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  Volume 8; Number 17                                                                    Occupation End Notes                                                     October 25, 2010

In this Issue:

  • The Organization That Cries Wolf

  • AFPI petitions for Irvine 11

  • Israeli police at Georgia State

  • PACBI petitions Guns N' Roses

  • Bulldozer driver, ground commander testify

  • Susan Abulhawa in Mondoweiss

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Groups find ADL's misguided "guide" a perfect opening for action

About 10 days ago we earned some weirdly effective publicity, along with nine other U.S. organizations, thanks to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Several of the nine are part of our national coalition.

Ironically, after ADL's clownish front-page blacklisting of its "Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America," many of the listees took up this fantastic opportunity to show--through a broad array of messages--just how irrelevant is such "anti-Israel" labeling, and how it cannot silence voices for justice and equality, nor voices of dissent from international war crimes.

We immediately responded by successfully fundraising to replace destroyed Palestinian olive trees, and by asking: Why does such a once-venerable anti-racism watchdog neither condemn the violence in places such as East Jerusalem, nor commend the Gandhian teachers of conscience in places such as Bil'in.

"Sadly, the ADL [has] strayed from its original core mission 'to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all'," wrote our National Advocacy Director in "the Organization that Cries Wolf" (see below).

Following are more responses by ADL's blacklisted groups who dare to claim that "justice and fair treatment to all" should apply to Palestinians too (the names are linked to their full statements)...

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
"What the ADL's list really showcases are the top ten most influential groups that have taken a principled anti-occupation and anti-displacement position."

Friends of Sabeel North America (FoSNA)
"We are proud that our own efforts have been judged so effective, but saddened that we should be considered a threat."

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
"The ADL does so many good things. ... But all of these ... are undermined by Foxman and company's cynical attitudes when it comes to protecting Israel's right to infinitely expand into Palestinian territory."

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
"The ADL itself started [from social justice movements] a century ago. ... We invite the ADL to reconsider its categorical silence on egregious Israeli human rights violations by joining the movement for freedom, equality, and justice in Palestine."


The Organization That Cries Wolf

My late grandfather was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Many other members of my extended family were not so fortunate and perished in the Holocaust.

Organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), established in 1913, were designed to fight against this scourge of anti-Semitism in particular, and racism in general. However, sadly, the ADL has long since strayed from its original core mission "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all."

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O N   C A M P U S

Interfaith leaders ask District Attorney to terminate 'Irvine 11' investigation

More than 20 interfaith leaders of the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative signed a letter this week to the Orange County (California) District Attorney's office, asking it to drop a criminal investigation of a protest at UC Irvine last February, where 11 students were arrested for shouting criticisms during a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, following Israel's military attack on Gaza. The letter expressed outrage at DA investigators impersonating law enforcement agents in order to build a case against the students. It proposes the incident be handled by the university, which has also opposed the DA's tactics.

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Group campaigns to stop Israeli police trainings at Georgia State University

Last Tuesday at Georgia State University, a coalition led by the Movement to End Israeli Apartheid - Georgia (MEIAG) and the Progressive Student Alliance petitioned the university president to shut down the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), a program housed in the GSU Criminal Justice Department. The groups also held a campus protest last week, viewable here.

GILEE's stated purpose is to facilitate training exchanges between Georgia police departments and others around the world. Its relationship with the Israeli police is the most intimate and troubling, says MEIAG. Since 1992, police and other Georgia public employees partake in annual delegations to Israel to learn "counter-terrorism" techniques. Likewise, Israeli police travel to Georgia to learn drug enforcement tactics.

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B D S

PACBI implores Guns N' Roses to skip Israel performance

In an open letter to the band, entitled: "Guns N' Roses: An Opportunity to Untie your Hands" the Palestinian national campaign for BDS writes:

"PACBI was dismayed to read reports that you are considering performing in Israel later this year. PACBI, supported by an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society and, in particular, by almost the entire community of Palestinian cultural workers, views such a performance in Israel as a form of complicity in whitewashing Israel's occupation."

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Criminal complaint lodged against Dutch company for Israeli wall and settlements

The Ramallah-based Palestinian NGO, Al-Haq, lodged a criminal complaint last week against a Dutch private rental company, Riwal, for involvement in the construction of Israel's illegal wall and settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. The complaint alleges that by supplying mobile cranes and aerial platforms to Israeli contractors, Riwal is complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity, which violate Holland's International Crimes Act.

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O U R   M E M B E R S

Bulldozer driver and ground commander testify

Haifa, Israel - The driver of the bulldozer that crushed to death Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza, in March 2003, and the military commander in charge of the unit on the ground that day, [testified last week] in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel's family against the state of Israel for her unlawful killing.

Earlier this month, the court granted the State of Israel's request that soldiers involved in the incident be permitted to testify behind a screen to protect their identity. Lawyers for the Corrie family appealed the decision to the Israeli Supreme Court, requesting that at a minimum the family be allowed to view the soldiers, but the court refused to hear the challenge.

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Hear a briefing with the Corries...


P U B L I S H I N G

"As Palestinians, we are facing our own extinction"

"In his Nobel prize acceptance speech, John Steinbeck said, 'literature grows from the human need for it.' Reflecting on another Nobel before him, he said that William Faulkner, more than most men, knew that the understanding and resolution of fear are a large part of the writer's reason for being.

"Ultimately, this is the underlying motivation for writing Mornings in Jenin. To me, literature is a place where we can all meet to rediscover our common humanity. And this becomes more critical when it involves a people, like the Palestinians, who are so demonized and dehumanized in this country, that few even think of us as anything more than a collection of miscellaneous crazy, irrational Arabs.

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