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Occupation End Notes | November 9, 2006
Volume 4 Number 3

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Week of action against Apartheid Wall begins today; Action alert on Gaza attacks; Call for an anti-Apartheid logo; 2007 Palestinian Art Calendars

2.Membership Update: New Member Groups: Friends of Jesus Church

3. Resources & Education: Release of Catch a Fire; Red Cross steps up campaign against cluster bombs; Resist the Wall! Workshop and March; Events in the Chicago Area; Jimmy Carterís Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid book release

4. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange; Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

* Today begins the 4th annual global week of action against Israelís Apartheid Wall in the West Bank.The week of action, lasting November 9-16, was called for by Stop the Wall: The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and endorsed by the US Campaign.Click here to view events happening around the world.If youíre organizing an event in the United States, be sure to post it on our on-line calendar as well by clicking here.

* Take action to protest Israelís attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.Click here to view a US Campaign action alert with ideas for what you can do to protest.

* 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 Israelís 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!


2.MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation would like to welcome to the coalition:

Friends of Jesus Church


3. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

* Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History, Second Edition by Samih Faroun and Naseer Aruri

Palestine and the Palestinians is a sweeping social, economic, ideological, and political history of the Palestinian people, from antiquity to the Road Map to Peace. This second edition is thoroughly revised and updated, including entirely new chapters on the most current issues confronting Palestine today, including: Palestinians in Israel; the Oslo Accords and the Second Intifada; Palestinian refugees and the right to return; Jerusalem; the diplomatic "peace process" and two-state/single-state solutions.

July 25th, 2006
Paperback
US $36.00
CAN $43.50
UK £20.99
0813343364
Published by Westview Press

* November 3rd, 2006: The film "Catch a Fire," about resistance to South African apartheid, opened at theaters on Friday.

It stars Tim Robbins and Derek Luke, and has gotten pretty good reviews. QUIT! (Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism) has produced a flier to hand out at theaters where the film is showing. The leaflet quotes the statement from Bishop Desmond Tutu making the parallel between Israel/Palestine and South Africa and urging a campaign of divestment and boycott against Israel.

You can download the flier (in Word or HTML formats) at:

http://www.quitpalestine.org/actions/DivestCampaign-new.htm#catchafire

Please tell others who might be interested in doing this.

In San Francisco the film is playing at the AMC 1000 and the Kabuki. In Oakland it's playing at Jack London Square and Bay Street Cinemas.

* November 6th, 2006 | IHT: Red Cross steps up campaign against cluster bombs, urges ban:

The international Red Cross demanded Monday that the world immediately stop using cluster bombs because the indiscriminate civilian deaths caused by the weapons far outweigh any possible military advantages.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was stepping up its campaign against the weapons because of Israel's unprecedented use of the scattershot bombs during its month long war with Lebanon. Russia and the United States also have resisted moves to eliminate the weapons.

To read more, please click herehttp://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/06/europe/EU_GEN_Red_Cross_Cluster_Bombs.php

* November 9th and 13th, 2006: Legal Implications of Israel's Apartheid Wall - Education Table
Thursday, November 9th 2006 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Washington, DC

We will set up an educational display table and hand out fact sheets to students, faculty and staff at the Washington College of Law on Thursday, November 9 and Monday, November 13

Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016
Huwaida Arraf: sjp@wcl.american.edu

Sponsored By: Society for Justice in Palestine at the WashingtonCollege of Law

* November 11th, 2006: Resist the Apartheid Walls! Workshop and March in New York City

In conjunction with the International Week Against the Apartheid Wall called by Stop the Wall: Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, the Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East asks you to join them in New York City in a Workshop and March. For more information, please visit www.mideastjustice.org or email justiceME@gmail.com.

* November 11th Ė 19th, 2006:November brings to the Chicago area a number of very engaging events related to Palestine/Israel.

All the details are below. Please try to attend as many as you can:

Susan Nathanís "The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide"; Saturday, November 11, 2006, 2:00pm;Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Chicago
Sponsored by Not In My Name/Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
www.nimn.org; info@nimn.org; Phone: 312/409-4845

"Breaking the Silence": A documentary film screening and talk by two former Israeli Defense Forces soldiers; Sunday, November 12, 2006; 2:00pm; Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsored by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
www.cjpip.org; JustPeace1@aol.com; Phone: 312/427-2533x19

Ali Abunimah speaks about Middle East situation, new book; Wednesday, November 15; 7.30pm; North Park University, Hamming Hall, Foster and Kedzie Avenues (For directions visit www.northpark.edu.)
For more information, see http://www.northpark.edu/centers/mideast/?page=calendar

"Voices of the Palestinian Struggle: Using Creative Nonviolence to Resist Occupation" by Mohammed Khatib and Firyal Abu Haikal; Saturday, November 18, 2006; 2:30pm; Maze Branch Library, 845 S. Gunderson, Oak Park
Sponsored by Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (www.cjpip.org) and American Friends Service Committee

U.S. tour organized by the International Solidarity Movement (www.palsolidarity.org)
www.cjpip.org; JustPeace1@aol.com; Phone: 312/427-2533x19

Come see El-Funoun, the stunning dance group widely recognized as playing one of the most significant roles in reviving and reinvigorating Palestinian dance and music folklore.El-Funoun performances are colorful, inspiring, and one of a kind - don't miss this opportunity to see them live.
Sunday, November 19; 7:00 pm; The Center for Performing Arts; Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60466
For Tickets Directly from Box Office call 708-235-2222 Or visit www.centertickets.net
Co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee

* November 14th, 2006: Jimmy Carterís much anticipated book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is released

In this book, President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.
Price: $27.00
Simon & Schuster, November 2006
Hardcover, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0-7432-8502-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-8502-5


4. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

* December 3rd -13th, 2006: Global Exchange

Global Exchange delegations to Palestine and Israel strive to further the US publicís understanding of the regionís realities by giving people first-hand experiences of what life under Occupation is like. By meeting with people from various sectors of Palestinian and Israeli society, you hear the most recent and direct accounts of current events and explore the historical and political perspectives that divide the two peoples. Join a delegation to become a more effective media spokesperson for a justUS foreign policy in the region, to become a better informed community or student advocate, or to more effectively speak to your Members of Congress with first-hand testimonials. For a detailed delegation itinerary and an application, contact Global Exchange directly by phone (toll-free 1-800-497-1994 ext. 251) or email (sanaz@globalexchange.org ).

* 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 Ė 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 )


Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter, designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at office@endtheoccupation.org . For any other inquiries, please email us_campaign@endtheoccupation.org.

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