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Occupation End Notes | January 10, 2008
Volume 5 Number 12

Occupation End Notes, January 10, 2008
Volume 5 Number 12

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: US Campaign Welcomes its New National Organizer Suha Dabbouseh; US Campaign's NEW Book Club; Help Bush Set Agenda for Palestine/Israel Visit; While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil; Apply for a Spring Internship with the US Campaign

2. Boycott, Divestment, & Sanction Update: US Campaign's Josh Ruebner on the Double Standards of Divestment

3. Member Group Update: Adalah-NY Israeli Apartheid Week Fundraiser; New Media Advisory Tools from Northwest Middle East Peace Forum and Global Information Services

4. Resources & Events: Shut Down Guantanamo Day of Action; Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival; Joel Kovel's "Overcoming Zionism" discussion

5. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange; Middle East Children's Alliance; Christian Peacemaker Teams


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

* US Campaign Welcomes Suha Dabbouseh as our NEW National Organizer

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is happy and pleased to announce Suha Dabbouseh as our new National Organizer. Suha Dabbouseh is a Palestinian American social justice activist with 10 years of human rights experience, including eight with Amnesty International's Southern Region as a Field Organizer and Acting Deputy Director for two regional field offices. Suha is an experienced campaigner and organizer. As Field Organizer, Suha served at the lead organizer in developing events and campaigns on human rights issues such as racial/ethnic profiling, violence against women, police brutality and "war on terror", recruit and train a volunteer base Suha is fluent in Arabic and has served on several non profit boards.

She will be primarily tasked with organizing around the Motorola Campaign, commemorating al-Nakba, supporting the Anti-Apartheid Speaking Tour, as well as, continuing our efforts in the CAT Campaign.

We are very excited to welcome her to the US Campaign family and look forward to working with her starting January 15th, 2008. Suha can be reached by email at suha@endtheoccupation.org or by phone at 202-332-0994.

We encourage you to welcome her as well.

* US Campaign's January Book Club Selection: War With No End

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is pleased to announce the start of a monthly

The inaugural book for our new Book Club is "War with No End," an important new anthology of essays published by Verso Books in conjunction with United for Peace and Justice and the Stop the War Coalition (UK).

Read More »

* Help Set Agenda for Bush Visit to Palestine/Israel

President Bush will visit the Occupied Palestinian West Bank and Israel on the first leg of a tour of the Middle East from Jan. 8-16.

Contact the White House and demand that President Bush raise concerns with Israeli leaders about steps that Israel has taken since Annapolis that are inimical to peace.

Read More »

* While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil

Enjoy Palestinian fair trade olive oil this holiday season. Help Palestinian farmers in the West Bank to non-violently resist Israeli military occupation by purchasing certified fair trade, organic olive oil. Purchase yours today for the New Year to give to family and friends. Or order a whole case at a discount and have your group sell it in your community. To order, click here. (Sorry, we can only ship to the 48 contiguous states.)Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.


The US Campaign is now selling four one-liter tins for the low price of just $80+$10 shipping and handling. Or order a whole case (twelve one-liter tins) and save even more.The price of a whole case is $200 with free shipping and handling.

Order your olive oil today by clicking here or call 202-332-0994 to place your order by credit card.

* Apply for a Spring Internship with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation!

ABOUT THE US CAMPAIGN:  The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a six year-old coalition of more than 250 member organizations.  The US Campaign is working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support peace, justice, human rights, and international law rather than military occupation.

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP:  The US Campaign is currently looking to fill two intern positions for the spring 2008 semester.  Interns will be expected to work 10-15 hours per week under supervision of the US Campaign staff in its Washington, DC office. 

Interns will be expected to help implement the US Campaign's main programmatic priorities in 2008, including:

ØA high-profile "anti-apartheid" speaking and organizing tour

ØEducational resources and days of action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian dispossession)

ØCorporate accountability campaigns against Motorola and Caterpillar for profiting from Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians

ØOngoing legislative and policy work on Capitol Hill

All interns also will be responsible for a reasonable amount of administrative work, including database entry, filing, letter-writing, etc.

The ideal candidates for the position:

§       Will have experience with social justice movements and grassroots activism

§       Will have knowledge of U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East in general and toward Palestine/Israel in particular

§       Will have strong interpersonal and writing skills

§       Will be self-started and motivated individuals

§       Will be able to juggle multiple projects at the same time

§       Will have working ability to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other Microsoft Applications

Interns are an integral part of the US Campaign—these positions offer substantive work experiences and hands-on opportunities for professional and personal development.  The US Campaign is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diversified workplace.** 

Please note that this is an unpaid internship.  The US Campaign is able to work with colleges and universities so that interns can credit for the internship.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and a one-page statement outlining:

a) Your goals and motivations for working with the US Campaign
b) What makes you an ideal candidate for the spring intern position?

Send your resume and statement to office@endtheoccupation.org no later than January 31, 2008.  The US Campaign will respond to your application within one week after the deadline.  For questions, please call Omar Masri at 202-332-0994.   

**The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diversified workplace.  Women, LGBTQ and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


2. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTION UPDATE

* Double Standard on Divestment

Josh Ruebner, IMEU, Jan 8, 2008

Josh Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator of the US Campaign, examines the double standard on divestment in Washington towards Sudan and Israel in this op-ed published by the Institute for Middle East Understanding.

Click here to read more.


3. MEMBER GROUP UPDATE:

* Adalah-NY's Party Against Apartheid! Fundraiser

This year, New York's Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) Coalition is planning a powerful series of events for Israeli Apartheid Week featuring prominent activists and scholars from the U.S., South Africa, Palestine and Israel who will reflect on 60 years of struggle, and engage the New York community in developing strategies, mobilizing towards ending Israel's apartheid regime, and building a just and equitable future.

Fundraiser to Help make the 4th international Israeli Apartheid Week a wall-smashing success!

The organizing committee for Israeli Apartheid Week NYC invites you to a fund raising night
of music, spoken word featuring Remi Kenazi and Tahani Salah, art, and dancing. We will raffle off prizes and sell Palestinian goods, and offer many more ways for you to help make Israeli Apartheid Week happen.

Thursday January 17th, 2008
Dance Party
Complete with cash bar, serving anti-apartheid cocktails and pro-Palestine spirits 
Poetry and drinks start at 6:30 pm
Alwan Centre for the Arts
16 Beaver St, 4th floor
$10 - $20 Sliding Scale at the door

If you cannot attend the fundraiser, Adalah-NY encourages you to donate online by visiting the WESPAC Foundatoin at www.wespac.org. You can also donate by sending us a check payable to: WESPAC Foundation, PO Box 488, White Plains, NY  10602

Please note "Israeli Apartheid Week" in the memo line of your check.

For more information on Israeli Apartheid Week, go to: http://www.endisraeliapartheid.net

Israeli Apartheid Week will be taking place for the fourth consecutive year from February 3-10, 2008. It will be a week-long series of events held concurrently across various North American and European campuses and will include lectures, informational booths, cultural events, film screenings and demonstrations.

* Northwest Middle East Peace Forum Gaza Media Advisory

Dear US Campaign Members,

The Campaign webpage about the Gaza siege lists contacting local media to urge them to contact Gazans as one of the things we can do to help end the Gaza blockade.

I put together a brief media advisory that anyone is welcome to cut and paste into an email to send to their own local media  (and/or any national media). In my short email I also give resources for the press to quickly access details about the humanitarian crisis the siege has produced. (I give the press as much ready-to-use info as possible so as to increase the likelihood they'll run something.)

If you'd like a copy of that email that you can send to your local media, please email me at workforjustice@comcast.net   Please indicate in subject line: Re: Gaza

You can usually find contact info for your local media by Googling the station or paper. A good backup resource is www.congress.org  Click on the tab on the left-hand side for "Media Guide"  That will bring up a map of the US and just click on your state and up comes a list of media. Click on whatever paper, magazine or station you want and up comes a list of editors and reporters. Click and you'll get an email template through which to send your email.

All best, Linda Frank, Tacoma, WA

* Global Information Services Media Tool: Use your Local Media Stations!

Stop complaining about media censorship!There is an easy solution to the censorship of information about the conflict between Israel and Palestine and its dire global consequences.This solution is in the form of over 50 hours of relevant films that are authorized and available for nationwide broadcast on over 2,500 television stations and other venues.These films deliver powerful historical and critical information to large, "non-choir" audiences who have seldom, if ever, been able to access content such as this is due to censorship by virtually all other media.To begin the process, simply contact Fred Shepherd, Global Information Services, 336 Bon Air Center, #441, Greenbrae, CA 94904, phone 415-459-8738 or Altencon@aol.com.We are available 24/7.

Some of the films included in the series are "Palestine Is Still The Issue," "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land," "The Loss of Liberty (Israel's attack on America's USS Liberty Ship in 1967)," "Right of Return," "Ilan Pappe," "The Pro-Israel Lobby Debate" and "Edward Said: On Orientalism."Complete details of the process, films, etc. will be sent to you upon request.


4. RESOURCES AND EVENTS

* Shut Down Guantanamo! Day of Action, Jan. 11, 2008

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has endorsed a day of action, organized by Witness against Torture, on Friday, January 11 to Shut Down Guantanamo!

January 11 marks the 6th anniversary of the first prisoners brought to Guantanamo.

In Guantanamo, prisoners of the U.S. "war on terror" are illegally transferred to a foreign country (Fourth Geneva Convention, Articles 49 and 76), are held without charge and without the right of habeas corpus, and are subjected to treatments and interrogation methods which clearly violate the UN Convention Against Torture's ban on cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Similarly, Palestinian prisoners of Israel's "war on terror" are also illegally transferred out of Occupied Palestinian Territories, are held indefinitely without charge under "administrative detention," and are also subjected to torture.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation calls on its member groups and its individual supporters to take part in the Shut Down Guantanamo! day of action and protest U.S. and Israeli human rights abuses against prisoners.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in Washington, DC on Friday, January 11 for a demonstration on the National Mall and march to the Supreme Court. For logistical details, click here.

2. Join local events taking place in more than 30 cities around the world on January 11. For logistical details, click here.

3. Educate people about the similarities between U.S. and Israeli human rights abuses in the "war on terror" by downloading and distributing the US Campaign's fact sheet "Torture in the 'War against Terrorism'". To download the fact sheet, click here.

4. Wear orange on January 11 to show your support for shutting down Guantanamo. For more action ideas and resources, click here.

* The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival to be held in October 2008

BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people living in exile or under Israeli occupation. Palestinian cinema represents a powerful means for visually interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle and emotional expression of Palestinians today.

The festival will showcase the diverse and creative work of all filmmakers (any nationality) exploring both historic and contemporary themes related to Palestinian culture, experience, and narrative.

BPFF accepts films, videos and digital media in the following categories:

ØFeature Films

ØDocumentaries

ØShorts (including animated or experimental works)

ØYouth Work (created by filmmakers under the age of 18)

This year the festival particularly encourages submissions related to the Palestinian refugee issue and themes of exile, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba in 2008.

The early submission deadline is February 15, 2008, with an extended submission deadline of March 20, 2008. There is no entry fee for International Submissions or Youth Work.

Festival Website: http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
BPFF Submission Form: http://bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/cfe2008/BPFF-CFE2008.pdfPlease direct all questions to: submissions@bostonpalestinefilmfest.org

* Joel Kovel Discusses his new book, "Overcoming Zionism", at Busboys & Poets

Monday, January 28, 2008
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Busboys & Poets -   14th & V sts.                  

Joel Kovel, author, professor, MD, editor, social activist will give a lecture and discussion on his new book "Overcoming Zionism" and ask and answer questions about what the right resolution is for Palestine and Israel and whether they will choose a one state or two-state.

This event is sponsored by the Statehood Green Party. For more information, call 202-546-0940


5. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

*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.

Upcoming Delegations in 2008:
March 29 - April 12
May 24 - June 7
July 26 - August 9
November 8 - November 22

Apply Today:  http://www.ifpbdel.org/upcoming.html

* Fall 2007 Schedule: December 2nd - 12th: Global Exchange's Delegations to Palestine & Israel

As the Israeli military continues to place Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps under siege, Palestinians continue to resist the 40 year Occupation of their land. GX's delegations to Palestine/Israel strive to further the US public's understanding of the region's history and realities by giving participants first-hand exposure to the aspirations and frustrations of Palestinians living under Occupation, the dimensions of the human rights crisis under Israeli rule, as well as the perspectives of Palestinians and Israelis who are working for a just peace and end to the occupation.

For additional information, review our Palestine resources.

For a selection of recent news items compiled by Global Exchange, review our Palestine News Updates.
Prospects for Peace with Justice
December 02, 2007 - December 12, 2007
April 05, 2008 - April 15, 2008
December 06, 2008 - December 16, 2008

For more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or email palestine@globalexchange.org.

* July 1-12, 2008: Middle East Children's Alliance Delegation to Palestine/Israel

On MECA's twelve-day delegation you will be taken on a geographic, political, historical and cultural tour of Palestine/Israel by two MECA staff people, and Yacoub Odeh, refugee, former political prisoner, and human rights worker. We will travel by van to witness the impact of the Israeli occupation and visit organizations working for justice and equality. You will learn about refugees, land confiscation, political prisoners, women's initiatives, mental and physical health issues, civil rights in Israel, and the lives of children.

The group of eight to twelve people will stay at the guesthouse of MECA's long-time partner Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, near Bethlehem. Ibdaa is a lively place in the heart of the community with great food and comfortable accommodations.

Cost: $1,800 not including airfare.
More info: www.mecaforpeace.org/delegation
Contact: Deborah Agre at 510-548-0542 or Deborah@mecaforpeace.org

* NEW Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations to PALESTINE/ISRAEL:

Upcoming 2008 Delegations:
March 4-17
May 27-June 9
July 22-August 4
October 14-27
November 19-December 2

During the first several days, delegates will meet with representatives of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights groups in Jerusalem and Bethlehem to gain perspective on the conflict.They will tour the "security wall" separating Israel from the West Bank.Then they will travel to the tensely divided city of Hebron, where CPT has been based since June 1995, and to the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills, where CPT has had a team since 2004. They will visit Palestinian families whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by expanding Israeli settlements.They will experience firsthand CPT's work of violence deterrence and human rights documentation and challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness.Delegates raise $2100 US ($2500 Cdn) to cover costs.

For more information or to apply, contact CPT, (PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; phone 773-277-0253; fax 773-277-0291; e-mail delegations@cpt.org <mailto:delegations@cpt.org> ) or see CPT's website at: http://www.cpt.org/.



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 office@endtheoccupation.org.

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