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


Occupation End Notes, May 10th, 2007

Volume 4 Number 16

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization;

2. Resources and Events: AFSC’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Reading & Discussion Guide; U.S. release of 'Occupation 101'

3. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; 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

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

Mobilization in Washington, DC

In less than six weeks, join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, United for Peace and Justice, and more than 225 other organizations in Washington, DC on June 10-11 for a historic two-day mobilization to protest US support for Israel's 40 year-old military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

With your participation, we're hoping that this will be the largest-ever protest in the history of the United States in favor of Palestinian human rights and for a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis. We are working closely with the various police authorities to ensure that this will be a safe, legal, and permitted protest and march, so everyone should come out!

Get your official June 10 protest t-shirt today!

The t-shirts are union-made and sweatshop-free and available in two colors: white with red trim or heather gray with black trim, adult sizes small through double extra large.

Each one is $20 which includes shipping and handling. Order one of each today to

help support and get the word out about

the June 10 protest against Israeli occupation!

You can order your official June 10 protest t-shirt via Pay Pal by clicking here. We can also take orders via credit card over the phone at 202-332-0994.  For international order, please contact Omar Masri at office@entheoccupation.org before ordering.

Check out additional merchandise we have available in our on-line store by clicking here.

We've printed up limited quantities of these shirts, so once they're gone, they're gone. Please note that we will not be able to sell these t-shirts at the rally due to Capitol Police regulations. Be sure to order your t-shirt by June 1 at the latest to guarantee delivery in time for the rally. Click here to order your t-shirt today!

For additional information about the June 10-11 mobilization in Washington, DC to protest 40 years of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, click here.


PRESS CONFERENCE: GROUPS LAUNCH METRO ADS AGAINST ISRAELI OCCUPATION

WHAT: Press Conference Launching Metro Ads against 40 Years of Israeli Military Occupation
WHO: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice
WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 1PM
WHERE: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Washington, DC (May 7)—The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice will hold a press conference on Thursday, May 10 at 1PM in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club to launch a metro rail ad campaign protesting 40 years of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

The advertisement promotes a national demonstration on Sunday, June 10 which will begin with a rally at 2PM on the West Lawn of the Capitol, followed by a 4PM march to the White House. This historic mobilization is being organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice and is endorsed by more than 200 organizations nationwide. Thousands of expected protestors will call for:

* An end to U.S. military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

* A change in U.S. policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.

For additional information on the national rally and march to protest U.S. support for Israel's military occupation, click here.

The 46x60 inch advertisements will appear in 20 downtown metro rail stations beginning on Sunday, May 13 and will remain up for one month. Advertisers estimate that the ads will be seen by Washington, DC-area commuters almost 9 million times. The ad campaign is already the subject of international interest, with stories written about it in the U.S., Canadian, Israeli, and Iranian press. A low-resolution version of the ad can be viewed by clicking here.

The advertisement features a picture of a Palestinian boy walking to school past a tank and reads, in part, "Imagine if this were your child's daily path to school. Palestinians don't have to imagine. This is what life is like for millions of Palestinians forced to live under Israel's military occupation—an occupation financed yearly with billions of dollars in U.S. military aid and paid for by U.S. taxpayers like you."

A full-scale version of the metro rail advertisement will be displayed at the press conference.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 200 organizations working to end U.S. support for Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support a just peace based on equality, human rights and international law. For additional information about the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, click here.

United for Peace and Justice is the country's largest anti-war coalition, composed of more than 1,400 organizations, working to end the U.S. war on and occupation of Iraq. UFPJ has organized the nation's largest antiwar demonstrations, including the January 27th march that encircled the Capitol. For additional information about United for Peace and Justice, click here.

SECURITY MARSHALS NEEDED FOR JUNE 10

The SECURITY MARSHALS TEAM is actively recruiting volunteers to marshal for this event. We will need as many of you as possible, as we expect a large turnout. No experience is necessary - you will be fully trained.

The Security Marshals are absolutely crucial to the overall success of the mobilization; ours is a job of tremendous importance and responsibility, and is extremely rewarding and empowering. We help ensure that the entire event is peaceful and safe, help maintain the orderly flow of the event, and provide logistical coordination and support for all our protesting sisters and brothers. Through radio communication and teamwork, we are the eyes and ears of the event's leadership, and represent the face of that leadership to the marchers, the public and the media. As such, we guarantee the success and integrity of the event.

We will need you for the full day of June 10th beginning at around 10:30 AM. We will need your commitment to our cause and your undivided attention, your good attitude and really good shoes (you'll be on your feet all day). We will require that you attend one of the mandatory training sessions (details TBA) prior to the event. The final training session will be in DC on Saturday June 9, approximately 6pm to 9pm.

EVERYONE who wishes to serve as a security marshals MUST register in advance, MUST fill out a questionnaire, and MUST attend one full training session. There will be no exceptions.

If you are interested or want more information, or wish to sign up, please contact: ufpjsecurity@earthlink.net

Thank you for your activism and commitment.

In peace and resistance,

Steve Sherman
Coordinator of Security: United for Peace and Justice
ufpjsecurity@earthlink.net

GET ON THE BUS!

Buses are being organized already from Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Atlanta to come to Washington, DC on June 10 to participate in this historic mobilization. We've put up a new webpage that will take you to information on how you can get on the bus from these places. If you or your group is planning transportation to DC, please contact Ashley Wilkinson at outreach@endtheoccupation.org or 202-332-0994 to add your group to this page.

We've also posted a schedule of events taking places on June 10-11, including times for the teach-in, rally, march, cultural event, and grassroots lobbying day training.

You can figure out how to get from event to event by taking a look at the maps and other info that we've posted on our logistics page.

If you or your organization is organizing bus transportation to Washington, DC, find out where to park your bus on our new bus parking info page.

If you're looking for or have transportation to Washington, DC, post an entry on our ride board.

We've also posted affordable housing options in the Washington, DC area. If you're looking for housing or have housing to share, you can also post an entry on our housing board.

SIGN UP FOR JUNE 11 GRASSROOTS LOBBYING DAY

People from 16 states, including those as far away as California and Washington State, are in the process of setting up meetings with their Members of Congress for the June 11 grassroots lobbying day, sponsored jointly by the US Campaign, UFPJ, and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

We've posted frequently asked questions about the lobbying day and urge people who are planning on coming to view the list of meetings scheduled to see if someone is setting up meetings for their Members of Congress. If no one is yet setting up meetings with your Members of Congress, you can find out how to set up a meeting. Everyone who is planning on participating should sign up for the lobbying day right away!

HELP ORGANIZE AND VOLUNTEER

Sign up to help us organize in your community by becoming a June 10 volunteer organizer. When you sign up, we'll send you an organizing packet with postcards, petitions, and posters to help you get the word out.

We need hundreds of people to get involved in the planning process for the protest and to volunteer on the day of. Fill out a brief on-line form to join the local DC organizing committee. Or if you're coming in from out of town for the weekend and would like to help out, fill out the brief on-line form to volunteer on June 10.

You can also download a variety of organizing resources to help us get the word out, including mobilizing posters, petitions, fliers, and more.

ENDORSE AND SIGN THE PETITION BACKING THE POLITICAL DEMANDS

More than 225 organizations have endorsed the political demands of the mobilization, which are:

* An end to US military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

* A change in US policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.

You can view a flash map of endorsing organizations and also add your organization's endorsement. Individuals can also sign a petition to their Members of Congress backing the political demands of the mobilization.

You can also read the more detailed call to action, issued by the US Campaign and UFPJ.

SUPPORT THIS MOBILIZATION

We couldn't put this mobilization together without your generous support. We're almost at our goal for our spring fundraising drive. Help put us over the top by making the most generous tax-deductible contribution that you can today.

For a limited time, make a donation of $25 or more and receive a free set of six anti-apartheid posters—union-made and suitable-to-frame. Thank you in advance for your generous support!

We'll see you in Washington, DC on June 10-11!

* Join National Call to discuss CAT CAMPAIGN:Plans for the CAT Annual Shareholder Meeting – June 13, 2007

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2007
TIME: 9:00 – 10:30 PM EST
DIAL-IN NUMBER: 1-620-782-8800
ACCESS CODE: 19772007


PURPOSE: The purpose of the call is to:

Discuss national actions, local and nationally coordinated, for the CAT Shareholder Meeting on June 13, 2007.

AGENDA:

a) Introductions: Go-around and say name, city/state, organizational affiliation

b) Report back from Matt and Chicago CAT group, re: logistics of meeting location

c) Continue discussing strategy for actions at the CAT Shareholder Meeting on June 13, 2007

WE NEED YOUR HELP, IDEAS AND WISDOM, SO PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

THE NATIONAL CAT CAMPAIGN IS MAKING A CRITICAL IMPACT ON THE CATERPILAR COPORATION AND THE BDS MOVEMENT.

OUR ACTIONS ARE VITAL TO SUSTAIN PRESSURE ON THE CAT CORPORATION

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR EXCITING NEXT STEPS!

2. RESOURCES AND EVENTS

* AFSC Resource:Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Reading & Discussion Guides

The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has just released a new resource - A Reading and Discussion Guide for Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. This 8-page guide is intended to facilitate discussion of President Jimmy Carter's book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, by book groups, social action groups, classes, and other interested parties. You can find the guide and other materials related to President Carter's book on the AFSC website(http://www.afsc.org/carter-discussion/)

The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has also printed a pamphlet-sized version of the guide so please contact Adam Horowitz (AHorowitz@afsc.org) if you would be interested in making a bulk order.

* Occupation 101 to be released

The long awaited U.S. release of 'Occupation 101' is finally here.The official DVD release date is set for May 15th 2007.You will be able to purchase the DVD online at www.occupation101.com (U.S only).

Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the United States' role, and sheds light on the major obstacles which stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace.

Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -– ‘Occupation 101’ explains the situation in a comprehensive manner and gives audiences a complete context in which to better understand the Israeli-Palestinian encounter. The film depicts the root causes of the conflict through Israeli, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, American, and Palestinian voices that are rarely ever heard through mainstream media outlets.

To read more, click here.

3. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: 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.

* 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)

* 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!

Join us for a 6-day educational trip through the West Bank to visit Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps.The trip is designed to put you in conversation with people who you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet and equip you to return to your community and work for change.

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.

* Summer – Fall 2007 Schedule: 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.

* 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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