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Join Us for Our March Month of Action!

Occupation End Notes; Vol. 8 No. 4; February 25, 2010

Dear Friends,

Our March Month of Action is just around the corner. Are you ready?

We'll get the month started with Israeli Apartheid Week, March 1-7, with opportunities for action and education no matter where you are. You can use our website to find Israeli Apartheid Week events near you or to register your own event, as well as resources and action ideas. As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, we encourage you to participate in our March 2 Media Action Day by blogging, writing op-eds and letters to the editor, and using Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the realities of Israeli apartheid.

On March 6, we'll be hosting a campus boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) training in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Grassroots Advocacy Training & Lobby Day that we are co-organizing with US Campaign member group Interfaith Peace-Builders. You can register for the BDS training by clicking here and find out more about the Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day by clicking here.

On March 16, US Campaign member groups will be holding events and taking action to commemorate the life and work of Rachel Corrie. Rachel was a U.S. citizen who, at the age of 23, was killed by an Israeli solider driving a Caterpillar bulldozer as she attempted to nonviolently prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. March 16 will mark 7 years since she was killed. This year's actions will be particularly poignant as the Corrie family is bringing a civil suit against the Israeli Ministry of Defense in March.  Click here to learn more, and find out how you can take action by clicking here.

Finally, we'll round out our March Month of Action by marking Land Day on March 30th.  For the second year in a row, the Palestinian BDS National Committee has called for Land Day to be an international day of action for BDS. Click here to find out more and get involved!

Of course, our work doesn't end in March, so check out the rest of this week's edition of Occupation End Notes for information on the US Campaign's Annual National Organizers' Conference, action on military aid to Israel, member group activities, new blog posts, news, and more!

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In solidarity,

US Campaign National Office Staff

In This Edition

Save the Date: 9th Annual National Organizers' Conference, July 23-25

Oppose $3 Billion in Military Aid to Israel

Israel Ballet Meets with Protests

Josh Ruebner on CNI Radio

Bill Fletcher on CNN.com

UA Student Group Calls for School to Cut Moto Ties

US Campaign Blog

Member Group Update

Events Near You

BCPR Releases New Apartheid Resource

Valentine's Day Actions by Member Groups

CPT Releases Video of Israeli Army Attack on Shepherds

CJME Speaks Out in Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

AFSC Announces Chicago Hearing on U.S. Policy in Israel/Palestine

AJJP Launches New Website

IPSC Calls for CRH to Divest from Occupation

Delegations to Israel/Palestine

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* Save the Date: 9th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Kansas City, July 23-25

The US Campaign is excited to announce that our 9th Annual National Organizers' Conference will take place in Kansas City on July 23-25, 2010. US Campaign conferences give representatives of member groups that have paid their dues to the US Campaign the opportunity to set overall political direction and priorities for the coming year, review and evaluate the work of the US Campaign, and elect representatives to the Steering Committee. They also provide a forum for local and national groups and individuals to network and exchange resources with one another. To learn more about US Campaign conferences and read reports from past conferences, click here.

* Take Action: Oppose $3 Billion in Military Aid to Israel in FY2011

Last month, President Obama sent his FY2011 budget request to Congress, which included a record-breaking request for $3 billion in military aid to Israel. Take action now by sending your Members of Congress a letter opposing this request for more military aid to Israel, a country which misuses U.S. weapons to kill and injure Palestinian civilians in violation of U.S. law. Send you letter by clicking here. In your letter to your Members of Congress, you can even let them know how much military aid to Israel your state, Congressional district, county, and city will be providing under the terms of a ten-year agreement between the United States and Israel that lasts until 2018. You can look up this data, and the unmet domestic needs that could have been funded with this money instead, on our new and updated website www.aidtoisrael.org.

* US Campaign and Member Groups Call for Boycott of Israel Ballet Due to Ties with Israeli Apartheid

The U.S. tour of the Israel Ballet, the latest in the Israeli government's efforts to "rebrand Israel" by whitewashing human rights violations against Palestinians, has been met with protests and boycott calls organized by human rights advocates. The call to boycott the Israel Ballet, which is funded by the Israeli government and is part of an intentional effort to draw attention away from Israeli war crimes, occupation, and apartheid, has been endorsed by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and member groups Adalah-NY, American Jews for a Just Peace, and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, as well as the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within. Read more and see video of protests in Burlington, VT and Boston, MA and photos of protests in New York City by clicking here. If you're in MD or the DC metro are and want to find out about the Israel Ballet's performance in Rockville, MD, click here.

* US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner on CNI Radio

Check out US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner on "Jerusalem Calling," the online radio show of US Campaign member group Council for the National Interest (CNI) by clicking here.

From CNI: "National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner joins CNI board member and host Dr. E. Faye Williams to discuss the cost and benefit of U.S. military aid to Israel, and how ignoring the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories hampers U.S. efforts at engagement in the Middle East."

* US Campaign Steering Committee Member Bill Fletcher, Jr. on Palestinian Nonviolence at CNN.com

Remember when U2 lead singer Bono ignored the existence of Palestinian nonviolent resistance in the New York Times even as Palestinian grassroots activists like Jamal Juma', Mohammad Othman, and Abdallah Abu Rahmah were thrown in jail for their nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation and apartheid? US Campaign Steering Committee member Bill Fletcher, Jr. set the record straight about Palestinian nonviolent resistance and its relation to historic nonviolent struggles--including the struggle against racism in the United States--in an article at CNN.com entitled "Don't deny peaceful protests in West Bank." Click here to read more.

* University of Arizona Student Group Calls for School to Sever Motorola Ties

A University of Arizona student group, the Community for Human Rights, has called on UA to sever its connections with Motorola due to the company's complicity in human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UA Daily Wildcat has published several articles highlighting the connections between the campus, Motorola, and human rights violations committed against Palestinians by the Israeli military, as well as reviewing the history of corporate accountability work at the university. Click here to read more, and click here for resources to start a boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign on your campus. To learn more about Motorola's complicity in the Israeli occupation and the national campaign to boycott Motorola, click here.

* Saboteurs, Sanctions, Shepherds, and More on the US Campaign Blog

Have you been keeping up with the latest news and commentary on the US Campaign blog? If not, then you've missed out on ballerinas against Israeli apartheid, a major BDS victory in Europe, a new comic explaining BDS, video of Israeli soldiers attacking Palestinian shepherds and US Campaign member groups in the West Bank, the Reut Institute giving us more proof that we're winning this struggle, an article calling for sanctions at Time.com, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights on Israeli apartheid, and much more. Have a look at unique content on our blog by clicking here

* Member Groups, Member Groups, Everywhere!

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 our more than 325 coalition members represented by state. Don't see your member group listed? Click here to join the US Campaign. Member groups, now that we're well into 2010, it's time to renew membership dues! Click here to check if your member group is in good standing with the US Campaign and find out how to pay dues.

* Omar Barghouti, Ali Abunimah, Palestinian Culture Night, and More Events near You!

Find out about events featuring Omar Barghouti and Ali Abunimah, Israeli Apartheid Week events and Gaza Freedom March report backs, and more exciting events coming to a community near you on the US Campaign's online event calendar. Use the calendar to find out what's happening in your community to promote human rights and international law in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine. If you are planning an event--a vigil, a march, a teach-in, a film screening, an action, or anything else--you can publicize your event on our website by clicking here.

* Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights Presents "Apartheid: From South Africa to Israel/Palestine"

US Campaign member group Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights has produced a new 20-page booklet that illustrates the connections between apartheid in South Africa and the apartheid policies of Israel. Replete with photographs and information, the document overviews the common features of oppression under the apartheid system and makes important connections between the two struggles for self-determination and justice. Download the PDF by clicking here.

* US Campaign Member Groups Love Action...on Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day and every other day, we sure do heart our member groups.

Check out video and photos from US Campaign member group Adalah-NY protesting outside of Israeli settlement builder Lev Leviev's New York City diamond shop, and learn about US Campaign member group CODEPINK's Valentine's Day action against Israeli cosmetics company Ahava, by clicking here.

* Christian Peacemaker Teams Release Video of Israeli Army Attack on Shepherds

US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has released a video showing Israeli soldiers attacking Palestinians shepherds and CPT representatives near the village of At-Tuwani in the southern West Bank. The video records a previously reported attack on the Musa Raba'i family, which resulted in the arrest and torture of Musab Musa Raba'i. Musa was eventually released, after being threatened with death, with no charges filed against him. Click here to read more and see the video, and click here to read a report of another incident of the violation of Palestinian human rights in At-Tuwani written by CPTer Joy Ellison and published in the Electronic Intifada.

* Citizens for Justice in the Middle East Speak Out in Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

Representatives of US Campaign member group Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (CJME) have published a great piece in the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle in response to recent articles attacking their work. Check it out by clicking here. We're happy to have CJME working with us to organize our upcoming National Conference--for more information on that, click here, and keep an eye out for more updates and details to be announced soon.

* American Friends Service Committee Announces Chicago Hearing on U.S. Policy in Israel/Palestine

US Campaign member group American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has launched a new website in preparation for its Chicago Hearing on U.S. Policy in Israel/Palestine. The Chicago Hearing, which will be held April 18, 2010, is modeled after a Congressional hearing and will be webcast live from a link on the website. The Hearing will bring together witnesses to tell seldom-heard stories from Israel-Palestine that raise critical questions about the effects of U.S. policies in the region. Does Israel's explanation of security legitimize its violations of international law? Does the U.S. government condone Israeli policies and practices that would not be tolerated if replicated in America by the U.S. government?

The Hearing highlights voices of those on the other end of the pipeline of U.S. aid to Israel. Israeli, Palestinian and American witnesses will testify to lives lost, freedoms denied and property destroyed by Israeli policies buttressed by U.S. aid and support. The witnesses will testify to the collateral effects of U.S. policies toward Israel: military and financial aid that totaled over $3 billion in 2009 as well as unconditional diplomatic support for Israel in the United Nations. Visit the new website by clicking here. You can also download a flyer to publicize the Hearing by clicking here. If your organization is interested in hosting one of the Chicago Hearing speakers while they are in the United States, email US Campaign Steering Committee member Jennifer Bing-Canar by clicking here.

* American Jews for a Just Peace Launches New Website

US Campaign member group American Jews for a Just Peace has launched a new website, which contains background on the group, information about Israeli Apartheid Week and the Israeli Apartheid Video Contest, updates from the Health and Human Rights Project, information on the "Breaking the Law of Return" project, upcoming events, and more. Check out the new site by clicking here.

* Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign Launches Divestment Campaign Against CRH

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has launched a divestment campaign against CRH, an Irish construction materials company involved in the building of the Apartheid Wall through its stake in the Mashav Group, an Israeli construction company. The group is asking for signatures on its online petition calling for CRH to divest its holdings of the Mashav Group. Click here for more information, and sign the petition by clicking here.

* Opportunities to Visit Israel/Palestine for Education and Solidarity

Want to visit Israel/Palestine for education and solidarity? Check out the many opportunities to visit Israel/Palestine, such as the Sabeel Young Adult Conference, Global Exchange Reality Tours, Interfaith Peace-Builder delegations, and more by clicking here.

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