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Occupation End Notes | October 26, 2006
Volume 4 Number 2

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: New Merchandise; Noura Erakat in NYC

2. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Update: US Campaign Steering Committee Members to Speak at Beyond Apartheid in Israel/Palestine Talk at Northeastern University Law School, Boston; Press Release from IMRI on Anglican Church’s Call for Divestment; Announcement from IPSC on Tramline Forced to Cancel Israeli Deal

3.Membership Update: ADC Asks Whether You Have Been Denied Entry to Palestine or Israel; Women In Black – Los Angeles’ Letter to Ask the Israeli Symphony to Denounce Israeli Occupation; Palestine Freedom Project’s Fall/Winter announcements; 2007 Sabeel Regional Conference in Cleveland, OH

4. Resources & Education: US Campaign Asks Its Members to Join the 4th National & International Week Against the Apartheid Wall: November 9th-16th, 2006; New Publication from The Palestine Center by Gwynne Skinner Entitled “War Crimes Litigation in US Courts: The Caterpillar Case”; “A Little Peace of Ground” by Elizabeth Laird; Al-Funoun tours USA; PAUSE – Palestine Action Union Square Vigils in NYC


1.US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

NEW MERCHANDISE

We have added new merchandise to our website which includes the 2007 Colors from Palestine Calendar by Resistance Art and Mariam Shahin’s Palestine: A Guide. Please check them out by clicking here.

US CAMPAIGN’S NOURA ERAKAT IN NEW YORK

The US Campaign’s National Grassroots Organizer & Legal Advocate, Noura Erakat, is in New York City this week at speaking engagements at the Brecht Forum, NYULawSchool, and NYU.

Noura participated in a roundtable and workshop at the Brecht Forum on October 24th entitled Palestine and Lebanon: A Primer for Activists. It covered the historical background needed to understand and respond to important issues and addressed some of the most frequently asked questions that activists are confronted with in the US while talking about Palestine and Lebanon.

In case you missed her, she will be presenting Thursday, October 26th at MELSA and NYU NLG’s Universal Jurisdiction: Holding Israel Accountable in US Courts and attending the screening and discussion of SUMMER 2006: Lebanon, Palestine, Israel A Town Hall: Testimonies, Images, and Discussion.

See below for details.

* MELSA AND NYU NLG PRESENT UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION: HOLDING ISRAEL ACCOUNTABLE IN US COURTS

Universal Jurisdiction

Holding Israel Accountable in US Courts

The cases against Avi Dichter and Moshe Ya'alon

With Noura Erakat (US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation)

Thursday, October 26, 5:00 PM

204 Vanderbuilt Hall 214

While national courts have traditionally only prosecuted people accused of crimes committed in their territory, under international law states can enact national laws that will allow their national courts to investigate and, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, prosecute any person who enters their territory suspected of certain crimes, regardless of where the crime was committed and the nationality of the accused and the victim. Universal jurisdiction can apply to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, extrajudicial execution and "disappearances" as the most serious crimes under international law as well as to ordinary crimes under national law such as murder, abduction, assault and rape.

Matar v. Dichter- On December 8, 2005, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the PalestinianCenter for Human Rights (PCHR) brought a class action lawsuit against Avi Dichter, the former Director of Israel's General Security Service (GSS), on behalf of the Palestinians who were killed or injured in a 2002 air strike in Gaza. The attack occurred just before midnight on July 22, 2002, when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) dropped a one-ton bomb on al-Daraj, a residential neighborhood in GazaCity in the OccupiedPalestinianTerritory.

Belhas v. Ya'alon - On December 15, 2005, in New York, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) served process papers on Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Ya'alon, former Head of the Intelligence Branch and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), for war crimes and other human rights violations. The class action lawsuit is in connection with the hundreds of civilian deaths and injuries in the 1996 shelling of a United Nations compound in Qana, in the south of Lebanon. The charges include war crimes, extrajudicial killing, crimes against humanity, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Noura Erakat is a Palestinian-American lawyer and legal-activist.  Upon graduating from Boalt Hall Law school at UC Berkeley, she received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.   She has worked with Adalah: The Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel Proper, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and refugee camps throughout the West Bank and Lebanon.   She is currently a national organizing committee member of AMWAJ, Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice and is a founding member of the Divestment Support Committee.

* NYU STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE, ACTIONS WEDNESDAYS AGAINST THE WAR, & LEFT TURN PRESENT: SUMMER 2006: LEBANON, PALESTINE, ISRAEL. A TOWN HALL: TESTIMONIES, IMAGES, AND DISCUSSION

Thursday at 7 at NYU campus-wide

SUMMER 2006:

Lebanon, Palestine, Israel
A Town Hall:
Testimonies, Images, and Discussion


with Rasha Salti, Bassam Haddad, Noura Erakat, and Sherene Seikaly
Screening and Discussion: Maya Mikdashi

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Silver Building Rm. 714/ 100 Washington Square East, NYU
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Free Event, Photo I.D. required


Sponsored by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, with Action Wednesdays Against the War and Left Turn. For more info: nyusjp2003@yahoo.com


Rasha Salti is a curator and free-lance writer, working and living between New York City and Beirut. She has collaborated on the organization of a number of festivals and international artistic manifestations:, «Image-Quest» (Beirut, 1995), and Ashkal Alwan, «Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices» (Beirut, 2003 and 2005). She is the director of CinemaEast Film Festival New York City and writes on artistic practice as well as politics in the Arab world.

Bassam Haddad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at St. Joseph’s University and Visiting Adjunct Professor at GeorgetownUniversity. Bassam is founding Editor at the Arab Studies Journal, co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and is currently working on his first book on Syria’s political economy and directing a film series on “Arabs and Terrorism.”

Noura Erakat is a legal-activist and the National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  She is currently a national organizing committee member of AMWAJ, Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice and is a founding member of the Divestment Support Committee.

Maya Mikdashi is a PhD student in Anthropology at ColumbiaUniversity.  She is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and is currently working with Quilting Point Production on the film series on “Arabs and Terrorism.”

Sherene Seikaly is a PhD candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies at New YorkUniversity. She is Co-Editor at the Arab Studies Journal, and  an organizer at NYU Students for Justice in Palestine and GSOC-UAW 2110.


2. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS UPDATE

*THE NORTHEASTERN UNIVERISTY SCHOOL OF LAW, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD CHAPTER, & BOSTON COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS PRESENT:

Beyond Apartheid in Israel/Palestine: The Reality on the Ground & Lessons from South Africa

When: Sunday, November 19th, 2006
          1:00 to 6:00 PM

Where: Northeastern UniversityLawSchool
           Room 97

           400-416 Huntington Avenue (AsaS.KnowlesCenter)
           Downtown Boston (on the Green Line, “E” branch)

OMAR BARGHOUTI

Palestinian analyst, activist and author

FELICIA EAVES

Social and environmental activist; chair, Black Voices for Peace

LEILA FARSAKH

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UMass/Boston; publications include Palestinian Labor Migration

ILAN PAPPE

Senior Lecturer of Political Science, HaifaUniversity in Israel; publications include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

DAVID WILDMAN

Author of “Why Divestment? Why Now?” (The Link); United Methodist Church General Board of Ministries and many more...

On July 9, 2005, the first anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling on the illegality of Israel’s Wall, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations issued a Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to be directed against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights. This conference will examine why Israel’s policies towards Palestinians are apartheid policies, and why they have been termed by some South Africans as “worse than apartheid.” The event will explore the role activists can play to respond to the Palestinian Call for BDS, and to help create the kind of pressure that will be needed to move the region “beyond apartheid.”

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hosted by the Northeastern UniversitySchool of Law National Lawyers Guild Chapter

Contact Yuri (617) 888 9540; yygott@yahoo.com

Co-sponsor: Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights Tel. (617) 491-2313; (703) 622 9151.

* PRESS RELEASE: ANGLICAN PARISH DISINVEST FROM THE CENTRAL BOARD OF FINANCE OVER CATERPILLAR SHARES

October 16th, 2006

The Interfaith Group for Morally Responsible Investment (IMRI)

An Anglican parish has taken the radical decision to withdraw £140,000 from the Church of England's Central Board of Finance investment account. The unanimous decision by Virginia Water PCC, in the Diocese of Guildford, was taken because the CBF has refused to implement a decision by the General Synod of the Church of England in February to heed the call from the sister church of Jerusalem and the Middle East and disinvest from companies such as Caterpillar which are profiting from Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine. Caterpillar D9 bulldozers are the principle weapon being used by the Israeli military to destroy civilian homes, farms and businesses in Palestine.

The vicar, the Rev Dr Stephen Sizer, insisted, "This is not an attack on Israel or the Jewish people but a non-violent response to an unjust and intolerable situation. Western companies are profiting from the colonization of Palestine and construction of the illegal Separation Wall. We are simply doing what the local Church in Palestine and the General Synod has asked us to do. If the CBF will not withdraw our money from Caterpillar, then we will do it for them. We are now looking for an investment fund with a more ethically sound policy. We cannot turn our backs on our sisters and brothers in Palestine any longer. We cannot close our ears to their pleas for help. How can we profit from policies which we believe to be both threatening the viability of a Palestinian state and also damaging prospects for peace and security for the Israeli people?"

The Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer is available for telephone interviews on 00 44 7970 789549

A campaign group working for peace with justice and composed of :
Amos Trust, Interpal, Friends of Al Aqsa, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Just Peace UK, Pax Christi, Palestinian Return Centre, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, War on Want, and individuals from different church denominations.

IMRI, All Hallows on the Wall, 83 London Wall, London, EC2M 5NA
info@imri.org.uk

* IPSC: TRAMILINE FORCED TO CANCEL ISRAELI DEAL

29 August 2006 | Irish PSC 

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is delighted to announce a small but significant victory in the international struggle against Connex and the illegal Israeli tramline being built by them on occupied Palestinian territory.

Connex (who in Ireland now operate under the name Veolia) also run the "Luas", Dublin's light-rail system. The Luas has only been running for a few years and it is likely that the tramline currently being built by Connex in occupied East Jerusalem is a near identical system. For this reason, representatives from Israel had been in negotiations with Veolia Ireland to have Israeli engineers and drivers trained on the Dublin Luas, with a view to then operating the illegal tramline in Jerusalem. The
training was due to begin next month, and a contract was being finalized.

But in recent days, Veolia has been forced to cancel the proposed deal with its Israeli counterpart following pressure from Irish trade union representatives, in turn responding to overtures from the IPSC. An IPSC spokesperson stated: "This is a small but significant victory for the Palestinian right to self-determination. This tramline, like the Apartheid Wall, is an integral component of Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem. You would expect a tramline to be fairly innocuous, but the lesson is no: when you do business with Israel, you invariably do business with the Occupation.

Veolia clearly understand that there is a growing awareness of this within Irish society. People are realising that diplomacy has utterly failed to curb Israeli crimes. We must cut ties with Israel in order to force it to end its Occupation" The spokesperson further stated, "Veolia's position, however, is extraordinary. In cancelling this contract, Veolia acknowledge that the Israeli line is illegal and unsupportable. Yet it is they who are building it! The hypocrisy is inexcusable, and their attempts to deny that they bowed to pressure are laughable. Since the Minister for Transport and the Railway Procurement Agency have ultimate control over who runs the Luas, the IPSC now calls on Martin Cullen and the RPA to cancel Veolia's contract unless they cease building this illegal tramline on occupied Palestinian territory."

The tramline being built by Connex/Veolia will run between Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. The settlements, which have been built on annexed Palestinian land, are illegal under the 4th Geneva Convention, and are recognized as such by the Irish government. If completed, the Israeli tramline will permanently link Jewish-only settlements such as Pisgat Ze'ev, French Hill, Neve Ya'akov and Gilo, to
Israeli West Jerusalem, thereby cementing Israel's hold on occupied East Jerusalem, and ensuring that there can never be a Palestinian state.

The IPSC had initially learned that a delegation from Israel was in Dublin
last month to inspect the Luas. Subsequently, it has emerged that Veolia have hosted three Israeli visits to Dublin in the last eighteen months. The IPSC
will ensure that there will be no further cooperation between the Dublin Luas and the Jerusalem tram, and indeed we will step up our campaign for the Irish government to cancel Veolia's contract. However, the IPSC would also stress that we were completely unaware of the previous two visits from Israel. We thus urge solidarity campaigns, in countries where Connex operates, to contact the relevant unions and determine whether any support or assistance is being given to the Israeli tramline. Clearly, the Israeli drivers and engineers must get training from somewhere, and soon, if they are to operate this line in occupied East Jerusalem.

This campaign thus has great potential. If human rights groups and Palestinian solidarity campaigns can ensure that no country will train Israeli engineers and drivers, then perhaps we can help to "derail" this criminal project entirely.

Some information on Israel's illegal tramline and Connex's role in building
it:
[a]http://www.waronwant.org/download.php?id=443[c]War on Want report -
see p10&11[/a]
[a]http://www.euromedrights.net/english/emhrn-documents/country-reports/HR%20Review%20on%20EU%20and%20Israel%202004-2005_final_ENG.pdf
[c]Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Group report see p42,43

[/a] Contact the Irish PSC at supportpalestine@ireland.com or see
[a]
http://www.ipsc.ie/


3.MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

*ADC: HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED ENTRY TO PALESTINE OR ISRAEL? REPORT YOUR DETAILS

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) has noted increased reports which indicate Israel is discriminating against US citizens and other foreign nationals by denying them entry or re-entry into the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel.

In late September, the US Consul General in Jerusalem also acknowledged a noticeable change in the number of Israeli refusals or denial of entry cases. More than 120,000 Arab Americans are believed to be impacted by this latest Israeli policy and the Consulate is urging people to document this information. Additionally, on October 11, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "I will continue to do everything in my power…to ensure that all American travelers receive fair and equal treatment."

As such, ADC will be working with the 'Campaign for the Right of Entry/Re-Entry to the OccupiedPalestinianTerritories' (http://www.righttoenter.ps) to collect information on this troubling practice. These first hand accounts will help to document and demonstrate the impact of this discriminatory practice.

Please take the time to report your details to ADC by:

Completing the online form at: http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=2980

Alternately you may print the form located at: http://www.adc.org/Doc/Entry_Denial_Questionnaire.doc
Send completed form by fax to: 202-333-3980

Direct questions to ADC's Legal Department: 202-244-2990 or legal@adc.org

It appears that these denials fall into two categories. The first group includes US citizens and foreign nationals, either short or long term visitors wishing to visit family or conduct business, who don't hold an Israeli-issued Palestinian ID entry into or residence in Palestine. The second group includes individuals who have applied for family unification, as per Israeli-defined regulations, who have been unable to gain permanent residency. The majority of this group are Palestinian ID holders petitioning for their spouse or children to become residents in the West Bank or Gaza. Regardless of whether you fall into either of these categories, please report your case information.

* WOMEN IN BLACK LOS ANGELES ASK YOU TO ENDORSE LETTER TO ISRAELI SYMPHONY

Please sign onto this letter that Women in Black Los Angeles is sending to the Israeli Symphony. We would like them to put out a statement against the Israeli Occupation before they come to the states to perform in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The letter will be sent to them by the end of the week, so we'd love to have your group or individuals in the group endorse this letter.

Please send an email with your name, affiliation, if any, and country to WomeninBlack@gmail.com.
Thank you Greta Berlin, Women in Black Los Angeles

October --, 2006 Los Angeles, California

Dear members of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, It is with great respect for classical music in general, and for the music of the Israeli Philharmonic in particular that we, members of Women in Black, Los Angeles are writing you this letter. Some of us are Israelis now living in the US. We grew up attending concerts of the orchestra, and remember the experience with so much joy. We have the deepest appreciation for artists, musicians in this instance, and see you as being on the leading edge of Israeli society and as powerful opinion leaders in your communities.

Learning that the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing next February at the prestigious Disney Hall in Los Angeles, following other concerts in New York and San Francisco, we are inspired to ask you this: Are you willing to take a public stand to denounce the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza?

Will you call for an end to Occupation as a first step toward a viable peace, and for honest negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders? We are not just speaking from far away. Some of us have been in Israel /Palestine over the past few years. We have witnessed the Apartheid Wall, the checkpoints, and the daily humiliation and violence an entire population of Palestinians has endured for nearly forty years. Like many in Israel and the global community, we feel that this Occupation must end. And like many other groups in the United States and in Los Angeles, we hope that, as representatives of the State of Israel, you will take a public stand on this issue. The Occupation is damaging both Palestinians and Israelis, with so much suffering on both sides.

Former US President, Jimmy Carter, has recently written a book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid” due for release November 14. In his summary Carter writes:

Israel’s current policy in the territories is a system of Apartheid, with two peoples occupying the same land but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant and suppressing violence by depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights. Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.”

Imagine that the Israeli Philharmonic’s denouncement of the Occupation and call for peace and justice will have a huge positive ripple effect on Israeli society. Imagine a future where Israelis and Palestinians share the resources of their land with respect and appreciation for each others’ humanity, cultures and needs. Maybe it’s the artists and musicians who will finally bring peace and justice to Israel, Palestine and the region.

We look forward to hearing from you by November 15, 2006 regarding your stand against the Occupation. Thank you, Peace and blessings,

Women in Black, Los Angeles, Women in Black, Vienna, Austria

* THE PALESTINE FREEDOM PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS

§The Palestine Freedom Project (PFP) is offering a series of free, web-based training sessions in key activist skills from November 17th through 22nd, 2006.This series of interactive workshops will include topics such as media relations, legislative advocacy (led by the US Campaign's Josh Ruebner), and understanding the opposition.All that is needed to participate is a web browser and an internet connection.

Email pfproject@pfproject.org for details.

§Additionally, PFP is currently conducting a groundbreaking web-based needs assessment survey of Palestine solidarity organizations.The results will enable PFP to prioritize future resource and program development to address the most compelling needs of the movement.

Participants are eligible to be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 gift certificates to the Palestine Online Store.All organizations that have not yet received invitations or completed the survey, which closes on November 10th, are strongly encouraged to participate.For more information, or to request an invitation, email pfproject@pfproject.org

§The Palestine Freedom Project is also seeking interns, for academic credit or stipend, for the 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.

* SAVE THE DATES: 2007 Sabeel Regional Conference: Cleveland, OH

Hosted by the Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East

Conference Documents in PDF format available at this website: www.fosna.org

Making a Difference in Palestine, Israel and the Middle East

February 16-17, 2007

St. Joseph Center, 3430 Rocky River Dr. Cleveland, Ohio 44111

A two-day educational and advocacy conference on the conflict in Palestine-Israel and how we as American citizens can make a positive impact.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to learn first-hand, how we can help bring peace to the troubled situation in the Middle East. This conference will provide workshops for those who want basic history and information, as well as, workshops for long term advocates to network and learn ways to work towards a just peace. The conference will include: Major presentations from invited speakers; workshop sessions on history, theology, politics and advocacy; food and more!

Introductory remarks (via video) by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Confirmed Speakers:
Rev. Naim Ateek
Director of Sabeel International Jerusalem
Brother David Carroll
Vatican’s advisor on the Middle East to the U.N.
Dr. Jeff Halper
2006 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
Director of Israeli Committee against House Demolitions
Congressman and Mrs. Dennis Kucinich
Afif Safieh
Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S.
Former Ambassador to the Vatican and the U.K.
A. Rashied Omar - Scholar of Islamic Studies, Kroc Institute, Notre DameUniversity (invited)
Dave Robinson - Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh - Yale, author of numerous books/publications on the Middle East.
Mitchell Plitnick - Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
Corinne Whitlatch - Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
Huwaida Arraf - Co-Founder, International Solidarity Movement
Mahaba Alwazir - Executive Director - Imagine Life
Don Wagner - Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies - North Park University, Chicago
Isam Zaiem - Council on American Islamic Relations

More to come!

To register or to join our list of co-sponsors, visit www.middleeastinterfaith.org


4. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

* JOIN THE 4TH NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL WEEK AGAINST THE APARTHEID WALL: NOVEMBER 9TH – 16TH, 2006

The US Campaign calls on its member groups and supporters to join the International Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall (November 9-16) called for by Stop the Wall, the Palestinian grassroots anti-apartheid wall campaign.

Possible actions you and/or your group can do (Post your action on the USC website and share what you're doing with the world by clicking here):

1) Organize a teach-in on Palestine and Israel to discuss the Occupation, the Wall, the denial of the Right of Return, and the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. Invite speakers from the Global Exchange Speakers' Bureau and distribute US Campaign fact sheets on the Apartheid Wall, the Right of Return, US Policy, Divestment, and/or the CAT Campaign.

2) Organize a protest in front of one of the nine Israeli Consulates in the United States, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Houston, and Atlanta, to demand the dismantlement of the Apartheid Wall and compensation to Palestinian farmers and civilians who have suffered injury and loss as a result of the illegal Wall. To find the nearest Israeli Consulate to you click here.

3) Launch a divestment campaign in your community, on your campus, or in your place of worship. For more information on Divestment click here and write to organizing@endtheoccupation.org.

4) Organize an action of your own and tell the US Campaign about it!

STOP THE WALL CALL TO ACTION
“We Shall Stay Generation after Generation Defiant and Steadfast until Liberation”


As the ghetto walls close around our people, the voice of the Palestinian and Arab resistance continues to echo within the Bantustans and beyond.

Let us know about your action at: global@stopthewall.org!
Make Resistance to The Apartheid Wall go Global!

5 years after the Occupation started its destruction of our lands for the Wall,
2 years after the International Court of Justice called for the dismantling of the Wall,

Across the world mobilization is gearing up for the fourth annual Week against the Apartheid Wall (November 9-16), to unite with Palestinian communities in their struggle against the land grab and expulsion via a series of mass protests.

In Palestine, the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is preparing mobilization to defend our land and fields from the Wall and against the choking system of permits and gates. Further actions are planned to resist the expulsion and destruction of dozens of Palestinian villages isolated by the Wall and the Jewish-only colonies.

For several weeks, the Campaign has been preparing for the olive season. The Popular Committees are organizing collective harvesting and support in endangered areas while Palestinian youth volunteers participate in the efforts of the farming communities to collect the fruit of their work and stay steadfast to their land. Protests and festivals will mark the Week against the Apartheid Wall.

Students in several West Bank universities are planning for boycott initiatives to join the Week against the Apartheid Wall, taking their place as a new generation in the struggle for liberation.

Globally, the mobilization is growing. Mass demonstrations, weeks of action, boycott actions, conferences, community based events, film screenings, information stalls and direct actions are planned.

So far, movements and campaigns from the following countries have endorsed the call to action and mobilization for the week against the Apartheid Wall:

·         Australia
·         Austria
·         Basque Country
·         Brazil
·         Canada
·         Canary Islands
·         Chile
·         Denmark
·         Egypt
·         France
·         Germany
·         Iceland
·         Italy
·         Jordan
·         Netherlands
·         Portugal
·         Senegal
·         Spain
·         Sweden
·         Switzerland
·         UK
·         Uruguay
·         US 

* NEW PUBLICATION FROM THE JERUSALEM FUND

Now Available at The PalestineCenter

War Crimes Litigation in U.S. Courts: The Caterpillar Case

by

Gwynne Skinner
Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, SeattleUniversityCollege of Law

On 16 March 2003, the Israeli army, using a bulldozer supplied by Caterpillar, approached a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip where Rachel Corrie, an American international peace activist, had previously stayed. In an attempt to prevent the demolition, a clearly visible Corrie stood in front of the bulldozer. After pushing a pile of debris onto her legs, the Israeli soldier drove the bulldozer towards her, crushing her beneath its blade.

In this new Palestine Center publication, Skinner addresses war crime litigation in U.S. courts through the case of Corrie et al. v. Caterpillar, which, in addition to Rachel's parents, includes five Palestinians representing themselves and family members-including children-who were killed or injured when the Israeli Army used Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish their homes without notice.

The lawsuit, one of several civil lawsuits currently working their way through the federal court system in the United States attempting to hold U.S. corporations accountable for complicity in human rights violations abroad, seeks to hold Caterpillar liable because it has for years supplied the Israeli Army with bulldozers and other assistance while knowing that such are regularly used in the demolition of civilian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of customary international humanitarian law.

The plaintiffs allege that Caterpillar's sales to Israel are illegal under international law because of Caterpillar's knowledge that such demolitions are war crimes.

To order a copy of War Crimes Litigation in U.S. Courts: The Caterpillar Case, click here to access an order form.

The PalestineCenter is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and objective information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

The PalestineCenter brings together people and resources within the American and Palestinian communities to educate about Palestine and the Palestinian people's ongoing quest for sovereignty on their land, civil and political rights and an end to Israeli occupation.

The need for an organization such as The Palestine Center can be found in the effects of the economic, cultural and political oppression Palestinians have endured and which continues on a daily basis in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the surrounding refugee camps and for Palestinians world-wide as they struggle to retain their homeland.

Palestinians' ability to maintain their daily lives and strengthen their democratic political system depends on international humanitarian and non-governmental organizations such as The Palestine Center.

* A LITTLE PIECE OF GROUND by Elizabeth Laird

http://www.haymarketbooks.org/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=Haymarket&Product_Code=LFLPOG

The story of a young Palestinian boy comes alive in the newest book from award-winning children’s author Elizabeth Laird, revealing an honest and open illustration of a young life lived under occupation.

A Little Piece Of Ground will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts afflicting our world today. Written by one of Great Britain’s best-known young adult authors, Elizabeth Laird, A Little Piece Of Ground explores the human cost of the occupation of Palestinians lands through the eyes of a young boy.

This powerful book will help fill a substantial gap in existing young adult literature on the Middle East.

Karim and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. In response to a Palestinian suicide bombing, the Israeli military subjects the West Bank town to a virtual siege. Meanwhile Karim longs to play soccer with his friends. But in Ramallah there’s constant danger, even for schoolchildren, and when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive.

“Sometimes we need more than escapism. No one but Elizabeth Laird could have written this book. She has lived in the Middle East. She knows it, loves it, grieves for it, and hopes for it. Read it, and know what it is to feel oppressed, to feel fear every day. And we should know it, and our children should know it, for this is how much of the world lives.”

       —Michael Morpurgo, British children’s laureate

“An unflinching account of life under Israeli occupation.”

      —Glasgow Herald

“Easy to read but with a resonance that remains in the mind long after the book has been finished.”

      —Carousel:

The Guide to Children’s Books Elizabeth Laird is the author of Kiss the Dust and The Garbage King. She received the 2004 Hampshire Award for A Little Piece of Ground.

ISBN 1-931859-38-8 trade paper     $9.95     220 pp     October 2006

*AL-FUNOUN TOURSUSA

Dance Freedom!

El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Company
US TOUR 2006

BOSTON

Date & Day: Sunday, November 12, 2006
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Kresge Auditorium- MIT
77 Massachusetts Avenue,Cambridge, Building W16
http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg?selection=W16
Ticket Price: $25, $50, $80
Tickets avail. at: web.mit.edu/arab/www
Tickets & Info: funoun@mit.edu

SAN DIEGO

Date & Day: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: East County Performing Arts Center
210 East Main Street, El Cajo 92020 / 619.440.2277
Ticket Price: $20, $30 $60 for reserved seating
Directions: http://www.ecpaclive.com/
Tickets& Info: Elias 858-342-4526, Ibrahim 619-840-1945

CHICAGO

Date & Day: Sunday, November 19, 2006
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Center for Performing Arts at Governors State Univ.
1 University parkway, university park, IL. 60466
Ticket Price: $25, $50 and $100
For tickets directly from the box office call : 708-235-2222
Tickets are also available at: AAAN - 3148W 63RD ST -PH: 773- 436- 6060 X 109
North: Jenin Linen, 3558W, Lawrence Ave., 708-845-1813
South: Al Ameer Restaurant, 11136 S. Harlem, Worth, 708-671-1880
Downtown: Haifa Cafe, 318 W. Adams, 312-804-4000.
Western Suburbs: Jerusalem Cafe, 1030 Lake St., Oak Park. 708-253-7819.
Tickets & Info: www.centertickets.net

DETROIT

Date & Day: Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & 21, 2006
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Show Starts 7:00 pm
Venue: Ford Community& Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Av., Dearborn, MI48126
Ticket Price: $35, $45-55, $75
Directions: Palestine Office (313-945-9660)
Tickets: 313-943-2354

* PAUSE – PALESTINE ACTION UNION SQUARE - NYC

What: For the past four years PAUSE has had a weekly vigil in support of the Palestinian People and against the Israeli Occupation.

When: Every Saturday 3-6 PM

Where: On the small triangle, 14th street and Union Square East, across from the Virgin Megastore. 

We have a permit.  We have a banner "FREE PALESTINE", posters, flyers, and lively discussions with the many passersby.

This is an open group, no dues, no meetings, no other agenda.

We welcome all to stand with us, come by and meet us. 

Contact person: Murray Bernstein mmbernstein@verizon.net



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