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Israeli Attack on Free Gaza Boats Violates International Law, Highlights Need to End U.S. Aid to Israel
May 31st, 2010
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation today condemned the Israeli navy’s attack on civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of aid ships attempting to deliver rebuilding and medical supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip. The US Campaign calls on U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to vote today to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s action and initiating an investigation.

National Coalition Urges Congress to Vote No Today on 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense
May 19th, 2010
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation today called on Congress to vote no on H.R. 5327, the United States-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act, which would begin the process of fast tracking $205 million of U.S. tax-payer money to Israel to purchase ten batteries of the "Iron Dome" missile defense system.

Tax Day Events Highlight Cost of U.S. Military Aid to Israel
April 15th, 2010
On Tax Day, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing a national day of action to highlight the ways in which U.S. tax money is misused by the Israeli military to violate international law and Palestinian human rights. Events will be held at post offices across the United States, including in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and the Bay Area, as well as at the Washington, DC headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in order to educate taxpayers about the role that U.S. military aid plays in maintaining Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

World Remembers Rachel Corrie While Her Family Fights for Accountability in Israel
March 16th, 2010
Seven years ago today, U.S. student and peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli soldier driving a Caterpillar D-9R bulldozer while she attempted to nonviolently prevent the demolition of a Palestinian pharmacist’s home in Rafah, Gaza. Now, after a dismissal in U.S. district court and an Israeli investigation that the U.S. State Department characterized as not “thorough, credible, [or] transparent,” Rachel’s family is seeking justice through the Israeli court system as plaintiffs in a civil trail over Rachel’s unlawful killing in the Gaza Strip.

U.S. Must Follow Up Calls for Israeli Accountability with Concrete Steps
March 10th, 2010
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (US Campaign) welcomed today Vice President Joe Biden's statement "condemn[ing] the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem" and his promise that the United States will hold Israel "accountable for any statements or actions that inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks."

New Site Details Budgetary Trade-Offs of Military Aid to Israel
February 9th, 2010
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched today a new interactive website--How Much Military Aid to Israel?--that details the estimated amount of taxes that each state and county in the United States will provide in military aid to Israel during the course of a ten-year $30 billion agreement signed between the two countries in 2007. The US Campaign plans to launch data for Congressional districts and cities later this week. The website also documents budgetary trade-offs that are involved in providing military aid to Israel.

U.S. Must Hold Israel Accountable for Lack of Real Settlement Freeze
November 25th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation welcomed today Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell's statement that Israel's partial settlement moratorium "falls short of a full settlement freeze," but challenged the Obama Administration's assertion that the partial settlement moratorium "is more than any Israeli Government has done before," noting that Israeli Prime Ministers and governments have pledged at least five times since 1978 to freeze settlements (see below for documentation).

National Coalition Criticizes Congressional Vote on Goldstone Report
November 4th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation-a national coalition of more than 300 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law and equality-criticized today the House of Representatives for passing H.Res.867 by a vote of 344 to 36 with 22 abstentions.

150+ Orgs. Urge U.S. to Vote for Goldstone Report on Gaza
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.

Chicago Event to Feature President of UN General Assembly, Prominent Palestinian Analysts Khalidi and Barghouti
September 2nd, 2009
Prof. Rashid Khalidi, Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and Omar Barghouti, Palestinian political commentator and human rights activist, will be the featured speakers at a public event September 12, 2009, at First United Methodist Church Chicago Temple in Chicago, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. In addition, the event will feature a special recorded message from Father Miguel d'Escoto, President of the United Nations General Assembly, on the last night of his term of office.

40 National Orgs. Tell Congress, "Freeze Military Aid to Israel Until Israel Freezes Settlements"
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. Nearly 40 prominent national organizations and more than 150 local organizations in 32 states have signed this open letter opposing President Obama's FY2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel.

Jewish and Christian Organizations: "Caterpillar Should Build America, Not Destroy Palestine"
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
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.

Experts Available to Discuss Obama-Netanyahu Meeting
May 18th, 2009
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet today in Washington, DC amid growing signs of a policy clash between the United States and Israel over prospects for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As U.S. unease over Israel's policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories mounts, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is making available experts for interviews and commentary on the Obama-Netanyahu meeting and what it means for U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine.

'No More Blank Check for Israel,' Organizations Urge Congress
May 13th, 2009
More than one dozen prominent national organizations released an open letter today to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, opposing the Obama Administration's FY2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel.

Obama Misses Opportunity for Accountability on Aid to Israel
May 7th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 280 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality, today criticized the Obama Administration for including $2.775 billion in unconditioned military aid to Israel in its FY2010 budget request.

Motorola Shareholder Meeting Today: Human Rights or More Boycott?
May 4th, 2009
As Motorola's board scrambles to explain to shareholders why sales have plummeted 28%, shareholders will be forced to ask if they can afford to remain a boycott target for human rights groups.

Motorola Shareholders, Community Members Say: "War Profits Equal Lost Profits"
May 1st, 2009
Motorola shareholders arriving at their annual shareholder meeting at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago on Monday, May 4, will be met by community members and human rights activists calling on Motorola to end its complicity in human rights abuses and violations of international law, particularly in the occupied Palestinian territories of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

Human rights advocates to protest Motorola shareholder meeting
April 27th, 2009
Motorola shareholders arriving at their annual meeting in Chicago will be met with protests from human rights groups calling on Motorola to end its support for violations of international law in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

Motorola Sells Israel Bomb Division as National Boycott Campaign Advances
April 2nd, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and allied organizations participating in a national boycott campaign against Motorola welcomed news that Motorola Israel Ltd. has sold its Government Electronics Department, which made several products that enable Israel's military occupation of and human rights abuses against Palestinians.

500+ Organizations Tell President Obama: No Aid for Israel in FY2010 Budget
February 25th, 2009
More than 500 local and national organizations have signed on to an open letter urging President Obama to hold Israel accountable for its violations of the Arms Export Control Act and not include military aid to Israel in his upcoming FY2010 budget request.

Censored Gaza TV Ad on Daily Kos, Wonkette, and Dozens of Other Blogs
February 17th, 2009
A 30-second commercial on Israel's war on the Gaza Strip censored by DIRECTV will appear beginning today on popular blogs such as as Daily Kos, Wonkette, The Smirking Chimp, The Washington Monthly, Talk Left, and a dozen others.

Weapons Transfers to Israel Discussed on Capitol Hill
February 6th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation released today video of a Capitol Hill policy briefing it conducted earlier in the week on the effect of Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons against Palestinian civilians.

DIRECTV Censors Gaza Strip TV Ad
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.

100+ U.S. Protests of Israel's War on Gaza
December 31st, 2008
Thousands of people already have taken to the streets in New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and dozens of other cities to protest Israel's attacks on the occupied Gaza Strip with dozens more protests planned.

Experts Available to Discuss U.S. Role in Israeli Attack on Gaza
December 27th, 2008
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is making experts available for interviews to discuss Israel's attack today on the Gaza Strip and the U.S. role in it.

Palestinian and South African on National Anti-Apartheid Speaking Tour
November 6th, 2008
Palestinian Diana Buttu and South African Rev. Eddie Makue will participate in a Nov. 10-24 national speaking tour, "Separate Is Never Equal: Stories of Apartheid from South Africa and Palestine," sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

US Campaign and Jewish Voice for Peace Secure Meeting with CAT CEO, James Owens
June 11th, 2008
A shareholder resolution calling on the Caterpillar Board of Directors to report on foreign sales of weapons-related equipment and products, including the destination of those products, received a 3.3% vote at the annual shareholder meeting today in Chicago [pending final certification]. It met the minimum threshold of support required for placement on the ballot next year.

Support Mounts for Corporate Accountability Resolution at Caterpillar Shareholder Meeting
June 6th, 2008
For the fifth consecutive year, James Owens, CEO of Caterpillar and his board of directors, will be greeted by protesters at their annual shareholder meeting to protest the sales of bulldozers that are used to commit human rights violations.

Huge Ad on Palestinian Dispossession to Circle Israel B-Day Event on National Mall
May 30th, 2008
A 10x22 foot mobile advertisement commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (or "catastrophe" in Arabic) will circle the National Mall in Washington, DC this Sunday afternoon during "Israel@60: A Capital Celebration."

Ads Commemorating Palestinian Dispossession Go Up in NYC
May 19th, 2008
Advertisements commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (or "catastrophe" in Arabic) were posted throughout Manhattan this weekend by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

International Art Exhibit Marks 60th Anniversary of Palestinian "Nakba" in Virtual Gallery
May 15th, 2008
Expressions of Nakba, an international multi-media art exhibit opened in Washington, D.C. on May 13. The exhibit will tour several U.S. cities over the coming year and is complemented by the May 15th launch of a Virtual Gallery of artworks at: http://www.expressionsofnakba.org. The exhibit features works that represent the loss of Palestinian homes and their homeland when the state of Israel was established in 1948, and depicts Palestinian resilience 60 years later.

300+ Organizations Call for Cutting Off Military Aid to Israel
March 11th, 2008
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation delivered today a letter signed by more than 300 U.S.-based organizations to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs calling upon the subcommittee to cut off military aid to Israel for its repeated violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts.

US Campaign Condemns Biased Congressional Resolution on Gaza; Calls on Congress to Cut Off Military Aid to Israel
March 5th, 2008
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation condemned today a one-sided, biased Congressional resolution concerning the situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip and called on Congress to cut off military aid to Israel for its ongoing violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts.

US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation Denounces MOU on Israeli Military Aid
August 17th, 2007
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation denounced yesterday's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Israel for the provision of $30 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

JUNE 10: The World Says No to Israeli Occupation!
June 4th, 2007
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice will sponsor a national demonstration on Sunday, June 10 kicking off with a rally at 2:00PM on the West Lawn of the Capitol, followed by a 4:00PM march to the White House.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation to Protest Iraq War this Weekend
January 25th, 2007
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 200 organizations working to change US policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights and international law, will participate in this weekend's massive anti-war activities in Washington, DC organized by United for Peace and Justice


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