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  Volume 8; Number 18                                                                   Occupation End Notes                                                     November 5, 2010

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    October 22- December 3
    The Eye Behind the Camera- Photographs by Elia Kahvedijian



  • Dearborn
    November 5
    Living Justice: Celebrating the Life & Work of Edward Said and Rachel Corrie


  • Northfield
    November 6
    2010 Palestine Fair


  • New Paltz
    November 10
    Panel Discussion: Crisis in Israel/Palestine


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Stand with Palestinian farmers: Replant a Tree ...and more!

Dear Friend,

Settlers in the West Bank are on a rampage. There have been 35 incidents of settler vandalism against Palestinians during the 2010 olive harvest season.

The settlers, with control over the Israeli government, are emboldened, especially now that their ability to block progress in peace negotiations has stood unchallenged.  The inability of anyone in the world to stop them - incuding the Obama Administration - is now painfully apparent.

We have pledged to stand up against this aggression the only way we know how - through nonviolence, and by standing in solidarity with Palestinian farmers.

Israeli army using Caterpillar D9 bulldozer to clear Palestinian trees

Join us in pledging to replant olive trees destroyed.

Last weekend four Israeli human rights organizations sent a letter to the Israeli army decrying the escalation of settler vandalism.  It demanded that the army take steps to guarantee full protection from damage to Palestinian property, particularly olive trees.  We're not holding our breath.

What can we do to show solidarity with Palestinian farmers, and help them resist these assailants who seek nothing less than ethnic cleansing? Here are my suggestions:

  • Stop the U.S. government and U.S. corporations from providing direct and indirect support to settlers.  Join our latest petition drive, in partnership with the Rachel Corrie Foundation, which demands that the US government stop supplying Caterpillar bulldozers to the Israeli military.

  • View B'Tselem's vandalism report, including this video.
  • Raise awareness in your community about the "Stop the Wall" Campaign (below) and stand up and be heard during "Israeli Aparthied Week."

  • Replant olive trees in Palestine by joining Trees for Life.  A gift of $25 covers the cost of planting a tree and supports our work here in the United States. Especially for the upcoming holidays, please consider this gift for a loved one.
We hope you find this edition of Occupation End Notes informative, and welcome your feedback.

In solidarity,

Rob Mosrie, Executive Director


Caterpillar D9 deliveries halted, momentarily

Today our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, hand-delivered to the State Department an open letter signed by more than 150 organizations, and a petition signed by more than 11,000 individuals, calling on the Obama Administration to make the suspension permanent.

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Corrie trial continues in Israel court

Soldier uncertain over Rachel Corrie death
, November 5, 2010

An Israeli soldier who commanded a military bulldozer testified in court yesterday that he couldnít be certain it was his vehicle that ran over Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003, killing the American peace activist.


The commander of the two-man bulldozer team told Haifa district court that he saw Ms Corrie and other activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who were wearing distinctive fluorescent vests, as they tried to prevent two Israeli bulldozers demolish Palestinian homes. However the soldier, identified as sergeant A.V., told the court he didnít notice Ms Corrie moments before she was crushed by a bulldozer, and he wasnít 100 per cent sure which vehicle was responsible.

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In major boycott success, Africa Israel says no plans to build more settlements

Africa Israel, the flagship company of Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, announced this week that it is no longer involved in Israeli settlement projects and that it has no plans for future settlement activities. Africa Israel subsequently denied that this was a political decision.

However, in the last few years numerous organizations, firms, governments and celebrities have exerted pressure and severed their relationships with Leviev and his companies over their involvement in settlement construction and other human rights abuses, in response to a boycott campaign initiated by Adalah-NY.


Presbyterian Mission Network Joins BDS, Calls for Boycott, Supports Kairos

Friends of Sabeel-North America, October 25, 2010

In response to invitations from the Christians of the Holy Land, The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted at its annual meeting to join the international boycott of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The first targeted products for the boycott are Ahava Cosmetics, King Solomon Dates, and Jordan River Dates, which are imported into the United States from illegal Israeli settlements.

The network also voted to identify companies profiting from the illegal military occupation, initiate dialogue with them and expand the boycott list if needed. This action would include companies doing business in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or contributing to the building of infrastructure of illegal settlements.


Stop the Wall: Make Apartheid History!

Eight years into the Apartheid Wall's construction, more than 60% of its planned length has already been built and ghettoized communities, threatening more than 260,000 people with displacement and loss of land and water.

The International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that the Wall be dismantled and the international community fulfil its legal obligations: to enforce Israeli compliance with international humanitarian law and not to assist in the Wall's construction and maintenance.

Palestinian popular resistance to the Wall has grown remarkably in the past year.  More villages have established weekly nonviolent actions.

Enter solidarity with this struggle by joining the 8th Annual Week against the Apartheid Wall, November 9-16, 2010.

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Vote for your favorite in the Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest

All are invited by Stop the Wall and ItIsApartheid.org to participate in online judging of short films about Israeli apartheid. Voting is open from October 28 through December 15, 2010.


Contest organizers have selected 10 films (from many outstanding entries) for viewing and voting on the web site.  Please take an hour of your time to watch and score each one.



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