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Occupation End Notes | January 27, 2005 Volume 2 Number 8

In this issue...

1. US Campaign Update: New Resource! The Palestinian Right of Return; US Campaign 2005 Work Calendar; US Campaign in the South - February, 2005; Regional Organizers Conference April 2-3, 2005 in New Orleans, LA; US Campaign Lauches Weapons Watch Program; US Campaign Receives Black Voices for Peace Award



2. New Members of the US Campaign



3. Member Organization of the Month: The Rebuilding Homes Alliance



4. Resources & Education: Action Alerts on Jerusalem Land Grab; New Book! Atlas of Palestine 1948; New Book! Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries; Holy Land Olive Oil



5. Events: National Conference on Organized Resistance - Washington, DC; In Word and Deed: A Conference for Peacemakers - Atlanta, GA; Conference: American Churches and the Palestinians - Austin, TX; Rachel Corrie Memorial Concert - San Rafael, CA



6. Upcoming delegations to Israel and Palestine: Middle East Children's Alliance; F.O.R. Interfaith Peacebuilders


1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE


* The US Campaign announces the release of its newest education resource "The Palestinian Right of Return." This new fact sheet explains the history of the Palestinian refugees and their inalienable rights under international law. To download a copy of the fact sheet visit http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=986



* The US Campaign has identified several dates throughout the year on which we will be mobilizing for national efforts or conducting conferences and speaking tours. Below is a general outline. The online version of this calendar can be found at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=988 and will be updated regularly. Please mark your calendars!



March 19-20, 2005 - Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq



March 21-April 1, 2005 - Congressional Break: Meet with your members of Congress!



April 2-3, 2005 - Regional Organizers Conference: New Orleans, Louisiana



April 13, 2005 - National Day of Action Against Caterpillar



May 30-June 3, 2005 - Congressional Break: Meet with your members of Congress!



June 5, 2005 - 38th Anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem



June 24-25, 2005 - Regional Organizers Conference: Madison, WI



July 4-8, 2005 - Congressional Break: Meet with your members of Congress!



August 2005- National Organizers Conference: Date and Location TBA



September 28, 2005 - Anniversary of the Second Intifada



November 29, 2005 - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People



*Josh Ruebner, the US Campaign's Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, will be organizing in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi from February 6-10, 2005. Josh is available to visit your community to give presentations, to participate in house parties and to conduct skills-building workshops on how your community can organize to end US support for Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. If you would like Josh to visit your community, e-mail congress@endtheoccupation.org or call 202-543-1778 to make arrangements. His current itinerary is as follows:



Sunday-Monday, February 6-7: Birmingham, AL


Tuesday, February 8: TBA


Wednesday, February 9: Mobile, AL


Thursday, February 10: Jacksonville, AL



*The US Campaign launched a new program earlier in January called "Weapons Watch". The program consists of action alerts highlighting Israel's violations of the US Arms Export Control Act and is coupled with a year long petition drive to Members of Congress and the President calling for a halt in arms transfers to Israel. To download the first "Weapons Watch" action alert, sign the petition, and volunteer to gather signatures in your community, visit: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=150



* Black Voices for Peace, a member organization of the US Campaign, presented the US Campaign an award at its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration in Washington, DC on January 17. Thanks to BVFP for the honor!


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2. NEW MEMBERS


* The US Campaign is growing! We now have almost 200 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:



- Central Ohioans for Peace - Columbus, OH


info@centralohioansforpeace.org


- Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East - Indianapolis, IN


- Tikkun Community of Seattle - Seattle, WA http://seattle.tikkun.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:


The Rebuilding Alliance http://www.rebuildingalliance.org/start.php



The Rebuilding Alliance (TRA) was founded in 2003 as a partnership between three organizations, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, and Just Peace Technologies. The mission of the Alliance is to safeguard fair housing rights in regions of conflict, starting with Israel and Palestine. By educating and mobilizing thousands of people in the United States through grassroots education, TRA has been able to rebuild demolished homes and schools in the occupied territories, and has also put pressure on Congress and Israeli courts to ensure that Palestinian homes are not demolished.



One of several TRA projects is the Rachel Corrie Rebuilding Campaign in Gaza. As a means of building worldwide awareness about the dire conditions in Gaza and the systematic destruction of Gaza residents' homes and land, TRA's Gaza campaign is working to rebuild the home of the Nasrallah family, the home that Rachel Corrie stood before when she was killed in March 2003.



Recently TRA was nominated as a recipient of GlobalGiving award. 15 semi-finalists chosen through open ratings will present their work at the Global Philanthropy Forum on Borderless Giving in March, where three winners will share $100,000 in project grants.



To rate the Rachel Corrie Rebuilding Campaign on GlobalGiving.com and help TRA win funds for their very important work visit http://www.globalgiving.com/cb/gpf/pr/1000/proj929a.html



Rate the Rachel Corrie Rebuilding Campaign today! The deadline for voting is tomorrow, Friday, January 28.



To learn more about TRA and their projects visit http://www.rebuildingalliance.org/start.php



To read "Rachel Corrie Rebuilding Campaign in Gaza nominated for GlobalGiving.com competition" by Donna Baranski-Walker, the director of TRA, visit http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article3558.shtml



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4. RESOURCES & EDUCATION


* Recent New York Times and Ha'aretz reports reveal that Israel will employ the Absentee Property Law to East Jerusalem in order to seize thousands of acres of land owned by Palestinians. Read Ha'aretz's report at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/529510.html. Citizens for Fair Legislation has released an action alert with talking points for you to tell your members of Congress that you are concerned. To visit the action alert and sign letters to your members of Congress visit http://www.cflweb.org/



* The Atlas of Palestine 1948: A comprehensive record of the Mandate and al Nakba, compiled by Salman Abu Sitta. The atlas has 450 pages of information on thousands of towns, villages, landmarks and place names, including 55 tables, 60 maps and diagrams, and a guide on how to reach old villages and other sites. For US orders contact the Institute for Palestine Studies, 3501 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007, 202-342-3990, ipsdc@palestine-studies.org



* "Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries" by Suad Amiry is described by the Observer as, "A female architect's poignant and witty dispatches about living with her mother-in-law in the West Bank, revealing the absurdity and adversity of everyday Palestinian life." The book contains a diary Amiry kept during the Israeli invasion of Ramallah in March 2002, when her feisty 92-year-old mother-in-law came to live with her family. English publications can be ordered from Granta publishing on the web at http://www.granta.com/shop/product?product_id=2180



* Holy Land Olive Oil is the first Palestinian distributor to import Palestinian olive oil to the United States. Founded in 2003, Holy Land Olive Oil works to help farmers whose livelihoods have been devastated by Israeli policies that inhibit them from harvesting olives, producing and selling olive oil. Holy Land Olive Oil's goal is to develop into a sustainable commercial enterprise that can make a tangible difference in the lives of the


producers and the cooperatives. For more information and to order visit http://www.palestineoliveoil.org/


To order in the New England/Northeast region email palestinebostonoliveoil@yahoo.com


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5. EVENTS



*February 3-6: Washington, DC


Join the US Campaign at the National Conference on Organized Resistance. (NCOR) has been happening every winter on the campus of American University in Washington, DC since 1998. It aims to provide a space for activists to meet each other, have in-depth discussions, analyze our strategies, tactics, beliefs and learn a few new skills. For more informationa and to register visit http://www.organizedresistance.org/index.shtml



*February 4-5: Atlanta, GA


In Word and Deed: A Conference for Peacemakers. Organized by Friends of Sabeel - North America, American Friends Service Committee Southeast Region, Columbia Theological Seminary, Presbyterian Answer to Hunger. For more information and to register visit http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jrayres/sabeel/



*February 11-2: Austin, TX


American Churches and the Palestinians. Presented by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, Friends of Sabeel - North America, and Pax Christi USA. For more information and to register visit http://www.fosna.org/pdf/Austin%20TX%20Conference%20Brochure.pdf



*March 6: San Rafael, CA


Rachel Corrie Memorial Concert to aid the Rebuilding Alliance's Rachel Corrie Rebuilding Project. 2:30 pm, Unitarian Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. Suggestion donation is $15-$20 at the door. For more information contact jewellcj@jewellfamily.com



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5. UPCOMING DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL AND PALESTINE



*February 14-27: Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA). Over the 14-day trip participants will meet with Palestinian and Israeli activists, academics, politicians, civil society leaders and healthcare workers. MECA's trips to Ramallah, Haifa, Hebron, Nablus and Gaza among other areas help North Americans get familiar with the social and geo-political landscape as well as learn more about the history of the current situation. Cost: $1600-includes hotel, three meals daily and transportation while there (excludes airfare). For more information contact MECA Delegation Coordinator Uda Walker, 510-548-0542, uda@mecaforpeace.org, www.mecaforpeace.org



*March 15-19, 2004 & May 21-June 4, 2004: Fellowship of Reconciliation Interfaith Peace Builders. Interfaith Peace-Builder sends delegations to Israel and Palestine so that U.S. citizens can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. For more information visit http://www.forusa.org/programs/ipb/default.html

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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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