Occupation End Notes | October 26, 2006
Volume 4 Number 2
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
1.US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
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
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.
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.
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.
* MELSA AND NYU NLG PRESENT
UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION: HOLDING ISRAEL
ACCOUNTABLE IN US COURTS
Accountable in US Courts
The cases against
Avi Dichter and Moshe Ya'alon
With Noura Erakat (US Campaign to
End the Israeli Occupation)
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 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
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,
Silver Building Rm. 714/ 100
Washington Square East, NYU
(doors open at )
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: email@example.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,
*THE NORTHEASTERN UNIVERISTY SCHOOL OF LAW,
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD CHAPTER, & BOSTON
COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS PRESENT:
Apartheid in Israel/Palestine: The Reality on the Ground & Lessons from South Africa
When: Sunday, November 19th, 2006
Room 97 400-416 Huntington Avenue (AsaS.KnowlesCenter)
Downtown Boston (on the Green Line,
analyst, activist and author
and environmental activist; chair, Black Voices for Peace
Professor of Political Science, UMass/Boston; publications include Palestinian
Lecturer of Political Science, HaifaUniversity in Israel; publications include The
Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
“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
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
the Northeastern UniversitySchool of Law National
Lawyers Guild Chapter
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
The Interfaith Group for Morally Responsible
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
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
IMRI, All Hallows on the Wall, 83 London Wall, London,
EC2M 5NA firstname.lastname@example.org
* IPSC: TRAMILINE FORCED TO CANCEL
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
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
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
Some information on Israel's illegal tramline and Connex's role in building
on Want report -
[c]Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Group report see p42,43
Contact the Irish PSC at email@example.com or see
HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED ENTRY TO PALESTINE OR ISRAEL?
REPORT YOUR DETAILS
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'
to collect information on this troubling practice. These first hand accounts
will help to document and demonstrate the impact of this discriminatory
Please take the time to report your details to ADC by:
Completing the online form at: http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=2980
Direct questions to ADC's Legal Department: 202-244-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.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
* WOMEN IN BLACK LOS ANGELES ASK
YOU TO ENDORSE LETTER TO ISRAELI SYMPHONY
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
§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
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 email@example.com
§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,
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
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
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
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
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 &
* 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.
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):
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organize an action of your own and tell the US Campaign about it!
STOP THE WALL CALL
“We Shall Stay Generation after Generation Defiant and Steadfast until
As the ghetto walls close around our people, the voice of the Palestinian and
Arab resistance continues to echo within the Bantustans
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
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.
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
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
movements and campaigns from the following countries have endorsed the call to
action and mobilization for the week against the Apartheid Wall:
· Basque Country
· Canary Islands
* NEW PUBLICATION
FROM THE JERUSALEM FUND
Now Available at The PalestineCenter
War Crimes Litigation in U.S.
Courts: The Caterpillar Case
Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, SeattleUniversityCollege
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
powerful book will help fill a substantial gap in existing young adult
literature on the Middle East.
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.
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
unflinching account of life under Israeli occupation.”
read but with a resonance that remains in the mind long after the book has been
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
1-931859-38-8 trade paper $9.95
220 pp October 2006
El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Company
US TOUR 2006
Date & Day: Sunday,
November 12, 2006
Venue: Kresge Auditorium- MIT
77 Massachusetts Avenue,Cambridge, Building W16
Ticket Price: $25, $50, $80
Tickets avail. at: web.mit.edu/arab/www
Tickets & Info: email@example.com
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
Tickets& Info: Elias 858-342-4526, Ibrahim 619-840-1945
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
South: Al Ameer Restaurant, 11136 S. Harlem, Worth, 708-671-1880
Downtown: Haifa Cafe, 318 W. Adams,
Western Suburbs: Jerusalem
Cafe, 1030 Lake St., Oak Park. 708-253-7819.
Tickets & Info: www.centertickets.net
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
* 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 .
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.
an open group, no dues, no meetings, no other agenda.
all to stand with us, come by and meet us.
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