Occupation End Notes | February 21, 2008
Occupation End Notes, February 21, 2008
In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update: US Campaign Launches Expressions of Nakba Competition; US Campaign's February Book Club Selection; While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
2. Legislative Update: Oppose $2.55 Billion in Military Aid in FY 2009
3. Membership Update: Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East's Documentary: ISRAEL: Myths & Propaganda; AFSC End the Siege on Gaza Blog; AFSC Program Associate Job Opening
4. Boycott & Divestment News:
5. Resources & Events: Anna Baltzer presents: Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos; Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival
6. 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:
* 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
* While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
Feb. 11, 2008
Bush' FY2009 budget request to Congress includes $2.55 billion in military aid to Israel, a 9% increase over actual spending in FY2007.This increase in military aid is the first installment of a ten-year plan, signed by Israel and the United States in August, to increase military aid to Israel by 25%, totaling $30 billion over the next decade.
Take action to oppose military aid to
3. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE:
* Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East's Documentary: ISRAEL: Myths & Propaganda
The Truth about the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the Ethnic Cleansing of
AJPME is proud to announce the completion of its newest documentary featuring Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.
In the first interview Pappe uncovers three Israeli myths: that
Watch Pappe discuss what really happened and why it is important for all of us to know.
To order your copy of this important documentary please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: (866) 280-0813. They're $15.00 each. Orders of 10 or more are priced at $10.00 each.
* AFSC's End the Siege on Gaza Blog
* AFSC Middle East Program Associate Job Opening in
February 14, 2008
Background: The AFSC SERO Middle East Peace Education Program (MEPEP) works for a just and balanced
Summary of Responsibilities:provide general administrative and programmatic support to MEPEP? participate in and lead educational presentations, activities and events? respond to information requests? plan, develop and update resources for program campaigns. The Program Associate will also assume the responsibilities of the Program Director during his/her absence.
Application Process:Email a copy of your resume and a detailed cover letter specific for this position to
4. BOYCOTT & DIVESTMENT NEWS:
Adalah-NY Contact: email@example.com
York, NY, Feb 9, 2008 - Forty-five protesters called on Madison Avenue
shoppers to boycott the jewelry store of Israeli billionaire and
settlement magnate Lev Leviev this Saturday, the last major shopping
day before Valentine's Day. The protest was the seventh organized by
Londoners also joined the campaign to boycott Leviev, with 25 human rights activists picketing outside Leviev's
Click here to read more!
* London School of Economics student union votes for divestment
Click here to read more.
* 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
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
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
6. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
Upcoming Delegations in 2008: March 29 - April 12
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: May 27-June 9
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
[Other options available throughout 2008, including Northwest Churches tripOctober 3-18]
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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