Occupation End Notes | January 24, 2008
Volume 5 Number 13

Occupation End Notes, January 24, 2008
Volume 5 Number 13

In this issue... 

1. US Campaign Update: End the Siege of the People of Gaza Actions; Come out to support Israeli Apartheid Week 2008 in your cities; US Campaign's Analysis on Bush's January 10 Statement; While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil; Apply for a Spring Internship with the US Campaign; US Campaign's NEW Book Club

2. Resources & Events: Anna Baltzer presents: Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos; Palestine Week at UNC-Chapel Hill; Free DVDs from Foundation for Middle East Peace; Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival

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


* US Campaign Action Alert: End the Siege of the People of Gaza January 26th, 2008

For more background information, analysis, and what you can do, click here.

Find out about the January 26 convoy that will try to break the siege of Gaza with food and medicine:


Join Protests in the United States and Canada on Jan. 26 or Organize Your Own

Anaheim, CA:
Saturday, January 26, 1 p.m. 512 S. Brookhurst St., Between Orange Ave. & Broadway)

Boston, MA:
Saturday, January 26, noon-1pm in Harvard Square
Organized by Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights

Charlotte, NC:
Saturday, January 26, 4:00pm Forum, Charlotte Energy Solutions, 337 Baldwin Ave
Organized by ActionCenter for Justice. For moreinformation, contact David Dixon bringthemonhome@yahoo.com

Chapel Hill, NC:
Saturday, January 26, 1:00pm-2:00pm Peace and JusticePlaza, corner of East Franklin and Henderson Streets.
Organized by the Coalition for Peace with Justice. For more information, contact Mary Lou Leiser Smith on 919-967-5181

Chicago, IL:
Sunday, January 27, 12:00pm-1:00pm Water Tower Park, 830 N. Michigan
Co-sponsored by AFSC and JVP _ Chicago. For information on the vigil, call Lynn Pollack @ 312-427-2533, ext. 26, or e-mail lpollack@afsc.org

Tuesday, January, 29, 5 pm at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 North Broadway (at benefit for the Friends of the 'Israeli Defense Force').Initiated by ISM. Call 773-463-0311 for more information.

Cleveland, OH:
Saturday, January 26, for more info contact donmbryant@yahoo.com
Sponsored by ClevelandMiddle East Peace Forum

Costa Mesa, CA:
Friday, January 25, 5:00pm-7:00pm, vigil at Bristol & Anton

Durham, NC:
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Brightleaf Square, corner of Main and Gregson
Organized by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.
For more information, contact Mary Lou Leiser Smith on 919-967-5181

Eugene, OR:Saturday, January 26th, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Ferry Street Bridge-Meeting first in the EWEB parking lot 500 E. 4TH
Sponsored by Al-Nakba Awareness Project Palestine:JustJustice!
For more information, contact Mariah Leung HappyHeartMom@comcast.net 541 513-3833

Montreal, Canada:
Friday January 25, 2:00 PM De Maisonneuve Boulevard corner of MacKay Street, Montreal (Metro Guy-Concordia).

New Haven, CT:
Friday, January 25th, 4:30pm-5:30pm The Federal Building on Church Street (opposite the flagpole on the Green). Bring signs. Bring candles.

New York City:
Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 7 PM at The Center for Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, 6th Floor To build a coalition for Nakba events)

Friday, January 25 3:00 pm (after friday prayers) RALLY at the Israeli Consulate 42nd & 2nd ave & MARCH to the  EGYPTIAN Consulate (58th & 2nd ave)

Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. at the Israeli Embassy, 43rd St. and 2nd Ave.

Philadelphia, PA:
Friday, January 25, 12:00pm, Press Conference and vigil, Israeli Consulate, 15th & Locust

Saturday, Jan 26   Assemble at 12 noon to march from 5th and Market Sts. to the Israeli Consulate (15th & Locust)
Contact: rkamel@verizon.net

St. Louis, MO:
Friday, January 25, 4:15 pm-5:30pm, Corner of Summit and Snelling Aves
Organized by Coalition for Palestinian Rights
For more information, call 612-379-4716   or Florence, 651-696-1642

St. Paul, MN:
Friday January 25, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Corner of Summit and Snelling Aves

St. Petersburg, FL:Saturday, January 26, 8:30pm-10:00pm Baywalk, 2nd Ave. and 2nd St. N
Organized by St. Pete for Peace. For more information, contact info@stpeteforpeace.org

San Francisco, CA:
Friday, January 25, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St. (near California)

San Diego, CA:
Friday, January 25, 3:00pm-5:30pm downtown corner of Broadway and Front Street.

Seattle, WA:
Friday, January 25, 4:00pm, WestlakePark, 4th & Pine Sts.
Saturday January 26, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Leafleting/sign-waving protest on at WestlakeCenter downtown.

Sioux Falls, SD:
Saturday January 26, 12:00pm at 12th & Phillips

Toronto, Canada:
Friday January 25, 5:00pm Israeli Consulate at 180 Bloor St. West

Friday, January 25, 4:00pm at the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Dr. N.W.

* Bush in Jerusalem: Rhetoric Trumps Substance

After meeting separately with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, President George Bush made a policy statement in Jerusalem on January 10.

Read the US Campaign's analysis of President Bush's January 10 policy statement in Jerusalemhere.

* Israeli Apartheid Week February 3-10, 2008:

The US Campaign has endorsed Israeli Apartheid Week, February 3-10, 2008.  In the United States, events will be taking place in New York, Washington, Chicago, Berkeley, and Philadelphia.  To find out more and how to get involved, click here.

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

Enjoy Palestinian fair trade olive oil. 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, e

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.

* 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 ook club. Each month, we'll select a new book which we think you might be interested in reading.

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 »


* Anna Baltzer presents: Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos

Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, author, and acclaimed presenter, is touring the United States with a presentation and book describing her experiences documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Occupation with the International Women's Peace Service.

The purpose of the tour is to provide critical information and documentation that can be difficult to obtain through mainstream US media sources, and to encourage taking action on the issue. The presentation and book offer a thoughtful perspective from the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees. Baltzer sees it as her responsibility to "expose the injustices of today in light of those of the past."

Northern California:Feb 5-13
Southern California:Feb 15-19
, GA
:Feb 28-Mar 4

Birmingham, AL:Mar 4-7Huntsville, AL:Mar 8-9
Indiana:Apr 6-12
or North Carolina (TBA):Mid-April

Yuma, AZ:Apr 30
Southern California:May 1-17
Columbus, OH:Late May

Baltzer will also be selling and signing copies of her newly updated book, Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the OccupiedTerritories.

For more information about Baltzer's book, DVD, and tour details, visit www.AnnaInTheMiddleEast.com

* Palestine Week January 28 - February 2, 2008 at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Palestine Week seeks to raise campus and community awareness of the situation of Palestinians in Israel, in the OccupiedTerritories, and in Diaspora. This week will encourage deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, promote a more pluralistic, compassionate dialogue, and celebrate the rich and diverse culture of Palestinians in Palestine and in Diaspora. Events, ranging from movie screenings to guerilla theatre and from panel discussions to a Palestinian hip-hop concert, will also shed light on the UnitedState's role in the conflict and will expose the harsh realities of life under occupation and apartheid. For more information see: unc.palestineweek.org

Monday, Jan 28 · 7:00 pm · Hamilton 100
"Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People"

Tuesday, Jan 29 · 7:30 pm · Student Union 3205
Israel and Palestine for Beginners

Wednesday, Jan 30 · 7:30 pm · Bingham 103
Tar Heels in PalestineThursday, Jan 31 · 5:00 pm · Student Union 3205
Apartheid, Anti-Semitism, Social Justice, Activism 

Saturday, Feb 2 · 8:00 pm · Great Hall
CONCERT: Hip-Hop for Palestine

* Searching for Peace in the Middle East DVD from Foundation for Middle East Peace

Because of high demand for Searching for Peace in the Middle East, the acclaimed 30 minute DVD made by Dr. Landrum Bolling and sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, we have ordered a third print run of the film.  If you have not already received a copy and would like one or additional copies, please email us at info@fmep.org. There is no charge.

The DVD includes an updated and concise study guide booklet, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, summarizing the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through 2007 and analyzing the issues.  If you are associated with a school, religious organization, or another group that would like multiple copies of the DVD and the study guide, - or the study guide alone - we would be pleased to send them.

* The BostonPalestine 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.he 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


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:
BPFF Submission Form:
lease direct all questions to: submissions@bostonpalestinefilmfest.org


*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 IbdaaCulturalCenter 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, IL60680; 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/.

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