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Palestine Voice Resonates in America
by Dina RabieIslamOnline.net
December 28th, 2009
In a country known to have the most powerful and influential pro-Israel lobby in the world, the voice of Palestine could still be heard resonating in America through organizations that aim at changing public perception about the conflict and helping those reeling under occupation. David Hosey, the national media coordinator of the US Campaign to End the Israel Occupation, says last year's Israeli war on the Gaza Strip was a turning point.

Interview with Andrew Kadi of Adalah-NY
Flashpoints
December 16th, 2009
Andrew Kadi of US Campaign member group Adalah-NY discusses boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns, including the US Campaign's Hang Up on Motorola boycott, with Flashpoints.

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: A Quest for Justice, Human Rights and Peace
by Omar Barghouti and Nancy Kricorian"Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report," on WBAI Radio 99.5 FM
November 30th, 2009
US Campaign National Conference speaker Omar Barghouti and Nancy Kricorian of US Campaign member group CODEPINK-NYC talk about the global growth of the movement for boycotts, divestment initiatives & embargoes and sanctions against the Israeli apartheid regime.

Secretary-General, on Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People, expresses deep concern in committee at year-long suspension of talks on two-state solution
ReliefWeb/United Nations General Assembly
November 30th, 2009
As the United Nations observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern that talks between Israel's Prime Minister and the Palestinian President on a two-State solution had been suspended for almost a year. US Campaign Steering Committee member Bill Fletcher, Jr., also addressed the General Assembly, arguing that Israel's practices against the Palestinian people amounted to apartheid, and that, as an African American, he was keenly aware of the similarity between the systems of Israeli apartheid, South African apartheid and Jim Crow segregation in the United States.

Truth in advertising
by David HoseyMondoweiss
November 23rd, 2009
US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey featured in Mondoweiss writing on Motorola's new 'Droid' phone.

On Palestine and Israel: A Feature Interview with Rev. Denise Yarbrough
by Tariq Jeeroburkhanrabble.ca
November 22nd, 2009
Reverend Doctor Denise Yarbrough is the Interreligious Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, New York, and a teacher of Interfaith Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In July of last year, she was part of a delegation that traveled to Israel and the Palestine under the sponsorship of Interfaith Peace Builders and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Tariq Jeeroburkhan recently caught up with Reverend Yarbrough by telephone to hear her opinions on the historical role played by Protestant Christian denominations in the founding of the State of Israel, and the influence of Christian Zionism in ensuring its continued existence and development.

Free speech advocate Ungar muzzles free speech at Goucher
by Philip WeissMondoweiss
November 22nd, 2009
Goucher College president Sanford Ungar blocked an invitation extended by Goucher students to two speakers on Israel/Palestine, including US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner, saying they were unbalanced.

Goucher College’s free speech expert puts kibosh on “pro-Palestinian” Jews
by Cecilie SuraskyMuzzleWatch
November 22nd, 2009
After arrangements had already been made and approval granted, at the last minute, Goucher College president Sanford Ungar blocked the invitation made by Goucher Peace Studies students to two Jewish speakers: the US Campaign to End the Occupation’s Josh Ruebner, and the Fast for Gaza’s Rabbi Brian Walt, who is also the former head of Rabbis for Human Rights North America.

Settlement or Suburb?
BBC Radio 5
November 18th, 2009
US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey is interviewed by Rhod Sharpe of BBC Radio's "Up All Night" about the announced expansion of the Gilo settlement and what it means for peace.

Editorial: In Defense of Academic Freedom
by Quindecim EditorsThe Quindecim
November 16th, 2009
An editorial in the Goucher College student newspaper criticizes the administration's decision to prevent US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner and Rabbi Brian Walt from participating in dialogue on human rights in Gaza and the West Bank is troubling, arguing that the decision violates the principles of academic freedom.

Student protests after Ungar blocks speakers
by Charles HerronThe Quindecim
November 16th, 2009
Students at Goucher College filed multiple grievances with the Office of the Legal Counsel last week, after the President's Office denied a request made by five Peace Studies students to bring two speakers to campus as part of a dialogue about human rights in Gaza and the West Bank. The students, who are hosting the event as part of their class final project, planned to bring US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Reubner and Rabbi Brian Walt, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights North America. A third panelist, Zahi Kahmis, is a Goucher professor originally from Nazareth.

Baseball Team Urged to Cut Ties with Israeli Group
by Eli CliftonInter Press Service
November 14th, 2009
A coalition of 11 U.S., Israeli and Palestinian groups are calling on the New York Mets baseball team to cancel a fundraiser by the "violent and racist" Israeli Hebron Fund which is scheduled to be held at the Mets' stadium, Citi Field, on Nov. 21.The coalition of groups calling for the Mets to cancel the Hebron Fund event includes: Adalah-NY, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Brooklyn For Peace, Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel), CODEPINK Women for Peace, Gush Shalom (Israel), Jews Against the Occupation-NYC, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jews Say No!, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (Palestine), U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and the WESPAC Foundation.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Recent Comments About Palestine and Israel
Radio Islam (1450 AM Chicago)
November 6th, 2009
US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis talks to Tuba Mujahid of Radio Islam about developments in U.S. policy and discourse toward Israel/Palestine--and what listeners can do to get involved. Interview begins at 28:30.

Phyllis Bennis: Israel Discourse has Changed
by Phyllis BennisGRITtv
October 29th, 2009
US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis wants politicians, particularly President Obama, to know that criticizing Israel is no longer political suicide. Despite Republican fearmongering, 78% of Jewish voters supported Obama, and the rise of the new, pro-peace J Street lobby, which held its first convention this week, did not happen in a vacuum. The discourse, she notes, has changed and Americans no longer wholeheartedly support militaristic policies in Israel. There is room for debate on these issues, and politicians should fear hiding from it more than they fear addressing the issues.

Activists gather at Pitt to build the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement against Israeli occupation
Rustbelt Radio
October 26th, 2009
The US Campaign's Pittsburgh BDS Conference was featured on Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of grassroots news. US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs, Aidan Kriese of Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine, and Remi Kanazi of Poets for Palestine were featured guests. The story begins around 21:30.

Conference reveals Israeli-Palestinian debate on campus
by Erin BlockThe Pitt News
October 22nd, 2009
Pittsburgh Students for Justice in Palestine will hold a conference this weekend, entitled “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.” The conference, which runs today through Sunday, focuses on building and enhancing the boycott, divestment and sanction, or BDS, movement on Pitt’s campus. Other participants in the conference include the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine and Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee.

The Siege on Gaza Continues
by Nadia HijabMiddle East Online
October 19th, 2009
The siege against Gaza, which began years ago, tightened to an almost total lockdown in June 2007 and continues to this day. And though the United States, Egypt, the EU and the UN move slowly - if at all - international groups and activists are working to end it, says US Campaign Advisory Board member Nadia Hijab.

Preparing for a challenge
by Lee ChottinerThe Jewish Chronicle
October 15th, 2009
Pro-Palestinian activists are planning a three-day conference next week at the University of Pittsburgh to campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. A growing number of Jews have apparently gravitated to the movement, saying divestment or boycotts are not anti-Semitic gestures, but a legitimate way to affect change.

Human Rights Watch urges EU to endorse Goldstone
JTA
September 25th, 2009
Human Rights Watch is urging the European Union to endorse the Goldstone report. Meanwhile, a number of groups have signed on to a US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation letter to U.S Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice urging the United States to vote in favor of the report's recommendations. Among the signatories are Tikkun Magazine, Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee.

150+ Organizations Urge U.S. to Vote for Goldstone Report on Gaza
YubaNet
September 25th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sent an open letter today to Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, urging the United States to vote in favor of the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in the UN Human Rights Council on September 29.

Is Boycotting Israel Appropriate?
Worldview - Chicago Public Radio
September 22nd, 2009
We'll get three different perspectives on the BDS movement. Omar Barghouti is a leader of the Global BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. Naomi Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Alon Pinkas is Ambassador-at-Large for the State of Israel.

US Campaign's longstanding endorsement of the boycott call
by David Wildman and Amie FishmanThe Electronic Intifada
September 21st, 2009
The US Campaign broke new ground at this conference by voting to expand the scope of our boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) work to encompass both cultural and academic boycotts of Israeli institutions and campaigns against Israeli corporations profiting from occupation and apartheid. Up until this conference, the US Campaign focused its BDS efforts on confronting US corporations that profit from Israeli occupation and apartheid. While this expanded commitment is new, the US Campaign's commitments to BDS and organizing within an anti-apartheid framework are longstanding.

Palestinian rights activists meet
by Kathryn WeberSocialistWorker.org
September 18th, 2009
The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation held their eighth annual National Organizers Conference on September 12-13. With approximately 175 people in attendance, the conference more than doubled its size of 75 last years.

Palestinian-Led Movement To Boycott Israel Is Gaining Support ‘Our South Africa Moment Has Finally Arrived,’ Says One Leader
by Gal BeckermanThe Jewish Daily Forward
September 16th, 2009
Initiated by Palestinian groups in 2005 but strengthened by a network that takes in dozens of leftist organizations in Europe and the United States, the Global BDS Movement claims a number of recent successes. Especially in the wake of the Gaza incursion of last winter, groups associated with the boycott have now felt spurred to expand their efforts into even the sensitive realm of academic and cultural boycotts of Israel.Barghouti, Kricorian and other BDS activists attended the national conference of the U.S. Campaign to the End the Israeli Occupation, which took place on September 12 and 13 in Chicago. Up until this conference, its BDS activity had also been narrowly focused on American companies involved in the West Bank. But according to David Hosey, national media coordinator for the campaign, the group resolved at the conference to extend its activities for the first time to the more sensitive cultural and academic boycott.

A turning point for the US solidarity movement
by Nada EliaThe Electronic Intifada
September 16th, 2009
This weekend at the eighth annual US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation national organizers' conference held in Chicago, delegates from the approximately 300 member groups that make up the US Campaign voted in favor of an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. The proposal that "the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation should endorse the principle of cultural and academic boycotts" passed by a landslide with one abstention and not a single objection. The quasi-unanimous vote, and the deep collective breath of relief that followed, will go down in history as the moment US-based Palestine solidarity activists overcame tactical differences that had long hindered us, to finally come together to confront Israeli apartheid.

Palestine solidarity victories alarm pro-Israel lobby: BDS movement growing
by Art YoungRabble.ca
September 16th, 2009
The movement to call Israel to account for its crimes against the Palestinian people is growing. Art Young covers many of the recent indicators of this growth, including the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's Motorola and Caterpillar campaigns.

Boycotting Israel, The Goldstone Report, and Bloody Lowndes
by Laura FlandersGRITtv
September 15th, 2009
International pressure is mounting on Israel to end the occupation. Laura Flanders of GRITtv interviews Diana Buttu, a former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, Neve Gordon, a senior lecturer at Ben-Gurion Univesity and the author of Israel's Occupationi, and Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, on the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israeli occupation. Bennis, author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, also discusses the impact of Judge Goldstone's fact finding mission and report on Gaza released today.

Pink Panthers: Why the antiwar group Code Pink has targeted an Israeli cosmetics company
by Liel Leibovitz Tablet
August 27th, 2009
Code Pink Women for Peace has found a new target in Ahava, the Israeli cosmetics company that uses minerals mined from the Dead Sea in its products. So why is an antiwar group targeting a moisturizer manufacturer? “We have been a member group of the U.S. Campaign Against the Israeli Occupation for several years,” explained Nancy Kricorian, Code Pink’s New York City coordinator and the force behind its Stolen Beauty campaign. “But the recent Israeli assault on Gaza was a tipping point for women on staff and our membership. We felt that it was time for Code Pink to take a more active public role in supporting a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Katherine Fuchs: Strategies and Tactics
by Adam WaxmanWireTap
August 26th, 2009
This week WireTap's Adam Waxman sat down with Katherine Fuchs, national organizer for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, to talk motivation, strategy and public reaction to the group's work.

Boycott and Divestment: Ending Israel's Occupation
by John MahoneyThe Link
August 6th, 2009
The Link's John Mahoney examines a variety of boycott and divestment tactics and interviews US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey about resources the resources that the US Campaign provides to activists.

Will Obama’s Push For a Freeze on Israeli Settlements Work?
by Sonali KolhatkarUprising Radio KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles
July 30th, 2009
Sonali Kolhatkar of Uprising Radio interviews US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey on President Obama's push for a freeze on Israeli settlements, the Israeli response, and what U.S. citizens can do.

A Public Affair: Boycott and Divestment
by Naama Nagar and Muhammad Sankari89.9 WORT FM -- Madison, WI
July 23rd, 2009
Naama Nagar and Muhammad Sankari host a discussion on the Boycott & Divestment movement with Omar Barghouti from the boycott committee in Ramallah, Eilat Maoz from the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, Katherine Fuchs of the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation and Ilana Rossoff of Students for Justice in Palestine at Hampshire College.

New Yorkers call for boycott of Motorola over dealings with IDF
by Grace Wermenbol Ha'aretz
July 23rd, 2009
Protesters in the New York borough of Queens held a rally last week to call for a boycott of Motorola over the firm's business dealings with the Israel Defense Forces. At the demonstration, which was organized by the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, protestors waved Palestinian flags and signs saying: "Goodbye Moto, Goodbye Apartheid," and "Boycott Motorola, Free Palestine." The groups the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the Palestinian National Committee and other organizations worldwide also support a boycott of the phone company.

Young adult lives out his mission
by Carrie MadrenUMConnection
July 8th, 2009
Now, in the second part of his mission internship, Hosey works as a media coordinator at the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, based in Washington, D.C. The campaign is a coalition of 200-plus organizations working to change U.S. policy towards Israel-Palestine to align with human rights and international law.

Pro-Israel Lobby Alarmed by Growth of Boycott, Divestment Movement
by Art Young ZNet
June 29th, 2009
In his speech, Kohr voiced great alarm at the growth in solidarity with the Palestinian people in recent months. The unprecedented growth of the international solidarity movement is a grass-roots response to the crimes committed by Israel during its murderous 22-day assault on Gaza, and the tight siege of the territory that it maintains to this day. Solidarity with Palestine is being expressed in many different ways. One of these is the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Support for BDS has grown considerably in recent months, which is why the AIPAC leader highlighted it as a cause for particular concern.

"Summer In The Streets" For Palestine Kicks Off In New York
Indybay.org
June 28th, 2009
Twenty New York activists performed near a street fair at Greeley Square in Manhattan on Saturday, calling for a boycott of communications giant Motorola until it stops providing technology to the Israeli army and settlement movement. It was the third action organized by the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI) and the first of a planned series of summer actions around the city to publicize the campaign. Motorola has been targeted for boycott by the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation and groups throughout the country because of their business with the Israeli army and illegal Israeli settlements.

Caterpillar CEO endorses divestment
Institute for Middle East Understanding
June 19th, 2009
Caterpillar's board members faced criticism of their business practices from members of Jewish Voice for Peace, the Sisters of Loretto, and Chicagoans Against Apartheid in Palestine. Katherine Fuchs, National Organizer for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation spoke at the meeting as well, on behalf of shareholder Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights. Repeatedly, Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens told those in attendance that if they don't like the way Caterpillar operates, then they don't have to hold on to their stock, effectively endorsing divestment from Caterpillar.

Hit Them in the Wallet
Reading Capital
June 18th, 2009
On June 16th, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation published an open letter in which the organization calls for the halt of military aid to Israel, on the basis of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In addition to the campaign to withhold US government aid to Israel, many organizations and activists are working to prevent private businesses and corporations from trading with Israel on areas which are related to military and settlement activities.

How the sausage is made - a report from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations
by Josh RuebnerMondoweiss
June 17th, 2009
Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a “mark-up” session on the FY2010 budget. I know, this stuff sounds pretty arcane. Actually though, it’s a very important step in the budget process.

Nearly 40 US national organisations call for an end to Israel's military aid
Business Intelligence Middle East
June 17th, 2009
As the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs prepares to mark-up the financial year 2010 budget in Washington DC tomorrow, the 'US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation' sent today an open letter to subcommittee members calling on them to cut off or, at the minimum, condition military aid to Israel to achieve US policy goals.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: Cut US Aid
IsraelNationalNews.com
June 17th, 2009
Nearly 40 national organizations and 150 local organizations in 32 U.S. states sent an open letter opposing President Barack Obama's 2010 budget request for US$2.775 billion in military aid to Israel, according to Business Intelligence Middle East.

40 National Orgs. Tell Congress, "Freeze Military Aid to Israel Until Israel Freezes Settlements"
MRZine
June 16th, 2009
As the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs prepares to mark up the FY2010 budget tomorrow, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sent today an open letter to subcommittee members calling on them to cut off or, at the minimum, condition military aid to Israel to achieve U.S. policy goals.

Campaigners Urge Caterpillar to Halt Bulldozer Sales to Israel
by Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now!
June 16th, 2009
At the company’s annual meeting last week, dissident shareholders submitted a resolution calling for a review of Caterpillar sales to militaries with poor human rights records, including Israel.

Protest at Halton Caterpillar in Portland calling for divestment from Israel
Portland Independent Media Center
June 13th, 2009
Despite the rain on Wednesday morning, several intrepid activists picketed outside Halton Cat on Columbia Boulevard in Northeast Portland. The small, but spirited group of protesters held the action in solidarity with the national day of action against Caterpillar, timed to coincide with the company's annual shareholder meeting.

Caterpillar shareholder meeting
by James B. KelleherReuters/Forbes.com
June 10th, 2009
As in previous years, the meeting drew critics protesting Caterpillar's sales to Israel, whose defense forces have used the company's equipment as part of its effort to put down the Palestinian uprising.

Caterpillar shareholder meeting
by Bob TitaWall Street Journal
June 10th, 2009
Caterpillar Inc.'s (CAT) top executive told shareholders he is confident the construction equipment maker will be able to return to the record-setting revenue level set in 2008 within the next five years. As in recent years, the meeting featured several pleas from Palestinian advocates for Caterpillar to stop selling equipment to Israel that they say is used by the Israeli military to demolish the homes of Palestinians.

Motorola Drops Israeli Wireless Division MIRS
June 10th, 2009
Motorola is looking to divest itself from its Israeli cell phone division, MIRS, according to a report in Israeli business newspaper, Globes. The announcement comes only two months after the US telecom firm announced it had sold a controversial unit that produced bomb fuses and other equipment for the Israeli military.

The Peace Movement and Obama's Hope for Palestine
Radio Islam, 1450AM Chicago
June 9th, 2009
Radio Islam's Abdul Malik Mujahid interviews US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey on the Obama Administration, hope for change in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine, and why boycott and divestment is an important strategy for change.

Jewish and Christian Organizations: 'Caterpillar Should Build America, Not Destroy Palestine'
Common Dreams
June 9th, 2009
As Caterpillar shareholders gather on June 10th at the Northern Trust Bank Building in Chicago, to discuss falling profits, they will be met by representatives of Jewish, Christian, and human rights organizations calling on Caterpillar to build the U.S. economy, not destroy Palestinian lives and livelihoods.

Caterpillar under Fire for Human Rights Abuses for Sixth Year in a Row
Global BDS Movement
June 4th, 2009
For the sixth year in a row, members of Jewish, Christian, and human rights organizations will be present at Caterpillar, Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting to demand that Caterpillar end its complicity with violations of human rights and international law in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

Caterpillar under Fire for Human Rights Abuses for Sixth Year in a Row
Monthly Review
June 3rd, 2009
For the sixth year in a row, members of Jewish, Christian, and human rights organizations will be present at Caterpillar, Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting to demand that Caterpillar end its complicity with violations of human rights and international law in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

Palestinian Sovereignty and the BDS Campaign Against Israeli Apartheid
by J. Kehaulani KauanuiIndigenous Politics Radio, 88.1 FM WESU
May 26th, 2009
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, host of Indigenous Politics on WESU, Middletown, CT, interviews Sherna Berger Gluck a founding member of the U.S. Committee for and Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Katherine Fuchs, National Organizer for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation; and Stanley Heller, Chairperson of the Middle East Crisis Committee and host of “The Struggle."

Rethinking the costs of peace
by Josh RuebnerDetroit Free Press
May 21st, 2009
In pledging to trim ineffective spending, President Obama declared that “there will be no sacred cows and no pet projects. All across America, families are making hard choices, and it's time their government did the same." By asking earlier this month for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel in his FY2010 budget request, it would seem that on this important policy issue President Obama’s commitment is more rhetorical than substantive.

Obama and Netanyahu Meet in Washington, DC
NBC News
May 18th, 2009
Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, speaks to NBC News about the first meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ethnic Cleansing in East Jerusalem is Not a Paranoid Worry... It's Happening Now
by Bill Fletcher, Jr.The Black Commentator
May 7th, 2009
According to US Campaign Advisory Board member Bill Fletcher, Jr., the "proposed removal of 60,000 Palestinians increases the relevance and timeliness of discussions regarding the need to develop a movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions aimed at undermining the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories."

Obama Misses Opportunity for Accountability on Aid to Israel
by Josh RuebnerMonthly Review
May 7th, 2009
According to Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, "President Obama missed an opportunity today to demonstrate his professed commitment to budgetary accountability and human rights by proposing $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel in his FY2010 budget request."

US Campaign on Radio Islam
Radio Islam, 1450AM Chicago
May 2nd, 2009
Listen to US Campaign's National Organizer Katherine Fuchs and National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner discuss the Motorola shareholder meeting, BDS strategies, and grassroots social change on Chicago's Radio Islam.

The Israel Boycott is Biting
by Nadia HijabAgence Global
April 30th, 2009
On May 4, protesters will greet Motorola shareholders, already disgruntled by the company’s losses, as they arrive for their annual meeting at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, Illinois. The protest, organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, is part of a drive to “Hang Up On Motorola” until it ends sales of communications and other products that support Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian land.

Addressing American Muslim Concerns with the Obama Administration as They Relate to the Palestinian/Israeli Issue
Radio Islam, 1450AM Chicago
April 27th, 2009
Hear US Campaign Advisory Board member Nadia Hijab discuss the Obama administration and grassroots advocacy efforts for justice in Israel/Palestine with Abdul Malik Mujahid of Radio Islam. Note the discussion of the work of the US Campaign at 24:00, the apartheid framework at 46:00, and the Motorola boycott campaign at 49:45.

Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign
The Arab American News
April 24th, 2009
Motorola has sold a controversial unit that produced bomb fuses and other equipment for the Israeli military. On May 4th, a delegation from Dearborn/Ann Arbor will go to Chicago to protest Motorola's production of products used by the Israeli military against Palestinians. The event will take place at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Protests Against Caterpillar in Michigan
by Herb Woerpel MLive.com
April 6th, 2009
A group of protesters flocked to the Caterpillar Corporation in Byron Center last week, hoping to bring awareness to Caterpillar's alleged involvement in the destruction of Palestinian territories. The focal point of the demonstration is to call attention to the apartheid practices of the Israeli government as its Palestinian neighbors are denied food, medical care, the right to pursue livelihoods and the freedom to come and go for normal activities.

Motorola sells bomb fuse unit in Israel targeted by boycott
iStockAnalyst
April 5th, 2009
Motorola has sold a controversial unit that produced bomb fuses and other equipment for the Israeli military, according to the Israeli financial newspaper Globes. The sale rids Motorola of some activities that had made it the target of a growing boycott in the US and worldwide. These campaigns build on the national “Hang Up on Motorola” campaign initiated by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, as well as initiatives by the Presbyterian and Methodist churches.

New York kicks of boycott campaign against Motorola
Axis of Logic
April 1st, 2009
The newly formed New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI) launched a new city-wide campaign to boycott Motorola over the company's complicity in the Israeli government's apartheid practices against Palestinians. The New York campaign to boycott Motorola builds on the national "Hang Up on Motorola" campaign initiated by the coalition the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Students Petition for EMU Divestment
by Julian BenderThe WeatherVane Online
March 26th, 2009
An unusual combination of attendees united in Common Grounds Wednesday night. The topic of divestment from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank brought these people together. David Hosey, working for the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, presented a brief overview of the Israeli occupation and its effects on Palestinians. Hosey made the point that not only is the US a major contributor of military aid to Israel, but that American corporations are heavily involved in, and profiting from, the occupation.

"An Incredible Shift in Discourse"
by Paul Jay and Phyllis BennisThe Real News Network
March 21st, 2009
US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies is interviewed by Paul Jay of the Real News Network on the shift in discourse on Israel and Palestine in the United States.

Lenten reflection on Jonah
by David HoseyFaith in Action
March 16th, 2009
Sackcloth and ashes is, admittedly, a bit outdated. So I want to suggest some ways that we can perhaps begin to repent from our complicity in U.S. funding of and church profiting from military occupation and oppression. We need to prayerfully consider our own complicity, our own privilege, and begin to reimagine what repentance means as the 21st century continues to yield the violence and division and injustice of the 20th century.

Efforts to Create a More Just U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Palestine
Radio Islam, 1450AM Chicago
February 25th, 2009
Hear Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign, discuss our grassroots advocacy training and lobby day as well as our boycott and divestment campaigns against Caterpillar and Motorola with Janaan Hashim of Radio Islam. The interview begins at 7:05.

Direct TV rejects ad about recent Gaza invasion as too “controversial”
Blogging Censorship (National Coalition Against Censorship)
February 23rd, 2009
Satellite television provider Direct TV’s recent decision to reject an advertisement produced by the advocacy group U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation raises serious questions about the responsibilities of corporate media to permit, if not promote, the free exchange of ideas on important questions of national policy.

DirecTV Censors US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s Gaza TV ad
by Rob LiptonMuzzleWatch
February 17th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation received an emergency grant from Cultures of Resistance and produced this commercial on Gaza. After extensive discussion with DirecTV the company declined the ad. This is not an atypical action for corporate US media, but it does demand a response. (The Campaign is now running the ad on various progressive blogs.)

U.S. Activists Urge Boycott of Israeli Companies
by Josh Rushing, featuring Bill Fletcher, Jr. Al Jazeera English
February 15th, 2009
View this six minute Al Jazeera English piece on the movement for boycotts and divestment targeting corporations profiting from Israel's military occupation.

Peace advocates pushing for change
The News Messenger
February 11th, 2009
The story of two peace activists from Ohio participating in the February, 2009 US Campaign - Interfaith Peace Builders lobby day.

Anti-occupation group blasts DIRECTV
Jewish Telegraph Agency
February 5th, 2009
An anti-occupation group is protesting a satellite TV provider for refusing to run its ad. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israel Occupation prepared a 30-second spot showing scenes of devastation from the recent Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and saying that "since Dec. 27, 2008, Israel has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians" in Gaza.

Group: DirecTV Rejects Ad Critical of Israeli Occupation
by Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now!
February 4th, 2009
The satellite network DirecTV is being accused of censorship after reportedly refusing to air a commercial critical of US backing for Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. The spot was produced by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

DIRECTV Censors Gaza Strip TV Ad
Monthly Review
February 3rd, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation announced today that satellite television provider DIRECTV is refusing to accept a paid advertisement from the organization about the U.S. role in Israel's war on and siege of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


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