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Take Action: Photo-Ops Are Over-Our Work Continues‏

September 3rd, 2010

They Came, They Saw, They...Talked

Watch our spoof video on the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

We all know that peace doesn't happen just because politicians in suits gather around a table.

Peace occurs when we-civil society-demand our elected leaders to pursue it. That's why our efforts are needed now more than ever.

Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally opened direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations one day after President Barack Obama hosted bilateral talks and a working dinner at the White House.

While President Obama supped with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Jordanian King Abdullah, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation organized a vigil for a just peace outside the White House. View our video from the event by clicking here.

Of course, U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel is no laughing matter, but when we saw these photos released by the White House, we just had to put our own captions on them.

Watch our brief video about the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations by clicking here and then share the video with all your friends.

Now that the political theatrics and photo-ops are over, and as Palestinians and Israelis look to resume regularly-scheduled negotiations, it's time for us to redouble our efforts to educate, organize, and mobilize people to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support a just peace based on human rights, international law, and equality.

Here are five things that you can do today to help achieve that goal:

1) Sign a petition to President Obama stating that negotiations must be based on human rights, international law, and UN resolutions to be successful. We've already delivered a petition to the White House with thousands of signatures-help us get thousands more by clicking here.

2) Help us organize one or more of our boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. Just as apartheid ended in South Africa only after a worldwide movement arose to isolate and de-legitimize the apartheid regime, Israel will only feel compelled to end its occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians once it too feels the sting of international isolation. In fact, the Netanyahu government transparently wants a sham negotiating process to ease Israel's increasing isolation and to deflate the international BDS movement. But we won't let that happen-help us keep the BDS movement going strong by getting involved today.

3) Help us organize to end U.S. military aid to Israel. Despite the resumption of negotiations, Israel continues to misuse U.S. weapons on a daily basis to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians---destroying their homes, building an Apartheid Wall, uprooting agriculture, and injuring and killing innocent civilians, to name just a few. From 2009-2018, the United States is scheduled to provide Israel with $30 billion in weapons-money that could be much better used instead to retrain nearly 500,000 workers each year for green jobs in this country. This is the message that we'll be bringing to the October 2 One Nation mobilization and that we'll need your help to organize for. More details to follow in weeks to come, but for now don't forget to sign up to organize opposition to military aid to Israel in your community.

4) Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, either as an individual or as an organization. Your affiliation and membership with us means a lot to us. We have tens of thousands of individual supporters, and more than 325 member organizations in our coalition, making us the most diverse, most broadly-based coalition working to end U.S. support for Israel's illegal 43-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality. Now that negotiations have resumed, our mission is more critical than ever. Please join us today as an individual or organizational member of the US Campaign.

5) Spread the word about the work that we're doing to your friends, family, colleagues, etc. Forward this email to people you know, check out our media appearances "In the News," subscribe to our YouTube channel, become our fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or sign up to receive our blog feed. We're using all the media we can think of to get the word out-please help us!

And, don't forget, for all the latest analysis, action, and resources around the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, please visit: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/negotiations