‘Librarians and Archivists with Palestine’ launches solidarity effort

Israel/Palestine

“Librarians and Archivists with Palestine” visited Palestine last year under a different name. The group issued this announcement today.

On the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and after 66 years of dispossession of the Palestinian people, a group of librarians and archivists is launching a network of information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. In summer 2013, information workers from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, and Palestine went to Palestine to connect with colleagues in libraries, archives, and related projects and institutions, in the hopes of gaining mutual benefit through information exchange and skill-sharing. In the months since our journey, members of the Librarians and Archivists to Palestine delegation have publicly discussed what we witnessed during, and learned from, our trip—in local activist spaces, at scholarly conferences, and in publications.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new name, a new website, and a new network. We have updated our name from Librarians and Archivists to Palestine to Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP). This change reflects the fact that we are more than a visiting delegation; we are committed to ongoing work on projects of solidarity in support of Palestinian libraries and archives.

Our new website, librarianswithpalestine.org, includes information and observations about places we visited—research and cultural organizations including Birzeit University, the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature, the Tamer Institute for Community Education, and the Saffourieh Museum for Heritage and Return—photos, and a compilation of LAP publications such as zines and articles.

Most importantly, we are excited to launch a broad-based network in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. Any self-defined information worker who agrees with our principles is invited to become a LAP member. Members can also join solidarity project working groups and contribute their skills to support access to information in and about Palestine.

For more information and to join the network, please visit librarianswithpalestine.org. The public is also invited to LAP’s open house on Tuesday, June 17, at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, NY, where we will be displaying prints, zines, and photos from our new portfolio created with Brooklyn Artists Alliance.

3 Responses

  1. StCuthbert
    June 5, 2014, 2:16 pm

    It is extremely exciting to learn that educators in America and other Western countries have joined the right side of history and are fighting for justice and human rights. Anyone can contribute to the righteous cause of Palestine, no matter their profession.

    • thetruthhurts
      June 5, 2014, 7:43 pm

      educating the brainwashed ignorant american public is of primary importance in the war of intelligence, not nsa cia kind of intelligence, just truth and knowlegde about what really happened to the poor palestinians in 1948 and what has been continuing to happen ever since.
      you can be of utmost service in this regard by stocking the shelves of your libraries with the truth and eliminating and never buying the lies and truth perversions of the zio-pychos.

  2. just
    June 6, 2014, 7:01 am

    Congratulations and thank you!

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