Occupation End Notes
March 19, 2009
Volume 7 Number 4
1. US Campaign Update:
Save the Date: 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Chicago,
September 12-13, 2009; Host Our Fall 2009 Campus Organizing Tour; How
Can You Sustain the U.S. Campaign?; and more!
2. Gaza Action:
Is Pasta a Weapon? Ask the State Department; CODEPINK Report from Gaza;
Richard Falk on War Crimes in Gaza; Take Action to End the Siege of
Gaza; IDF to Investigate Lax Rules of Engagement in Gaza
3. Challenging U.S. Policy Update:
Organize to End Military Aid at Marches Against War and Occupation;
U.S. Bans Cluster Munitions Exports; Update on Tristan Anderson
4. Standing Against Apartheid Update: Durban Conference; Blog Against Apartheid; Israeli Apartheid Week in the New York Times!
5. Boycott & Divestment Update:
March is Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Month; Get Involved with
Motorola and CAT Shareholder Meetings; Video of BDS Direct Action in
France; BDS Resources
6. Expressions of Nakba Update: Expressions of Nakba Coming to a City near You
7. Membership Update:
New Member Organizations; 6th Annual New Orleans Human Rights Film
Festival; Combatants for Peace East Coast Speaking Tour; and more!
8. Resources & Events:
Houston Palestine Film Festival; Gaza Relief Concernts; World Council
of Churches Week for Peace in Palestine Israel; and more!
9. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Global Exchange, Middle East Children's Alliance, Interfaith Peace-Builders and Friends of Sabeel - North America
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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
Click here for more information.
* Apply to Host our Fall 2009 Campus Organizing Tour
tour will stop in five cities and work with campus communities
(students, faculty, alumni, and members of the surrounding community)
to foster successful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns.
Click here to find out more about the tour!
* 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.
* Book Available for Purchase
book "Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second
Intifada," by Wendy Pearlman, with photos by Laura Junka, 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.
* 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
Hang Up On Motorola Facebook page
US Campaign's Twitter page
2. GAZA ACTION:
* Is Pasta a Weapon? Ask the State Department for an Answer!
the State Department has been…um…fumbling for the right words to
describe Israel's illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip.
to find out more about ludicrous restrictions on humanitarian aid into
Gaza and to encourage the State Department to do something about it.
* Take Action
For more 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."
* CODEPINK Report Back from Gaza Delegation
CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin, Col. Ann Wright, Gael Murphy, Pam Rasmussen,
and Noura Erakat of the National Lawyer's Guild to hear the findings of
their recent trip to Gaza. The
report back will be held Monday, March 23, from 6-8 PM, at Busboys and
Poets Restaurant, 5th & K-1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC.
* UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on War Crimes in Gaza
March 3-UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk examines whether there are
appropriate instruments and political will to investigate war crimes
committed by Israel against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Click here to read more.
* IDF to Investigate "Lax Rules of Engagement" by Israeli Military in Gaza
19--The Israeli military has announced that it will open an
investigation into claims by Israeli soldiers who were part of the
invasion of the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead that lax rules of
engagement led to unneccessary civilian casualties. The announcement
comes after statements by soldiers were published in the Israeli
newspaper Ha'aretz. Click here to read more.
3. CHALLENGING U.S. POLICY:
* Help us Organize to End Military Aid to Israel at Marches Against War and Occupation
us for marches on the Pentagon, Saturday, March 21, and Wall Street,
Saturday, April 4, to organize to challenge U.S. military aid to
Click here to find out more.
* 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.
* U.S. Bans Export of Cluster Munitions
11, 2009-The Obama Administration has signed legislation banning
further exports of cluster bomb munitions. Cluster munitions exported
by the UnS have been used by other states against civilian populations,
including by the Israeli air force in Lebanon. This announcement is a
victory for all those concerned with accountability for U.S. arms that
are used to commit violations of international law. For more
information, see the Human Rights Watch press release.
* B'tselem, International Solidarity Movement Call for Accountability for Victims of IDF Violence
In the wake of the shooting of U.S. activist Tristan Anderson on March 13, 2009, Israeli human rights organization B'tselem has demanded an investigation
by the Israeli Judge Advocate General on the use of supposedly
'non-lethal' weapons against demonstrators in the occupied Palestinian
The International Solidarity Movement and the family of Rachel Corrie
have both issued statements calling for justice and accountability in
the cases of Tristan Anderson and Rachel Corrie, as well as for all
Palestinian victims of Israeli military violence including those killed
or injured in Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Tristan Anderson is listed in stable condition at Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv; a statement from his family is available here.
4. STANDING AGAINST APARTHEID UPDATE:
* Israel Review Conference to Focus on Apartheid, Colonialism, and Occupation
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee is
sponsoring a review conference in Geneva on April 18-19, two days
before the UN Durban Review conference. The
Israel Review Conference will bring together internationally renowned
experts and actors for social and political justice who will examine
how the UN anti-racism instruments apply to Israel's policies and
practices regarding the Palestinian people and, develop practical
recommendations on how to make Israel accountable to international law
and protect the rights of the Palestinian people.
Click here for more information.
Click here to learn more about the anti-apartheid framework as it applies to Israel and Palestine.
* Blog Against Apartheid
ItIsApartheid.org has declared March "Blog Against Apartheid" Month. Join US Campaign supporters and www.ItIsApartheid.org in educating about apartheid in the blogosphere. Click here for insturctions and talking points to use while blogging.
* Criticism of Israel dropped from Durban draft documents
17--UN officials claim that references to Israel and the Middle East
have been removed from the draft documents of the Durban Review
conference to be held in Geneva April 20-25. Earlier drafts included
criticism of Israel's racist and apartheid policies against
Palestinians. Click here
to read more.
* Grassroots Advocacy is Working!: Israeli Apartheid Week Featured in New York Times
The growing success of grassroots advocacy work against the Israeli occupation was evident in a March 18 article in the New York Times. The article, focusing on Israel's increasing isolation in the international community after attacks on Gaza, highlighted the 54 cities across the country that hosted the Fifth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
from March 1-8, 2009 as as evidence of international condemnation of
Israel's violations of human rights and international law. Many US Campaign member groups sponsored and organzied events during Israeli Apartheid Week. Click here to read the article; click here to read more about Israeli Apartheid Week.
5. BOYCOTT & DIVESTMENT UPDATE:
* March is Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Month
Learn about opportunities for action on boycott, divestment, and sanctions this month, including supporting Hampshire College divestment and the Global BDS Day of Action, by clicking here.
* 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, fact sheets about Motorola's support for Israeli apartheid
policies, and tips on how to involve retailers in the campaign by
Or click here to donate to support the ongoing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions work of the US Campaign.
* Get Involved in Caterpillar and Motorola Shareholder Meetings
shareholder meeting is in May and Caterpillar's is in June. The US
Campaign and our member groups will be working to organize presences
inside the meetings and out in the streets of Chicago, where both
meetings are held. Click here
to email the US Campaign's national organizer about getting involved in
activities around one or both of the shareholder meetings.
* 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.
* Great BDS website
Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace exposes corporations profiting
from the occupation of Palestinian territory and people.
Click here to check out WhoProfits.org.
* Morally Responsible Investment Resources for Churches
Friends of Sabeel North America now has a website devoted to resources
on morally responsible investment activism. View their resources by
clicking here. Also click here to view resources on divestment in the context of faith communities, labor groups, and student groups.
* Great Video of BDS Direct Action in France
11, 2009--French activists with the Campagne Boycott Israel
participated in a remarkable BDS direct action. The group walked to a
Carrefour grocery store in France wearing green shirts with "Live
Palestine" on the front and "Boycott Israel on the back." They then
removed all "made in Israel" products from the stands. The Campagne
Boycott Israel has demanded that Carrefour end its supply of Israeli
Video of the action is available here.
6. EXPRESSIONS OF NAKBA UPDATE:
* See Expressions of Nakba in Your City this Spring:
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).
You can also follow Expressions of Nakba on Facebook
7. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE:
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 organizations to our coalition:
Artists to End the Occupation - Washington State
Sooners for Peace in Palestine - Oklahoma
* PATOIS: The 6th Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Festival
March 26th - April 5th, 2009
This April, US Campaign member organization New Orleans Palestine Solidarity will present the fifth annual New Orleans International Human
Rights Film Festival. This festival, started and guided by their group,
has been an incredible project for bridging Palestine solidarity and
The US Campaign is a proud sponsor of this film festival and we encourage all our supporters to attend.
Click here for information.
* Program on U.S. Policy in Israel/Palestine in Northern Virginia
March 28, 2009
Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice and the VA Chapter of the
Progressive Democrats of America present "Israel/Palestine: How can the
US Promote Peace?" Katherine Fuchs and David Hosey from the US Campaign
to End the Israeli Occupation will discuss the current situation in
Israel/Palestine and present their perspective on how the Obama
Administration can help bring peace to the region. Question and answer
to follow. The event will take place Saturday, March 28, from 3:00 -
5:30 at the Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N. Jackson Street,
Arlington, VA (intersection of N. Irving St and N. Jackson St, north of
13th St N). Four blocks from the Clarendon metro.
For more information see www.PDAVirginia.org or contact Sarah Eggleston at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Combatants for Peace Speaking Tour Coming to East Coast
Israeli Yaniv Rashef and Palestinian Bassam Aramin are members of Combatants for Peace,
a group of over 600 former Israel soldiers and former Palestinian
fighters now working together without revenge to build justice,
Click here for more information on their East Coast speaking tour, which is sponsored in part by US Campaign member organization the Rebuilding Alliance.
* Film Screening: Life in Occupied Palestine
March 29, 2009
Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
is sponsoring a showing of the film Life in Occupied Palestine by Anna
Baltzer. Anna Baltzer is a Jewish American peace worker who spent eight
months in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories documenting
human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent direct action in the West
Bank with the International Women's Peace Service. The film screening
will take place on Sunday, March 29, at 1:00 PM at the Howard County
Central Library, Little Patuxent Parkway and South Entrance Road,
Columbia, MD 21044.
For more information, email HCCEIO@yahoo.com.
* Celebration of Rachel Corrie's Life sponsored by 14 Friends of Palestine
March 29, 2009
14 Friends of Palestine of Marin County, California are sponsoring a
celebration of Rachel Corrie's life with music, dance, and readings of
her letters. The event will take place on Sunday, March 29, 2009, from
4 PM to 6:30 PM, at World Dance Fitness, 40 Green Field, San Anselmo,
CA. For more information click here or email email@example.com.
* In Memory of Rachel Corrie
March 31, 2009
Florida Palestine Solidarity Network will host poetery, videos, and
readings of Rachel Corrie's work at Kulture Hookah Lounge (223 West
King Street) in Saint Augustine, FL. The event will being at 8 PM. For
more information see their Facebook group.
* Save the Date: ADC National Convention June 12-14, 2009
June 12-14, 2009
"ADC: From the Grassroots to Our Nation's Capital: Change for Our
Future" is the theme of the 2009 ADC National Convention, to take place
in Washington DC from June 12-14. More information is available here.
* Partners for Peace Announces New Executive Director and Program Administrator
for Peace is pleased to announce that it has named Rev. Melinda
Thompson as Executive Director and Deena Kanafani as Program
Administrator. Partners for Peace is non-profit organization based in
Washington, DC that seeks to educate the American public about the
Palestinian-Israeli situation by bringing women from that area here to
speak about their lives and visions for a peaceful resolution to the
ongoing conflict. Click here for more.
* Israeli Apartheid Week a Success at Emory University
Emory Advocates for Justice in Palestine are pleased to report a
successful series of events held on campus during Israeli Apartheid
Week. Click here for more information.
* Write or Call In for Freedom for Mordechai Vanunu
Since his release from jail April 21, 2004, Israeli nuclear weapons
whistle-blower Mordecahi Vanunu has been denied the right to leave
Israel or to speak to non-Israelis. Emails and phone calls calling for
Vanunu's full release are being made to President Obama citing the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For more information click here.
8. RESOURCES AND EVENTS:
* Gaza Relief Concert
March 27, 2009
Association of Human Rights Students at the Korbel School of
International Studies is excited to announce that on March 27, 2009 we
will be hosting the "Gaza Relief Concert" at the Driscoll Ballroom on
the University of Denver campus. All proceeds go to the Middle East
Children's Alliance (MECA). The event will include Middle-Eastern food
and a cash bar, an informative speaker series, a modest art exhibit,
and performances by popular Denver bands Hello Kavita, Ian Cooke and
Joshua Novak. For more information click here
* 2nd Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival
April 16th-25th , 2009
The second annual Houston Palestine Film Festival brings an honest and
independent view of Palestine and its Diasporas, society, culture, and
political travails through the art of film. This group of
groundbreaking cinematic texts rises above the degrading stereotypes or
reductively politicized depictions that are so familiar to Houstonians.
A major goal of the Festival is to directly expose our local community
to the perspective of artists as a first step toward circumventing the
many government and media filters that pollute our understanding of
Palestine and the wider region.
More information can be found by clicking here
* Concert for Gaza
April 16, 2009
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT will host a benefit concert for Gaza, with David Rovics
and Shawnee Kilgore. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Middle East
Children's Alliance and Islamic Relief. The concert will take place on
Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 7 PM, at the First Congregation Church of
Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Tickets are $15 at the door.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-303-3013.
* World Council of Churches Announces World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
World Council of Churches is inviting member churches and related
organizations to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in
Palestine and Israel from June 4-10, 2009. Click here
to learn more about the World Week for Peace and how you can get involved through prayer, education, and advocacy.
*Job Vacancy - Legal Researcher for 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.
* Order Palestinian Loss of Land Map Cards
Educate in your community using these postcard-sized maps, which show
Palestinian loss of land from 1946 through the current day. Click here to order from Friends of Sabeel North America and here for Quakers with a Concern for Palestine Israel.
9. DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE:
* Global Exchange's Delegations to Palestine & Israel
July 25th-August 4th, 2009
November 5th-16th, 2009
December 5th-15th, 2009
Click here to learn about Global Exchange's customized Reality Tours.
* Middle East Children's Alliance Upcoming Delegations to Palestine/Israel in 2009
* Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations to Israel/Palestine
May 23rd-June 5th, 2009
July 25th-August 7th, 2009 (cosponsored by the U.S. Campaign)
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
of Sabeel Colorado is sponsoring a two-week fact finding trip to
Israel/Palestine, from May 16-30, 2009. Confirmation of participation
is needed immediately. For more information, please contact Joy Lapp at
303-494-2338 or email@example.com
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