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10 Steps Forward for Palestinian Rights

December 31st, 2013

Let's End U.S. Support for Israeli Oppression in 2014

As the year comes to an end, check out some of our top victories and achievements in 2013:

We organized dozens of volunteers to distribute thousands of flyers and postcards opposing military aid to Israel during President Obama’s second inauguration/MLK Day, and placed a full page ad inCongressional Quarterly with member group Jewish Voice for Peace.

We helped organize the first-ever Interfaith Boycott Coalition, which has focused on targeting the Israeli settlement product SodaStream. We ran a spoof ad competition to coincide with SodaStream buying an ad in the Super Bowl. And we coordinated the Boycott SodaStream Days of Action, with a whopping 61 actions in 51 cities spanning 17 states, 6 countries, and 3 continents! 

We teamed up with Visualizing Palestine to create and place a series of ads opposing aid to Israel that ran in the Washington, D.C. metro and on mobile trucks during the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). We also worked with organizations nationwide to oppose AIPAC legislation that would codify Israel's discrimination against U.S. citizens. 

We helped coordinate campaigns to urge both actor Morgan Freeman and singer Alicia Keys to heed the Palestinian civil society call for the cultural boycott of Israel. After the American Studies Association National Council 
endorsed the academic boycott of Israel, we organized a massive petition of support, which was signed by more than 4,000 individuals and endorsed by 150 organizations. 

We organized a Capitol Hill briefing in May for Sahar Francis, General Director of Addameer, to discuss the issue of Palestinian political prisoners. We worked closely with member group Friends of Wadi Foquin to help this Palestinian village threatened by Israel's policies. Thousands of our supporters contacted their Members of Congress to attend a Capitol Hill briefing in November and the event was packed.

We re-launched our website www.weaponstoisrael.org. It now contains nine extensive databases and maps, complete with corporate details on thousands of contracts benefiting 
the Israeli military, worth billions of dollars, which resulted in millions of weapons being transferred to Israel at taxpayer expense. 

We held our 12th Annual National Organizers' Conference in September at George Mason University. More than 200 people representing 60 member groups attended to strategize around boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns and discuss the importance of joint struggle work for our Palestine activism.

This fall Verso Books published our National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner's first book, 
Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Since then Josh has given more than 50 book talks nationwide at universities, high schools, libraries, religious institutions, and bookstores. 

We have supported Veolia
campaigns and major breakthroughs nationwide. In January we helped publicize the first-ever U.S. Veolia victory in Yolo County, CA; in September Veolia sold off all bus services in Israel/Palestine; in October Veolia withdrew from consideration for a controversial water contract in St. Louis following advocacy by local activists; and last month, the We Divest Campaign announced that TIAA-CREF divested its Social Choice Fund from Veolia!

Mainstream media covered several of our initiatives this year. The Alicia Keys campaign enjoyed coverage by HuffPost Live,The New York Times, MSNBC’s The Grio, BET, and USA Today. US Campaign interviews on the boycott SodaStream campaigns have garnered coverage in the Associated Press, AOL, National Public Radio,and Harper’s Magazine. And we helped organize more than 600 letters of support from across the country to the editors at The Boston Globe following their watershed editorial defending BDS.

It is only with your continued support that we have been able to make such great strides in ending all U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheidBut we are also aware that there is still much more that needs to be done. The continuing abuse of Palestinian rights by Israel is funded by our tax dollars and sustained by our government. It is imperative that we increase our commitment to ensuring U.S. policy supports human rights, international law, and equality. 

Please donate $50, $75, $100, or more to help us continue taking major steps forward to support Palestinian rights.

-US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 

PS-- You can learn more about our work by reading our 2013 Annual Report or watching "5 Staff, 400 Member Groups, and a Really Cute Dog."

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