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Occupation End Notes | July 10, 2003
Volume 1 Number 16

1. EVENTS: Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, Philadelphia

2. RESOURCES: New book by Cheryl A. Rubenberg
3. UPDATES: Writing contest by Mothers for Peace-International



ISM Chicago Support Group, 7:00 p.m., Location: New World Resource Center, 1300 N. Western Avenue, Chicago. Contact: Kevin at (847) 359-7267, ISM_Chicago@ziplip.com. For more information about the International Solidarity Movement go to www.palsolidarity.org.

Come hang out with other peaceniks and meet Chris Brown, a Christian Peacemaking Team member in Hebron! Join us for an informational brunch on Saturday, July 12th, in Evanston from 10-12. Chris Brown was born in the U.S. and grew up for the first eight years of his life in South Africa under Apartheid. In 1979 Brown's family came to the U.S., where he lived for the next 18 years. In 1990 he returned to South Africa to rejoin in the struggle against apartheid. He was detained in prison for 1 1/2 years and was tortured during
this time. He was released from prison in 1992 and began working with Lawyers For Human Rights as a field worker. Contact Abby Okrent for the address of the brunch or with further questions at abby_okrent@hotmail.com , or (773) 868-1203. Abby Okrent, a Chicago NIMN member who recently returned from 4 months in Israel/Palestine, will also be present.

An Evening of Resistance at Arts in Action: Resisting Occupation and Militarization, 7:00PM – 12:00AM, Arts in Action: 1919 West 7th St, 4th Floor, Los Angeles. Arts in Action is in the Metro Mall Swap Meet Building. Parking is located on the street and in the parking lot on the corner of 7th and Westlake. Artists include: Jerry Quickley from KPFK, Jorge Monterrosa, Bess Kepp, Mark Gonzales, Babu, George McDonald, Artist Mansoir, Ahmad Rashad Jr., Freedom Infinite, and many more. 7:00 – 8:30PM: Editors of the monthly publication, Between the Lines, Toufic Haddad and Tikva Honig-Parnass are coming from Palestine to discuss the colonization of Palestinian Land and the atrocities committed against Palestinians by the Zionist State. 8:30 – 9:00PM: Short Documentary about the Nonviolent Resistance Movement in Palestine. 9:00 – 12:00AM: DJ, Spoken Word, Poetry, Hip Hop, Art and Photo Exhibit addressing issues of occupation and militarization in various places around the world. For questions or more information please e-mail us at projectelev8@hotmail.com. Suggested Donation of $5

Film - "Palestine is Still the Issue" by John Pilger, 7:00 PM, BC Space Gallery, 235 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach. A new documentary film by John Pilger about the daily humiliation and cultural denigration of the Palestinian people under Israeli Occupation. Pilger interviews Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli activists against the occupation, as well as Israeli government officials and settlers to portray a compelling and sobering picture of life for Palestinians. Followed by a discussion with Ya'el Korin (Women in Black), Rola Karam (Friends of Sabeel- North America) and Alexander Azadgan (Middle-East Expert & Peace Activist) preceded by a joint prayer from clergymen representing the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths. For more information, contact (949) 497-1880 , (949) 235-5005. Seating is limited - First come first served!!!

Public Forum - A Radical Roadmap for Peace, 1:00pm, summer brunch served at noon. Solidarity Hall, 2170 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles (Off the 10 Freeway at Western; on bus line #68). Eyewitness reports from Ramallah and Jerusalem. Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass and Toufic Haddad present critical assessments of Zionism and the Jewish state today, the Palestinian Intifada and the Bush peace plan. Door donation $3.00. Brunch donation $6.50, Low income & work exchanges available. For more information:323-732-6416 or lafsprw6@aol.com. Sponsored by: Freedom Socialist Party, Endorsed by: L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee, Café Intifada! Radical Women, U.S. Labor Against the War-L.A. Chapter, and Writing Empowerment Project

Bethlehem's Ibdaa Dance Troupe. For more information visit Americans for Palestinian Human Rights www.auphr.org, or call 503.287.1885

Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 East Main Street, Barrington. The prayer service will continue to be held on the fifteenth of each month until a just and lasting peace is achieved in the Middle East. The service is part of an ecumenical effort in the US and the world to pray daily until peace comes to the region. The people in Illinois are encouraged to join this prayer vigil on
the 15th of each month. Members of the Middle East Working Group for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) will be available after the service to tell about their ongoing work for peace. For information: Call 847-381-0243 and see www.elca.org/middleeast

Presentation from two political activists: Maha Nassar and Ala Al Azzeh, 7:00 p.m., The Southwest Youth Collaborative--6400 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago. This event is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand reports from two Palestinian activists whose experience spans both the current and the previous intifadas. Maha has served in important positions within Palestinian NGOs and on the Palestinian National Council. Her work has spanned the range of cultural, political, social welfare, education, and women's issues. Maha has spent time in Israeli prisons and under house arrest. Both Maha and Ala have worked with the Alternative Information Center, a
co-project between Palestinian and Israeli progressives that offers an important news channel for activists in Palestine, Israel, and elsewhere. $10 Donation requested. - Refreshments served. For information contact: Suzanne Adley suzanneadely@msn.com, or call 773 476 3534, x. 63.

"Precious Stones" film and Rebuilding Homes Campaign, 8:00 pm, Chicago Temple, First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington. Since 1967 over 9,500 Palestinian homes have been demolished. We're raising money to rebuild these homes, and helping to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to work constructively. $15 Get your tickets on ticketweb now (www.ticketweb.com). Per availability, tickets will also be on-sale at the door the evening of July 26. For further information about the Rebuilding Homes Project, please visit
www.RebuildingHomes.org. For further information about Silk Road Theatre Project, please visit www.srtp.org or call 312-236-6881.

SUSTAIN (Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now), the American Friends Service Committee, and the Philadelphia Folklore Project will host the Ibdaa Dance Troup from Dheishe Refugee camp in Philadelphia for a fundraiser and performance. The fundraiser is organized by Philadelphia’s Jewish Peace Network, and will be at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 on July 30th at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will go directly to Ibdaa. The Ibdaa dance performance will be on July 31st at 7:30 pm at the Bonnell Large Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia. Ticket are $15.00. To request tickets or more information contact SustainPhilly@yahoo.com.


Arab American Action Network Dinner Will Honor Rashid and Mona Khalidi, Burbank Manor, near 79th and Harlem. 6 pm reception, 7 pm dinner and program, Ticket price: $50, Entertainment: Arabic lute (oud) soloist, and a debka troupe. The event is being organized to thank Mona and Rashid for their contributions to our communities in Chicago over the last 15 years. Please join us for this event of celebration and appreciation. Contact jimwall65@aol.com for more information.

Farewell Dinner for Hands of Peace, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Islamic Cultural Center, 1800 Pfingsten Road, Northbook, Illinois. A Middle Eastern dinner will be catered by Pita Inn. Enjoy musical entertainment and presentations by Hands of Peace teen participants. Hands of Peace Program: The Congregations of B'Nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Glenview Community Church and the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago sponsored Israeli and Palestinian teenagers to visit the North Shore this summer. The young people participated in daily discussions and trust-building exercises designed to provide a framework for mutual understanding. This dinner will provide the opportunity for our community to meet the participants and to hear some of their impressions of the program. $20 per person (adult and child rate). Contact Gail Schuck at (847) 296-9255 for questions and information.


What explains the dismal failure of the post-Oslo peace process? What propels the prolonged and devastating upheaval known as the al-Aqsa intifada? Cheryl Rubenberg's forceful, penetrating critique of the Oslo Accords and their aftermath points to the starkly contrasting objectives of Israel and the Palestinians.
Rubenberg conveys how Israeli policies have eroded Palestinian commitment to a peace process, how U.S intervention has affected the region, and how pervasive corruption within the Palestinian government has played a role. Her somber conclusion supports the contention that peace in the region, while hoped for by many, depends entirely on unlikely shifts in policy and objectives on all sides, which leaves the Palestinians further from realizing theirr aspirations for self-determination than at any time since 1967.
Cheryl A. Rubenberg, an independent analyst and former associate professor of political science at Florida International University, has written on U.S. policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for more than twenty-five years. Her previous publications include Palestinian Women: Patriarchy and Resistance in the West Bank.

"This is a ground breaking work of meticulous research and perceptive insight that will render it a classic and required reading."-Naseer H. Aruri, University of Masschusetts

"Anyone who wants to understand why the peace process in Israel and Palestine has gone astray-and where it ought to go-should refer to this book as an essential guide."-Ilan Pappe, Haifa University

Lynne Rienner Publishers: Phone (303) 444-6684, Fax (303) 444-0824, http://www.rienner.com/


MOTHERS FOR PEACE ESSAY CONTEST The Palestinian/Israeli conflict has been a sad, sorrowful chapter in the history of the world for over 55 years. While stories of violence and destruction are commonplace, the real impact of life in the area does not really touch those who have not lived there, have not been there. In addition, when it comes to talking about the conflict, the voices of women and children have been muted or not heard at all. Mothers for Peace-International believes that by publishing a diversity of women’s and children's views on their experiences in the Middle East we can go behind the headlines to show the true human cost of a conflict which has destroyed so many lives and have a better understanding of the reasons behind the violence taking place and what can be done to establish a lasting peace.

Eligibility: Women of any age and children under 18 are eligible for the contest. All nationalities are encouraged to participate. Essays will be judged in the following categories:
-Children aged 10 or younger - (Top prize: $100; two runners up $50)
-Children aged 11-17 (Top prize: $200; two runners up $100)
- Female Adults 18+ (Top prize: $500; three runners up $250)

Contest Rules:
1. Essays must not have been previously published.
2. Essays must be 3000 words or less.
3. Only one entry per contestant.
4. Essays must be submitted in one of the following languages: English, Hebrew or Arabic.
5. Essays must answer the question: "How the Mideast Conflict Has Impacted Me".
6. Essays submitted become the property of Mothers for Peace-International whether or not they win a prize. All essays of merit will be published on the Mothers for Peace-International website. Your story will be shared. If you wish to share your story on the website, but request anonymity, please let us know. Extraordinary essays will be compiled into a book to be donated to libraries to educate Americans and other nationalities about the realities of life in the Middle East. Proceeds from the sale of books will be directed back to the Mothers for Peace-International scholarship program.

If you would like to submit an essay for consideration, please send it by e-mail to: mothers4peace@bellsouth.net. Include your full name, age, citizenship, mailing address, and e-mail
address. Your personal information will be kept confidential. Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2003. Winners will be notified by October 30, 2003. If you have questions about the contest, please submit them in English to: mothers4peace@bellsouth.net. We depend on our generous donors to in order to provide services and scholarships. Would you like to help sponsor this contest? If so, please contact mothers4peace@bellsouth.net for instructions on how you can make a donation.


REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 19 to 22: Washington, DC US Campaign 2nd Annual Organizers' Conference "Building the National Movement".www.endtheoccupation.org. Space is limited and we can only accommodate 200 participants. The registration form can be found at

The Organizers Conference will be on 19—20 July, and each organization, group or network is invited to send one or two representatives to help build the national movement. Advocacy training on outreach to Congress and visits to Reps and staffers will take place 21 –22 July. Most of the time will be spent in strategy sessions. Working groups will choose priorities in each of the Campaign’s three program areas – congress, divestment, and education for mobilization – and identify other action areas for the Campaign or for clusters of groups.

Experienced activists and thinkers will be on hand to guide our work. Renowned scholar and professor Edward Said; Cindy Corrie, mother of Rachel Corrie; and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute of Policy Studies will address opening and evening plenaries.

Activists sharing experience in working sessions include: Rania Awad (media expert); Kathy Bergen (American Friends Service Committee); Ahmed Bouzid (media expert); Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ); Nisrin Elamin (Grassroots International); Ron Francis (US Campaign Divestment Project); Nadia Hijab (US Campaign Steering Committee); Hany Khalil (War Times); Fady Kiblawi (campus divestment activist); Mark Lance (SUSTAIN); Barbara Lubin, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA); Jeff Mendez (Palestine Center); Nancy Murray (Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights); Josh Ruebner (US Campaign Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator); Ladan Sobhani (Global Exchange); Damu Smith (Black Voices for Peace); Lori Wallach (Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch); Ora Wise (International Solidarity Movement); Alison Weir (If Americans Knew); David Wildman (United Methodists General Board of Global Ministries); Koyuki Yip (Asian American activist); Allison Budschalow (Asian American activist); and Mona Younis (human rights advocate).

For a provisional program click http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=134

The Palestine Center will be managing the registration process and the point of contact is Mr. Tareq Bremer. He may be reached at 202.338.1290 ext. 10 or via email to tbremer@palestinecenter.org


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