Occupation End Notes | October 12, 2006
In this issue...
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
Divestment and Sanctions Campaign against Israeli Apartheid Moves Forward as
600 People Attend Landmark Conference in
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
Salim Vally, chair of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in
Betty Hunter, General Secretary of the
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.
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
Lovelace, Co-Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, closed the
conference with a powerful comparison of the experience of colonialism
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*Update from Nadia Hijab, outgoing Co-Chair of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:
Jewish Witnesses for Peace & Friends
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
5.RESOURCES & EDUCATION
In conjunction with the release of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Center for Constitutional Rights invites you to:
An evening of art and discussion
on how activists today are working to support the people of
Monday, October 16, 2006
At the corner of
Free and Open to the Public
Doors open at 6:00pm; program begins at 7:00pm
Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie’s parents on their daughter’s life, their trips to
Maria LaHood, attorney on Corrie v. Caterpillar, Center for Constitutional Rights on the case against Caterpillar and the status of the lawsuit
Arraf and Adam Shapiro, International Solidarity Movement on their work today
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.
The US Campaign is excited to inform you about a new resource on Palestinian Displacement made available by the Forced Migration Review.
September 2006 issue of Forced Migration Review, the in-house magazine of the
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.
believe it is a useful advocacy tool drawing wider attention to the issue at
the heart of the crisis in the
If you would like a copy for yourself or copies for distribution, email firstname.lastname@example.org Please remember to include your postal address and indicate how many copies you could distribute.
FMR is the world’s most widely read magazine on refugee and IDP issues.
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