Let's End Our Support for Israeli Occupation in 2013
Your Last Chance to Make a Difference in 2012
As 2012 wraps up and we gear up for a new year of organizing, we have many things to celebrate in our efforts to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel. It is due to your continued support that we have been able to make such great strides in ending U.S. institutional support for Israeli occupation and apartheid.
But we are also aware that there is still much more that needs to be done. Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem will begin 2013 still living under occupation and apartheid. Palestinians in Israel will begin 2013 still being treated as second-class citizens. Palestinian refugees will begin 2013 still being denied their right of return.
This continuing abuse of Palestinian human rights by Israel is funded by our tax dollars and sustained by our government. It is imperative that we increase our commitment to ensuring U.S. policy supports human rights, international law, and equality.
Donate $25 today toward our work to change U.S. policy, and we will plant one olive tree for a Palestinian farming family.Donate $100 and we will plant five trees.
Olive trees are an essential part of Palestinian life. The olive oil industry supports the livelihoods of approximately 80,000 Palestinian families. Thus keeping Palestinians away from their olive groves and destroying olive trees is routine Israeli policy. According to the United Nations, 42 percent of applications for permits in 2011 to access olive groves behind the apartheid wall were rejected. Since 1967 it is estimated that Israel has uprooted 1.2 million olive trees, including 7,500 vandalized in 2012 by settlers in the West Bank.
Our goal for this year is to plant 2,000 olive trees, and we have already planted 1,593.
The cultivation of olive trees is a significant part of Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation and colonization. Your contribution on this last day of 2012 will help Palestinian farmers as well as our efforts to ensure U.S. policy in 2013 will support peace, justice, and equality for all.
See you in 2013!
Membership and Outreach Coordinator