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Occupation End Notes | February 16, 2007
Volume 4 Number 10

Occupation End Notes, February 16th, 2007

Volume 4 Number 10

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization; US Campaign Launches Anti-Apartheid Framework

2. Legislative Update: Middle East Special Envoy; Cluster Munitions; US Campaign Responds to Biased House Hearing; Israel to Request Additional Military Aid

3. Legal Update: Judge Guzman in Israel

4. Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions: Palestinian Trade Unions Call upon International Labor Movement

5.Membership Update: MADRE Job Opening

6. Resources & Education: US Campaign Steering Committee Member Phyllis Bennis Launches New Book; Screening of Jimmy Carter’s book presentation; The Palestinian Summer Celebration

7. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; 2007 CAP Tour; Global Exchange Delegations; ICAHD-USA Delegations; Zajel International Volunteer Work camp; MECA Delegations in August 2007; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida

1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

* 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!

* US Campaign Launches Anti-Apartheid Framework

The US Campaign is excited to announce the launch of its Anti-Apartheid Framework (AAF). The AAF was developed in response to a resolution passed by the US Campaign's General Body at its Fifth Annual National Organizers' Conference in Dearborn, MI in September 2006.

The AAF is meant to be an educational resource and not a campaign. This means that we hope you use these materials to frame the conflict in Israel and Palestine as you move forward with your existing campaigns. You can read more about the AAF by clicking here.

The AAF includes a number of resources that you can find by clicking here.

These resources include a public service announcement, posters, fact sheets, and DVDs. Together these resources constitute an "AAF Organizing Packet." Each US Campaign member organization will be receiving an Organizing Packet next week.

As part of the AAF, the US Campaign has designed a striking set of six posters with the theme "Apartheid: Wrong for South Africans, Wrong for Palestinians".  These glossy, union-made posters are suitable to frame and/or use for organizing purposes. 

The US Campaign would like to send you a set of these posters for a tax-deductible donation that you make to support our work. Click here to get your set of posters for:

1 Set of Posters (6) for $25 incl S&H.
2 Sets of Posters (12) for $35 incl S&H.
3 Sets of Posters (18) for $45 incl S&H

Contact the US Campaign for quotes on bulk orders greater than 3 sets of
posters at 202-332-0994 or office@endtheoccupation.org

Learn how to use the Organizing Packet by clicking here.

The resolution also included a call to establish a Boycott, Divestment Research Committee empowered to research and recommend a consumer product boycott target. Learn more about this effort by clicking here.

The US Campaign looks forward to working with you to end Israeli apartheid policies!

* Make a Donation for the Mobilization and Get Apartheid Posters

For a limited time, everyone who donates $25 or more will receive a free set of six anti-apartheid posters. These glossy 18X24 inch posters are union-made and suitable to frame. Click here to view the poster set.

Please make your generous tax-deductible donation today!

Help Us Organize

If you can help us mobilize and organize for this rally by distributing postcards and collecting petition signatures, please click here and we'll send you an organizing packet.

You can also download organizing resources from our website by clicking here.

Sign the Petition

The US Campaign is collecting petition signatures to deliver to Congress for the grassroots lobbying day. Click here to sign the petition and make your voice heard!

In the News

To read articles and watch videos about the planned protest, click here.

Don't forget to make your tax-deductible donation today for this mobilization and receive a free set of anti-apartheid posters!

2. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Member of Congress will be returning to their homes next week for the President’s Day District Work Period.This is the perfect time to gather a delegation of constituents to speak to your Members of Congress about US policy toward Israel/Palestine.

Here are a few legislative and policy issues that you can raise while talking to your Members of Congress.

Middle East Peace Special Envoy

On February 8, Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced a resolution calling on the President to appoint a special envoy to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.H.Res.143 currently has 10 cosponsors.Ask your Representative to cosponsor this resolution and use it as an opportunity to educate your Member of Congress about the need for the United States to change its policy of support for Israeli military occupation to one that supports human rights and international law.

Cluster Munitions

On February 14, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a resolution limiting the sale of cluster munitions. S.594 currently has 3 cosponsors.Click here to read Sen. Feinstein’s statement on the Senate floor introducing the resolution.In the 109th Congress, Sen. Feinstein introduced a similar amendment to an appropriations bill, which was defeated. Sen. Feinstein’s initiative to limit the sale of cluster munitions is in part motivated by Israel’s misuse of US cluster munitions during its war last year in Lebanon.According to Sen. Feinstein, cluster munitions dropped in Lebanon by Israel have resulted in the death of 22 people, including six children and injuries to 133 people, including 47 children.Ask your Senators to cosponsor this resolution and ask your Representative to introduce a companion bill in the House.

US Campaign Responds to Biased House Hearing

On February 14, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY). Chair of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, held a hearing entitled “Next Steps in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process”.The original witness list publicized by the committee included only two AIPAC-affiliated witnesses, David Makovsky of the Washington Institute on Near East Policy, and Ambassador Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institute.Upon receiving notice of this biased witness list, the US Campaign sent a letter to Rep. Ackerman offering its help in locating credible witnesses who could bring much-needed balance to this biased witness list.Click here to read the letter.

Unfortunately, Rep. Ackerman responded to this overture by adding to the witness list the notorious Islamophobe and McCarthyite Daniel Pipes.Palestine Center Fellow Michael Brown published an article lambasting the subcommittee for its biased hearing.Click here to read the article.

Rep. Ackerman can be reached at 202-225-2601 if you would like to express your opinion to him about this biased hearing.

Israel to Request Additional Military Aid

According to a February 12 article in the Israeli newspaper Globes, Israel will seek an additional $500 million in US military aid before President Bush leaves office.Click here to read the article.Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to oppose support for Israel while it is violating Palestinian human rights, international law, and US arms export control laws.

3. LEGAL UPDATE

Judge Juan Guzman, the judge who indicted former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, was in Israel last week to study the feasibility of international legal action against Israeli decision makers responsible for the demolition of Palestinian homes.

Guzman was invited by the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) which is trying to build a legal case against Israelis involved in the demolition of Palestinian homes.

To read the entire article, go here:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1170359797839&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

To listen to a podcast in which Guzman discusses international legal solutions for war crimes and human rights violations and more specifically the experience in Latin America and its relation to the Situation in Palestine click here:

http://www.alternativenews.org/podcasts/news-from-within-podcast-international-legal-solutions-for-war-crimes-and-human-rights-viola-2.html

4. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS

February 13th, 2007: PACBI: Palestinian Trade Unions Call upon International Labor Movement

The Palestinian Trade unions have given out a Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions endorsed by:

* the General Union of Palestinian Workers (GUPW).
* the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).
* the Coalition of Independent Democratic Unions.
* Other Palestinian professional and vocational unions.

In a press conference held on February 11 2007, the Trade Unions and Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign addressed this call to the Arab and International Trade Unions and, in particular, the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions, the Arab League, the Arab Labor Organization, the International Labor Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation, the Organization of African Trade Union Unity, the Palestinian people and the international community.

A further press conference is scheduled to be held in the Gaza Strip.

Click here to read more. (http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=441_0_1_0_C)

5. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

* Job Opportunity with MADRE: Full-Time Membership Coordinator

MADRE is seeking an experienced full-time Membership Coordinator to manage and maintain donor database; process donations; generate acknowledgements; maintain donor information; conduct prospecting and assist with other fundraising tasks.

Salary: Mid to upper 20's

Location: New York City

Start Date: Immediate.Please be prepared to make a two-year commitment.

MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice.

MADRE is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls, please.Email cover letter, resume and three references to madre_resumes@yahoo.com

6. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

* February 18th, 2007: Join Phyllis Bennis at Busboys and Poets to Launch her New Book: Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer

Sunday, February 18, 20076:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Published by Interlink in association with TARI, the book is a set of "frequently asked questions" ranging from "who are the Palestinians" and "what are the Israeli settlements" to "why do people like Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter describe Israeli practices as 'apartheid'?" and "what does Israel's occupation have to do with the U.S. war in Iraq," all the way up to this past summer's war in Lebanon.

Busboys and Poets

14th and V Streets, WashingtonDC NW

* February 28th, 2007: Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid
Wednesday, February 28th 2007 7:30
Columbia, Maryland

Videotaped presentation of former president Jimmy Carter's Jan. 23 speech at Brandeis University about his new book, 'Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid'

Location: 
Howard County Central Library 

10375 Little Patuxent ParkwayColumbiaMaryland21044

Contact:
Joanne Heisel
joanne_kh@comcast.net

Sponsored By:
Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

* June 20th – August 18th, 2007: The Palestinian summer celebration 2007

Come and celebrate Palestine, learn Arabic, study history, know the people and their culture, share some time with local families and volunteer with a local community organization

The Palestinian summer celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life and culture in Palestine in addition to donating some of their time to a local community organization through voluntary work and internships.  The Palestinian summer celebration 2007 will take place in the Bethlehem area in Palestine, between Wednesday June 20th and August 18th 2007. The annual celebration is organized by SirajCenter for Holy Land Studies www.sirajcenter.org in partnership with BethlehemUniversitywww.bethlehem.edu and the US based Society for Biblical Studies, www.sbsedu.org.


Participants will also have the opportunity to listen and question high level speakers of various positions and expertise.

7. 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 )

* April 1st – April 10th, 2007: 2007 Congressional Accompaniment Project

You can be a part of a group of peacemakers who will leave for an 10 day trip to Israel-Palestine, accompanying several U.S. Congressional Senior Staff Aides on a mission of peacemaking and fact-finding.

It is an unparalleled chance to accomplish two important goals: 1. expand and deepening your own knowledge of the Holy Land and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through direct experience, and 2. influence the political climate of Washington toward a more positive attitude and fair policies that will help enable a just peace in the region for both the state of Israel and the people of Palestine.

However, the time is growing short to sign on as an “Accompanier” for this 2007 Congressional Accompaniment Tour.We must hear from you by Feb. 20thto reserve a place.

For more information or to apply as an “Accompanier” for the 2007 CAP tour to Israel/Palestine, contact us immediately. http://www.middleeastawareness.org

Darrell & Sue Yeaney, Coordinators

2007 CAP Tour

Peacemaking Task Force

Presbytery of East Iowa

sue-dy@avalon.net

319 354-7877

* Spring – Fall 2007 Schedule: April 21st – May 1st, August 12th – 22nd, December 2nd – 12th: Global Exchange’s Delegations to Palestine & Israel

Global Exchange’s delegations to Palestine & Israel provide first-hand exposure to the daily struggles and realities of Palestinians living under Occupation.  The delegations strive to further the US public's understanding of the conflict by listening to the aspirations and frustrations of Palestinians, by examining the dimensions of the human rights crisis under Israeli rule, as well as learning from Palestinians and Israelis who are working for a just peace and an end to the Occupation.

For more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or email palestine@globalexchange.org.

April 21 – May 1, 2007 <http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/802.html>
August 12 – 22, 2007 <http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/803.html>
December 2 – 12, 2007

* April 2007: ICAHD-USA Delegations to Israel/Palestine:

Spaces still available for the Experience Travel Tours' 10-day study tour this spring (April 2007) to Palestine/Israel designed to educate people about the conflict, introduce key figures from both the Palestinian and Israeli peace communities and empower participants to be effective advocates for a just peace upon their return home. Some highlights of the trip, now in its seventh year, include visits to the Galilee, the Negev, several cities in the West Bank, the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, the Israeli Knesset and an Israeli settlement as well as meetings with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists, political figures and religious leaders, Palestinians whose homes have been demolished, Bedouin communities under siege and international activist groups in the field.Email:studytours80@hotmail.comfor more information.

* 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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Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter, designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at office@endtheoccupation.org.

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