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Occupation End Notes | March 15, 2007
Volume 4 Number 12

Occupation End Notes, March 15th, 2007

Volume 4 Number 12

In this issue...

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

2. Member Group Update: Partner’s for Peace 13th National Jerusalem Women Speak; JVP’s 2nd Annual Conference & Job Opening; ADC Protests Settlement Sale in Florida—Take Action

3. Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions: Faculty of Arts & Science of HowardUniversity Divests from Israel

4. Events: Rachel Corrie Candle Light Vigils; Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s event; Palestinian Summer Celebration

5. Resources: Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Notes; New Edition of Phyllis Bennis Primer Available for Bulk Purchase

6. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; 2007 CAP Tour; Global Exchange Delegations; ICAHD Delegations; Join Middle East Fellowship for Palestine Summer Encounter; Join Interfaith Peace-Builders & AFSC on trip to Israel/Palestine; 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!

New Flash Map Launched of J10 Endorsing Organizations.

Click the map on the left to check out the US Campaign’s new flash map showing the locations of the 150 organizations to date that have endorsed the June 10-11 events.

(Note: Please allow one minute or more for the map to fully load.Due to technical limitations, only one organization per city is visible when the cursor is above that city.Scroll down the page for the full list.)

Check the map and the list of endorsing organizations to see if your organization has endorsed or not.Add your organization’s endorsement today by clicking here.

* Help the US Campaign Mobilize this Weekend During the 4th Anniversary of the US War on Iraq

This weekend, the US Campaign will protest 4 years of US occupation of Iraq; this is also a perfect opportunity to help us spread the word about our plans to protest the 40th anniversary of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip on June 10-11.

On Saturday, we’ll be at the March on Pentagon in Washington, DC and on Sunday, we’ll be at the New York United for Peace and Justice protest.If you’d like to volunteer to distribute postcards and collect petition signatures at either or both demonstrations, please contact Josh Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, at 202-332-0994 or congress@endtheoccupation.org right away.

* Other Ways to Get Involved w/ J10-11

Make a Donation for the Mobilization and Get Apartheid Posters

For a limited time, everyone who makes a tax-deductible donation of $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!

* 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."

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!

* US Campaign in the News:

March 8th, 2007: Carter defends Gaza theory at GWU speech

Barry Schweid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite the storm it ignited, former President Carter held fast on Thursday to his accusation that Israel oppresses the Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza and seeks to colonize the land.

Speaking at The George Washington University to a polite but mostly critical student audience, Carter offered no second thoughts on his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" that prompted 14 members of the Carter Center's advisory board to resign and drew fire from Jewish groups and some fellow Democrats.

On the other side of the argument, a local group called the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation" distributed a four-page brochure that said without U.S. aid, "Israel could not continue to discriminate against its Palestinian-Israeli citizens nor violate international rights in the occupied territories."

Click here to read more. (http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CARTER_ISRAEL?SITE=TXODE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)

March 14th, 2007: Kucinich Hires Critic of Israel for Hill Panel

Daniel W. Reilly and Patrick O'Connor

The Politico -- Democratic Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio has hired an avowed critic of Israel to work on his subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Before coming to Capitol Hill, [Noura] Erakat, a Palestinian, served as the national grass-roots organizer and legal advocate for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a group that seeks "to change those U.S. policies that both sustain Israel's 39-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and deny equal rights for all."

Click here to read more.

2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATES:

* April 9th – 26th, 2007: Jerusalem Women Speak 13 to visit Heartland Communities in Washington DC, Chicago, and Wisconsin


The thirteenth national Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision tour organized by Partners for Peace focuses on communities in the US heartland. The tour will focus on cities in Wisconsin with visits to Chicago and WashingtonDC (click here for a detailed schedule).

The tour will feature the voices of Huda Abu Arqoub, Tal Dor and Amal Nassar. These three women - Muslim, Jewish, and Christian - are living the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (click here for speaker biographies). They come to the United States to call for an end to war and suffering in the Middle East and share their experiences and hopes for a just peace with American audiences.

* April 28th-29th, 2007: Please join Jewish Voice for Peace at their upcoming conference, "Pursuing Justice for Israel/Palestine: Changing Minds, Challenging US Policy"

We'll be meeting April 28-29 in downtown Oakland (on Pill Hill) at the beautiful SamuelMerrittHealthEducationCenter, 400 Hawthorne – for strategizing, educating, movement-building, and peace-making.

Join featured speakers include Jeff Halper, Ronnie Gilbert, Hussein Ibish, Rabbi Lynn
Gottlieb, Pastor Will McGarvey, Phyllis Bennis, Ge orge Bisharat, Aurora Levins
Morales, Mitchell Plitnick, Anat Biletzki, Charlie Varon, Sydney Levy, Alice
Rothchild and Sandy Tolan.

Visit jewishvoiceforpeace.org for more info on these extraordinary leaders and activists.

With panels/workshops on US policy, life under occupation, economic action,
building a Jewish peace movement, feminist activism, Arab-American organizing,
the state of the Middle East, coalition-building, art & activism, and more– We would love to have you with us! Please visit www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org and follow the prompts for lots more info and to register; note that registration is discounted until April 1.

* Job Announcement: Jewish Voice for Peace Searching for National Director

Jewish Voice for Peace uses grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media toward the goal of a lasting peace in the Middle East that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. JVP has about 100 Bay Area activist members who attend meetings and develop projects and campaigns, as well as new activist chapters in 5 cities across the U.S., over 1000 paid members and more than 20,000 online action alert participants.

JVP is seeking a National Director to provide overall leadership to an organization that is in the midst of a transition from a San Francisco Bay Area based grassroots organization to a national organization with chapters around the country, a national board, and greater visibility. The National Director will be accountable to the Board.

Click here for more information. (http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/publish/article_713.shtml)

* ADC Protests Settlement Sale in Florida—Take Action

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee released an action alert today protesting several public sales of homes in illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank that are taking place in Florida this weekend.For more details and to take action, click here.

3. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS:

* Faculty of the College of Arts & Science of HowardUniversity Votes to Divest:

The Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of Howard University voted today [JR1]to endorse a resolution for divestment of HowardUniversity funds from companies supporting the Israeli Occupation. The Resolution passed is below.

The vote was 25 in favor, 2 opposed and 6 abstentions.

RESOLUTION ON DIVESTMENT FROM COMPANIES SUPPORTING ISRAELI OCCUPATION

WHEREAS, independent human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B'Tselem, Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, and Al-Haq; the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and numerous non-governmental organizations have documented serious and widespread violations of international law and the human rights of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces operating in the West Bank and Gaza, and that these violations also contribute to suffering endured by the people of Israel;

WHEREAS, leading human rights advocates, such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter have condemned the apartheid-like conditions that Palestinians must endure under Israeli Occupation;

WHEREAS the International Court of Justice has ruled that Israel's separation wall violates international law and the fundamental human rights of the Palestinians;

WHEREAS, there is evidence that U.S.-based companies provide material aid to the Israeli Army in the form of weapons, equipment, and supporting systems used to perpetrate human rights abuses against Palestinian civilians, and whereas knowingly continuing this supportimplies complicity with these companies in practices that violate international humanitarian law, and such firms as Boeing, Caterpillar, General Dynamics, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, and Raytheon have an active role in enabling Israeli forces to engage in practices that violate international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people;

WHEREAS, any effort to divest from these companies demonstrates a commitment to international law and the fundamental rights that belong to every human being, lays the groundwork for a just and enduring peace, and is therefore an expression of the hope for a free andsecure future for every Israeli and Palestinian currently suffering under the burden of conflict;

WHEREAS, the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, 22 USC sec. 2304, provides that "no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights";

WHEREAS, the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES passed a resolution in December, 2006, endorsing an analogous action to call for divestment from Sudan on grounds of human rights violations;

BE IT RESOLVED that the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES calls upon HOWARD UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES to examine HOWARD UNIVERSITY'S retirement investment funds, endowment funds and short-term investment pool for its funds that are being invested in "offending" companies that are offering material support to Israeli Occupation;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if it is found that HOWARDUNIVERSITY'S funds are being invested in offending companies materially supporting Israeli Occupation, the HOWARD UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES should divest public securities related to offending companies, excluding public securities held in actively managed, commingled/pooled accounts or securities where no financially equivalent alternative is available. Moreover, HOWARD UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES should declare that it, or its investment managers, will not make further investments in offending companies until the Israeli Occupation is ended, with a just resolution that includes self-determination for the Palestinian people and peace and security for both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

4. EVENTS

* March 16th, 2007: Women In Black-Baltimore to hold Vigil for Rachel Corrie

Friday, March 16th 2007 12:00 pm
BaltimoreMD

Women in Black, Baltimore will hold a silent vigil at the InnerHarbor to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death.

Location: McKelden Square, Pratt and Light Streets, BaltimoreMD21201
Contact: Sally Robinson
wibbaltimore@hotmail.com
Sponsored By: Women in Black, Baltimore

* March 16th, 2007: VancouverWashington Rachel Corrie Vigil


Friday, March 16th 2007 7:00-8:00 p.m.
VancouverWA

Vigil begins at 7:00 p.m. at the BellTower in EstherShortPark, Vancouver, Washington. There will be the reading of some of Rachel Corrie's words and perhaps a few words about her and her death. NO speeches. Bring flashlight with paper cup cover, as no fires (as on candles) allowed.

Location: EstherShortPark, Eighth and Esther Streets, VancouverWA98660
Contact: Wilbur Wood
tablesforpeace@aol.com 360-693-6148
Sponsored By: Vancouver for Peace

* March 25th, 2007: An American Jew’s Journey to Israel and the West Bank


Sunday, March 25th 2007 3:30 p.m.
ColumbiaMD

Mark Braverman, clinical psychologist specializing in psychological trauma, crisis intervention and conflict resolution, was transformed by what he witnessed and experienced on his recent trip to Israel and the West Bank.


Location: Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
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.

5. RESOURCES

* Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Note No. 13: Nuclear Double Standards on India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan Fuels Middle East Fears

Iran's potential nuclear capability tops the agenda at this week's meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors in Vienna. In New York, the United Nations permanent five members and Germany are discussing further sanctions. But the international community remains silent about the nuclear arsenals of three countries - India, Israel, and Pakistan - that have never signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), although two years ago the United States seemed to be speaking up about Israel. The double standard of rewarding India, tolerating Pakistan, arming Israel, and sanctioning Iran is eroding the NPT. The Institute's Senior Fellow Nadia Hijab considers the dangers and the alternatives. 

Click here to read more. (http://www.palestine-studies.org/final/en/bn/viewbndetails.php?bnid=27)

* New Edition of Phyllis Bennis Primer Available for Bulk Purchase

Interlink Books has just published an updated and expanded version of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, by US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis.Interlink Books is offering bulk prices on this primer to US Campaign member groups at 50% off retail price more order of 25 or more.Contact Interlink Books by clicking here or calling 1-800-238-LINK to take advantage of this offer.

6. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: March 17th -31st; May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations 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 office@ifpbdel.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

* Summer 2007: Resisting Occupation—Constructing Peace: 2007 ICAHD Summer Rebuilding Experience

July 14 – July 29, 2007: For the fifth year in a row, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions [www.ICAHD.org] is offering a summer work camp intended to foster learning and friendship between Palestinians, Israelis and internationals. Twenty five internationals will work alongside Israelis and Palestinians to rebuild the home of a Palestinian family whose house has been demolished by the Israeli authorities. In addition, participants will learn about the facts on the ground through a full program including presentations from key organizations working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel and tours to other parts of the OccupiedTerritories, Jerusalem and Israel.

For an application form and all inquiries regarding the camp please contact ICAHD’s International Coordinator, Lucia Pizarro lucia@icahd.org. US Participants may contact Richard Wark at summercamp@icahdusa.org.

* May 24th – August 16th, 2007: Join Middle East Fellowship for Palestine Summer Encounter 2007

Middle East fellowship, in partnership with Holy Land Trust invites you to participate in the fourth annual Palestine Summer Encounter, a two month Arabic-training and volunteer program, starting on May 24th, 2007.

The purpose of the program is to create a dialogue between Palestinians and members of the global community. During the program, participants will learn beginner or intermediate conversational Arabic through language immersion and class and partner with Palestinian non-profit organizations as a volunteer. Click here for more detailed information.

* May 26th – June 9th, 2007: Join Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) & the Americans Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to travel to IsraelPalestine: Assessing the Prospects for Peace: 40 Years of Occupation, 40 Years of Nonviolent Resistance

Delegation to Israel/Palestine

May 26 – June 9, 2007

Join Interfaith Peace-Builders (IPFB) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to travel to Israel/Palestine. June, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1967 war and the beginning of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, which remains as one of the greatest obstacles to peace in the Middle East.

This delegation provides a unique opportunity to focus on the current situation in Israel/Palestine and understand the effects of the ongoing Israeli occupation. Your on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice, and witness the current realities of life in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.  In addition, you will confront and analyze the US role in the conflict, and wrestle with ways to translate your experience to others when you return home.

Click here for 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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