Occupation End Notes | November 22, 2006
Volume 4 number 4


In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Noura Erakat speaks in Albuquerque, NM; Action Alert on Pres. Jimmy Carter’s New Book; Call for an anti-Apartheid logo; 2007 Palestinian Art Calendars

2.Membership Update: US Campaign Participates in Historic Apartheid Conference Organized by the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights; Rebuilding Alliance and Stop AIPAC Need Your Help

3. Resources & Education: Institute for Palestinian Studies Policy Notes; Bill Fletcher speaks at the Palestine Center; Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation Discussion; MPAC Conference; Palestine Freedom Project Intern Announcement; Jimmy Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid book release; The Jerusalem Fund Job Opening; My Name is Rachel Corrie has been extended!

4. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-International Delegations; Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

* November 17th -24th, 2006: Noura Erakat, the US Campaign’s National Grassroots Organizer/Legal Advocate, successfully completed an organizing tour in Albuquerque, NM and spoke at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, four masses, and the University of New Mexico.She also spoke with the local Palestinian community and activists in Albuquerque.

 * 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.

* We are putting out a call to our members and supporters to design an anti-Apartheid logo to put on t-shirts, posters, buttons, and bumper stickers. The design of the logo should be a unique expression of Israel’s Apartheid policies and their effects on Palestinians.Member organizations of the US Campaign adopted an anti-Apartheid framework to guide the upcoming work of the coalition at the last annual conference in September.The winner will receive a free Palestine: A Guide book by Mariam Shahin and a free End the Occupation T-Shirt.

Please send your designs to office@endtheoccupation.org by December 1, 2006.

 * 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 Dec. 18 for delivery before Christmas.


2.MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

* US Campaign Participates in Historic Apartheid Conference Organized by the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights

Report from Nancy Murray, US Campaign Advisory Board Member

“BEYOND APARTHEID” CONFERENCE BREAKS NEW GROUND

On November 19 at NortheasternUniversityLawSchool in Boston, a capacity crowd of 250 people took part in what both speakers and audience members described as an “historic” event.“Beyond Apartheid in Israel/Palestine: The Reality on the Ground & Lessons from South Africa” may not be the first to put Israel’s policies towards Palestinians within an apartheid framework – the student divestment movement has already staked out this territory.But it is probably the first in the US to have brought together people spanning such different generations, ethnicities, and affiliations to focus on building a movement against Israeli apartheid.Their enthusiasm and the energy in the room led HaifaUniversity professor Ilan Pappe to declare that “the anti-apartheid movement in America is founded today in Boston.”

Occurring in the week that saw the publication of former President Jimmy Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, and the release in the US of Pappe’s watershed book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, the conference examined why Israel’s policies towards Palestinians are apartheid policies.It explored the role activists can play to respond to the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and to help create the kind of pressure needed to move the region “beyond apartheid.” The stage was set for connecting struggles by the opening remarks by Boston City Council Chuck Turner, an African American who has been in the forefront of the civil rights movement and anti-apartheid movement in Boston.Talks by Ilan Pappe, Palestinian analysts Omar Barghouti and Leila Farsakh, and US Campaign Steering Committee members Felicia Eaves of Black Voices for Peace and David Wildman of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries were followed by workshop sessions examining the practical implications of adopting the apartheid framework, the opportunity it offers for reaching new constituencies, and how campus activism and the existing Caterpillar campaign can be moved forward. After the dynamic plenary and workshop sessions, the conference was brought to a close by one of the audience members - Brian Avery, who, in April 2003, as a 24 year-old ISM volunteer from Albuquerque, was shot in the face by Israeli soldiers.His courage and abiding commitment provided a shot of adrenalin at the end of a long day.

“Beyond Apartheid” was organized by the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights and students from the Northeastern University Law School National Lawyers Guild chapter.A DVD of the event should be available shortly.


 * Rebuilding Alliance and Stop AIPAC need your help!

We need just 30 more signatures to run our ad in the SF Bay Guardian to say, "AIPAC Does NOT Speak for US". Media critic Norman Solomon signed, so did Father Bill O'Donnell of St. Joseph the Worker. Peace activist Starhawk signed, so did Raphael Sperry from Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility. Holocaust survivor Annette Herskovits signed - will you join her?
We need to raise $637 more dollars to run the ad (raise more, and we run the ad in more papers.) To sign the ad, click here.

We need to hear from you no later than Thursday November 23rd to meet the deadline and get this ad in the Nov. 29th issue of the SF Bay Guardian.


3. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

*November 9th, 2006: Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Notes 9 & 10 Release:

Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Notes 9&10 Looking Back, Looking Forward: Lessons from the 109th Congress on the Palestinian-Israeli ConflictWashington, D.C.9 November 2006.
The 109th United States Congress reconvenes for a lame-duck session after the November 7 elections - its last before the Democratic Party takes control in January 2007. How did the 109th Congress deal with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during its 2005-6 term?
How closely did the Congressional agenda follow the pro-Israel lobby agenda, and which Members of Congress led that field? What are the opportunities for peace when the 110th Congress convenes, a particularly urgent task given the bloodshed and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the fallout of the summer's war in Lebanon, and the shift to the right in Israel? Institute researcher Brian Wood and senior fellow Nadia Hijab sift through the Congressional record for some preliminary answers in this special double issue of Policy Notes.

* December 1st, 2006: The Palestine Center invites you to a briefing on "Two Walled Cities: Jerusalem and Johannesburg, Apartheid and Palestine" with Mr. William Fletcher, Former President, TransAfrica Forum.

While Palestinians are slowly being kept out of Jerusalem due to a concrete Wall that is rapidly being built, Black South Africans were forced out of Johannesburg at the end of each day. Although no concrete Wall existed around Johannesburg, South Africa's apartheid system, which did not allow Blacks to live in the city, served the same purpose as Israel's separation Wall in Jerusalem, also known as the Jerusalem envelope.
Friday, December 1, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., The PalestineCenter, Washington, DC

* December 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, 7 p.m.

HowardCountyCentral Library
10375 Little Patuxent ParkwayColumbiaMaryland21044

Contact: Joanne Heisel; joanne_kh@comcast.net

*December 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 Future."

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.org or 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, visit www.pfproject.org/intern.html.

* "Democrats Ignore Subjugation of Palestinians in Vilifying Carter’s Book" By Michael F. Brown

President 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.

* 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.

* “My Name is Rachel Corrie” has been extended at the MinettaLaneTheater in Greenwich Village!

As witnessed earlier this year through the swell of controversy surrounding the production, MyName is Rachel Corrie is a truly unprecedented theatrical event and a rare opportunity to experience Rachel’s personal courage through her own words. And for those of us who are committed to a just and peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, this play is a must see. Supporting truthful representations of the Palestinian reality in the US will open the door to more of these emerging projects…which will broaden the discussion and strengthen the “conventional wisdom” to push for a lasting resolution. Please lend your voices of support by attending this limited run!

Visit Ticketmaster and enter the promotional code RCRACH2 for $45 tickets. With new actress Bree Elrod and a very spirited Talk Back panel discussion featuring Afif Safieh, Head of the PLO Mission in Washington, Daniel Levy from the Century Foundation and actor/director Alan Rickman. Please come!


4. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

* December 27th, 2006-January 7th, 2007: Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The 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 (ffippusa@comcast.net )

*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 )

*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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