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ACTION ALERT: Jimmy Carter on Apartheid in Palestine

November 13th, 2006

On November 14, Simon & Schuster is scheduled to release President Jimmy Carter’s latest book, tentatively entitled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”.

The US Campaign has not reviewed an advance copy of the book and cannot speak to its content.However, the fact that a former US president is using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies toward Palestinians represents a fundamental shift in the discourse on Israel/Palestine in the United States and has the potential to dramatically shift US policy for the better.

The US Campaign urges its individual supporters and member organizations to take action around President Carter’s book release to increase awareness in the United States of Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians.

TAKE ACTION:

1. Organize or participate in an event during the US Campaign-endorsed Fourth Annual International Week of Action against the Apartheid Wall, called for by Stop the Wall: The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.Click here for an action alert and suggested ideas.

2. Contact your local bookstore and ask them to stock this book. Ask your friends, colleagues, and family to purchase the book and host a book club to discuss the issues raised in President Carter’s book and what you can do change the situation.

3. President Carter’s book is likely to generate significant media attention and debate. Call your local talk radio programs and write a letter-to-the-editor to your local paper affirming that Israel’s policies toward Palestinians are apartheid.Click here for contact information for your local media.

4. Democratic Party leaders such as Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers and DNC Chair Howard Dean have criticized President Carter for using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies.Pelosi denied that Israelinstitutionalizes ethnically based oppression” and Dean “fundamentally disagree[s] and do[es] not support his [Carter’s] analysis of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”Conyers even called on Carter to change the title of his book. Send a message to your Members of Congress and the Democratic Party stating that you support President Carter’s use of the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies.Click here for contact information for your elected officials.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS ADVISORY

Experts Available to Speak on Israeli Apartheid Policies as Pres. Carter Releases New Book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”

Washington, DC (November 13)—The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is making available to the media experts who are available for interviews to discuss the apartheid nature of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

Tomorrow, former President Jimmy Carter is releasing a new book, entitled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”.In conjunction with the book release, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 200 organizations, issued an action alert urging its supporters to use the book release as an opportunity to raise awareness in the United States about Israel’s apartheid polices toward Palestinians.The action alert can be viewed by clicking here.

Contact information and pull quotes from US Campaign experts are below.

Noura Erakat, National Grassroots Organizer/Legal Advocate, US Campaign

“Palestinians endure a system which denies them access to work, hospitals, and schools; restricts their freedom of movement; expropriates their land; forces them to live in separate reserves; imprisons them without trial; and frustrates their national self-determination--this system is also called Apartheid according to the International Convention of the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.”

Bill Fletcher, Jr., labor and international writer and activist, US Campaign Advisory Committee Member

Bill Fletcher, a former organizer with the Massachusetts Labor Committee for a Free South Africa and former president of TransAfrica Forum, stated:

"The world is coming to view the Palestinian dilemma as a 21st century version of apartheid.  The theft of land; the marginalization of the population; and the not-so-subtle effort to drive the Palestinian people from their lands, makes this a continuously unfolding crime.  Those of us who participated in the supporting the South African anti-apartheid struggle are morally obligated to raise the call for Palestinian freedom.  Silence is impermissible."

Mark Lance, Professor, Georgetown University, US Campaign Steering Committee Member

Mark Lance, a former organizer with Students for a Free South Africa at University of Pittsburgh, stated:

“The dark history of South African apartheid stands as a stark example of the human consequences of forcible separation of peoples, and of systematic discrimination.The proud history of international resistance to South African apartheid stands as a shining example of what people of conscience can accomplish when they stand in solidarity. The system of occupation, walls, military blockade and legal discrimination set in place by the Israeli state is a system of apartheid, and one that will be defeated by the same coalition, with the same nonviolent power, that led to a free South Africa.”

Dr. Nancy Murray, US Campaign Advisory Committee Member

Nancy Murray, a former organizer of the South African anti-apartheid movement in the United Kingdom and Kenya, stated:

“The fragmented West Bank resembles, in miniature, the archipelago that was the homeland of Bophuthatswana.  The international community refused to recognize the South African homelands as independent states.  Will it accept Palestinian Bantustans as the basis of a “two-state solution?”