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Occupation End Notes | October 28, 2004
Volume 2 Number 3

in this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: Washington Wednesday – November 3rd.; Kansas City Regional Conference; International Day of Solidarity – November 29th; PSM Conference Report; Organizing in the South and Southeast U.S.
2. New Members of the US Campaign 
3. Member Organization of the Month: Jewish Voice for Peace
4. Resources & Education: New US Campaign Resources – Divestment & What Uncle Sam Gives to Israel; New Book – The Truth About Camp David; Colors from Palestine 2005 Palestinian Wall Art Calendar; Current Issues TV Web Show
5. Events
6. Upcoming delegations to Israel and Palestine: Global Exchange; Holy Land Trust; Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE

* The next Washington Wednesday is November 3rd!  Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, United for Peace and Justice, Global Exchange and other organizations for the November "Washington Wednesday" action alert demanding that the President-Elect support freedom and democracy for the Palestinian people and end support for Israel's military occupation. The US Campaign is collecting individual and organizational endorsements on a petition to the President-Elect in preparation for the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people on November 29.  Please sign and forward the petition today by visiting: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/petition.php?pid=6

* Kansas City Regional Conference: On Saturday, November 13, 2004 the US Campaign and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East will conduct a one-day skills-building and organizing conference at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The goals of this conference are to support and mobilize activists in this region of the country, and to continue strengthening our national network of organizers. An agenda, registration, and housing information is on the web at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=87. Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, a Kansas City based member organization of the US Campaign, is hosting this conference. The website of the group is www.cjme.org

* International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians, November 29, 2004: The US Campaign will be mobilizing nationally for this important international day of solidarity.  We encourage people around the country to organize educational events, distribute educational resources and collect signatures for the US Campaign’s petition to the President-Elect.  More information about the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, as well as resources for distribution can be found on the web at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=400
*US Campaign Membership Outreach Coordinator Kymberlie Quong Charles recently returned from the 4th Annual Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, held at Duke University in North Carolina.  With close to 600 participants, this year’s conference was the most well attended in the PSM’s history.  A complete conference report is available at www.divestfromisrael.org
*In the coming months the US Campaign hopes to be organizing throughout the South and Southeast United States.  If you live in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Florida and you would be interested in organizing a speaking event for the US Campaign, please contact us at outreach@endtheoccupation.org

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2. NEW MEMBERS

* The US Campaign is growing! We now have more than 160 member organizations in our coalition. The following organizations recently became members of the US Campaign’s national network of organizations working to end US support for Israel’s occupation:
-Catholic Peace Fellowship – Philadelphia, PA www.cpfphila.org
-Committee for Justice in Palestine, Ohio State University – Columbus, OH www.osudivest.org
-International Solidarity Movement Northern California Support Group – El Cerrito, CA www.norcalism.org
-Middle East Fellowship – Pasadena, CA www.middleeastfellowship.org

* To become a member of the US Campaign please visit
www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput4.php?modin=2 to sign our Call to Action and pay membership dues.  Join today!

* To view a complete list of organizational members of the US Campaign visit www.endtheoccupation.org/groups.php

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3. MEMBER ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH: Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a member of the US Campaign, was founded in 1996 in response to the increasing failure of the Oslo peace process.  As one of the largest grassroots Jewish peace groups in the United States, JVP is the voice of the overwhelming majority of American Jews who, as polls consistently show, support a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian land.  To learn more about JVP and to get involved visit www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
JVP has recently released its new edition of “Reframing Anti-Semitism: Alternative Jewish Perspectives.”  This publication is a “thoughtful exploration of anti-Semitism and how it bears on our work as critics of unjust US and Israeli policies.”  Copies of this book can be purchased from JVP by visiting https://secure.ga3.org/03/reframing
You can also support JVP by helping to get “Reframing Anti-Semitism: Alternative Jewish Perspectives” into your local bookstores! 
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4. RESOURCES & EDUCATION

*The US Campaign recently released a new resource entitled “Divestment: Why It Can’t Wait.”  You can download a PDF version  of this resource for distribution at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=403
*For the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People the US Campaign has created a half-page flyer entitled “What Uncle Sam Gives to Israel” for you to distribute at malls and other public shopping places.  You can download a PDF version of this flyer for distribution at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/unclesam11-29-04.pdf
*The International Humanitarian Law Initiative has released new information on the situation in the Gaza Strip.  The page provides concise legal analysis concerning demolition of houses, urban warfare and the Government of Israel's Disengagement Plan in the Gaza Strip.  IHL’s page can be found at http://www.ihlresearch.org/opt
* “The Truth About Camp David,” by Clayton Swisher, tells in riveting detail the untold story behind the diplomatic efforts to broker an Arab-Israeli peace under former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.  Swisher exposes the real "how and why," revealing Barak's embarrassing intransigence and the U.S.'s innumerable shortcomings as a so-called "honest broker."  Available at the Palestine Online Store at http://palestineonlinestore.com/books/campdavid.htm
*"Colors from Palestine", the 2005 Palestinian Art Wall calendar, includes images of 12 artworks from Palestinian artists all over the world.  Please visit our website http://www.resistanceart.com to have a look at the new calendar and check out new products.  A percentage of all sales will support Palestinian cultural organizations and artists in Palestine.
*Members of the Palestinian American Congress in Lafayette, Louisiana have produced several episodes of “Current Issues,” a live show that deals with Palestine, Iraq, and the U.S. political system.  “Current Issues” is broadcast on Cox cable channel 5 in Lafayette.  You can also watch episodes of the show on their website at http://www.currentissues.tv/

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5. EVENTS

Don’t forget to list your local events on our online calendar. Submit your postings to www.endtheoccupation.org/calendar_input.php

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6. UPCOMING DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL AND PALESTINE 

*December 6-December 17: The Global Exchange Reality Tours to Palestine & Israel strive to further the US public's understanding of the region's realities by giving people first-hand exposure to the human rights abuses occurring in the Occupied Territories. Participants have the opportunity to hear a diverse spectrum of Palestinian and Israeli opinions to better shape their understanding of the conflict and hopes for a solution.  For more information visit http://www.globalexchange.org/tours/583.html

* December 16-30: Holy Land Trust, Hiking Tour Through Israel, Jordan and Palestine “In the Steps of the Magi-A Christmas Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.” Registration deadline is November 16th. Those who register before October 30th will receive a complimentary DVD or video cassette of “Journey of the Magi.” For more information and to register visit www.hlttravel.org
*December 27-January 10, 2005: Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.  For more information visit www.ffipp.org

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Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at outreach@endtheoccupation.org

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The US Campaign aims to change US policies that sustain Israel’s 37-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and deny equal rights for all.

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