We are an independent group of librarians and archivists who traveled to Palestine from June 23 – July 4, 2013. We come from the US, Canada, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, and Palestine. We bore witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and the myriad ways access is denied. We were inspired by the many organizations and individuals we visited who resist settler-colonialism in their daily lives. We connected with colleagues in libraries, archives, and related projects and institutions, in the hopes of gaining mutual benefit through information exchange and skill-sharing. We learned about the common and unique challenges we face—both in different parts of Palestine and in our home contexts. In all our travels and work, we respected the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and did not partner with any organization that violates this call.
Now that the delegation has ended, we are committed to sharing what we have seen, applying what we have learned, publicizing projects we have visited, and otherwise breaking down barriers to access in any way we can.