Author Archives: Nancy Murray

About Nancy Murray

Nancy Murray, an advocate for Palestinian rights for over 25 years, has researched and written about surveillance for the ACLU of Massachusetts and its privacysos.org website.

It’s time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine

A 2008 document obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden states that “one of the NSA’s biggest threats is actually from friendly intelligence services, like Israel. There are parameters on what NSA shares with them, but the exchange is so robust, we sometimes share more than we intended.” Is there anything we can we do to force a discussion of Israeli’s role in the national security surveillance state onto the public agenda here in the US?

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 17 Comments

Veolia, a local BDS target, loses Massachusetts commuter rail contract

Over the last two and a half years, supporters of Palestinian rights in Boston have mounted a BDS campaign aimed at denying a new contract to run the Massachusetts commuter rail to Veolia, one of three companies that formed the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR). On January 8, they tasted victory, when a contract that could be worth as much as $4.26 billion was awarded to the MBCR’s sole competitor, Keolis America.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 5 Comments

Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1943-2013

Eyad and Ali

Dr. Eyad el Sarraj died on December 17 at the age of 69 and is being buried today in the Gaza Strip. The founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in 1990, he made helping people move beyond their personal and collective trauma his life’s work. Nancy Murray remembers el Sarraj and their work together writing he had the “determination to live in open, nonviolent defiance of occupation, both as an assertion of his own humanity, and in recognition of the humanity of others, Israelis as well as Palestinians.” Above, Dr. Eyad el Sarraj and his son Ali in the garden of their house, circa 2005.

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The high cost of Israel’s water policies

As Massachusetts officials and businessmen prepare to launch water industry collaborations with Israeli companies, they should be aware of certain facts about “Israel’s innate understanding of water issues” (as Boston Globe reporter Erin Ailworth put it in a November 17 front page article).

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 16 Comments

Roots of Resistance: Bringing the uprising home – Advocacy to shift US policy during the first intifada

Nancy Murray writes about how the first intifada moved her to devote her life to changing U.S. foreign policy towards Israel/Palestine. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

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