Today you will be introduced to several families that live in the Jordan River Valley and are served by our library in Jiftlek. This is a rare opportunity to get behind the headlines! You may know that this area is threatened by an annexation plan put forth by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Though it has been delayed by the "Peace Deals" with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, it has not been cancelled. As you watch this video, try not to fall in love with this way of life and the people who live it!
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Each of our daily videos were made in the past month. Laurie Salameh, our Director in Palestine, and Fida'a Ataya, our Library Coordinator, worked together to capture our work and the context in Palestine. It was a gallant effort, in the midst of the pandemic and the lockdown in Palestine. We are most appreciative of their efforts. Please enjoy all 5 videos. By the end of the week, all the videos will be available on ourwebsite.
More about the Jordan Valley and our library at Jiftlik
In 2017 Seraj Library Project established a library in the small Jordan Valley community ofJiftlik. The library was intended to serve the larger Jordan Valley community.
Aljazeera — Israel’s Jordan Valley Annexation explained.
Mondoweiss ran this September 17 article about annexation in the Jordan Valley.
Why I support Seraj? A few of Your Responses:
We have been asking our donors why they support Seraj. Each day we will post a few of your responses.
Dale & Alice Valaskovic, Chicago, IL
We give to Seraj because I think they are doing great non-violent work in Palestine. Non-violence is the only thing that will change the situation. The libraries are really community centers. It was just a dream when Laurie and Estephan had the idea and now look at it. Meeting Laurie and Estephan was the greatest thing that happened to us. We are enjoying giving from our minimum distribution while we are still alive. God has been good to us and now we can give from our abundance to things we believe in.
I gladly support The Seraj Library Project because it is a concrete way I can let Palestinian children...and their whole families and villages...know that someone in the U.S. cares about them. Our efforts to advocate for fairness and human rights for both Israelis and Palestinians are rebuffed by U.S. foreign policy, but this is something we can do.
In anticipation of the Benefit, Seraj Board members and Benefit Supporters donated and pledged almost $38,000 to kick off our effort. By October 1, 46 more donors contributed and pledged an additional $9,320, for a total of $47,253. We are most appreciative. And anticipating additional gifts...
Seraj has some very exciting projects ready to go, as soon as Palestinian society opens up. $60,000 from the Benefit would put us in a very good place. How high will the tally go? YOU can make a difference for Palestinian children, their families and communities.
Please be generous! Our Benefit is a major source of our funds. And, we will be eternally grateful and pledge good use of your donations. Thank you!