Occupation End Notes | February 1, 2007
Volume 4 Number 9


Occupation End Notes, February 1st, 2007

Volume 4 Number 9

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: US Campaign Plays Big Role in UFPJ Anti-War Rally; Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization; US Campaign Action Alert on Pres. Jimmy Carter’s New Book; Palestine Center’s new publication; Free Apartheid Posters

2.Membership Update: Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Resource; SUSTAIN Philadelphia New Tax Day Campaign

3. Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions: Divestment Campaign Launched atStanford; FAWU Boycott Avocados from Israel; PACBI Release BDS Initiatives from around the World

4. Resources & Education: Israel May Have Violated Arms Export Control Act; 22 City Tour with Combatants for Peace;After 20 Years, Deportation Case Against Palestinians Dismissed ; Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine Talk; Women In Black-Los Angeles Candle Light Vigil; More than 15,000 Sign Amazon Petition

5. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; Zajel International Volunteer Work camp; MECA Delegations in August 2007; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida

1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

* US Campaign Plays Big Role in UFPJ Anti-War Rally

The US Campaign helped to mobilize last weekend’s hugely successful anti-war protest in Washington, DC, organized by United for Peace and Justice. We worked with our allies, Adalah-NY, Connecticut United for Peace, and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability to organize a Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon feeder march which marched through Chinatown and joined the rally on the Mall. The US Campaign also spoke to the thousands gathered against the occupation in Iraq to make the connection to the occupation in Palestine and to encourage everyone to come back to DC to participate in the June 10th mobilization against 40 years of occupation. Volunteers also distributed 1000’s of postcards announcing our June 10th actions. On Sunday the US Campaign led two workshops, one on the June 10th mobilization and the other on Israeli Apartheid policies. To watch the US Campaign in action at the rally, please click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLe5yugwdpA

* June 10th -11th, 2007: The World Says NO to Israeli Occupation!

Mobilization in Washington, DC

On June 10-11, 2007, the US Campaign and United for Peace and Justice are sponsoring a two-day mobilization in Washington, DC to protest the 40th anniversary of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.  Under the banner, "The World Says No to Israeli Occupation", the US Campaign and UFPJ will hold a massive rally, teach-in, and grassroots lobbying day.  Get involved today! Click here to see what you can do!

The mobilization was recently featured in an article in the Forward.Click here to read the article: http://www.forward.com/articles/main-anti-war-group-plans-rally-against/

* The US Campaign issued an action alert and press advisory coinciding with the publication of former President Jimmy Carter’s new book entitled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”.

Click here for ideas on how you can use Carter’s new book to raise awareness in the United States of Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians.

* New merchandise on our website!

War Crimes Litigation in U.S. Courts: The Caterpillar Case
A Special Report by Gywnne Skinner, Esq.
The PalestineCenter Information Paper No. 9 (October 2006)

Please click here for information. (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=142)

* Free Apartheid Posters

The US Campaign has produced a stunning new series of posters on the theme of Israeli Apartheid.If you’d like a free copy of them, then come by the office over the next several days and help us prepare them for mailing.We’ll reward your labors with a set of these posters.To view the posters, click here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=169

If you’d like to volunteer and you live in the Washington, DC area, please contact Omar Masri at 202-332-0994 or office@endtheoccupation.org. Please note that US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s office is in Washington, DC.

2. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

* The US Campaign would like to highlight a new resource that one of its member groups, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP), produced.

Click here to see “What If Israel invaded Vermont?”

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel is a local non-profit volunteer group that works to support the survival of the Palestinian people and end the illegal, immoral, and brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine through education, advocacy, and action. We are committed to self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and full civil and political rights for all Palestinians in order to promote the equality and safety of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Contact them by e-mail at vtjp@vtjp.org

* Stop US Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now (SUSTAIN) – Philadelphia announces the launch of a tax day campaign called “LOVE PHILLY: Bring Our Money Home”. This four-month campaign connects what our tax dollars destroy in Palestine with what they could build
in Philadelphia.

Right now, billions of dollars each year go from U.S. taxpayers to the Israeli military, funding the destruction of Palestinian homes, agriculture, and infrastructure. In the meantime, Philadelphians face crises around healthcare, housing, and education. LOVE PHILLY will raise awareness in Philadelphia about where our tax dollars are going and where they're not going, the violence they're funding and the positive change they could make if they were redirected to fund our city's needs.

Under the umbrella of this campaign, we hope anyone who's interested will use multiple tactics to educate and agitate around U.S. tax policies. Ideas for action include public art; teach-ins; letter-writing parties; web-based outreach; banner drops; and public service announcements on the radio and TV. This is just the beginning!

Click here to get involved and get more information!

3. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS

* January 25th, 2007: Sparking debate, SCAI launches divestment push

January 25, 2007
By Patrick Fitzgerald

Deeming it the “most moral, effective and nonviolent approach” to bringing peace to the Middle East, Students Confronting Apartheid in Israel (SCAI) last night launched its campaign calling on the University to selectively divest from companies with ties to Israel.

The campaign, which comes on the heels of successful efforts in 2005 that prompted Stanford to sever relations with corporations connected to Sudanese government, drew the ire of a number of student and faculty members concerned with the use of “apartheid” in the group’s name and its potential to further polarize student dialogue.

While SCAI heralds the decisions of the Presbyterian Church and the Academic Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom to divest from Israel, petitions and campaigns on the issue at universities nationwide have struggled to get off the ground. Divestment efforts at several Ivy League schools and the UC system made headlines in 2002 but failed to produce the desired result.

Click here to read more. (http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2007/1/25/sparkingDebateScaiLaunchesDivestmentPush)

* January 26th, 2007: South Africa: Avocados, Diamonds at Core of Anti-Israel Trade Campaign

Moyiga Nduru | Inter Press Service News Agency

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 26 (IPS) - A call from a South African trade unionist for national supermarket chains to stop importing avocado from Israel could ultimately lead to the banning of all imports from the Jewish state, if unions and human rights activists have their way.

Katishi Masemola, secretary general of the Food and Allied Workers' Union (FAWU), told South Africa's supermarket chains earlier this week that Israel produces avocado under "slave-type conditions". He says the International Labour Organisation (ILO) forbids the use of child labour which, he claims, Israel is employing on avocado farms.

IPS contacted the Israeli embassy in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, for comment. It did not return IPS's call.

Masemola told IPS in an interview: "Israel is occupying parts of Palestine and it's frustrating its moving towards statehood. In those occupied territories, avocados are produced under harsh slave-type conditions. Israeli farmers hire Palestinian children and pay them peanuts."

Click here to read more. (http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=431_0_1_0_C)

* January 2007:Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

(PACBI) Update 17: Highlights of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions in 2006
January 2007

In 2006, Palestine solidarity groups as well as trade unions, academics, cultural figures and even businesses in several countries, particularly in the West, heeded the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) issued by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society in July 2005 by launching campaigns targeting various aspects of Israel’s occupation regime. Following are the highlights of this new chapter in international efforts in support of a just and enduring peace in the entire region.

Academic Boycott

- Largest British Academic Union votes for an academic boycott of Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/press_releases_more.php?id=201_0_4_0_C

- Irish academics call on EU to stop funding Israeli academic institutions
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=372_0_1_0_C

- University of Michigan-Dearborn student government demands divestment from Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=A380_0_1_0_M

Cultural Boycott

- Roger Waters challenges Israel to tear down its colonial Wall
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=A255_0_1_0_M

- Palestinian filmmakers, artists and cultural workers call for a cultural boycott of Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=315_0_1_0_C

- British director Ken Loach backs Palestinian call for boycott on Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/press_releases_more.php?id=340_0_4_0_M

- John Berger rallies artists for cultural boycott of Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=416_0_1_0_C

- Swiss film festival drops Israel as sponsor to protest its crimes
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=288_0_1_0_C

- Edinburgh International Film Festival Returns Israeli Money in response to Boycott Plans
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=A310_0_1_0_M

Economic Boycott/ Divestment

- Dutch bank opts to divest from companies supporting Israel’s occupation
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=406_0_1_0_C

- Pax Christi raps profiteers in Palestinian occupation
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=273_0_1_0_C

- Hi-tech Belgian firm boycotts Israel over “war crimes” and “apartheid”
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=377_0_1_0_C

- Large Irish store takes Israeli products off the shelves
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=A405_0_1_0_M

Union Action

- Largest South African trade union calls for boycott and sanctions against Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=271_0_1_0_C

- Leading Canadian union votes to boycott Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=199_0_1_0_C

Sanctions and Diplomatic Measures

- Venezuela Recalls Ambassador From Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=316_0_1_0_C

- Bahraini civil society organization call to boycott Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=353_0_1_0_C

4. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

*January 27th, 2007: NY Times: Israel May Have Violated US Arms Export Control Act

On January 27, the New York Times broke a story reporting that the State Department was about to release a preliminary finding to Congress that Israel may have violated the US Arms Export Control Act by using cluster munitions against civilian targets during its war on Lebanon last summer.

Click here to read the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/world/middleeast/28cluster.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Since Israel’s war on Lebanon last summer, the US Campaign has been urging Congress and the Administration to hold Israel accountable for its misuse of US weapons.Stay tuned for an action alert on this item soon!

* January 18th – 31st, February 1st – 9th, 2007: 22 City Tour with Combatants for Peace

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom is pleased to announce that our 22-city speaking tour with Combatants for Peacewill launch today in Atlanta, Georgia. The tour will then proceed to metropolitan areas across the country: Raleigh, New York City, Philadelphia, New Haven, Bridgeport, Amherst, Albany, Providence, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Chicago, St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Portland, Eugene and finally Seattle.

The Combatants for Peace movement was founded in 2005 by Israelis and Palestinians who were once actively involved in perpetuating the cycle of violence. They decided to put down their weapons, and to fight instead for peace through dialogue, reconciliation and educational outreach. In addition to organizing countless meetings between Israeli and Palestinian veterans, the Combatants for Peace have worked together to raise the consciousness in both larger Israeli and Palestinian societies of the aspirations and fears of those on the "other side," and in so doing to create partners in dialogue. For tour schedule, click here (http://ga3.org/btvshalom/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=4964489)

* January 31st, 2007: After 20 Years, Deportation Case Against Palestinians Dismissed

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Washington Post Staff Writer

A federal immigration judge in Los Angeles yesterday dismissed a 20-year-old effort by the U.S. government to deport two Palestinian activists who once supported a group later determined to be a terrorist organization, calling Washington's lengthy case against the men "an embarrassment to the rule of law."

Judge Bruce J. Einhorn acted in response to what he described as repeated failures by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to comply with his order to turn over any potentially exculpatory information about Michael Shehadeh and Khader Hamide.

Click here to read the full article. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/30/AR2007013001884.html0

* February 2nd, 2007: Non-Violent Resistance In Palestine

Friday, February 2nd 2007 7:00 p.m

Join us for a free lecture by Mohammed Khatib and Feryal Abu Hikal at the Sacred heart/St. Dominic Church Hall, Sherman and Mellen Streets, Portland, Maine

Mr. Katib is secretary of the West Bank town Bil’in’s village council and a leading member of Bil’in’s Popular Committee against the Wall. He has spoken in Europe on the Palestinian popular, non-violent struggle against Israeli occupation.

Mrs. Feryal Abus Haikal is the retired headmistress of the KortubaSchool in Hebron’s old city. By continuing to function despite continual attacks by Israeli settlers on students and staff, the school has served as a model of nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation.

Location: 
Sacred heart/St. Dominic Church Hall Corner of Mellen and Sherman Streets. Portland, ME
Contact:
Ruth Elkin
mainepjip@yahoogroups.com
207-774-9378
Sponsored By:
Event sponsored by the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Social Justice Commission and Maine Peace and Justice in Israel Palestine.

* February 5th, 2007: Women in Black-Los Angeles invites you to join in a silent vigil at the performances of the Israeli Philharmonic at Disney Hall

Monday, February 5th, 2007 6:30pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 6:30pm-8:00pm

See our letters to the Israel and L.A. Philharmonic Orchestras on our website at http://www.wib-la.org/. Our letter to the Israel Philharmonic asking them to publicly oppose Israel's occupation of Palestine was signed by 800 supporters worldwide.

Contact us at womeninblackla@gmail.com or at (323) 993-3322

* February 12th, 2007: “Christians and Muslims Working for Peace in the Holy Land" by Rev.

Naim Ateek

Monday from Noon - 2:00 pm

TheRev Naim Ateek, is a Palestinian Anglican priest and the founder and directorof the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. In 2006, RevAteek was presented with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship John Nevin Sayre Awardin recognition of his leadership at Sabeel and for his efforts to engage westernchurches in the work for justice and peace between Palestinian and Israelis. He is the author of Justice and Only Justice: a Palestinian Theology of Liberation and editor and contributor of Challenging Christian

Zionism:Theology, Politics, and the Israel-Palestine Conflict, a compilation of papers from Sabeel’s international conference in Jerusalem in April 2004. Ateek also publishes a quarterly theological journal, Cornerstone, circulated in many countries.

Location: Georgetown Intercultural Center

(http://explore.georgetown.edu/locations/?Action=View&LocationID=21)

This event has been marked as open to the public.

This event requires a ticket or RSVP Contact: cmcu@georgetown.edu

(mailto:cmcu@georgetown.edu)

Sponsor The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

* More than 15,000 customers of Amazon.com signed an online petition threatening to close their accounts and take their business elsewhere if the internet shopping site continues to present a new book by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in an unusually negative light. Amazon did not move the offending review to other review sections but did add an interview with Carter.Read the petition in full here:

http:///www.petitiononline.com/Amazon07/

5. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

*Spring – Fall 2007 Schedule: March 17th -31st; May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; November 3rd-17th: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations to Israel/Palestine

Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to Israel and Palestine so that US citizens can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. For more information, contact the IFPB office directly by phone (202-244-0821) or email (middleeast@forusa.org )

* June 2nd – 20th, 2007: Zajel International Voluntary Work Camp

An-NajahNationalUniversity is pleased to invite youth and adults up to 35, to take part in the “Step in the right direction” summer work camp. This project has been designed to provide international students and professionals the opportunity to meet and discuss the Middle East conflict, share ideas, enhance practical skills, foster relationships, and give assistance to members of the Palestinian community.

The international summer work camp, “Step in the right direction”, will bring together 25 young people from around the world who are interested in helping create a better world. We are specifically targeting people who are working with organizations led by young people that address humanitarian issues and social justice. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious young men and women to apply.

For more information, please click here (http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2007/announcing.htm)

* MECA Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!

For seventeen years, MECA has taken small groups to the West Bank, Gaza and Israel.MECA staff and local guides introduce you to activists, journalists, aid workers, teachers, social workers and others living under occupation. We’ll stay with our “Ibdaa family” in Dheisheh refugee camp, and visit other MECA partners and friends throughout Palestine/ Israel.

For information, please contact:

Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness deborah@mecaforpeace.org, josie@mecaforpeace.org

510-548-0542

*Volunteer in Tel Rumeida!

Tel Rumeida Project is an organization solely for work purposes (i.e. it is not an organization for its own sake.)  Therefore, volunteers are expected to be able to function well with instruction and independently. Volunteers will be working in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida, Hebron, keeping a presence on the streets to prevent against settler attacks and soldier/police harassment of the Palestinian residents who live in the neighborhood. For more information, please see http://www.telrumeidaproject.org/Volunteer.html

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