Youth of Sumud is a youth-led Palestinian organization in the West Bank that is committed to resisting Israeli occupation through peaceful popular resistance. As a result of land confiscation, expanding illegal settlements, and harassment from Israeli settlers and soldiers, in 2017 Palestinian youth organized across several villages in the South Hebron Hills to protect themselves from the violence of Israel's occupation.
Today, Youth of Sumud operates throughout the entire West Bank to support Palestinians by restoring historic olive groves, peacefully protesting home demolitions, protecting schoolchildren and shepherds from settler and soldier harassment, and other means of nonviolent resistance and mutual aid. As a result, they've been arrested and harassed by Israeli soldiers and settlers, but they have never given up on their goal of defending human rights.
We (Swarthmore SJP and JVP) are fundraising a car for Youth of Sumud. Right now, the group relies on friends, public transit, and taxis for transportation –– methods which are unreliable and expensive. By helping Youth of Sumud buy a car, you're supporting Palestinian youth in their peaceful struggle for self-determination. A car would allow Youth of Sumud to access more villages and better support Palestinians facing the violence of Israel's occupation.