Standing Together: A Presentation and Open Discussion

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 12:00-1:00 PM
Lunch Service Begins 11:30 AM
Student Union Ballroom and via Livestream

This is a presentation and discussion with the grassroots movement based in Israel, Standing Together. Standing Together has received global attention for its efforts to mobilize against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the current war in Gaza. Two of the movement’s co-leaders, Sally Abed and Alon-lee Green,  will talk about their work, including its successes and challenges.

Standing Together describes itself as “a grassroots movement mobilizing Jews and Palestinians from all over Israel in pursuit of peace, equality, social and climate justice. While the minority who benefit from the current status quo of occupation and inequality seek to keep us divided, we know that we — the majority — have far more in common than that which sets us apart. When we stand together, we are strong enough to fundamentally alter the existing socio-political reality. The future that we want to see — with peace and independence for Israelis and Palestinians, full equality for all citizens, and true social, economic and environmental justice — is possible. Because where there is struggle, there is hope.”

This event is organized by the UMass Community, Democracy and Dialogue (CDD) advisory working group, which was formed to help our community navigate challenging, complex and controversial topics in ways that broaden perspectives and diminish polarization. The CDD includes a diverse group of faculty, staff and campus leaders with expertise in many fields, including geopolitics, equity and inclusion, and communication and civil discourse. In addition, its work is being informed by discussions with graduate and undergraduate student leaders. The CDD is committed to pro-actively creating an ongoing, sustained effort that provides ways to support inclusion and diversity in concert with the democratic concepts of respect and compromise.

*Please note that there will be photography and video recording at this event.


Registration is at capacity. However, this event will be livestreamed and live-captioned. Tune in to the UMass YouTube channel for the livestream at 12:00 noon.


Sally AbedSally Abed

Sally Abed is an elected national leader at Standing Together, the Jewish-Arab grassroots movement that mobilizes people around issues of peace, equality and social justice. In recent years, she has become a prominent progressive Palestinian voice in Israel. Sally is a recurring guest on the Promised Podcast and the Co-host of the new podcast Groundwork - a mini series about Palestinians and Jews refusing to accept the status quo and working together for change.


Alon-Lee GreenAlon-Lee Green

Alon-Lee Green is the National co-Director and a founder of Standing Together. He got his start organizing Israel's first trade union of waiters in a chain of coffee-shops and went on to found Israel's first National Waiters Union. Alon-Lee emerged as a prominent leader of Israel's social protest movement in the summer of 2011, and subsequently served as a political adviser in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.