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Occupation End Notes | December 21, 2006
Volume 4 Number 6

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Action Alert on Pres. Jimmy Carter’s New Book; 2007 Palestinian Art Calendars

2. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Interfaith Peace Initiative conducts research on targets in Israel for BDS;

3.Membership Update: UFPJ’s Bring the Mandate for Peace to Washington DC Rally and March;Join AFSC and President Carter in Standing for Peace; Institute for Palestine Studies release Policy Note No 11;

4. Resources & Education: Mahmoud Al-Safadi’s “Other Victims of Denial”; Peace Action Montgomery County: Tell Lockheed Martin to Stop Making Cluster Bombs; Panel Discussion at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association; 3rd Annual “There Is No Peace in Bethlehem” Silent Procession; John Berger and 93 other authors, film-makers, musicians and performers call for a cultural boycott of Israel; The Ground Truth by MASS MoCA; Palestine Freedom Project Intern Announcement; Zatoun’s Olive Oil ready for deliveries;

5. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; Zajel International Volunteer Work camp; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

We at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation would like to wish all our supporters and members a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year! May the new year be filled with joy and happiness!

 * The US Campaign issued an action alert and press advisory coinciding with the publication of former President Jimmy Carter’s new book entitled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”.

Click here for ideas on how you can use Carter’s new book to raise awareness in the United States of Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


* TheUS Campaign has beautiful 2007 Palestinian art calendars in stock produced by Resistance Art.The calendars can be purchased from the US Campaign for $20, which includes shipping and handling.Click here to order.Makes a great holiday gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS

* Interfaith Peace Initiative research on targets in Israel for BDS

(http://www.interfaithpeaceinitiative.com/ProfitingFromOccupation.htm)

Interfaith Peace Initiative, a member group of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, has conducted research on companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Land and have provided a list that include companies that supply equipment to the Israeli military which enforces the occupation, companies that provide for the Wall or settlements, and companies with operations on occupied land.


3. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

* January 27th, 2007: UFPJ’s Bring the Mandate for Peace to WashingtonDC Rally and March

Join United for Peace and Justice in a massive march on Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 27, to call on Congress to take immediate action to end the war. On Mon., January 29, we'll take our message directly to individual members of the Congress during our Congressional Education Day.

Click here to see what you can do to make this a success!

* Join AFSC and President Carter in Standing for Peace

In their recent report the Iraq Study Group echoed this sentiment.Their report states that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only end through negotiation, and that “the United States does its ally Israel no favors in avoiding direct involvement to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict.” One way the White House can do this is to veto the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act which places devastating economic and diplomatic sanctions on the Palestinian people.

Please take this opportunity to send this important message to Congress. The U.S. has refused to take a proactive role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for too long. This policy cannot continue, the stakes are too high. As President Carter has shown the choice is clear: Peace or Apartheid.

* Institute for Palestine StudiesPolicy Note No. 11: House Passes S2370: An AIPAC Shot Across Baker’s Bow?

Just after the Iraq Study Group (ISG) launched its long-awaited report, with its call for a "renewed and sustained commitment by the United States for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace," the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006. Why did the House pass the Senate bill? What is its significance for US policy? What are the implications of the ISG report?

To find out, please click here. (http://www.palestine-studies.org/final/en/bn/viewbndetails.php?bnid=25)


6. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

* Other Victims of Denial: Mahmoud Al-Safadi’s letter to President Ahmadinejad’ about the Holocaust Conference in Tehran

Excerpt: Whatever the number of victims -- Jewish and non-Jewish -- the crime is monumental. Any attempt to deny it deprives the denier of his own humanity and sends him immediately to the side of torturers. Whoever denies the fact that this human disaster really took place should not be astonished that others deny the sufferings and persecutions inflicted on his own people by tyrannical leaders or foreign occupiers.

* December 22nd, 2006: PeaceActionMontgomeryCounty: Tell Lockheed Martin to Stop Making Cluster Bombs


Who:Montgomery County Residents
What:Demand Lockheed Stop Making Cluster bombs, Compensate Victims Or LeaveMontgomery County
When:Friday, December 22, 9:00 AM
Where:Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. and then march to Lockheed Martin HQ

Lockheed Marin’s neighbors aren't happy this holiday season. Lockheed Martin continues to manufacture weapons they know are defective and primarily harm civilians. While the world's largest weapons manufacturer enjoys record profits, local residents are calling for Lockheed Martin to stop making cluster bombs, compensate victims or leave MontgomeryCounty. Montgomery county residents want Bethesda and MontgomeryCounty to be known as a community of health, hope and peace, not home to the worlds leading merchant of death.

CONTACT: Larry 240-888-8947; Steve 571-221-4120; or Victor 301-346-6501
stopclusterbombs@yahoo.com

*December 24th, 2006:3rd Annual There Is No Peace in Bethlehem Silent Procession

Our presence will remind holiday shoppers there will never be peace in Bethlehem while Palestinians are living under Israeli military occupation.
We will gather at the southwest entrance to Union Square, Geary and Powell Streets, San Francisco. Please tell your family and friends, as we would like as many people as possible to join us. Please bring a candle.
Please join us Sunday, December 24, 4:30–6:00 p.m., for a candlelight gathering.

For more information, please email: thereisnopeaceinbethlehem@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: Community Action for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Friends of Deir Ibzi’a, Bay Area Women in Black, SF Women in Black, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee–SF, and General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS)—San Francisco State University.

*December 28th, 2006: Panel Discussion at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

Thursday, December 28th 2006, 7:30pm - 10:30pm (Session GVI-4) Marriot Wardman Park Hotel, WashingtonD.C.
2660 Woodley Road, NW.
For Conference Program, see:

http://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/publications/proceedings/v80n1/public/default.asp
Chair: Raja Halwani (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Speaker: Lawrence Davidson (West ChesterUniversity)
Title: "Assessing the Academic Boycott: History and Impact"
Speaker: Mohammed Abed (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Title: "Philosophical Arguments for a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions"
Speaker: Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
Title: "Arguments against Academic Boycotts"

*PACBI Press Release: John Berger Calls for a Cultural Boycott

John Berger and 93 other authors, film-makers, musicians and performers call for a cultural boycott of Israel

Press Release

RamallahDecember 15, 2006

http://www.pacbi.org/announcements_more.php?id=415_0_5_0_M

PACBI is pleased to announce that in a letter that appears in today's Guardian, the 94, including the renowned author John Berger; UK musicians and song-writers Brian Eno and Leon Rosselson; filmmakers Sophie Fiennes, Elia Suleiman and Haim Bresheeth; documentary maker Jenny Morgan; singer Reem Kelani; writers Arundhati Roy, Ahdaf Soueif, and Eduardo Galeano, call on their colleagues not to visit, exhibit or perform in Israel.

The letter comes after the August 2006 statement issued by Palestinian filmmakers, artists, writers, and other cultural workers calling for a cultural boycott of Israel. The statement can be viewed at:

http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=315_0_1_0_C

* January 11th, 2007: The Ground Truth by MASS MoCA

This timely portrait of patriotic young Americans who served in Iraq includes stunning footage of recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The film somehow renders the ferocious military conflict and the challenges faced by those returning home as equally terrible dramas. An important and deeply affecting piece of cinema.
For tickets, call the box office at 413-662-2111, or visit us online at www.massmoca.org.
Club B-10, Thursday, 8:00 PM
MASS MoCA

87 Marshall St. NorthAdams Massachusetts 01247
Conntact: Katherine Myers; katherine@massmoca.org; http://www.massmoca.org

* The Palestine Freedom Project is seeking interns, for academic credit or stipend, for Spring 2007.Interns will join existing volunteers in conducting critical research, developing resources, and expanding PFP's international activist network.These positions offer significant opportunities for personal and professional development as interns gain hands-on grassroots organizing experience.For more information on internships with PFP, visit www.pfproject.org/intern.html.

* As we approach December and the Holiday Season, Zatoun wishes to remind you that they are stocked with Olive Oil and ready to fill your orders.

Support the farmers of Palestine in the struggle for their livelihood and land. Farmers are paid fair trade prices through Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA). One dollar of each bottle sold is given to Trees for Life, a program to plant 35,000 olive seedlings in Palestine. An additional one dollar will go to help support Project Hope, an independent, grassroots effort to bring the expressive arts (painting, drawing, music and drama) as a means to help heal and contribute to young people in Palestine.


7. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

*Spring – Fall 2007 Schedule: March 17th -31st; May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; November 3rd-17th: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations 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 (middleeast@forusa.org )

* June 2nd – 20th, 2007: Zajel International Voluntary Work Camp

An-NajahNationalUniversity is pleased to invite youth and adults up to 35, to take part in the “Step in the right direction” summer work camp. This project has been designed to provide international students and professionals the opportunity to meet and discuss the Middle East conflict, share ideas, enhance practical skills, foster relationships, and give assistance to members of the Palestinian community.

The international summer work camp, “Step in the right direction”, will bring together 25 young people from around the world who are interested in helping create a better world. We are specifically targeting people who are working with organizations led by young people that address humanitarian issues and social justice. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious young men and women to apply.

For more information, please click here (http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2007/announcing.htm)

*Volunteer in Tel Rumeida!

Tel Rumeida Project is an organization solely for work purposes (i.e. it is not an organization for its own sake.) Therefore, volunteers are expected to be able to function well with instruction and independently. Volunteers will be working in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida, Hebron, keeping a presence on the streets to prevent against settler attacks and soldier/police harassment of the Palestinian residents who live in the neighborhood. For more information, please see http://www.telrumeidaproject.org/Volunteer.html



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