Last month, I testified in London before the Russell Tribunal on Palestine about U.S. government complicity in providing the Israeli military with Caterpillar bulldozers, which it misuses to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians--demolishing homes, uprooting olive trees, and injuring and killing civilians.
At the tribunal, I had the honor of meeting Stéphane Hessel--French resistance hero, Nazi concentration camp survivor, and drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights--who served as a distinguished juror.
After Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Mr. Hessel wrote:
"The absence of meaningful action from governments to hold Israel accountable to international law leaves open one path for citizens of conscience: to take this responsibility upon themselves, as done against apartheid South Africa. Non-violent citizen-led initiatives, exemplified by the Flotilla and the various boycott and divestment campaigns around the world, present the most promising way to overcome the failure of world governments to stand up to Israel's intransigence and lawless behavior."
Not only our government's failure to hold Israel accountable to international law, but also its enabling of Israel's human rights abuses with our diplomatic and military support, motivates me to get up every morning and work with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
That work is building a national movement (Hessel's "citizens of conscience") to end U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid and change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to reflect the values embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I know, Supporter, that you share this commitment. That's why I am asking you to join me today on the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and please make a tax-deductible contribution to support the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
Whether you can afford to donate $5 or $5,000, rest assured that your donation will greatly strengthen our ability to educate, organize and mobilize the public to fulfill the global vision of justice, equality and dignity we celebrate today on Human Rights Day.
If you'd like to see how much we're able to accomplish with our modest budget, get a sneak peek at our Winter 2010 newsletter, which will arrive soon in your mailbox.
National Advocacy Director
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation