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Nakba Day & Apartheid in Palestine

Apartheid - Government rules that keep people separated and treated differently based on their race or ethnicity.

Colonization - When a powerful group invades a land and takes control over people who already live there.

Displaced - People forced to leave their home country due to violence or disaster.

Ethnic Group - People who share cultural history, language, traditions, genetics, and homelands.

Nakba - Means 'catastrophe' in Arabic - an event in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war when Israeli colonists killed many Palestinians and permanently forced them from their homes.

Occupation - Invading someone's land and home without the permission of the people who already live there.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

Palestinian people have been under occupation from Israeli forces since 1948. Palestinians are not allowed to travel or build homes without permission from the Israeli government. They do not have the same rights as Israeli citizens, and have limited access to water, food, and medical supplies. Palestinians, including children, are often put in Israeli prison and treated horribly.

Many Israeli and Palestinian people want to live in peace together. They want an end to fighting, killing, and living under separate and different rules. But they can only find a path to safety and peace if citizens in the United States stops our government from sending the government of Israel money and weapons used to kill and displace Palestinian families and kids.

Talking About Palestine With Your Kids

For Kids Who Want To Make A Difference

1. GET CURIOUS

Learn

How does this issue impact YOU and the people you care about?

2. TALK & DEBATE

Ask

Who's willing to be open and honest with you about this issue?

3. SET GOALS

Think

What activities help you ponder & create solutions?

4. CHANGE & ADVOCATE

Action

Which simple steps can kids like you make towards change?

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Get Curious: Pick A Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Ages 7+

Over The Wall

Another helpful family action toolkit

Ending Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Ask Questions

Talk about this topic with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

Where...

Where is Palestine?

How is it shown on maps and globes in my school and library?

What...

What have I learned about Israel and Palestine from my community?

What information is missing?

How...

How do my friends, family, and teachers react when I ask about Palestine?

If they struggle to talk about Palestine - Why?

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

Get Creative

Flex your brain using what you've learned & discover what's within your control to change.

Pre-K & Early Elementary

Make a Palestinian Flag

Color or fold a Palestinian flag.

What do the four colors represent? How can you find out?

Elementary

Handala's Return Activity Book

Handala has been a symbol for Palestinians since being published by his creator, Naji al Ali, on July 13, 1969 in the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Seeyasa. He remains a timeless symbol of Palestinian youth, refugeehood, steadfastness, and determination to realize return and liberation.

Upper Elementary+

Create A Symbol of Hope

Using graph paper, create your own 'Tree of Life' design. What does it symbolize? What designs feel peaceful and hopeful to you?

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Whether it's time, money, or our voice - we all have something to contribute.

if you have $15

Support The Middle East Children's Alliance

Amidst the ongoing attack on Gaza, MECA team and partners are providing emergency assistance to families who have fled their homes to seek shelter with relatives as well as procuring emergency medical supplies for hospitals and clinics.

if you have 2 minutes

Demand Ceasefire NOW

Find petitions, scripts to call your representatives, and more ways to support Palestinians under siege.

If you have kind & courageous friends

Amplify & Boost

Reach out to a friend who would appreciate your support in talking about this with kids.

DIG DEEPER

Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

Teaching resources

Why Teach About Palestine?

"There are many reasons why teachers don't teach about Palestine."

"Here are reasons why you should reconsider."

via Nora Lester Murad, author of 'Ida in the Middle'

Curriculum

Educational Resources on Palestine

"Introduce our students to a range of perspectives and equip them wiht the tools to engage critically, participate in the discourse, and draw their own conclusions."

Via Members of the Oakland Education Association

EDUCATION RESOURCES

Teach Palestine.org

"Resources to help educators understand what is happening on the ground in real time, as well as background information about Palestine and resources to use with students at different grade levels."

via the Middle East Children's Alliance

Digital Action Toolkit

All Out For Palestine

Advocacy guide!

Boycott guide!

Learning & Teaching tools!

News & Social Media Guide!

Talking points!

All this and more!

via the Palestinian Feminist Collective

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I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

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