Occupation End Notes | February 16, 2007
Occupation End Notes, February 16th, 2007
Volume 4 Number 10
In this issue...
2. Legislative Update: Middle East Special Envoy; Cluster
Munitions; US Campaign Responds to Biased House Hearing;
3. Legal Update: Judge Guzman in
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
10-11, 2007, the US Campaign and United for Peace and Justice are sponsoring a
two-day mobilization in
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
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
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.
the US Campaign for quotes on bulk orders greater than 3 sets of
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
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
Here are a few legislative and policy issues that you can raise while talking to your Members of Congress.
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
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
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
February 14, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY). Chair of the House Subcommittee on the
Middle East and
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.
to a February 12 article in the Israeli newspaper Globes,
3. LEGAL UPDATE
Guzman, the judge who indicted former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, was in
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:
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:
4. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS
February 13th, 2007: PACBI: Palestinian Trade Unions Call upon International Labor Movement
Palestinian Trade unions have given out a Call for Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions endorsed by:
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.
Click here to read more. (http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=441_0_1_0_C)
5. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
and V Streets,
* February 28th, 2007:
Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid
Come and celebrate
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
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
*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
Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
* 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
* 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
* 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:email@example.com more information.
* June 2nd – 20th, 2007: Zajel International Voluntary Work Camp
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!
seventeen years, MECA has taken small groups to the West Bank,
For information, please contact:
Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
*Volunteer in Tel Rumeida!
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campaign aims to change
US Campaign toEndthe Israeli Occupation