Occupation End Notes | April 12, 2007
Occupation End Notes, April 12th, 2007
Volume 4 Number 14
In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update: Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization; Join us for the June 10th Fundraiser; US Campaign goes to North Carolina; US Campaign Launches Anti-Apartheid Framework and Curriculum; New Edition of Phyllis Bennis Primer Available for Purchase
2. Member Group Update: New Member Group; Partners for Peace 13th National Jerusalem Women Speak; JVP’s 2nd Annual Conference & Job Opening; Boston Palestine Film Festival Call for Entries
3. Resources and Events: AFSC’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Reading & Discussion Guide; Yalla Connect 2; Rachel Corrie Foundation’s Peace Works; Canaan Fair Trade Job Opening
4. 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; Birthright Unplugged Delegations in July/August 2007; 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
Grassroots Lobbying Day Info Ready
after our big rally on Capitol Hill and march to the White House, join the US
Campaign, United for Peace and Justice, and the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee for a grassroots lobbying day for peace in the
For more information and to sign up for the lobbying day, click here.
Mobilizing Posters Available to Download
We’ve created an 11X17 inch mobilizing poster for you to download.The poster has details of the June 10 protest and includes a space for local organizers to add their contact information.Download the poster and other organizing resources by clicking here.
We’ve also ordered 5,000 copies of the posters which we’ll be distributing around the country in the upcoming weeks to all organizations that have endorsed the protest and the hundreds of people who have volunteered to help organize for the protest.
Logistics Web Page Is Up
We’ve put up some maps and information to let you know when and where you need to be on June 10-11.To view the information, click here.
We’ve also activated our ride and housing boards.If you are organizing transportation to DC or looking to share a ride, then add your information by clicking here. If you are looking for housing to share or have housing to offer, you can add your information by clicking here.
Flash Map of J10 Endorsing Organizations.
Click the map on the left to check out the US Campaign’s flash map showing the locations of the 180+ 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.
See the J10 Ad that CBS Didn’t Want You to See
really excited to let you know about an ad
campaign that we’ll be running in the
campaign almost wasn’t though.CBS
Outdoors, which manages advertising for the
* Other Ways to Get Involved w/ J10-11
Make a Donation for the Mobilization and Get Apartheid Posters
Can you help us fund the expenses for printing this ad and for other expenses for our June 10-11 mobilization?We need to raise $25,000 by the end of April to put this protest together right.Please make a tax-deductible contribution today by clicking here.
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!
* You're Invited--Join Laura Flanders, Hurriyah Dabke & More on Friday Night for a Fundraiser for June 10 Protest
What: June 10th Fundraiser
Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli
Occupation and United for Peace and
Justice to help support the June 10th Mobilization commemorating and
protesting the 40th Anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian
West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the Syrian Golan Heights!
special guest, Laura
We will gather at the second home of Washington, DC-area progressives, Busboys and Poets, to see the stunning new film "The Iron Wall" and mix and mingle with the Campaign's national steering committee.
The Iron Wall - a new film by
acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Mohammed Alatar:
PLEASE JOIN US!
Light fare will be served. $20 suggested donation
For more information, call the U.S. Campaign at (202) 332-0994 or go to www.endtheoccupation.org
* US Campaign heading to
Wilkinson, US Campaign’s Mission Intern/Religious Outreach Coordinator will be coming
to North Carolina at the end of April in order to do some organizing for the June
comes to the US Campaign through the Mission Intern program of the General
Board of Global Ministries (the
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."
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.
This training is intended to empower member groups to use an
Anti-Apartheid Framework to discuss the Palestinian-Israel conflict. Participants
will gain working definitions of apartheid, examine parallels between
Click here to download it. (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/AAF%20curriculum%20training%20.pdf)
The US Campaign looks forward to working with you to end Israeli apartheid policies!
* NEW Merchandise: New Edition of Phyllis Bennis Primer Available for 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.
208 pgs, paperback. $12 including Shipping & Handling.
Click here to order your copy today! (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=142)
2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATES:
WeAreAideAwake.org is a pro-bono group dedicated to
raising awareness of the Christian Exodus from the
Click here to read more about Eileen Fleming and WeAreWideAwake.org.
Click here for more information about how your group can join our growing coalition.
* April 9th – 26th,
2007: Jerusalem Women Speak 13
to visit Heartland Communities in Washington DC, Chicago, and
* April 28th-29th,
2007: Please join Jewish
Voice for Peace at their upcoming conference, "Pursuing Justice for
Israel/Palestine: Changing Minds, Challenging
meeting April 28-29 in downtown
Visit jewishvoiceforpeace.org for more
info on these extraordinary leaders and activists.
BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people living in exile or under Occupation. Palestinian cinema represents a powerful means for visually interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle and emotional expression of Palestinians today.
Click here to read more! (http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/cfe2007/)
* Job Announcement: Jewish Voice for Peace Searching for National Director
Voice for Peace uses grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media
toward the goal of a lasting peace in the
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)
3. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
* AFSC Resource:
The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has just released a new resource -
A Reading and Discussion Guide for
* April 20th, 2007: Yalla Connect Two: Hizz!
metro area brings together a diversity of people, ideas, and passions. From
students to parents, cultural workers and activists, from hyphenated identities
to indigenous identities--DC has it all. It's no wonder that while these
groups often intersect, they often fail to converge at any one point. YCDC
wants to try to create that convergence--to bring together these communities
that may be oblivious to one another otherwise and create a space where our
most common denominator--our inclination to have fun--brings us together
* The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is pleased to announce two very exciting events as part of our annual Peace Works program:
26th through 29th, the Seattle Repertory Theatre
production of My Name is Rachel Corrie will be performed at The
Evergreen State College in
later, on Saturday evening, May 5th, Peace Works will present Voices
of a People’s History at the
Admission - $10
Click here for more information.
seeks qualified personnel to lead its marketing scheme in the
To apply, send a letter of interest and CV, including three references, to Dr. Nasser Abufarha at email@example.com.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations 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
* 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
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
For an application form and all inquiries regarding the camp please contact ICAHD’s International Coordinator, Lucia Pizarro firstname.lastname@example.org. US Participants may contact Richard Wark at email@example.com.
May 24th – August 16th,
2007: Join Middle
East Fellowship for
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
Delegation to Israel/Palestine
May 26 – June 9, 2007
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
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
Click here for 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)
* July 20th-25th and August 20th-25th, 2007: Birthright Unplugged Delegations to Israel/Palestine
Are you thinking of going to Palestine/Israel this summer?
Are you interested in meeting Palestinian families, activists, community leaders, and political figures, and learning about life under occupation? Are you committed to turning education into action and working for justice?
Then BIRTHRIGHT UNPLUGGED is for you!
for a 6-day educational trip through the
Birthright Unplugged trips will run from JULY 20-25, 2007 and AUGUST 20-25, 2007.Dates are subject to change.
The application deadline is Tuesday, MAY 15, 2007.Trips run every summer and winter.
While Birthright Unplugged is designed primarily for Jewish people, we welcome people of all backgrounds on our trips.We also welcome individuals of all ages, and have traveled with people ages 9-70.
For more information about the itinerary, costs, trip leaders, and application materials, visit www.birthrightunplugged.org.
* 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,
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