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by Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director
March 10th, 2015

A Moment of Great Promise


Iíve been so busy since I got here that I didnít even get a chance to say hello!


I am thrilled to be writing to you as the new Executive Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. One of the first things I wanted to do during these initial weeks is reach out to all of the Campaignís supporters, friends, and member groups and organizations to convey how excited and humbled I am to work alongside you in our common pursuit for justice and dignity for Palestinians.


This is a truly a special time. Everywhere you look, activism around this issue is growing. From the Universities to the Churches, BDS campaigns have become commonplace and victories numerous.


The past week was noexception. Our #SkiptheSpeech campaign helped generate over a 110,000 letters from constituents to their members of Congress asking them to sit out the speech of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We were thrilled to see over 60 members of Congress including several Senators respond to our call. Boycott of an Israeli leader took place on Capitol Hill. Read that last sentence again. This is something that was unimaginable just a few weeks ago. Thereís something happening here and we need to capitalize on it.

I was also very happy to begin my time here at the US campaign by representing the organization in the national media with multiple appearances on CNN discussing why it was important for members of Congress to skip the speech and reject Benjamin Netanyahu. You can check out these appearances here and here.

Many of us who have worked on this issue for years look around today and see more campaigns, more activism, more allies than we can ever remember. There was a time, not too long ago, when campaigns needed support just to take off. Today, many are taking off based on local and independent initiatives. This is an inspiring sight but also one that underscores just how important the coordinating role of the US Campaign, which has over 400 member groups, is at this very time.


We are in a moment of great promise and along with the dedicated Steering Committee and talented staff of the US Campaign, I hope we together can capitalize on this time to grow the movement, push it forward, bring more allies on board and speak louder and stronger in one voice for Palestinian rights.


If we are to seize this moment, if we are to take this movement from a promising foundation to a critical mass, we need your help and the help of many others. There are so many ways you can be involved. We need your help in responding to action alerts, getting involved in our many campaigns, and yes we need you to donate to support this work and help us take it to the next level. Please help us be a louder, more powerful and effective voice advocating for Palestinian rights in every arena.


Iím very glad to be joining the US Campaign and to have hit the ground running. I hope you will take this opportunity to join me in working to make sure it reaches new heights of success.

With gratitude, 




Yousef Munayyer
Executive Director