.

This free, all ages event will feature music from acclaimed Portland-based musician David Rovics and local musicians as well as information and activity booths from area nonprofit organizations. Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic to the park and enjoy the Festival.

Be sure and visit the Voices for Palestine booth!

Thursday July 15, 2010

Rachel Corrie’s parents to speak at BSU

On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, was crushed to death by an Israeli Military bulldozer in Gaza while she was defending a Palestinian family’s home from demolition.

Voices for Palestine, the Idaho Peace Coalition and the BSU Cultural Center are pleased to host Cindy and Craig Corrie, the parents of Rachel Corrie, on Thursday July 15, 2010 for an informative presentation about their work for justice and human rights.

Cindy and Craig are the founders of The Rachel Corrie Foundation which continues the work that Rachel Corrie began and hoped to accomplish, and carries out that work with her vision, spirit, and creative energy in mind. The foundation encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, which we view as pre-requisites for world peace.

Cindy and Craig Corrie are currently involved in a civil suit against the government of Israel on charges that Rachel was denied “basic human rights” and of “gross negligence”.

However one may feel about the Middle East conflict, this presentation by Cindy and Craig Corrie promises to educate and enlighten us all. The Corries will share their experiences of their many attempts to bring justice to their daughter’s death, and in their struggle to eliminate oppression and injustice on a global scale.

When:   Thursday July 15, 2010
Time:     7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where:  Bishop Barnwell Room, Student Union Building, Boise State University
Why:     To learn more about the Palestinian-Israeli issue and become more
involved in the struggle for human rights around the globe.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking in the Lincoln Garage.



An Entourage of War Refugees Travel the Country With Two U.S. Veterans

Shangri-La Tea House and Café
1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, ID 83705

If there is ever an unlikely group to encounter, the members of The People’s Journey would embody it. The group is comprised of people who under different circumstances may have been firing guns at each other; but after stepping away from violence two Iraq War veterans, an Iraqi refugee, and youth from the Gaza Strip and Afghanistan have joined together to spread a message of peace.
The goal of the People’s Journey is to move beyond returning violence with more violence and hatred. The group wishes to identify opposing world views which keep mankind apart, as well as encourage a compassionate spirit in people. They hope to promote understanding, cooperation and compromise in place of divisiveness, violence and fear.

Traveling and speaking across the U.S. the contemporary group of witnesses to war, the Peoples Journey offers important first-hand experiences and perspectives regarding the state of our world today.

Presenters will include
Josh Stieber, organizer of The People’s Journey, is an Iraq War Veteran who has recently been speaking to international media about his former company’s role in the “collateral murder” tape.
Salam Talib is a journalist and computer engineer from Iraq. ndependently and in collaboration with other freelance journalists, he has filed hundreds of stories with Free Speech Radio about the situation on the ground in Iraq.
Salma Shawa is a 13-year-old student at Gaza’s American International School. On Jan. 2, 2009, an Israeli air strike destroyed most of the buildings on the campus.
Laila Samahadana, 12, attended the American International School with Salma until was assassinated by the Israeli military and her family was forced to flee to Cairo.

Details on The People’s Journey can be found at: http://www.thepeoplesjourney.org

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by Voices For Palestine and the Idaho Peace Coalition



In light of recent events and the ongoing Human Rights violations committed by the state of Israel, on Saturday June 5th, Voices for Palestine will March on 8th street to let Israel know that Enough is Enough!

We celebrate the courage of those that died, and those that risked their lives in an attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those killed.

Join us and show your solidarity and support!

On Saturday June 5th we will meet in front of the Capitol Building on the corner of 8th Street and Jefferson in Downtown Boise. We will meet at 10am. The march through downtown will begin at 10:30am.
Rain or Shine!

Tuesday June 1, 2010
In solidarity with Fatima Mohammadi and all others who were with the flotilla on its way to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid, Voices for Palestine will be having an emergency organizing meeting to discuss ideas of what to do in our community.

The meeting will be Tuesday June 1st at 6pm, at Papa Joe’s Coffee (University and 9th). Click here for a map to Cup of Joe’s

Please join us in an effort to create awareness about this situation and provide support for Fatima and her family here in Boise.

If you have ideas but are unable to join us please email me @ LamaLucyNasser@yahoo.com

February 27, 2010
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) Presents an award winning documentary:
Occupation 101
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ‘Occupation 101’ presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. Saturday February 27, 4-6PM, North Wing, Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 Garrett (Maple Grove changes to Garrett where it crosses Chinden)

Discussion/Q & A following with Dorgham Abusalim————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

January 30, 2010

UUJME (Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East) Presents:

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised LandU.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:How our Media is manipulated to distort American public perceptions Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts,  the Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.

“I cannot recommend this documentary too highly. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land should be required viewing for every student, for every taxpayer … for every citizen in the United States.”
— Robert McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy

“… the film really enlightened me …[it] will clearly be a priceless educational tool.”
– Cecilie Surasky | Jewish Voice for Peace

UUJME will show this film with a discussion to follow which will be led by our guest Dargham Abusalim from Gaza.

Saturday, January 30, 4 – 6 PM.

Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, (Jr Hi Room)

6200 Garrett (Maple Grove turns into Garrett where it crosses Chinden), Garden City

Free and open to the public.

September 26, 2009

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, one of the oldest knighthoods in the world, will be holding it’s Northwestern Lieutenancy Annual Meeting September 25-27, 2009.

Members of the panel and the general public are invited to attend a discussion panel on Christian Education in the Holy Land of Jerusalem on Saturday, September 26th at 3:00pm at the Grove Hotel. Please see below for information on the speakers.

What:      Holy Land Education Forum
Where:    Grove Hotel, Downtown Boise: Evergreen Room, 2nd floor
When:     3:00-4:30 pm

Dr. Hamid Shirvani, KHS, is President of California State University, Stanislaus. In Turlock. He has been in higher education for 30 years, with 23 years in senior executive
leadership and management. He has also served as architecture, urban design and land planning consultant to various public agencies and private development companies.
The title of his presentation is “Fundamental challenges with Middle East/West Relationships.”  Identifying the roots of the conflicts and misunderstandings, as well as clarification of goals and responsibilities of various groups.

James G. Paharik, PhD, is a professor of Sociology at Seton Hill University.  He writes and teaches in the areas of comparative genocide, Catholic Social Teaching and peace studies. Paharik is director of research and curriculum design for Beit Benedict Peace Academy at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.

Helene E. Paharik, MA, recently took a leave from active ministry in the Diocese of Greensburg where she served for over 10 years as a Pastoral Associate, to lead the US efforts to support Beit Benedict Peace Academy at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Her passion for the Holy Land began over 20 years ago when she studied at Tantur as an undergraduate student. Dr. and Mrs. Paharik will talk about:  The Beit Benedict Peace Academy, an effort fostering peace in the Holy Land by bringing together people of the three monotheistic traditions.

Lama Nasser is an American-born Palestinian living in Boise, ID. As a teenager, she lived with her family in the West Bank where her father taught journalism at Birzeit University. Her experience living under Israeli military occupation has solidified her commitment to defending Palestinian rights. Lama is a co-founder and organizer for Voices for Palestine, a grassroots organization working to educate the community in an effort to end the occupation of Palestine. In her presentation:  “Reaching a Critical Mass: The importance of U.S. based activism in achieving justice in Palestine.” Lama will discuss some of the major barriers to the peace movement, and how each one of us has the ability and responsibility to take action.


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