Occupation End Notes | December 8, 2006
Volume 4 Number 5
1. US Campaign Update US Campaign Participates in UN Day
of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; Action Alert on Pres. Jimmy Carter’s
New Book; 2007 Palestinian Art Calendars
2. Legislative Update: US Campaign Calls for Veto of
Palestinian Sanctions Bill; US Campaign Launches 109th
Congressional Report Card!
3. Legal Update: Moshe
Ya'alon Flees New Zealand
4. Boycott, Divestment,
banks divest from Israel
5.Membership Update: TheCoalition
for Justice and Accountability’s December 8th Protest in Washington, DC; Christian
Peacemaker Teams Job Announcement; UFPJ’s “Bring the Mandate for Peace to WashingtonDC”
March; The Jerusalem Fund Job Announcement; Florida Palestine Solidarity Network updates its resource page
6. Resources &
Goodman interviews Jimmy Carter; Bill Fletcher Jr on the Apartheid Wall; Mohammed
Omer direct from Gaza; Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli
Occupation: Prospects for Human Rights in Palestine;
MPAC Conference; The Ground Truth by MASS MoCA; Palestine
Freedom Project Intern Announcement; Zatoun’s Olive Oil ready for deliveries; Michael Brown on Jimmy Carter’s book; National Brand
Index survey ranks Israel as lowest
7. Opportunities to Visit
Israel and Palestine: Faculty
for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-International Delegations; Interfaith
Peace-Builders Delegations; Zajel International Volunteer Work camp; Volunteer
in Tel Rumeida
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Campaign Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator Josh Ruebner gave a speech to the UN
General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights for the
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29.
view a video recording of the speech by clicking here.You’ll need Real Player to view the
video.Ruebner’s speech begins at
the clip.You can also read a summary of
the speech by clicking
* 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
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.
* The US 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!Order by December 18th for delivery before Christmas.
* The US
Campaign is calling upon President Bush to veto S.2370, the “Palestinian
Anti-Terrorism Act”, which passed the House of Representatives yesterday by
Voice Vote.The vote clears the way for
this draconian sanctions bill to be signed into law.Click here for
an action alert to tell the President to veto this bill. Act now!
* The US
Campaign is pleased to announce the launch of its on-line version of the 109th
Congressional Report Card.
PLEASE NOTE that due to IRS regulations on
advocacy, only members of the US Campaign should access the Congressional
Report Card. Members are defined as groups or individuals who contribute more
than a nominal amount of time or money to the US Campaign. If you fit this
definition, then you can access the password-protected Congressional Report
Card by clicking
here and entering "report" for the user name and "card"
for the password.
card scores Senators on 10 pieces of key legislation (3 positive, 7 negative).
Representatives are scored on 14 pieces of key legislation (3 positive, 11
here to access the guide to legislation and scoring.
key pieces of legislation scored are the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, the
UNRWA Integrity Act, resolutions dealing with the Palestinian Authority
presidential and legislative elections, the status of Jerusalem and refugees, and much more.
card also features a Hall
of Fame and Hall of Shame for both the House of Representatives and the
Senate. Leading the House Hall of Fame is Rep. Jim McDermott-D (WA-7) with a
score of +9. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen-R (FL-18) headed the House Hall of Shame
with a whopping score of -18. In the Senate, several Senators (Robert Byrd-D
(WV), Lincoln Chafee-R (RI), Patrick Leahy-D (VT), Carl Levin-D (MI), and John
Sununu-R (NH)) tied for top honors in the Hall of Fame with a score of +1.
Senators Sam Brownback-R (KS), Rick Santorum-R (PA), and Gordon Smith-R (OR)
tied for top billing in the Hall of Shame with a score of -9.
The US Campaign
would like to thank Paul Costic,
Advocacy Intern, for doing a phenomenal job producing the 109th Congressional
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General (res.) Moshe Ya'alon
left New Zealand
this week in the wake of a warrant issued for his arrest for suspected war
warrant names Ya'alon for ordering an Israel Air Force attack on the home of
senior Hamas official Salah Shehada in the Gaza Strip in 2002. The attack
killed Shehada and 14 civilians, including eight children.
* Dutch bank divests
holdings in J'lem light rail, cites settlements(http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/795387.html)
bank has decided to divest itself of its holdings in a French company that is
participating in building Jerusalem's light rail
system, on the grounds that the project "is not in line with the United
Nation's demand to stop all support for Israel's settlement
5. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
December 8th, 2006: The Coalition
for Justice and Accountability: Protest Israeli Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s
Racism and Support for Ethnic Cleansing.
the protest Friday December 8th from at 1775 Massachusetts Ave, Washington,
DC organized by the Coalition
for Justice and Accountability.
Christian Peacemaker Teams’
Job Announcement for Palestine
Team Support Coordinator
has a three-quarter-time opening for a Palestine Project Support Coordinator to
serve its teams in Hebron
and At-Tuwani. The Project Support Coordinator also serves as a member of the
CPT Support Team, and is accountable to the Co-Director.
of interest, and nominations of suitable persons, are invited immediately, and
will be accepted up until December 20, 2006. The
search will be extended and broadened if a candidate with the required qualifications
is not found. Should this happen, the position may be filled on an interim
* January 27th,
2007: UFPJ’s Bring the
Mandate for Peace to WashingtonDC Rally and March
Join United for Peace and Justice and the
US Campaign in a massive march on Washington,
D.C., on Saturday, January 27, to
call on Congress to take immediate action to end the war.
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!
* The Jerusalem Fund for Education and
Community Development, a 501(c)(3)-registered private non-profit
organization based in Washington,
DC, announces a position
available as Program Assistant.
The Program Assistant serves as an assistant to the Executive Director, the
Assistant Director and Cultural Coordinator, the Publications Manager and the
Accounts Associate. The assistant handles administrative and program support
tasks related to the smooth and efficient functioning of the office and events
on a day-to-day basis. For a full job description and instructions on how to
apply, please visit our website at: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/staff.php or email your
cover letter and résumé to Jessica Wright, Assistant Director, at (email@example.com)
or mail to:The Jerusalem Fund, Attn:
Jessica Wright, 2425 Virginia
Avenue NW, Washington, DC20037.
The Florida Palestine Solidarity
Network, a member organization of the U.S. Campaign
to End the Israeli Occupation, continues to update its Resources page. Visit
the page at the FPSN homepage: http://www.flpalsolidarity.com.
extensive collection of more than 100 resources features downloadable fliers
and booklets, maps, reports, news articles and films. Resources are divided
into 26 subject areas, including General History, Divestment, FAQs & Myths,
and U.S. Foreign Policy & the Israel Lobby.
6. RESOURCES &
* November 30th, 2006: Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman
Interviews Jimmy Carter In His Own Words
U.S. President Jimmy Carter is accusing Israel
of creating an apartheid system in the West Bank and Gaza. The charge comes in his new book "Palestine: Peace Not
Apartheid." We play an address by Carter talking about the
Palestine-Israel conflict, the role of the United States and much more. Carter
says, "Palestinians are deprived of basic human rights, their land has
been occupied, then confiscated, then colonized by the Israeli settlers."
[includes rush transcript]. Read or listen to the interview by clicking here (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/30/1452225)
3rd, 2006: William
Fletcher: “Israel is a Rabid State!”
Hughes | Baltimore
Israel and the Apartheid-era South Africa regime have a lot in
common, said William Fletcher. They are both “settler states,” who created
myths that God had given them “the land,” and that the land “was unoccupied
upon arrival.” They also both portrayed themselves as “victims” and their
aggressions as a “defensive act.” Fletcher said: “Israel is a rabid state,” which is
capable of a maniacal act, like “unleashing a nuclear weapon."
11th, 2006:Rafah Today: Mohammed Omer Direct from Gaza
Mohammed Omer, 22, was born and raised in Rafah refugee camp in the southern
Gaza Strip. His writings and photographs of life in Gaza have appeared in dozens of newspapers
and magazines worldwide including the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
BBC, and Agence France-Presse.
Please join us for an important update on life under occupation in Gaza with Mohammed Omer.
The Women's Building, Audre Lorde Room 3543 18th Street San Francisco, CA
Contact: MECA; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Mohammed's tour is sponsored by the Washington
Report on Middle East Affairs. Event sponsored by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of San
Francisco (ADC-SF) and the Middle
East Children's Alliance (MECA)http://www.mecaforpeace.org
13th, 2006: Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli
Occupation: Prospects for Human Rights in Palestine
In honor of
International Human Rights Day, Steven L. Strauss will discuss the roots of
injustice in Palestine/Israel, the dynamics of the current conflicts, the
problems created by Zionism for both Jews and Palestinians, and the social
forces that could lead to a way out of the apparently endless fighting. Wednesday, HowardCountyCentral Library
10375 Little Patuxent ParkwayColumbiaMaryland21044 Columbia, Maryland
Contact: Joanne Heisel; email@example.com
16th, 2006: The Muslim Public Affairs Council
will hold its sixth annual convention in Long Beach, CA, to address the subject
of "Reform, Relevance and Renewal: Understanding Islam for the
The day-long event, which expects
to draw over 2,000 attendees, will feature prominent speakers including the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa
Ceric,and internationally acclaimed journalistRobert Fisk, author of “The Great War for Civilization: The
Conquest of the Middle East” (2005).
For program details and to purchase
your ticket online today for MPAC's 6th Annual Convention, go to www.mpac.orgor call (213) 383-3443
* 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,
Ignore Subjugation of Palestinians in Vilifying Carter’s Book" By
Michael F. Brown
Jimmy Carter’s courageous new book, Palestine:
Peace Not Apartheid, is due on bookstore shelves November 14, 2006. In it, Carter
reportedly states, “Israel’s
continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary
obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement.” As a result of such excerpts –
and the title itself – Democrats in the U.S. Congress made significant efforts
in October to distance themselves from their former leader who nevertheless
maintains his standing as the conscience of the party. Several have publicly
lambasted him and in doing so shown a profound disregard for basic facts
pertaining to Israel’s
subjugation of millions of Palestinians.
Brand Index: "Israel
is ranked last by every country, including the Americans" - Pariah state
vulnerable to boycott campaigns
Brand Index surveys a regular list of 35 nations, with Israel added to
the list for the first time for this survey and analysis.Israel came in at the bottom of the
ranking in almost every question.
original report, a must-read for all supporters of Palestine: go to http://www.nationbrandindex.com and
download NBI Q3 2006 Report.See such
gems as: Israel’s government recently announced it
would undertake a branding campaign
negative brand ever measured by NBI
at the bottom of the ranking on almost every question
ranked last by every (country) panel, including the Americans…on how willing
people are to live and work there
27th, 2006-January 7th, 2007: Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian
Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-International (FFIPP-I) runs fabulous
trips every 6 months which are organized by Israeli leftists who teach in the
United States and have close ties to many people in the Palestinian communities
of the West Bank as well as Gaza and the Israeli left, middle and right. For more information, contact FFIPP directly by phone
(413-253-0676) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
*Spring – Fall 2007 Schedule: March 17th -31st; May 26th-June
9th; July 28th-August 11th; November 3rd-17th:
Peace-Builders Delegations to Israel/Palestine
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 )
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.
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.
information, please click here (http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2007/announcing.htm)
*Volunteer in Tel Rumeida!
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,
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policies that sustain Israel's
39-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and that deny equal rights for all.