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Occupation End Notes | February 19, 2009 Volume 7 Number 2

Occupation End Notes
February 19, 2009
Volume 7 Number 2


1. US Campaign Update: Save the Date: 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Chicago, September 12-13, 2009; Check Out Our Censored Gaza Ad on Daily Kos, Wonkette, and More, Media Action Resource Page, Follow US Campaign on Twitter & Facebook

2. Gaza Action: Hold Israel accountable for its attacks on Gaza

3. Challenging U.S. Policy Update: US Campaign's & Interfaith Peace-Builder's Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day a Huge Success!; Help Influence the Obama Administration: Yes We Can End Military Aid to Israel

4. Standing Against Apartheid Update: Israeli Apartheid Week & the US Campaign on Pacifica's Africa Now radio program

5. Boycott & Divestment Update:  Recent Victories, Rachel Corrie Day activities, Global Day of BDS Action, and more!

6. Expressions of Nakba Update: Expressions of Nakba Spring Tour Dates Announced

7. Membership Update: New Member Organizations, Member Organizations' Activities and more!!

8. Resources & Events: Call for 2009 Boston Palestine Film Festival entries, New Book from Institute for Palestine Studies and more!

9. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Code Pink, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Global Exchange, Middle East Children's Alliance, Interfaith Peace-Builders and Friends of Sabeel - North America



1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

* Save The Date! 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Chicago, IL, September 12-13, 2009

Our 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference will be held during the weekend of September 12th - 13th, 2009. We will be sending out all necessary information for you to plan and book your flights in the upcoming months.

Click here for more information (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=253).



* Check Out Our Censored Gaza Ad on Daily Kos, Wonkette, and Other Blogs


Please click here to view our ad which was censored by DIRECTV and take action to oppose US military aid to Israel (http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1826).

You can view the censored Gaza ad on popular blogs such as Daily Kos, Wonkette, The Smirking Chimp, The Washington Monthly, Talk Left, and others. 

Do you have a blog, social networking site, or website?  If so, then please consider reposting our ad and linking it to this page on our website.


*How You Can Sustain the US Campaign

Support our ongoing work by donating online, donating office supplies and services, or joining the Olive Branch Club. Click here for more information (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=149).


*New Book Available for Purchase

The book Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada by Wendy Pearlman is now available from the US Campaign. The stories in this book, ranging from the humorous to the tragic, paint a profile of the Palestinians that is as honest as it is uncommon in the Western media: that of ordinary people who simply want to live ordinary lives. To view this book and other merchandise available form the US Campaign, click here (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=142).




* Toolkit to Engage the Media

Use our media action page to get involved in the discourse over the Israel/Palestine conflict. Use our tools to write a letter to the editor, place an op-ed, get a meeting with media management and much more.
Click here to read more (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=257).


* Follow US Campaign on Twitter & Facebook

Follow the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation on Facebook and Twitter by clicking here:

Main US Campaign Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/d7wnt4
Hang Up On Motorola Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/dk4ufq
Challenging Military Aid Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/b9fc9k

US Campaign's Twitter page: http://twitter.com/US_Campaign


* Join the US Campaign at the Security without Empire Conference

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is cosponsoring the Security without Empire National Organizing Conference on Foreign Military Bases. The conference will include leading activists both from the United States and from countries in which the U.S. military maintains a presence.

For more information on the conference, click here (http://www.afsc.org/cambridge/ht/d/sp/i/72158/pid/72158).


2. GAZA ACTION:

For action ideas on what you can do end the siege on Gaza and hold Israel accountable, visit our web section "Take Action to End Israel's War and Siege on Gaza" (http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=256).


3. CHALLENGING U.S. POLICY:

* Armed and Dangerous: Weapons Transfers to Israel during the Bush Administration

Feb. 2, 2009 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing

Watch a video and download educational materials from our Capitol Hill policy briefing held in conjunction with a grassroots lobby day we organized with Interfaith Peace-Builders.  The briefing features testimony from Rep. Dennis Kucinich, National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner, and Amr Shurrab, a young Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip whose two brothers were killed in Jan. 2009.

Click here to read more (http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1820).


* Help Influence the Obama Administration: Yes We Can…End Military Aid to Israel!

Find out how you can take steps to influence the Obama Administration to end weapons transfers to Israel by clicking here (http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1805).


4. STANDING AGAINST APARTHEID UPDATE:

* Educate Your Community and Organize around Israeli Apartheid Week

US Campaign member groups are joining activists around the world to commemorate Israeli Apartheid Week.

Click here to register your IAW events with the US Campaign (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/form.php?modin=145) or click here to learn more about Israeli Apartheid Week (http://apartheidweek.org/).


* Listen to US Campaign Advisory Board member, Bill Fletcher, Jr, and National Organizer, Katherine Fuchs, on Pacifica's Africa Now.

The February 18th edition of Africa Now focused on the role of South African unions in the Global BDS movement and the connections between South African apartheid and apartheid policies in Israel/Palestine.  Click here to listen (http://www.wpfw.org/index.php?db=content/Programming&tbl=Programming&id=2.2).


* Thank CBS for Telling the Truth about Israeli Apartheid

Watch the CBS clip that dared to accurately portray what Israeli occupation and settlement mean for Palestinians living in the West Bank and to explain to the American public why this system is Apartheid.

Click here to view the clip and to thank CBS for airing this bold and insightful piece (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1814)




5. BOYCOTT & DIVESTMENT UPDATE:

* Recent BDS Successes Spur Call for International BDS Action Day

Earlier this month, the World Social Forum announced an international day of action on March 30, 2009 in Solidarity with the Palestinian Civil Society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). Click here to read more about participating in the day of action, becoming more involved in the US Campaign's boycott, divestment, and sanctions work, and recent successes in the global BDS movement (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1829)

Click here to register your action with the US Campaign (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/form.php?modin=144)


* Hang Up On Motorola Resources

Sign up to be a local organizer for our Motorola boycott. Get organizing tools such as postcards for the Hang Up On Motorola
pledge, factsheets about Motorola's support for Israeli apartheid policies, and tips on how to involve retailers in the campaign by clicking here (http://salsa.salsalabs.com/o/641/t/6225/signUp.jsp?key=3276)


* Call for Rachel Corrie Day Commemorations


Join people around the world in commemorating Rachel Corrie, the young American woman who gave her life trying to prevent home demolitions in the Gaza Strip. 

Rachel was killed by the Israeli military on March 16th, 2003.  Celebrate her life and honor her legacy by continuing the struggle for justice in Gaza. 

Click here to post your activities commemorating the life and legacy of Rachel Corrie on our website (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/form.php?modin=147) or click here for ideas about how you can organize an activity in honor of Rachel's memory (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=272).




* Hampshire College first college in United States to divest from companies profiting from Occupation

February 7, 2009 - In a historic move, Hampshire College has voted to divest from a number of corporations directly profiting from the Israeli occupation - including Motorola and Cat. Click here for more information ( http://tinyurl.com/dn7wmb).


* Join the Cultural Boycott Movement

The Batsheva Dance Company is currently touring North America. Click here to learn how to get involved with boycotting Israel's cultural ambassadors (www.kabobfest.com/2009/01/boycott-israeli-dance-company-on.html).


* Support the Academic Boycott of Israel

The international academic boycott of institutions supporting Israel's occupation has spread from Europe to Canada and now to the United States. Click here to get involved in the U.S. academic boycott movement (http://usacbi.wordpress.com/).


* Great new BDS website

The Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace exposes corporations profiting from the occupation of Palestinian territory and people. Click here to check out WhoProfits.org.


* South African Dockworkers boycott Israeli shipments
February 4, 2009 - Spurred by Israel's offensive against Gaza and their own understanding of the power of BDS, South African unions join the global BDS movement. Click here to read more (tinyurl.com/afoo3x).


* Church of England sells shares in Caterpillar
February 8, 2009 - The Church of England clarified its position on divestment from companies profiting from Israel's illegal occupation and confirmed that they have sold 2.2 million pounds worth of stock in Caterpillar. Read more by clicking here (http://www.palestinecampaign.org/Index7b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=4&l2_id=25&Content_ID=376).


* Irish Congress of Trade Unions launches boycott of Israeli goods and services
February 10, 2009 - Irish trade unionists launch boycott after delegation to the region witnesses denial of Palestinian human and economic rights. Click here to read more (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/trade-unionists-launch-boycott-of-israeli-goods-14181932.html)


6. EXPRESSIONS OF NAKBA UPDATE:

* Expressions of Nakba Spring Tour Dates Announced:



March 10-17, 2009: Jeannette Rankin Peace Center (Missoula, MT)
March 26-April 5, 2009: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival (New Orleans, LA),
April 8-15, 2009: William & Mary Students for Justice in Palestine (Williamsburg, VA),
May 1-15, 2009: United States Palestine Community Network-Chicago (Chicago, IL).


7. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE:

In an effort to better help our coalition members network and for us to better gauge the coalition's regional diversity, we have put together a map with all 270 coalition members represented by state:



If you don't see your state represented within the US Campaign: Join us!

Please welcome the following group(s) to our coalition:

Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East - Chicago, IL

Birthright Unplugged - Jamaica Plain, MA

Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy - Chicago, IL

Oregon Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid - Portland, OR

South Florida Palestine Solidarity Network - North Miami Beach, FL

War Resisters League - New York, NY


*Friends of Sabeel North America launches new Investment Activism site

Check out FOSNA's new list of resources and articles on morally responsible investment by clicking here (http://www.fosna.org/investment-activism)


*A Tribute to the Women of Gaza

Join CODEPINK/Global Exchange Cofounder Medea Benjamin and Noura Erekat, both just back from Gaza. Hear firsthand accounts of the present situation in Gaza and a discussion of future peace prospects under the Obama Administration. Help CODEPINK, which is taking an international delegation to Gaza for International Women's Day (March 8), bring a message of compassion and support from the American people to the women of Gaza.

Middle Eastern food and drinks generously donated by the Tabard Inn
Middle Eastern music by Fuad Foty and Family
Short al-Jazeera video on women in Gaza

When:  Friday, February 27, 2009, 7pm-9pm
Where: Washington's Venerable Tabard Inn, 1739 N. St. NW, Washington DC
Cost: $100


8. RESOURCES AND EVENTS:  

* Call for Entries 2009: Boston Palestine Film Festival



The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is now accepting entries for its third annual festival to be held in October 2009.

BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people living in exile, under military occupation and siege, and within Israel. Palestinian cinema represents a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle, and surreal challenges that Palestinians face.

Submission deadline: February 28th, 2009
$20 entry fee for each submission
Click here to read more (http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/call_entries.html).


* Muslim Public Affairs Council meets with NYC Mayor Bloomberg on Gaza
February 11, 2009-The Muslim Public Affairs Council and other community organizations met with the mayor to discuss his uncritical and one-sided support of the attacks on Gaza. Click here to learn more.


* New Book from Institute for Palestine Studies

The Institute for Palestine Studies announces the release of its latest book, Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt Since 1948.

The book focuses on the coping strategies, life situations, history, and regional context of this often ignored community.

Click here for an abstract of the book (http://www.palestine-studies.org/books.aspx?id=644&href=details) and here to purchase (http://www.palestine-studies.org/addtocart.aspx?id=644&type=book&href=add).




*Job Vacany - Legal Researcher for Al-Haq

Al-Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, is currently seeking to fill a one-year fixed-term contract position for a Legal Researcher. The position is full-time (40 hours/week) and is based in Ramallah. For more information, click here (http://www.alhaq.org/etemplate.php?id=426).


*Irish Call for Justice for Palestine

January 31 -  The Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign published a full page ad in the Irish Times calling for the Irish government to pressure for international law to be implemented in Palestine and Israel and for the Irish people to boycott Israeli goods until Israel abides by international law. To read more, see the IPSC website by clicking here (http://www.ipsc.ie/
).


9. DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE:

* Join CODEPINK on a Humanitarian Delegation to Gaza for International Women's Day

March 5-March 12, 2009

For more information click here or contact gaza.codepink@gmail.com, or call Nancy Mancias at 415-342-6409.


*Global Exchange's Delegations to Palestine & Israel 

July 25th-August 4th, 2009
November 5th-16th, 2009
December 5th-15th, 2009


* Middle East Children's Alliance Delegations to Palestine/Israel in 2009

Spring date: March 1st-10th, 2009


*Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations to Israel/Palestine

Upcoming Delegations:
March 8th-21st, 2009
May 23rd-June 5th, 2009
July 25th-August 7th, 2009
October 24th - November 6th, 2009


* Sabeel/Friends of Sabeel North America Delegations to Israel/Palestine


Friends of Sabeel North America maintains a list of alternative travel opportunities to Israel/Palestine. To view the list, click here (http://www.fosna.org/content/alternative-travel-listing)



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