Occupation End Notes | November 10, 2005
Volume 3 Number 3

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Days of Action: November 9-29, 2005

2. US Campaign Update: UW Divest from Israel Campaign, US Campaign Letter to the New York Times, Meet with Members of Congress During Winter Recess, Protest Sen. McCain’s Position on Israeli Torture, Benefit the US Campaign by Shopping On-Line this Holiday Season, Merchandise Available at Bulk Rates

3. Member News: New Members; Chicago-area Member Organizations Receives World Council of Churches Peace Award

4. Resources & Education: Church of the Brethren District Calls for Divestment from Caterpillar Corporation; Elizabeth Corrie Speech; The Struggle Features Palestine Feeder March and Activists; Fall 2005 Palestine Solidarity Review; NPR Features Rappers from Gaza; Resistance Art 2006 Calendar; The Exodus & The Odyssey – A Palestinian Calendar;

5. Events: Grassroots Nonviolent Resistance Speaking Tour

6. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine:

1.  US Campaign Days of Action

* November 9 to 29 Days of Action to Support the Palestinian Right of Return and the Palestinian Civil Society Call against the Segregation Wall
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation calls for days of education and action from 9 November (the date of the fall of the Berlin Wall, chosen by Palestinians for an International Day of Action against the segregation wall) to 29 November (the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people).
National Goals:
-Reiterate the goals of the Palestinian Civil Society Call to Action to engage in boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

-Reassert the importance of the Palestinian Right of Return as defined in UN Resolution 194.

-Highlight the illegality of the Apartheid Wall and call for its destruction

-Strengthen the CAT Campaign by collecting at least 2,000 postcards to be sent to CEO James Owens urging him to cease bulldozer sales to Israel.

For more information and how you can participate, visit the call on our website here

2. US Campaign Update

* Today, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents will be holding their annual Trust Funds Investment Forum.The US Campaign urges its supporters to contact the UW Board of Regents to support the UW Divest from Israel Campaign whose members will be lobbying the Board of Regents to divest their holdings from companies that support the violation of Palestinian human rights.You can take action now by clicking here to send a letter to all of individuals members of the Board of Regents.
*On October 31, 2005 the US Campaign, along with Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Media Watch, Partners for Peace and Tikkun, submitted a letter to the New York Times asking for clarification on its editors’ position on the illegality of Israeli settlements.The full text of this letter can be viewed here.At this point we have not received a response from the New York Times.

* Members of Congress probably will be in their home districts for Winter Recess in December.The US Campaign urges its supporters to take this opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress to discuss 1) Israel’s request for $2.2 billion to fund the Gaza “disengagement” and 2) Caterpillar political action committee contributions.To sign up to take the lead in organizing a delegation in your Congressional district, and for more resources, including talking points and resources click here

* Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has made the audacious claim that Israel does not practice torture.On NBC’s Today Show, McCain stated: “The Israeli Supreme Court outlawed torture, outlawed cruel and inhumane treatment. And I have talked to Israeli officials, and they say they do very fine without it.”Please take a moment to contact the Senator to set him straight on this issue and to demand that he recant his claim. Sen. McCain can be reached at (202) 224-2235 or by web here

For just one of many examples of Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations documenting Israel’s use of torture, see the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel’s “Back to a Routine of Torture

* Did you know that you can benefit the US Campaign when shopping on-line?This holiday season, you can have a percentage of your on-line purchases donated to the US Campaign at no additional cost to you.For more information click here

* The US Campaign is now offering selected merchandise at bulk (discounted) rates.For more information, contact Kymberlie Quong Charles, Membership Outreach Coordinator, at outreach@endtheoccupation.org or 202-543-1778.To view US Campaign merchandise click here

3.  Member News

*New Members
-Global Information Services, San Anselmo, CA

Our mission is to provide education and information about the conflict between Israel and Palestine by helping communities establish a presence at their local public access television stations by airing the film series, "America, Israel and Palestine: Cause and Effect."This is an opportunity to educate and inform members of communities nationwide by showing documentaries about the conflict between Israel and Palestine at local Public Access Television Stations (PATS), PBS stations, film festivals, churches, schools, video sales, rental stores, private gatherings and other appropriate venues.The current emphasis is on PATS.The project has already seen a lot of success.To find out how you can get involved, visit Global Information Services

-Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Memphis, TN
The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is an interfaith, inter-racial organization dedicated to education and advocacy for local and global peace and justice issues.
-Progressive Student Alliance – University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

The Progressive Student Alliance is comprised of students and former students of the University of Tennessee. We work for worker's rights and in the anti-war struggle.

*On October 10, 2005, the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
(CJPIP), a member organization of the US Campaign, was honored with the  "Blessed Are The Peacemakers Award" by the World Council of Churches (WCC).The award was presented by Rev. Hansulrich Gerber, World Council of Churches Coordinator for the Decade to Overcome Violence project. The Blessed Are the Peacemakers Award is given on behalf of the World Council of Churches and the 2004 US Focus for the 2001-2010 Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace.Martha Reese and Caren Van Slyke, members of the CJPIP steering committee, attended the awards banquet of the United States Conference of the WCC to receive the award on behalf of the organization.Congratulations CJPIP!

* To become a member of the US Campaign click here
to sign our Call to Action and pay membership dues.  Join today!

* View a complete list of organizational members of the US Campaign.

4. Resources & Education

*At its district conference on October 8 in Modesto, CA, the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Church of the Brethren adopted a resolution calling for the Brethren Benefit Trust to divest itself from ownership of Caterpillar Corporation and any other company that sells products which are used routinely as weapons of destruction or death in Israel and Palestine.The resolution, which was initiated by the Fremont, CA, congregation, is slated to be passed on to national legislative body of the denomination, the July 2006 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren.
*On October 21, 2005 Elizabeth Corrie, the cousin of Rachel Corrie, delivered a speech to a War on Wantaudience in the UK.In her message she calls on the international community to engage in divestment to hold corporations like Caterpillar accountable for the use of their equipment in violating Palestinian human rights.You can read excerpts from her speech here
*US Campaign supporter Stanley Heller hosts a program on Connecticut public access TV called “The Struggle” where he did a special feature on the September 24, 2005 anti-war events in Washington, DC.He paid special attention to the Palestine feeder march, organized by the US Campaign, and includes an exclusive interview with our steering committee member Huwaida Arraf of the International Solidarity Movement.To view this footage visit The Struggle’s page and click on the segment entitled “Rock DC.”
*The Fall 2005 issue of Palestine Solidarity Review is now available online.The issue includes editorials on solidarity at US colleges and universities, articles on Christian Zionism, and great book reviews.Check it out today.
*Palestinian youth are increasingly using US-born hip hop as a medium to express their experience living under Israeli military occupation.NPR’s “Morning Edition” recently conducted an interview with young rappers from the Gaza Strip.To listen to this interview online click here

*Resistance Art presents its 2006 “Colors from Palestine” Art Wall Calendar.This year’s calendar is dedicated to the memory of Jabra Ibrahim, the pioneer Palestinian artist, novelist, poet and critic.To view and purchase the calendar click here
*The Exodus & The Odyssey – A Palestinian Calendar is now available from PalestineCalendar.org.The calendar features the art of renowned Palestinian Artist Ismail Shammout and narrates the Palestinian story from before the British mandate all the way to the present-day Apartheid Wall.To view and purchase the calendar click here

5.  Events

*Grassroots Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine Speaking Tour: Various Dates and Locations
From October 14 – November 15, 2005, Palestinian Ayed Morrar and Israeli Jonathan Pollak will be touring the United States speaking about Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine. The tour will visit New York, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Olympia, Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida and Philadelphia.Ayed and Jonathan are friends and among the major figures in the Palestinian-led nonviolent struggle against Israel’s military occupation.The national Nonviolent Resistance Speaking Tour is organized by ISM-USA, the US network of support groups of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Palestine.For more information and to find events in your area click here

6. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine

*December 2-3: Building a Future Together – Alternatives to the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, Bethlehem, Palestine
The Alternative Information Center (AIC), the Palestinian Health Work Committees (HWC) and the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) would like to invite you to participate in our international seminar "Building a Future Together: Alternatives to the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse".The purpose of the seminar is to create a space in which pivotal issues such as a democratic future for Palestinians and Israelis, the role of international solidarity movements and the impact of current world events and trends on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be discussed in an in-depth manner and action-oriented manner.For more information click here
*December 4-14: Global Exchange Israel/Palestine Reality Tour
Global Exchange’s fact-finding delegations to Palestine & Israel strive to further the U.S. public's understanding of the conflict and the region's realities by giving people first-hand exposure to the human rights abuses occurring in the Occupied Territories. Participants have the opportunity to hear a diverse spectrum of Palestinian and Israeli voices and learn about their understanding of the conflict and hopes for a solution.  For more information, click hereor contact Ceanna at 1-800-497-1994 ext. 261.
*December 27-30: Celebrating Nonviolent Resistance Conference, Bethlehem University

Organized by Nonviolence International and hosted by Holy Land Trust, this international conference will give participants the opportunity to meet nonviolence activists from around the world, dialogue about cutting edge nonviolent theory and practice, support Palestinian and other nonviolent movements and more. For more information and to register click here
*Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Delegations to Israel/Palestine
January 12 24, March 30-April 11 (United Church of Canada), May 24-June 5, July 26-August 7, October 7-19 (Franciscans), and November 19-December 1, 2006.
During the first several days, delegates will meet with representatives of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights groups in Jerusalem and Bethlehem to gain perspective on the conflict.  They will tour the "security wall" separating Israel from the West Bank and visit Palestinian families whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by expanding Israeli settlements.  They will experience firsthand CPT's work of violence-deterrence and human rights documentation in the city of Hebron and surrounding areas, and challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness. Delegates raise $2000 U.S. to cover costs.For more information and to apply visit CPT’s
*Spring 2006: The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

ICAHD is working in conjunction with an English company to arrange a study tour to Israel and the Occupied Territories that will take place over ten days in spring 2006.Participants will be based in hotels in Jerusalem and Bethlehem and will have unique opportunities to hear analysis from key leaders on both sides of the divide while traveling in Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank.For information email studytours80@hotmail.com

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