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  Volume 8; Number 15                                                                    Occupation End Notes                                                     September 24, 2010

In this Issue

  • October 2nd March on Washington
  • Empty Promises: Obama takes his Middle East peace plan to the UN
  • Responding to Michael Oren
  • What if Peace Talks "Succeed?"
  • "Colors from Palestine" 2011 Calendar
  • UN's Gaza Flotilla probe
  • UMass Boston Faculty Call on TIAA-CREF to Divest
  • When Settlers Attack
  • Health & Human Rights Project Delegation
  • US Campaign Store!
  • Member Groups, Member Groups Everywhere!
  • Donate Today

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Autumn: a perfect time to organize street actions for justice!


Above: demonstration this week in New York City, targeting Batsheva Dance Co., organized by Adalah-NY. Below: demonstration in Bil'in, West Bank.

This is a season for protests: School is back in session, the weather is mild, and a nice stress-reliever is to join friends outside and demonstrate for justice. If you're sitting on your couch, watching the news of flailing "peace negotiations," you've got to feel a bit frustrated.

This week in Jerusalem, an unarmed Palestinian protestor was fatally shot by Israeli police. Headlines across the United States are blaming the side with no weapons for derailing the peace process. Israel has wrongfully sentenced to prison Abdullah Abu Rahma, leader of the Bil'in movement against the apartheid wall.

Many groups are taking to the streets right now: Adalah-NY leads protests in New York City on a daily basis. The US Campaign, Code Pink and others are preparing for the One Nation March, coming one week from tomorrow! (See article below.) The American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) has organized its second annual nationwide "Free Palestine Walks" on October 9.

See our Calendar of Events to check for any events planned near your community! If you know of an event that is not listed, please let us know.

Show the Palestinian people that our solidarity goes beyond clicking around web sites from the comfort of home or a café. Email, blogs, Facebook, and the like are tools to End the Occupation. But they're only tools, and certainly no better than our feet and and our voices calling loudly for justice.


One Nation Working Together

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is excited to participate in the October 2 One Nation Working Together march on Washington for "a future of justice at home and peace abroad, where we create good jobs for all of us and take on the great challenges we face as a nation."

We need you and your organization to help us organize and make the demand for ending U.S. military aid to Israel "front and center" at this year's most important Washington, DC, peace and justice rally!

Help us on October 2 to win the hearts and minds of thousands of sympathetic people to our cause of ending $30 billion in military aid to Israel and redirecting that money to unmet needs here at home. 

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Empty Promises: Obama takes his Middle East peace plan to the UN

The Huffington Post, September 23, 2010
Phyllis BennisSteering Committee Member, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

"International law is not an empty promise" - except for Palestinians

President Obama's General Assembly speech called on the international community to mobilize behind the U.S.-led "peace process." He called on the Palestinians to "reconcile with a secure Israel" and waxed eloquent on the illegality of killing Israeli civilians. He called on the Palestinians' friends to implement the Arab Peace Plan's proposed normalization with Israel without ever mentioning the plan's clear understanding that ending Israel's 1967 occupation must come first. And he called on Israel to - talk nicely.

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Responding to Michael Oren, in his own words

Mondoweiss, September 17, 2010
Shakeel Syed, Steering Committee Member, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

The following is a response to Israeli Ambassador Mochael Oren'sSeptember 15th editorial in the Los Angeles Times

Imagine that you are a parent who sends her children off to school in the morning worrying whether they will be arbitrarily stopped, stripped nearly naked, and in most cases returned back home from an Israeli checkpoint without any redress process.

Media reports have promoted the myth that Palestinians - who are currently experiencing economic growth (as recently reported by Rabbi Ken Chasen in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times) - do not care about peace.

The truth is that what Palestinians want is to live with dignity and in safety from the American-made gunships and Apache helicopters raining white phosphorous bombs on civilians by the Israeli military.

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What if Peace Talks "Succeed?"

Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, September 22, 2010
Nadia Hijab, Advisory Board Member, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Many commentators expect the direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians to fail. But there is a much worse scenario: What if they "succeed?" The United States appears determined to push for a framework agreement within a year and both Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), are aiming for that goal. Such an agreement, U.S. peace envoy George Mitchell explained in a September 2 press conference, would be more than a declaration of principles but less than a peace treaty. In it, the two sides would reach the "fundamental compromises" necessary for a peace accord. Like its predecessor, the Obama administration has already indicated that the accord would still have to be fleshed out and then implemented over the course of several years - which virtually ensures that it will be delayed if not derailed as happened to past peace accords.

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"Colors from Palestine" 2011 Calendar

Click here to purchase your "Colors of Palestine" 2011 Calendar

When cultural freedom is denied, culture inevitably becomes a political act, and the celebration of Palestinian culture becomes a form of resistance. In this light, the sheer vibrancy of Palestinian cultural life is symbolic of both the resilience of Palestinian culture and the perseverance of Palestinian humanity.

Purchase your "Colors from Palestine" 2011 Calendar, featuring numerous works of art depicting Palestinian culture and resistance.  Every purchase provides direct support to the Young Artists Forum in Gaza.

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UN's Gaza flotilla probe finds Israeli soldiers committed "willful killing'

The Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 2010

Palestinians look at a floating memorial sign during a protest against the Israeli naval commando raid on a flotilla attempting to break the blockade on Gaza, at the port in Gaza City, June 1. A UN probe of the Gaza flotilla raid found Israeli soldiers committed 'willful killing.'

Hatem Moussa/AP Photo

A United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) investigation concluded that the Israeli military broke international laws during a raid on a Turkish ship that was part of an aid flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza.

The council's report, announced Wednesday, was met positively by Turkey but dismissed by Israel as "biased." The report is separate from a UN flotilla inquiry backed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, which includes both an Israeli and a Turkish representative and is seen as carrying more weight than the UNHRC's investigation - but has not yet concluded its work.

In a 56-page report (pdf), the UNHCR's three-member panel wrote that Israeli commandos had committed war crimes during their May 31 raid of the Turkish aid ship the MV Mavi Marmara that left nine Turkish, pro-Palestinian activists dead. Although Israel contends that its soldiers acted in self-defense, the council found that their response was "disproportionate" and that soldiers exercised an "unacceptable level of brutality."

"There is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: willful killing; torture or inhuman treatment; wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health," wrote the report's authors.

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Read the full UNHCR Report

UMass Boston Faculty Call on TIAA-CREF to Divest from Israeli Occupation

Jewish Voice for Peace, US Campaign Member Group, September 20, 2010

Faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Boston asked the non-profit investment firm TIAA-CREF to divest its holdings from companies that do business with the Israeli Occupation at the company CEO's public address on campus last Monday.

Faculty presented TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson with a letterrequesting that the firm withdraw its funds from five companies that arm and profit from Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.  These five companies are:  Caterpillar, whose bulldozers Israel uses to demolish Palestinian homes; Motorola, which manufactures the surveillance equipment Israel uses in its vast network of checkpoints in the West Bank and in tandem with its Separation Wall; Elbit Systems, which manufactures drones used to kill Palestinian civilians; Veolia, a company hired to design a light rail system to connect the illegal settlements proliferating in the West Bank with one another as well as with Jerusalem, and Northrup Grumman, which manufactures weapons, missiles, and helicopter parts.

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When Settlers Attack: Understanding Settler Violence against Palestinian Civilians

The Palestine Center, US Campaign Member Group, September 15, 2010

The Palestine Center presents an analysis of settler violence in the West Bank. Yousef Munayyer addresses what type of violence occurs, who is most vulnerable and most targeted, where the violence is concentrated and what motivates it.

Click the image to watch the full presentation and to read the transcript.

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Health & Human Rights Project Delegation

Since 2003, the Health and Human Rights Project (HaHRP) has organized yearly delegations of doctors, lawyers, teachers, labor activists, students, and others interested in human rights issues, to visit and work in Israel and Palestine. 

One of the most pressing concerns that face providers and patients in the region is the violation of medical neutrality by the Israeli military forces.

HaHRP needs and welcomes volunteers. In addition to people working in health care and related fields, we need help with the many non-medical tasks ahead of us, including organizing (outreach, putting on events, logistics, etc), press work, and fundraising. There is also non-medical work to be done on the delegations.

HaHRP's next delegations is January 1-16, 2011. Applications are due by October 1, 2010.

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Member Groups, Member Groups Everywhere! 

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