Occupation End Notes | October 12, 2006
Volume 4 Number 1


In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update:

2. Legislative Update:

3. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Update:

4.Membership Update: New Member Groups

5. Resources & Education:


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

The 5th Annual National Organizer’s Conference Report is up on the website! Thank you to all those who made this one of our most successful conferences yet! Click here to read the 2006 Conference Report. (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/2006conferencereport.pdf)

The Washington Post recently profiled former US Campaign Steering Committee Member Damu Smith, who died earlier this year of cancer, in its series "Being a Black Man".  Click here to read the article and view a multi-media presentation on Damu's final days. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/05/AR2006100501850.html)

2. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Earlier this year, the US Campaign mobilized more than 340 US-based organizations to oppose the so-called Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, which would impose harsh economic and diplomatic sanctions against Palestinians for exercising their right to vote.The House and Senate passed different versions of the bill but they have not yet been reconciled and signed into law.

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post suggests that this legislation might be stalled permanently.Click here to read the article: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1159193349269

The US Campaign will keep you apprised of any developments on this legislation when Congress reconvenes after the elections.

3. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS UPDATE

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign against Israeli Apartheid Moves Forward as 600 People Attend Landmark Conference in Toronto

October 9, 2006

(Toronto, October 9, 2006) -- Over 600 people attended the landmark conference, Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: The Struggle Continues, held from 6-8 October in Toronto, Canada. The conference represents a watershed moment in the Palestinian solidarity movement, with leading anti-apartheid activists from Palestine, South Africa, Canada and England addressing the way forward in the global campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Jamal Juma', coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign in Palestine, told the opening night that the burgeoning boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement represents a powerful and practical act of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. He emphasized that this movement would succeed as it had in South Africa, "We promise you we will not give up. We will stand firm on our land; Israeli apartheid will fall."

Salim Vally, chair of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in South Africa, gave a powerful analysis of Israeli apartheid and its resemblance to the South African situation. He stressed that the solidarity movement to isolate the South African apartheid regime was built by grassroots and popular forces organized throughout the world. That same challenge faces the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement today.

Betty Hunter, General Secretary of the UKPalestine Solidarity Campaign, and Jonathan Rosenhead, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and member of the British Committee for Universities in Palestine, spoke to the conference on the lessons of Palestine solidarity work in England.

Discussions focused on the boycott campaign launched by British academics against Israeli apartheid as well as the growing support amongst British trade unionists for a BDS campaign.

The conference was organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

(CAIA), a broad movement formed in response to the call by 171 Palestinian civil-society organizations in July 2005 for the international community to implement a comprehensive boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) strategy against apartheid Israel as the focal point of solidarity efforts with the Palestinian people.

The conference developed a detailed program to move the BDS campaign forward in different sectors. Over 75 people attended a lively session on labor and the campaign against Israeli apartheid, in which veteran anti-apartheid activists from the South African struggle presented lessons on how to build support for the campaign among workers and in trade unions. A Canada-wide student network was launched to deepen the BDS movement on campuses across the country. Individuals from different areas throughout Toronto formed neighborhood committees to carry the campaign forward at a local level. Workshops were also held on media, research, art and cultural boycott, and faith-based communities.

Robert Lovelace, Co-Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, closed the conference with a powerful comparison of the experience of colonialism in Canada and Palestine. He expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian movement for self-determination, and pledged to continue to strengthen the links between indigenous activists in Canada and the Palestine solidarity movement.

To become involved in the campaign against Israeli apartheid, contact CAIA at endapartheid@riseup.net or through www.caiaweb.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: (647) 831-5516 or media@caiaweb.org

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid - MEDIA
(647) 831-5516
media@caiaweb.org

www.caiaweb.org

4.MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

*Update from Nadia Hijab, outgoing Co-Chair of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

Dear friends,

Thank you for all the work you do for peace and justice in Palestine.
I've been privileged to work closely with many of you during the past few years.

I'm now a senior fellow at the WashingtonDC office of the Institute for Palestine Studies, and I'm writing to introduce a new service by the Institute that is available to you free of charge.

We are now publishing bi-monthly Policy Notes that provide concise analysis of a topical issue relating to the Arab Israeli conflict. The Policy Notes are aimed at the media, policymakers, think tanks and the academic community, with a special focus on the US role in the conflict. The link to the Policy Notes page on our website is
http://palestine-studies.org/final/en/bn/

You can easily subscribe to our listserv on that page and receive Policy Notes on a regular basis. Spread the word and encourage others to subscribe as well! The Notes are well-documented and objective, and can serve as a useful advocacy tool.

You'll also find information about the Institute's books and journals on http://palestine-studies.org. The flagship Journal of Palestine Studies accounts for nearly 20% of all articles downloaded on the Middle East, according to JSTOR (the database of scholarly journals in the US).

With best wishes, Nadia

Nadia Hijab
Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Washington Office
Institute for Palestine Studies
3501 M Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
www.palestine-studies.org

*The US Campaign is pleased to welcome these groups to our coalition:

Jewish Witnesses for Peace & Friends

HuronValley Greens

Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice

5.RESOURCES & EDUCATION

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In conjunction with the release of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Center for Constitutional Rights invites you to:

Rachel’s Legacy

An evening of art and discussion on how activists today are working to support the people of Palestine

Monday, October 16, 2006

7:00pm

JudsonMemorialChurch

243 Thompson Street entrance

At the corner of Thompson Street and Washington Square South

Free and Open to the Public

Doors open at 6:00pm; program begins at 7:00pm

Wheelchair accessible

Featuring:

Craig and Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie’s parents on their daughter’s life, their trips to Palestine, and their fight for justice

Maria LaHood, attorney on Corrie v. Caterpillar, Center for Constitutional Rights on the case against Caterpillar and the status of the lawsuit

Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro, International Solidarity Movement on their work today in Palestine and Lebanon

Bread and Puppet installation from Daughter Courage

Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, was killed by a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer in 2003 as she stood in front of a Palestinian family’s home, protecting it from being demolished while the family was inside.

* Helpdistribute Palestine advocacy tool from the University of Oxford

The US Campaign is excited to inform you about a new resource on Palestinian Displacement made available by the Forced Migration Review.  

The September 2006 issue of Forced Migration Review, the in-house magazine of the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, includes a major feature on Palestinian displacement. Twenty-eight articles by UN, Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations, relief and development agencies, scholars and activist groups examine the root causes of the displacement of Palestinians, the consequences of the failure to apply international humanitarian law in Occupied Palestine and Palestinian entitlement to protection and compensation. Full texts of all articles are online. Hard copies will be available in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Hebrew. The magazine is free of charge.

Articles are concise and non-academic.

The Forced Migration Review is grateful to the donors whose support enables us to substantially increase our normal print runs – A M Qattan Foundation, DanChurchAid, Interpal, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Save the Children UK, the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme on Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, the Sultan of Oman, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the Welfare Association.

We believe it is a useful advocacy tool drawing wider attention to the issue at the heart of the crisis in the Middle East. The Forced Migration Review has resources to distribute several thousand hard copies in the United States. We want to make sure they reach those who are ill-informed, not those already committed to peace and justice in the Middle East. We need to identify people to whom we could post hard copies to pass on to local opinion-makers, journalists, politicians etc.

If you would like a copy for yourself or copies for distribution, email fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk  Please remember to include your postal address and indicate how many copies you could distribute.

FMR is also online in Arabic, Spanish, and French.

FMR is the world’s most widely read magazine on refugee and IDP issues.



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