Occupation End Notes | February 7, 2008
Occupation End Notes, February 7, 2008
In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update: Come out to support Israeli Apartheid Week 2008 in your cities; US Campaign Launches Expressions of Nakba Competition; US Campaign's February Book Club Selection; While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil; Apply for a Spring Internship with the US Campaign
2. Legislative Update: Thank YOU for sending over 2,200 Thank You's to Each Representative thanking them for Demanding End against Gaza Blockade
3. Boycott & Divestment News: United Methodists Explore Divestment Proposals;
4. Resources & Events: Reclaiming Equality and the Possibility of Political Action, with Todd May; Anna Baltzer presents: Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos; Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival
5. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange; Middle East Children's Alliance; Christian Peacemaker Teams; NEW Delegations from Middle East Fellowship
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
* Israeli Apartheid Week February 3-10, 2008:
The US Campaign has endorsed Israeli Apartheid Week, February 3-10, 2008. In the
To find out more and how to get involved, click here.
* US Campaign Launches Expressions of Nakba Competition:
The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Nakba ("the catastrophe"): the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is soliciting entries for a commemoration of the Nakba through personal expressions in the form of visual arts, essays, poetry, music, video, and digital media.
Learn more about the competition and how you can participate by clicking here!
* US Campaign's February Book of the Month Club Selection: The War on Lebanon: A Reader
You can order this book today from the US Campaign for $20 (plus $3 shipping and handling) by clicking here.
* While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
* Apply for a Spring Internship with the
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
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
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
§ 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
Send your resume and statement to email@example.com no later than February 21, 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.
2. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Thank YOU for sending over 2,200 Thank You's to Each Representative thanking them for Demanding End against Gaza Blockade!
Last week, thousands of people responded to calls to end
Your solidarity with the people of
a sharply-worded letter initiated by Rep. Dennis Kucinich and sent to
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on January 23, eleven Members of
Congress called on the
Click here to read more about how you can thank the representatives!
* United Methodists explore divestment proposals
By Linda Bloom
Would divestment from companies connected to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land help bring about change in the
Conference, which meets every four years, is the denomination's top
legislative body. The 2008 assembly will be April 23-May 2 in
Click here to read more.
By Nathan Guttman
are re-emerging between Jewish organizations and some mainline
Protestant churches in the wake of a renewed drive for churches to
divest from companies doing business with
The divestment campaign, thought by many in the Jewish community to be dormant, is still active among mainline Protestant churches and is re-emerging as a main issue on the agenda of Jewish groups. Attempts to block the divestment drive, which began four years ago, have proved only partially successful. Interreligious dialogue efforts and public pressure managed to mute some church-wide calls for divestment, but other initiatives are still gaining support.
The Methodist meeting, held on January 25 in
Click here to read more from this article.
Click here to read more about Divestment work within the
3. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
Saturday, Feb. 9th ~ 7:30pm
* Anna Baltzer presents: Life in Occupied
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, author, and acclaimed presenter, is touring the
The purpose of the tour is to provide critical information and documentation that can be difficult to obtain through mainstream
Baltzer will also be selling and signing copies of her newly updated book, Witness in
For more information about Baltzer's book, DVD, and tour details, visit www.AnnaInTheMiddleEast.com
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:
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
3. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
Upcoming Delegations in 2008:
Apply Today: http://www.ifpbdel.org/upcoming.html
* Fall 2007 Schedule: December 2nd - 12th: Global Exchange's Delegations to Palestine & Israel
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 more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* July 1-12, 2008: Middle East Children's Alliance Delegation to Palestine/Israel
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
The group of eight to twelve people will stay at the guesthouse of MECA's long-time partner
Cost: $1,800 not including airfare.
More info: www.mecaforpeace.org/delegation
* NEW Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations to PALESTINE/ISRAEL:
Upcoming 2008 Delegations:
the first several days, delegates will meet with representatives of
Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights groups in
For more information or to apply, contact CPT, (
DISCOVERY DELEGATIONS IN 2008:
June 2-12, 2008: open delegation to the
Meet the indigenous churches of the Holy Land, tour all the key sights in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, Nazareth, Jaffa, etc; enjoy home stays with local families in Bethlehem; learn from Palestinian and Israel peace, justice and nonviolence practioners; and much much more!Cost: $1800 plus airfare.
Now entering its 5th year, PSE offers three sequential 1-month sessions that can be combined for one, two or three month stays. Session One: May 22-June 19; Session Two: June 19-July 17; Session Three: July 17-August 14.PSE includes Home Stays, Arabic Study, volunteer Service-Learning and meeting with a wide variety of Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence, peace-with-justice and reconciliation groups.
PSE WESBSITE: www.palestinesummer.org
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