In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update:Global Day of Action against Cluster Bombs; Report Card for 110th Congress, 1st Session is Online! ; US Campaign Looking for National Organizer
2. Member Group Update: New Digital Media Educational Tool from MECA
3. Resources & Events: Judge Throws Out Charges against LA8 ; Institute for Palestine Studies Seeks Editor; Journal for Palestine Studies No 144; DC Book Event; Discover the True Taste of Olive Oil and Experience Palestine
4. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange; Middle East Children's Alliance
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
* November 5: Global Day of Action Against Cluster Bombs
US Campaign is joining the Friends Committee on National Legislation,
Amnesty International, and other organizations on Monday, November 5 in
a global day of action against cluster bombs. Take action by calling
your Members of Congress and urging them to cosponsor the Cluster
Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.594/H.R.1755).
During its war on Lebanon last summer, Israel
dropped 130,000 cluster bombs containing 1.2 million cluster bomblets
in 498 locations in villages throughout the south of the country.
Unexploded cluster bomblets subsequently have injured and killed
For more information on how to take part in the global day of action against cluster bombs, click here.
* Report Card for 110th Congress, 1st Session is Out!
out if your Members of Congress support restricting the sale of cluster
munitions, a renewed U.S. role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking,
Israel's illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, condemning the UN for
highlighting Israel's human rights violations, and much more.
Click here to read more!
* Are You Our Next National Organizer?
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is looking for a dynamic,
articulate, creative, and passionate social justice advocate to work as
a full-time National Organizer in its Washington, DC office.
National Organizer will be responsible for working with staff, Steering
Committee, Advisory Board, and member organizations of the US Campaign
to implement the US Campaign's main programmatic priorities in 2008,
·A high-profile "anti-apartheid" speaking and organizing tour
·Educational resources and days of action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian dispossession)
·Corporate accountability campaigns against Motorola and Caterpillar for profiting from Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians
·The 7th Annual National Organizers' Conference and Grassroots Training Institute
The deadline for applying is Friday, November 9.For more details, click here.
2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATE:
* New Educational Tool about Palestine from Middle East Children's Alliance! Digital Resistance: Palestinian Youth Media
In January 2007, twelve youth living in Aida, Azza, and Dheisheh refugee camps in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank
created digital stories as part of the US-Palestine Youth Solidarity
Network (YSN). Their pieces offer previously unheard perspectives on
Palestinian history, culture, life under occupation and visions for
powerful pieces are now posted on-line and have been subtitled in
English and compiled into the newly released Digital Resistance. The
DVD also includes a 10-minute context piece that gives important
background information about Palestinian refugees.
The youth created their digital stories with the help of US volunteers who traveled to Palestine to facilitate digital storytelling workshops with Ibdaa and Lajee, two youth centers in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank.
The workshops brought new media arts technology and skills to support
the existing oral history and youth development work of both
organizations. It also gave YSN members the opportunity to develop
joint programming and create educational tools about Palestine created by Palestinians for use in the US.
You can watch them online or order the DVD compilation here: http://www.mecaforpeace.org/article.php?id=226
Read more about the digital storytelling workshops here: http://www.mecaforpeace.org/digitalresistance
Please spread the word about these youth pieces and help make their voices heard!
3. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
* Judge Throws Out Charges in "Los Angeles Eight" Case: Charged Dropped in 20-Year Old Deportation Case against Palestinian Activists
Angeles - In a decision received today [October 31], Los Angeles
Immigration Judge Bruce J. Einhorn ordered an end to deportation
proceedings against Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh, members of the
"Los Angeles Eight" (LA8).
his decision, Einhorn said that the proceedings must be terminated
because of the government's refusal to disclose evidence favorable to
the immigrants in compliance with his orders.
and Shehadeh have been in deportation proceedings for 20 years, and
their case has reached every level of federal court, including the U.S.
Supreme Court. The government has been seeking to deport Hamide and
Shehadeh since January 1987 based on their alleged support for the
Popular Liberation Front for Palestine
("PFLP"), a group within the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The
decision comes just after the January 26, 2007 20th anniversary of the
arrest of the Los Angeles Eight.
Click here to read more!
* Institute for Palestine Studies Seeks Editor
The Institute for Palestine Studies has an opening for a mid-to-senior-level editor to join the team of its flagship Journal of Palestine Studies.
The successful candidate will have solid, in-depth knowledge of Palestine
and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict up to the present time,
and will be able to use this knowledge to assess the quality and
relevance of submissions to JPS. S/he will have demonstrated
organizational and multi-tasking skills to manage work and manuscript
flows, and be able to work well and accurately under pressure to meet
changing deadlines. S/he will also have a proven capacity to establish
and maintain good working relations with writers and scholars in the
field, and to manage networks of contributors across the U.S. and internationally.
Advanced degree preferred; knowledge of Arabic an advantage. Salary
commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. Submit letter
of application, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.orgApplications would ideally be received by November 30, 2007. No phone calls, please.
* New from Institute for Palestine Studies! Journal for Palestine Studies No. 144
issue of JPS introduces new discourses, new looks at past events, and a
new section. The aim, as always, is to challenge habitual ways of
thinking about Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict. A few pious truths, for instance, seem to be at the center of the conventional discourse on Palestine.
One is that the establishment of a Palestinian state is and should be
the Palestinians' chief goal; another is that this first supposed truth
has been accepted by the Israeli state. Beshara Doumani argues that in
spite of occasional lip service to the contrary, neither the Zionist
movement nor the Israeli state nor their great-power backers have ever
truly accepted the Palestinians' right to viable statehood. In view of
the obstacles that these powers have systematically erected over the
course of nearly a century, Doumani suggests these presumed truths
would benefit from critical reexamination by the Palestinians
The current crisis in Palestinian
politics has roots in the refusal of great powers to accept genuine
self-determination, and it has home-grown roots as well. Some of these
lay in the nature of the personal, charismatic system of rule
established by Yasir Arafat and the manifest inability of his
successor, Mahmud Abbas, to fill his shoes. Ali Jarbawi and Wendy
Pearlman use Abbas's succession dilemma to help explain his weakness
not only in the face of Hamas, but also of the Fatah movement he
nominally leads, and of Israel and the United States.
Click here to read more. (http://palestine-studies.org/final/en/journals/issue.php?iid=144&jid=1&vid=XXXVI&vol=203)
* November 3, 2007: Important Book Event in DC
What: Academic Freedom, Middle East conflict/s, Poetry and more!
The University of Michigan Press recently came under enormous pressure
to cancel its distribution contract with Pluto Press following
objections to the distribution of Joel Kovel's path-breaking work
Overcoming Zionism. The UM Press stood its ground - see announcements
below. Come and meet Kovel and talk about his book.
The poet Kathy Engel and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Advisory Board member and artist Kamal Boullata published a powerful
collection - Poetry of Palestine and Lebanon - inspired by the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon and crisis in Palestine. The two artists had previously collaborated following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, reprised in this book. Come and meet Engel and talk about poetry.
Where: The National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention, Holiday Inn on the Hill
When: Saturday 3 November at 9am.
Celebrate a victory for freedom of speech and take a moment to salute
those willing to speak out and to work for justice. The significance is
Pluto Press Retain US Distribution
The University of Michigan Press
have released a statement announcing their decision to continue its
distribution contract with Pluto Press following two months of
uncertainty. Pluto Press are delighted that the University board
unanimously agreed to maintain the agreement - which was thrown into
jeopardy following objections to the distribution of Overcoming Zionism
by Joel Kovel -as part of their commitment to the principle of freedom of expression.
Pluto Press is highly regarded for its prolific and provocative output tackling issues relating to the Middle East both in the UK and the US. Overcoming Zionism argues that a single secular state is the only tenable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Michigan
chapter of pro-Israel group Stand With Us objected vociferously to
UMP's involvement in its distribution. UMP responded by briefly
withdrawing the book from the US market followed by a decision to reinstate the book and to review the feasibility of its ongoing contract with Pluto Press.
Despite considerable pressure from Stand With US and numerous other pro-Israel groups in the US,
the University has struck a blow for free speech and decided to
continue its commercial agreement with Pluto Press. Anne Beech,
Managing Director of Pluto Press, is thrilled by the outcome and has
praised the Executive Board's 'brave' decision: 'the university has
been resolute on this issue and we admire them and are pleased to
receive their ongoing support.' Please contact email@example.com
for more information
University of Michigan Press Statement in full
Executive Board of the University of Michigan Press:
Statement on the status of the Pluto Press contract
October 22, 2007
The University of Michigan Press Executive Board unanimously agreed to continue the distribution contract between the University of Michigan Press and Pluto Press under existing contract terms.
agreements are undertaken strictly as business relationships and have
historically been a small part of the UM Press's business. Currently,
the Press distributes for five publishers. As is the case with all such
commercial arrangements, books distributed on behalf of clients are not
edited, reviewed, or produced by the UM Press, and they do not bear the
imprimatur of the Press or of the University of Michigan.
presses typically do not have stated guidelines for distribution
agreements, but the recent controversy surrounding the contract with
Pluto Press has underscored the need for them. In the coming year,
Executive Board members will develop policy guidelines for distribution
agreements. Underlying its deliberations will be the principle of
freedom of expression, which is both fundamental to the University of Michigan's educational mission and integral to the UM Press's goals.
* Discover the true taste of olive oil and experience Palestine!
A pleasure to give and treat to receive; Zatoun, Fair Trade extra
virgin olive oil from Palestine, is available for holiday gift giving
via web ordering - www.zatoun.com.
Zatoun fulfills 2 of the 4 key recommendations for a future Palestine as outlined by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, its foremost independent and democratic voice for non-violence and peace in the Holy Land. One, the sale of Zatoun enables Palestinians to live and remain in Palestine and two, it helps to build international awareness and solidarity for a just peace and resolution.
Zatoun is a registered, volunteer-run, and non-profit. Sales proceeds
are used to plant over 12,000 olive trees in occupied Palestine and to support expressive arts programs for 1000's of youth in Nablus refugee camps. In 2007, Zatoun expects to contribute over $400,000 to the livelihoods of Palestinians in Palestine.
Please join the effort with your purchase. To order or to learn more: www.zatoun.com.
4. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 29 - April 12
May 24 - June 7
July 26 - August 9
October/November (exact dates TBD)
* Fall 2007 Schedule: December 2nd - 12th: Global Exchange's Delegations to Palestine & Israel
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 US
public's understanding of the conflict by listening to the aspirations
and frustrations of Palestinians, by examining the dimensions of the
human rights crisis under Israeli rule, as well as learning from
Palestinians and Israelis who are working for a just peace and an end
to the Occupation.
For more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or email email@example.com.
* 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 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.
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