Occupation End Notes | July 12, 2007
Occupation End Notes, July 12, 2007
Volume 5 Number 1
In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update:Join us for our 6th Annual National Organizer’s Conference in Arlington, VA September 7-10, 2007; US Campaign at CAT Shareholder Meeting, UFPJ National Assembly, and US Social Forum
2. Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions:Dutch government warns company to stop work on West Bank fence; U.S. House of Representatives Condemns British Academic Boycott of Israel
3. Member Group Update: New Member Groups: Episcopal Peace Fellowship – DC, Lodi United Methodist Church, Palestine-Israeli Action Committee, SPEAC, Texans for Peace, Veterans for Peace, The Rachel Corrie Chapter; Appeal on Corrie et al. v. Caterpillar, Inc. Heard in U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle; Tuesdays Open Gaza Campaign, sponsored by the Rebuilding Alliance
4. Resources and Events:The Palestine Center's 2007 Summer Intern Lecture Series; Institute for Palestine Studies’ new study of Israeli attempts to move Palestinian refugees away from 1967 lines now available; Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Notes No. 16;
5. Opportunities to Visit
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is
excited to announce its 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference, September
Each year, delegates of member organizations of the US Campaign come together to network, strategize, decide upon priorities for the upcoming year, and elect a new Steering Committee to guide the work of the coalition.
It's not too early to start making your plans to attend this year's conference. For conference FAQ's, logistical details, registration, a draft agenda, a list of member organizations in good standing, and a form for Steering Committee nominations, please click here.
This year's annual conference will be extremely important! All member groups of the US Campaign should start making plans to send delegates today. We'll be discussing the political situation and its implications for our work in the United States, next steps forward on the Anti-Apartheid Framework and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions work, the 60th anniversary of al-Nakba, the functioning of the coalition and much more. For a complete draft agenda, click here.
VOTING & MEMBER GROUPS IN GOOD STANDING
Please note that while individuals and member groups of the US Campaign are encouraged to attend the conference, only delegates of member groups in good standing are allowed to submit proposals and vote at the conference. "In good standing" means that your group has paid its membership dues for 2007. Annual membership dues are set at between $100-$1,000 or more depending on the size and budget of the group. To check to see if your group is in good standing and will be able to submit proposals and vote, click here. To check to see if your group has joined the US Campaign, click here. If your group would like to join the US Campaign, click here. If your group needs to pay membership dues to be in good standing, please contact Omar Masri, Office Manager, at 202-332-0994 or email@example.com to make payment arrangements.
STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
At each National Organizers' Conference, voting delegates elect four new members to the US Campaign's 12-person Steering Committee for a three-year term. The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body of the US Campaign in between conferences.
To read more about the responsibilities of being a member of the Steering Committee and to submit a nomination, please click here.
As you make your plans to attend the 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference, be sure to check out the logistical pages that we've posted to our web site. To read our Frequently Asked Questions about the conference, click here. You can also find directions for how to get to the conference by clicking here. We've reserved a bloc of motel rooms across the street from the conference at a special group rate. For more details, click here. Also, if you'd like to share housing or a ride to the conference, be sure to post your information to our housing board and ride board.
Registration for the US Campaign 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference is now open. To register, click here.
forward to seeing you in
Since its June 10-11 mobilization protesting 40 years of Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, the US Campaign has been busy attending events and strengthening its relations with the broader peace and justice movement in the United States.
* On June
13, Ashley Wilkinson, the US Campaign’s Religious Outreach Coordinator,
attended a mobilization organized by the Stop CAT Coalition, a US Campaign
member group, at the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting in
Caterpillar moved its annual shareholder meeting away from
For a write-up of actions taken at this year’s shareholder meeting and press generated by these actions, see the website of Jewish Voice for Peace by clicking here.
to groups like the Stop CAT Coalition, JVP, and others for keeping the pressure
on CAT to be held accountable for its profiting from
For additional information about the US Campaign’s work on the CAT Campaign, please click here.
June 22-24, Josh Ruebner, US Campaign Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, attended
the 3rd National Assembly of United for Peace and Justice in
assembly, the US Campaign helped facilitate a discussion about the future of
UFPJ’s work around
For a write-up of the assembly, please click here.
June 27-July 1, Ashley Wilkinson, US Campaign Religious Outreach Coordinator,
attended the U.S. Social Forum in
For more information about the U.S. Social Forum, please click here.
2. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS
By Cnaan Liphshiz, Haaretz Correspondent
foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, recently warned a construction company from
"I expect Riwal to stop providing cranes for the wall. I hope this will be the last we hear of it," Verhagen said in a media statement late last month, adding that "the government will keep a close watch" on the company's actions.?
The Dutch foreign ministry called the company's work on the barrier "undesirable," citing the 2004 ruling by the Hague-based International Court of Justice that the fence was illegal.
Click here to read more.
11, the House of Representatives passed H.Res.467
by a recorded vote of 414-0 with 2 voting “present” (Roll Call Vote 618).The resolution condemns the decision of the
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), one of the two Representatives voting “present”, was the only Representative to speak against the resolution:
do not understand why it is the business of the United States
Congress--particularly considering the many problems we have at home and with
For the full debate on the resolution, please see yesterday’s Congressional Record beginning on page H7614.
3. MEMBER GROUP UPDATE:
Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a
national organization with local chapters across the
Click here to learn more about the Episcopal Peace Fellowship – DC Chapter.
Click here to learn more
The Palestine-Israel Action Committee is a group of Americans concerned about the conflict in the Palestine/Israel region and our country's role in that conflict. Their fundamental goal is to end the occupation. Their strategy is to bring another narrative to the discussion via speakers, film, and other public events that inform and educate. They believe that the conflict will only be resolved when there is justice, equity, parity, viability, and security for both peoples.
ØSPEAC - Solidarity with
The mission of SPEAC is to humanize the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by standing in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for dignity, human rights, and justice. Their official kickoff was January 2007 and plan educational, political, cultural, and outreach events in order to fulfill their mission statement on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Click here to learn more about SPEAC.
Texans for Peace is place for people who are interested in
peace and justice. The organization was founded in 1993 for "Texans who
believe in peace and Peace in
Click here to learn more about Texans for Peace.
ØVeterans for Peace, Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 – WA
Veterans for Peace, Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 work: (a) Toward increasing public awareness of the costs of war(b) To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations (c) To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons(d) To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.(e) To make non-violent conflict resolution an integral part of national policy(f) To seek justice for veterans and victims of war. To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
Click here to learn more about them.
If you would like to become a member of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, please click here!
* Appeal on
Corrie et al. v. Caterpillar, Inc. Heard in
On July 9,
the U.S. Court of Appeals in
According to CCR, “The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that Caterpillar, Inc. violated international and state law by providing D9 bulldozers to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that it knew would be used to demolish homes and endanger civilians. In doing so, Caterpillar aided and abetted the crimes committed by the IDF by knowingly providing assistance that had a substantial effect on the commission of the violations.”
To read a statement by the Corrie family on the July 9th appeal hearing and to hear an audio file of the court proceedings, please see the website of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, a member organization of the US Campaign, by clicking here.
* Tuesdays Open
Gaza Campaign, sponsored by the Rebuilding Alliance
4. RESOURCES AND EVENTS:
July 13, 2007:
lecture in the series, “The Next Step in the Peace Process,” will take a look
at the fragile peace process from a variety of different viewpoints. Ambassador
Wilcox will explore
July 17, 2007,
"American Perceptions and Misconceptions: How Media Coverage Effects the Way We View the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict" is the final lecture in the series. Over the course of this briefing, Cobban will cover four sub-topics regarding the media. She will address topics such as what directs U.S. coverage of the Middle East; how a news reporter can influence viewers' opinions; how subtle differences like word choice and tone affect our perception of the Middle East; the differences in news reporting among American, British and other news agencies in the West as well as variations in coverage depending on whether a story is televised or written. Finally, Cobban will address the filters through which news stories must flow before reaching their audience and what decisions go into that process.
Registrations for both events are required. Unregistered guests will not be admitted.
* New study of Israeli
attempts to move Palestinian refugees away from 1967 lines now available on
Institute for Palestine Studies website
* Institute for
wake of the fighting that pitted Fatah against Hamas this month, ending in
Hamas control over
To read the Policy Notes, please click here.
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations to Israel/Palestine
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
* 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.
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
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
* MECA Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!
For seventeen years, MECA has taken small groups to the
For information, please contact:
Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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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