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Occupation End Notes | September 21, 2005
Volume 3 Number 1

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: September 24-26 Mass Mobilization in Washington, DC; Welcome New Staff Person Noura Erakat; California Grassroots Organizing Tour

2. Resources and Education: New Campus Divestment Guide; Veterans for Peace Pass Divestment Resolution; The Philistines Release "Free the P!"; Oil Peace Lamps on Sale Now

3. Events: Conference: Wheels of Justice Tour; Stop the Wall Tour; 9th Annual Bay Area Arab Film Festival; Chicago Sabeel Conference

4. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions Fall Study Tour; American Friends Service Committee Faces of Hope Olive Harvest Delegation; Joint Advocacy Initiative Olive Harvest Project; FOR Interfaith Peacebuilders Delegation; Celebrating Nonviolent Resistance Conference, Bethlehem University


* The US Campaign is joining United for Peace and Justice in Washington, DC for three days of mass action, Sept. 24-26, to oppose the war on Iraq and to join forces to oppose US support for Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territories. For information about the weekend’s events visit click here. The US Campaign is bottom-lining a Free Palestine contingent and feeder march for the morning of September 24th, as well as a Palestine tent during the weekend’s Peace and Justice Festival at the Washington Monument. Additionally, we will be collecting signed postcards to send to Caterpillar CEO James Owens demanding that Caterpillar end its bulldozer sales to the Israeli army. There are many ways that you can help us out this weekend, either by volunteering, making a contribution, or organizing events in your own community. For more information on what you can do, click here

*The US Campaign would like to welcome our newest staff person, Noura Erakat, to our team. Noura is the Campaign’s National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate. One of her first tasks will be to jump-start member participation in the Caterpillar Campaign, which our membership elected as the US Campaign’s priority work for the next year. Noura is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Noura can be reached at organizing@endtheoccupation.org

*From October 1 -9 the US Campaign’s Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Josh Ruebner, will be conducting an organizing/speaking tour throughout California. There are still slots open in the schedule, so if you’d like the US Campaign to come to your town, please contact Josh at congress@endtheoccupation.org or 202-543-1778. (Josh, why don’t you add an abreviated itinerary here since I don’t know anything about it).


* "Fighting the New Apartheid: A Guide to Campus Divestment from Israel" is now available in PDF format.This comprehensive handbook provides activists with all the necessary tools to launch or strengthen campus campaigns to divest from Israel, including an analysis of divestment as a strategy, sample divestment resolutions, tips for researching your campaign, and much more. The guide was prepared by Fayyad Sbaihat of the University of Wisconsin Divest from Israel Campaign, with contributions from Wendy Ake and Noura Dabdoub of the Ohio State University Committee for Justice in Palestine.

*Veterans for Peace has passed a resolution calling for Divestment, Sanctions & Boycott against Israel. The text of the resolution can be viewed here

*The Philistines, a Palestinian-American hip hop group, have just released their newest project Free the P!, a mix tape of hip-hop and spoken word, dedicated to the youth of Palestine, inspired by the global struggle for peace and justice. To hear a sample and to order Free the P!, click here. Proceeds from the project will go towards funding Slingshot Hip-Hop, an upcoming documentary on Palestinian hip-hop in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel.

*Oil Peace Lamps are now available through Canaan Fair Trade. The ceramic dove-lamp is accompanied by 1 liter of olive oil. The oil lamp is hand crafted and hand painted by the Taybeh Church Group Cooperative and the olive oil is produced by the olive oil producing cooperatives of the Palestine Fair Trade Association. For more information contact info@canaanfairtrade.com or call Nasser Abufarha at 608-230-6630.


*September 23-October 2: Bay Area, CA

The Arab Film Festival has been growing for nine years and has now proudly established itself as an integral part of the cultural diversity that shapes the San Francisco Bay Area. This year the Festival is expand to show more than thirty films including feature narrative films, shorts and documentaries that reflect the variety of Arab Cinema throughout the world. Films will be screened in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose. For schedule and ticket information click here

*October 8: Chicago

Online registration is now open for Jerusalem: Will Justice and Peace Embrace, a conference initiated and coordinated by Sabeel Center, Jerusalem, and Friends of Sabeel North America. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Hyde Park),1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. Click here to download conference information and registration materials! Space is limited, so register today! Questions? Please e-mail chicagosabeel@gmail.com or call 312/427-2533x18.


The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions is pleased to announce that it will again be working in conjunction with an English company in arranging a study tour to Israel and Palestine that will take place over nine days in October 2005.  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.  Visit people from villages divided by the Wall and others that are under threat. Travel south to Hebron and north to Baca in what is known as the Triangle area in the Galilee. See the Judean Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.  For information email tours@icahduk.org

*October 8-17: American Friends Service Committee Faces of Hope Olive Harvest Delegation

This delegation is an excellent opportunity to observe and participate in the nonviolent resistance movement to the Israeli occupation. This movement brings together Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals to support the Palestinian olive harvest. The olive harvest season in the West Bank is generally a time of great community activism, where people of all ages work together to pick olives and join farmers as they reap their harvest. Application deadline is July 22, 2005. For more information click here

*October 21-30: Olive Picking – 2005, A program for Civil International Solidarity with Palestinians

This year, the Joint Advocacy Initiative of The East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine, in coordination with the Alternative Tourism Group and the Environmental Education Center, has planned a program for civil international solidarity with Palestinian people and farmers. The objective of this program is to mobilize as many people as possible for olive picking, especially in areas that are situated in proximity of Israeli settlements, and by-pass roads in order to help Palestinian farmers harvest their olive trees that they might be unable to harvest without international support. We are calling for an international mobilization of activists that support Palestinians and their legitimate rights. This program is designed to break the isolation of Palestinian villages and to bring about an effective help to the Palestinian farmers through international solidarity. For more information contact Rami Bahbah, the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine campaigns officer via email at: olivetree@jai-pal.org or by phone at (+972) 2 6282593.

*October 29-November 12: Fellowship of Reconciliation’s (FOR) Delegation to Palestine and Israel

FOR’s last delegation of the year will be lead by Allan Solomonow, director of the Middle East Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee regional office in San Francisco. A Jewish pacifist, he has worked on Middle East issues for many years frequently traveling around the region. The cost of $1,695 includes: 15 days, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratuities. The cost does not include domestic and international airfares. Scholarships are available for students and low-income activists. . .Inquire today. For information and an application form please contact:
FOR Interfaith Peace-Builders, (202) 244-0821, middleeast@forusa.org.

*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

Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at outreach@endtheoccupation.org

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