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Occupation End Notes | November 29, 2007
Volume 5 Number 9

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Take Action: Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; Resources on the Annapolis Conference; Buy Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil

2. Member Group Update: Join Adalah-NY in a Dabke Protest in New York; Help MECA Send Emergency Medicine to Gaza

3. Resources & Events: WashingtonPeaceCenter's Event Program Tonight

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


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

* Take Action: Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 11/29

This year's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations vote to partition Palestine into two states. It also commences a year-long commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Nakba, the destruction of much of Palestinian society and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine which accompanied the establishment of the State of Israel.

Member groups of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation voted at our last annual organizers' conference to make it a priority to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba with educational resources and days of action. We begin this campaign by offering you educational resources and suggested actions to take on tomorrow's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

TAKE ACTION

1. Download and distribute the US Campaign's new fact sheet on the Annapolis conference. The fact sheet addresses how current U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine should be changed in order to facilitate a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on human rights and international law. To download the fact sheet, click here.

2. Hold a vigil or protest in your community on Thursday. Organize a candle-light vigil or protest in your community to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Pass out copies of the US Campaign's fact sheet to educate people in your community.

If you're in the Boston area, please join the Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights and Jewish Voice for PeaceóBoston Chapter for a vigil tomorrow:

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY
WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29th
STAND/WALK WITH US
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Meet outside Park Street T-station 12:30 PM March to Downtown Crossing
Where we will Vigil and Flyer until 1:30 PM
Bring your signs, flags, banners, drums....
Please mark your calendars now!

Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights                      
And Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston Chapter
info@BCPR.net

3. 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. Since launching this program one week ago, the US Campaign has sold more than $10,000 of Palestinian fair trade olive oil! Purchase yours today in time for the holidays 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.

4. Watch on-line videos of Palestinians describing their experiences of the Nakba. The US Campaign has compiled links to video resources on the Nakba. See below.

Palestine Remembered - Nakba Oral History Interviews

http://www.palestineremembered.com/OralHistory/Interviews-Listing/Story1151.html

Online videos of recorded interviews

Arab Film - Al Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948

http://www.arabfilm.com/item/2/

Documentary film about the Nakba, available for purchase or rental

You Tube - Palestinian Women: Stories of Nakba in their Villages

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgcHlXmFQoE

10-minute clip of interviews with Palestinian women

Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet - Videos and Documentaries

http://arts.mcgill.ca/mepp/new_prrn/research/research_videos.htm

Several video clips -stateless people in Canada, Lebanon

Dreams of a Nation

http://www.dreamsofanation.org/films.html

Log of films by Palestinian directors dealing with Palestine

Palestine Online Store

http://palestineonlinestore.com/index.html

Videos for sale

* Resources on Annapolis Conference

The U.S.-hosted Israeli-Palestinian peace conference was held in Annapolis on November 27.  The US Campaign has written a fact sheet and talking points to help frame the issues, give a sense of what is at stake, as well as to describe likely political outcomes and what U.S. policy should be toward Palestine/Israel.  

Click here to read the US Campaign fact sheet on the Annapolis Conference.

Click here to read the talking points on the conference, written by US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis.

* Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil from Canaan Fair Trade!

We've teamed up with our friends at Canaan Fair Trade to offer you Palestinian fair trade, organic olive oil delivered directly to your door. (Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Sorry, we can only ship to the 48 contiguous states.)

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.


2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATE:

* December 8th: Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East and The Palestine Liberation Dance Troupe invite you to Dabke Protest:

DABKE vs DIAMONDS

A protest at Leviev's new NYC jewelry store
700 Madison Ave., between 62nd and 63rd
Saturday, December 8th at 1pm 

Dance against the destruction of communities by Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev.

Dance against the illegal Israeli settlements Leviev builds in Palestine.

Dance against this developer's greed that tears apart neighborhoods from Brooklyn to Bil'in.

For more information: www.mideastjustice.org, JusticeME@gmail.com

"You're glitz! You're glam! You're stealing Palestinian land!"

Boycott Leviev!!!

* Middle East Children's Alliance Letter to You: Essential Medicine for Gaza

Dear Friend,

As another doomed Middle East "peace conference" begins in Annapolis, Maryland, Palestinians' lives--especially in Gaza--grow more desperate every day. Israel has declared the Gaza Strip "hostile territory," cutting off electricity; preventing vital goods like fuel, medicine and sewage treatment equipment from entering; and keeping university students and seriously ill patents from leaving. Last week, a cancer patient died waiting for permission to get treatment outside the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Israeli Army regularly invades the Strip, maiming and killing civilians.

I'm writing now to ask you to please help MECA send a shipment of medicine to Gaza.
MECA's Director of Gaza Projects, Dr. Mona El-Farra, has compiled a list of the most urgently-needed medicines and medical equipment, including antibiotics, syringes, rubella vaccine, pain medications and other life-saving medicine and supplies. We are working with Palestinian and international humanitarian organizations to procure the aid; to get it through the Israeli blockade; and to distribute it to hospitals and clinics throughout the Gaza Strip.
I know that, unlike most of the world, you have not forgotten Gaza. Many times MECA has come to you to help the children there and you, and hundreds of other MECA supporters, have responded quickly and generously.

Please take a moment to make the most generous contribution you can today!

Sincerely,

Barbara Lubin

P.S. We have just learned that the medicines Dr. El-Farra requested will cost more than MECA has available right now. And it will take at least two months to get through Israeli authorities. So, please, make a special contribution now so we can send as much aid as possible--and get it to the people who desperately need it, as soon as we can. Thank you!


3. RESOURCES AND EVENTS

* November 29th: The WashingtonPeaceCenter presents "To Know the Other: The Human Face of Palestine"

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
7:00pm
Martin Luther King Memorial Library

901 G Street, NWWashington, D.C.

Nora Buch, a local DC teacher, returned to Washington, DC from Palestine where she taught English at Al Quds University in the West Bank.  She lived with Palestinians in the village of Abu Dees where the university is located. Abu Dees was a part of Jerusalem before the construction of the Separation (Apartheid) Wall.  During her time in Palestine her understanding of this region deepened.  Nora will share her experiences living and working with Palestinians through an interactive presentation with the audience.

This event will mark the commitment by The Washington Peace Center for at least one year, November 29, 2007 to November 29, 2008, to commemorate Al-Nakba, the catastrophe of Palestinian ethnic cleansing and dispossession. This commitment will also involve organizing and supporting events and activities concerning peace with justice in The Middle East.

Please join us in this work!

Sponsored by the WashingtonPeaceCenterwww.washingtonpeacecenter.net
(202) 234-2000  
wpc@igc.org


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 office@ifpbdel.org.

Upcoming Delegations in 2008:
March 29 - April 12, 2008
October/November, 2008 (exact dates TBD)

* 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


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