In this issue..
1. US Campaign Update:
Get Your Free Copy of the DVD "The World Says NO! to Israeli
Occupation!"; While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade
Olive Oil; Apply for a Spring Internship with the US Campaign
2. Member Group Update: AUPHR Calendars for 2008
3. Resources & Events: Guardian Article on the AnnapolisSummit and the Siege on Gaza by Nadia Hijab and Victoria Brittain; Call to Action against Carmel Agrexco; Alternative Caroling Protest, Encore Performance in NYC, December 29
4. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange; Middle East Children's Alliance; Christian Peacemaker Teams
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
* Get Your Free Copy of the DVD "The World Says NO! to Israeli Occupation!"
our year-end newsletter to find out how to get your free copy of an
inspiring 20-minute documentary of our June 10 protest against 40 years
of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Click here to read more.
* While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
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. 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
interns also will be responsible for a reasonable amount of
administrative work, including database entry, filing, letter-writing,
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
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.**
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than January 8, 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.
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.
2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATE:
* Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights 2008 Calendar
would like to inform member organizations that their new "Nakba 60"
2008 calendar is available for purchase. The Nakba 60 calendar
celebrates Palestinian cultural and natural heritage by combining
images of ancient Palestinian olive trees with lines of poetry of some
most well-known and most promising poets. The calendars present a
"teachable" moment for people who gift the calendars to friends,
family, and coworkers because the calendar also contains an
introduction about Palestinian dispossession and displacement along
with a map and listing of all the Palestinian villages destroyed and
depopulated between 1947 and 1949. The calendar opens with the words
of Mahmud Darwish: "If the olive knew the hands that planted it, its
oil would turn to tears."
Click here to read more about the calendar and make a purchase.
3. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
* Struggle for equality by Nadia Hijab and Victoria Brittain
December 17, 2007 11:30 AM
In recent months a small group of Palestinian and Israeli academics,
mainly in the diaspora, have prepared an intellectual bombshell to
challenge the Palestinian leadership on the almost 40-year basic
premise of an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of
Israel. The division over the question of one state or two states is
now as dramatic as the Hamas-Fatah fighting of the last year, which
split the armed resistance.
On November 29, 2007 - the 60th anniversary of the UN plan to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state - the group issued a one state declaration <http://www.counterpunch.org/onestate.html> and are seeking co-signatories. It was a direct challenge to the Annapolis
meeting three days earlier when almost the entire international
community, including the Arab world, lined up - again - with the US, Israel and the Palestinian national authority behind the goal of two states (and excluding the elected political movement, Hamas).
But is that goal now an anachronism? How many of the officials from the
many nations herded to Annapolis by the US have actually visited the
West Bank recently - let alone penetrated the terrible siege around
Click here to read more.
* Call to Action against Carmel Agrexco:This Valentines Day Show Them You Care!
campaign against Carmel Agrexco, Israel's largest exporter of stolen
fruit, vegetables and flowers from the West bank of Occupied Palestine
will step up a gear in the days leading up to Valentines day, 14
February 2008. This is the busiest time of year for this company.
Previous actions have included blockades, occupations and
flowers have a limited shelf life and supermarkets demand fast and
reliable suppliers. The longer we can keep these goods off supermarket
shelves increases the chances of this company having to close down
This year saw a weekend of action at the company's UK
headquarters in Hayes, Middlesex, with over 100 protestors from the BIG
campaign, PSC and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods picketing the
warehouse and causing deliveries to be rescheduled. The next day
solidarity protesters shut down the depot by chaining themselves to the
gates, preventing access to the premises for several hours.
In the UK Agrexco is known under the Carmel, Coral and Jaffa brands. The UK is the most important foreign market for Israeli fresh produce. Agrexco exports a wide range of produce to the UK including peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, herbs, spices, flowers and avocados
are calling for decentralized international actions. Wherever you are,
if there is a supplier of Carmel Agrexco's products near you, please
form an affinity group and take action.he Palestinian people
are experiencing their fortieth year of military occupation. The siege
by the Israeli army an economic blockade has devastated their daily
lives so that 'normal' life is impossible. 180 Palestinian
organizations and unions, in response to Israeli onslaught, have called
for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Apartheid Israel.
If you live outside the UK please contact Agrexco locally:
U.S.A New York
Tel: 1-718-481-8700 Fax: 1-718-481-8710
* Alternative Caroling Protest, Encore Performance in NYC, December 29
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 email@example.com.
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 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 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:
May 27-June 9
July 22-August 4
November 19-December 2
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 email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ) or see CPT's website at: http://www.cpt.org/.
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