Coming year should finally see peace in the Middle East, despite impasse, says Secretary-General on International Day of Solidarity With Palestinian People by UNDPI, ReliefWeb November 29th, 2010 This U.N. publication mentions our steering committee member, Judith LeBlanc, who presented a statement on behalf of civil society organizations focused on the Palestine Question, this week at the U.N. in New York, at a special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which met to observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Tribunal finds American and International Business Complicit in Israeli War Crimes CommonDreams.org November 26th, 2010 On Monday, November 22, The Russell Tribunal on Palestine announced its verdict after weekend deliberations on corporate complicity in Israeli violations of international law. Juror Michael Mansfield QC, who chaired the concluding press conference, announced the jury's call for the mobilization of civil society to end the involvement of companies in Israeli human rights violations. US activists and lawyers who testified at the tribunal included Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
Human Rights Groups Ask State Department to Call for Release of Palestinian Nonviolent Activist by CodePink & US Campaign, Common Dreams October 26th, 2010 Representatives from four US human rights groups met with State Department officials on Friday, October 22nd, and delivered a letter addressed to Secretary of State Clinton signed by more than 5,000 individuals calling for the US government to demand that Israel free Abdallah Abu Rahmah...
The Palestine Buy-cott by Davi Barker, Illume October 25th, 2010 "In 2005 Palestinian Civil Society issued a call for boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel complies with International Law, and universal principles of human rights. Since then that call has been endorsed by hundreds of organizations ... Organizations like US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (USCEIO) and US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) compile and circulate lists of brand names and corporations that aid Israel."
The Organization that Cries Wolf Huffington Post October 22nd, 2010 "Organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), established in 1913, were designed to fight against the scourge of anti-Semitism in particular, and racism in general. However, sadly, the ADL has long since strayed from its original core mission 'to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all'."
"One Land Many Voices" broadcast includes Rob Mosrie, US Campaign's Executive Director KBOO 90.7FM, Portland, Oregon October 22nd, 2010 In the second half of this hourlong radio program in Portland, Oregon, Rob Mosrie discusses the new "Top Ten Anti-Israel" groups list announced a week ago by the Anti-Defamation League. The US Campaign and its member groups are on the list. After clicking the link above, click to start the audio player, and skip to 32 minutes and 45 seconds.
A "Progressive Hero?" Time to Think Outside of the Boxer by Stephen Zunes, Huffington Post October 21st, 2010 Zunes cites our congressional report card to single out Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Ca., for unmatched support of U.S. military aid to Israel.
US Campaign on-air in Cleveland, Ohio America's Work Force October 15th, 2010 Broadcast in Northern Ohio on WKTX and WELW, AFW, "The radio voice of the working people," included a nine-minute segment on the "peace process," the absence of a settlement freeze, the continuation of US military aid to Israel, and more, from the perspective of our National Advocacy Director.
INN World Report, Redux INN World Report October 14th, 2010 Host Thomas Kiely again hosted our National Advocacy Director in a two-hour program discussing the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Ruebner Honored by Arab-American Groups Sun Gazette Newspapers October 12th, 2010 [National Advocacy Director] Josh Ruebner was presented with a Community Service Award at the 22nd annual Virginia Candidates’ Night, sponsored by the Arab-American Republicans of the Washington D.C. Area and the Arab-American Democratic Caucus Virginia and held Oct. 10 in Tysons Corner.
INN World Report hosts Josh Ruebner INN World Report October 11th, 2010 Host Thomas Kiely interviewed National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner on the hourlong program "World Report."
George Galloway interviews Josh Ruebner October 10th, 2010 On his weekly TV program, former British Member of Parliament George Galloway interviewed the US Campaign's National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, about the expired Israeli settlement "freeze" and prospects for future Israeli-Palestian negotiations.
Josh Ruebner interviewed on "Arab Voices" Arab Voices, KPFT Houston October 6th, 2010 Ruebner was the guest on KPFT Houston's weekly hourlong radio program "Arab Voices." Topics include: the refusal by Israel to stop building and expanding colonies on Palestinian land and its effect on the newly revived "direct negotiations" between Palestinians and Israelis; the ongoing U.S. financial and military aid to Israel; the efforts made in the United States at changing the current U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian problem; and more.
Obama's Misplaced Missive by Josh Ruebner, Huffington Post October 1st, 2010 "As the clock ticks closer toward an ignominious end to the Obama Administration's ill-conceived gambit to reconvene direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, President Obama appears desperate to keep the talks alive, as revealed on Wednesday in accounts of a letter he purportedly sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." Continues...
On Israeli 'moratorium,' U.S. has taken sides USA Today September 24th, 2010 A timely opinion-editorial piece by our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, as direct Israeli-Palestinian talks began to break down, just after the Israeli settlement 'moratorium' expired.
Empty Promises: Obama Takes His Middle East Peace Plan to the UN by Phyllis Bennis, The Huffington Post September 23rd, 2010 US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis comments on Obama's treatment of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
CounterSpin audio podcast by FAIR, the media watch group, includes segment with Josh Ruebner September 10th, 2010 "The theme in coverage of the current Mideast peace negotiations ... appears to be skepticism. But does being critical of this process mean you don’t want peace?" Click to play the 10-minute interview with our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner.
Khalila Sabra interviewed on Liberty News Radio Liberty News Radio September 9th, 2010 On September 9, US Campaign steering committee member Khalilah Sabra was interviewed by super-libertarian host Ernest Hancock, of the program "Declare Your Independence," on Liberty News Radio.
Scott Horton (AntiWar Radio) Interviews Josh Ruebner September 5th, 2010 "Ruebner discusses burning his Israeli military deferment papers in protest, reasons to be skeptical of the newest attempt at Israel-Palestinian peace talks, the unfair foundation for negotiations that requires equal concessions from drastically unequal partners, why the U.S. never uses its substantial leverage to influence Israel’s policy and how the 500,000 West Bank settlers may have established enough “facts on the ground” to make a 2-state solution impossible." (Includes audio.)
Washington's Mideast Talks Kansas City InfoZine September 3rd, 2010 The InfoZine quotes the US Campaign's Khalila Sabra and Josh Ruebner commenting on the 2010 round of direct peace talks.
Peace talks kick off amid skepticism Russia Today September 3rd, 2010 RT quotes our Executive Director, Rob Mosrie (although they misprint his name as "Mansour")... "One of the major fault lines is between Hamas and the PLO. As you know there was an election in 2006 and Hamas won an overwhelming majority. Even though the US and Israel supported the election, after Hamas won, the U.S. the PLO and Israel wanted the election to be null and void and tried not to recognize it. Eventually Hamas politicians were arrested."
Rob Mosrie interviewed on WBAI's "Wake Up Call" WBAI, 99.5FM New York City September 2nd, 2010 On September 2, the day of direct Mideast peace talks, WBAI's morning show "Wake Up Call" included a segment with the US Campaign's Executive Director, Rob Mosrie, discussing the prospects of these negotiations.
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Doomed To Fail? Uprising Radio KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles September 2nd, 2010 Khalila Sabra serves on the steering committee of the US Campaign, and gave this interview to Uprising Radio on the 2010 day of direct negotiations between Mideast leaders in Washington, DC. Includes audio.
Josh Ruebner on Israeli and Palestinian Talks in DC Talk Nation Radio September 2nd, 2010 US Campaign's National Advocacy Director talks with Talk Nation Radio during the day of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Washington, explaining what they are and what they're not. (Includes audio.)
U.S. demonstrators urge leaders to advance Mideast peace process by Fengfeng Wang, Xinhua News September 2nd, 2010 Xinhua News Agency visited and reported on the peace vigil we organized at the White House on the eve of Israeli-Palestinian direct negotiations sponsored by the Obama Administration, and quoted the US Campaign's Joshua Hough on the fruitlessness of the peace process so far.
Obama sets himself up for failure on peace talks by Josh Ruebner, The Hill August 30th, 2010 "Given the history of failed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations breeding cynicism, despair, and paroxysms of violence, the Obama administration has embarked on an extremely risky gamble to reconvene Israeli-Palestinian talks under such unpropitious circumstances."
Top 10 Reasons for Skepticism on Israeli-Palestinian Talks by Josh Ruebner, Huffington Post August 26th, 2010 In advance of the 2010 round of peace negotiations in Washington, our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, explains why it's not necessarily anything to get excited about.
Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation by Phyllis Bennis, Yes! Magazine August 20th, 2010 Phyllis Bennis, a member of our steering committee and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, gives a compelling overview of the grassroots movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), its origin and present form, and prospects for redirecting US policy away from a foreign military buildup that is wasteful, harmful and illegal. Followed by critical reader comments.
Economic Emptiness in Palestine and Israel by Sam Bahour, The Hill August 20th, 2010 A Palestinian-American businessman cites Rep. Brian Baird's speech at the US Campaign's 9th Annual National Organizers' Conference.
New York City and Tri-State News: Bill Fletcher, Jr. Discusses Settler States and the Palestinian Gandhi by Jane Adas, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs June 30th, 2010 The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs cover talks by US Campaign National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner and US Campaign Steering Committee members Bill Fletcher Jr. and Adam Horowitz.
The Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement by Philip Weiss and US Campaign Steering Committee member Adam Horowitz, The Nation June 28th, 2010 BDS supporters say the movement has the potential to transform international opinion in much the way that the divestment movement in the 1980s isolated the South African apartheid regime. Or as Tutu wrote to the Berkeley students: The same issue of equality is what motivates the divestment movement of today, which tries to end Israel's 43 year long occupation and the unequal treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them. The abuses they face are real, and no person should be offended by principled, morally consistent, nonviolent acts to oppose them. It is no more wrong to call out Israel in particular for its abuses than it was to call out the Apartheid regime in particular for its abuses. "What we've seen in the past two years is a rapidly growing, diverse movement dedicated to universal human rights and international law," says David Hosey, a spokesman for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of grassroots organizations that supports BDS. "On campuses and in communities across the United States, people are sending a clear message that if the US government won't hold Israel accountable for violations of Palestinian human rights, then civil society will step up and do the job.
Arab, Israeli supporters steal the spotlight at annual Caterpillar shareholder meeting by Tey-Marie Astudillo, Medill Reports: Chicago June 9th, 2010 Crowds gathered in front the Northern Trust Bank building at the corner of LaSalle and Monroe streets Wednesday where Caterpillar -- the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, headquartered in Illinois -- held its annual shareholders meeting. On one side of the street stood a large group of the company’s supporters, on the other was a smaller group protesting the company’s sales of equipment to Israel. Over the years, Caterpillar has received controversy from Palestinian Solidarity groups. One such organization, The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, has condemned the company for selling D-9 bulldozers to Israel.
Fallout From The Gaza Flotilla Incident by NewsTalk Online, PalTalk News Network June 3rd, 2010 Gary Baumgarten interviews Josh Ruebner, US Campain National Advocacy Director, about the aftermath of the flotilla.
Flotilla: Will US change its policy towards Israel? by David Hosey, RT America June 1st, 2010 David Hosey, the US Campaign National Media Coordinator, speaks to RT Today about the U.S. response to the flotilla massacre and possible policy changes in our relationship with Israel.
Understanding Israel’s Dilemma by Nadia Hijab, Agence Global June 1st, 2010 US Campaign Advisory Board member Nadia Hijab discusses the isolation caused by Israel's use of violence to repress nonviolence in the past and in the flotilla.
From Istanbul: Outrage Over a Massacre on the High Seas by Phyllis Bennis, The Huffington Post June 1st, 2010 Phyllis Bennis, a member of our steering committee and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies happened to be in Istanbul at the time of the flotilla attack and writes about the response in Turkey and the possible international responses.
BDS in the USA, 2001-2010 by Noura Erakat, Middle East Report May 31st, 2010 In 2005, the US Campaign endorsed the BDS call and mounted a campaign against Caterpillar, manufacturer of the heavy bulldozers used by the Israeli army to raze Palestinian homes. Phyllis Bennis, a Campaign co-founder and steering committee member, explains that Caterpillar emerged as a target for its role in the destruction of Palestinian olive trees and the murder of Rachel Corrie, the Evergreen State College student run over by a bulldozer in 2003 while trying to prevent a home demolition. Soon, Bennis says, “the discussion moved from the tactical targeting of Caterpillar to the strategic effort to build a campaign against corporations profiting from occupation.
Josh Ruebner interviews with KPFT by KPFT, 90.1FM Houston May 31st, 2010 Josh Ruebner, US Campaign National Advocacy Director, speaks on "The Monitor" about the raid on the flotilla.
Cutting Military Aid Best U.S. Policy Tool to Affect Israeli Government Behavior by Josh Ruebner, Muftah May 27th, 2010 The Israeli government’s planned construction of 1,600 new housing units in a settlement in Occupied East Jerusalem, which was announced during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s March visit to Israel, could not have come at a more opportune time for the more than 150 grassroots activists who participated in the March 8th Capitol Hill lobbying day, sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Israel’s plans for the housing construction, in clear breach of an occupying power’s obligations under international law to refrain from engaging in settlement activity, underlined the importance of the activists’ lobbying, namely to encourage Congressional members to bring U.S. policy towards Israel/Palestine in line with human rights, international law, and equality.
House okays $200m in Israel arms aid: Resolution in place to fund 'Iron Dome' missile shield by Jared Malsin, Palestine Note May 19th, 2010 The US House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on a measure that would pave the way for an additional $200 million in military aid in support of Israel's plans for the "Iron Dome" missile defense system. The proposed expenditure is in addition to a record-breaking three billion dollars in military aid already requested by the White House. Opponents of the resolution argue that the measure amounts to an unnecessary increase in military aid to Israel and would have disruptive strategic implications in the Middle East. Josh Reubner, advocacy director for the Washington-based US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation said, "The Obama administration has put its full weight behind the proposal," and that lawmakers were "fast-tracking the first stage" of the appropriations process.
New resolution to hold Israel accountable RT May 7th, 2010 RT Correspondent Jihan Hafiz talks with David Hosey from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation about a new resolution to hold Israel accountable for the shooting of U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson and the importance of civil society movements for accountability.
Artists thank Gil Scott-Heron for heeding boycott call by Adalah-NY, Electronic Intifada May 7th, 2010 More than 50 organizations and artists from eight countries have written to legendary political singer and poet Gil Scott-Heron to thank him for his decision to drop Israel from his current tour. The letter, facilitated by Adalah-NY, highlighted the parallels between the South African apartheid that Scott-Heron crusaded against decades ago and the Israeli system that currently subjugates Palestinians. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is one of the signatories of the letter.
Tristan Anderson deserves justice by Josh Ruebner, Mondoweiss May 6th, 2010 US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner writes on H.Con.Res.270 calling for justice in the case of wounded U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson. He argues that "Impunity for criminal acts spurs criminal behavior" and that accountability is key to end impunity.
Boycotts from Arizona to Palestine by David Hosey, Mondoweiss April 29th, 2010 US Campaign National Media Coordinator discusses the call for boycotts of Arizona, and wonders why the Palestinian BDS call hasn't received similar widespread support in the United States
“A Budget is Always a Moral Document” by James M. Wall, Wallwritings April 19th, 2010 The Chicago Hearing, a “mock Congressional Hearing” sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, attracted a standing room only crowd to the campus of the University of Chicago this past weekend. In the third segment of the Hearing, Josh Ruebner, National Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, offered a succinct statement on the military aid the US provides to the state of Israel, past, present and into the next decade. His statement, “A budget is always a moral document”, was testimony to just how far American values are alienated from US policy. That statement also provides a strong slogan for use by American churches who have adopted the Palestinian-inspired program of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), to help educate their members.
How to cut taxes? End aid to Israel by Sharmila Devi, The National April 18th, 2010 Although dreaded by most Americans, tax day is a time when many consider how their tax dollars are being spent by the federal government. It is also a time when political groups take to the streets to get their message out to the public. While the Tea Party may grab most of the headlines for their libertarian message and with big-name supporters such as Sarah Palin, they are not the only group out to be heard. Activists from the Campaign to End the Occupation had gathered on Thursday outside a large post office opposite Manhattan’s Penn Station, where a long queue had formed of people waiting to file their tax returns before the midnight deadline.
A Bailout for Arms Dealers: US Aid and the Israeli Budget by Rela Mazali and Jesse Bacon, The Only Democracy? Blog April 15th, 2010 The US Congress has shamefully abdicated its oversight role in US foreign policy and has become an apologist for the worst policies of the Israeli Government, all the while sending Israel billions of dollars in aid. Fortunately activists are not waiting for the US Congress to act....For years now, groups such as the US Campaign to End the Occupation have been trying to show how US aid reduces US social spending, New Profile works in Israel to make a somewhat analogous argument.
Money talks in US-Israel relations by Mike Coogan, The Beacon April 8th, 2010 US Campaign Office Manager Mike Coogan and University of Portland alum writes on U.S. military aid to Israel in the the UP Beacon.
Week of Violence Sparks Fear of New Israeli War on Gaza Uprising Radio April 5th, 2010 Early morning Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip on Friday struck multiple sites and wounded three Palestinian children. Four of the thirteen total strikes took place in Khan Younis where two Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes last week after tanks intruded onto Gazan land. A Palestinian teenager was then shot and killed four days after by Israeli troops who fired on protestors gathered near the border of the besieged territory. The following day, a single rocket fired from Gaza that landed in the Israeli city of Ashkelon caused damages but no casualties. Israel has claimed that the air raid was in retaliation to repeated rocket and mortar attacks over the past month including one that killed a farm worker. The week of violence renewed tensions and sparked fears that another assault on Gaza may be taking shape like the 22-day war waged in late December 2008 into January 2009. Meanwhile, as air raids have struck in Gaza, the Israeli blockade continues. During a visit to the territory late last month, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon deplored Israel’s actions saying they have caused “unacceptable sufferings.” During the recent Arab League Summit held in Libya last week, the regional organization faced criticisms that it has, so far, taken ineffective positions against the siege of Gaza. Meanwhile, US Congressman Keith Ellison is on a tour of the Middle East and visited Gaza on Saturday. After touring the area he promised to educate his fellow congressmen on the dire situation in the area. David Hosey, National Media Coordinator of the US Campaign, weighs in.
US can raise the pressure on Israel without cutting aid by David R. Francis, The Christian Science Monitor April 5th, 2010 The Obama administration sees Israel's recent decision to build more housing in Jerusalem as an impediment to Middle East peace talks. Come April 15, tax day, Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign, plans to send his group's members to post offices, dozens of them across the country, to "educate" people mailing in their tax forms that the United States should end military aid to Israel
Creative Movements for Change in Palestine by Laura Flanders, GRITtv April 2nd, 2010 US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis and poet-activist Remi Kanazi talk to Laura Flanders of GRITtv about the ways that art, nonviolent protest, and pushes for creative boycotts are changing the way Americans look at Israel and Palestine.
Activists burst AIPAC conference's bubble by Stephanie Westbrook, The Electronic Intifada April 1st, 2010 Outside the Washington Convention Center, together with activists from CodePink, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Avaaz, Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, we tried to bring a little reality to the AIPAC bubble. We carried signs and banners calling for respect for international law and human rights, an end to the siege of Gaza, Israeli apartheid and US taxpayer funding of war crimes.
AIPAC: Telling a Whopper by Stephanie Westbrook, The Palestine Chronicle March 28th, 2010 Inside the Washington Convention Center, AIPAC was simultaneously calling for the US public to be kept in the dark regarding any disputes with Israel while asking taxpayers to fund 20% of Israel's defense budget. Outside it was a different story. Activists from CodePink, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Avaaz, Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation kept up a presence during the conference with signs and banners calling for respect for international law and human rights, an end to the siege of Gaza, Israeli apartheid and US taxpayer funding of war crimes. During a press conference held outside the Convention Center, we were constantly interrupted, with people shouting and walking in front of the cameras. Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation rightly judged this as a classic example of the AIPAC crowd trying to completely control the debate so that no other voices can be heard.
Josh Ruebner interviews with WBAI WBAI, 99.5FM New York City March 15th, 2010 Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign, discusses the US Campaign's new site, AidToIsrael.org, and the negative effects of using taxpayer money for military aid to Israel.
US Billions to Israel March 11th, 2010 Vice President Joe Biden said: "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem." He also stated that the U.S. will hold Israel "accountable for any statements or actions that inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks." Josh Ruebner, National advocacy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: "Official written U.S. policy, which is based on the Fourth Geneva Convention, deems Israel's colonization of Palestinian land as 'inconsistent with international law.'"
America, the Befuddled Matchmaker by Marc Tracy, Tablet March 11th, 2010 Where does Israel’s announcement of 1,600 new Israeli homes in East Jerusalem leave the United States? Where does it leave American Jews? America put immense pressure on both sides to agree to “proximity talks”—which center around its envoy, George Mitchell—even though neither side’s preconditions had been met; and soon after the U.S. vice president arrives in the area, Israel flaunts the fact that the Palestinians’ most coveted precondition—a temporary freeze on construction in East Jerusalem—remained unfulfilled. The US Campaign applaud's Biden's condemnation of the new housing development.
How did U.S. groups react to Biden's condemnation of Israel? by Natasha Mozqovaya and Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz March 11th, 2010 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's condemnation of Israel's plan to construct 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem was welcomed on Wednesday by advocacy groups and analysts who called for Israel to be held accountable for actions that undermine peace talks with the Palestinians. Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign, says "It's about time that the Obama administration is threatening to hold Israel accountable for obstructing U.S. policy goals to end illegal settlement expansion in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem and lift the illegal blockade of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip."
Israeli Apartheid Week Sweeps Cities Worldwide The Monthly Review March 3rd, 2010 the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation kicks off the 6th annual Israeli Apartheid Week taking place in cities across the globe. Human rights advocates around the world will host educational events, creative protests, and media actions to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies toward Palestinians living within Israel an in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
U.S. Can't Afford Military Aid to Israel by Josh Ruebner, The Huffington Post February 26th, 2010 President Obama recently sent his FY2011 budget request to Congress, which included a record-breaking $3 billion in military aid to Israel. Josh Ruebner, US Campaign's National Advocacy Director, writes about how Israel illegally uses U.S. military aid against innocent Palestinian civilians, and how aid to Israel comes at a cost for the American tax-payer.
US Campaign's Josh Ruebner on CNI Radio Council for the National Interest February 24th, 2010 National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner joins CNI board member and host Dr. E. Faye Williams to discuss the cost and benefit of U.S. military aid to Israel, and how ignoring the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories hampers U.S. efforts at engagement in the Middle East.
No Tutu is Big Enough To Cover Israel's War Crimes Palestine Monitor February 22nd, 2010 Last week, American and Israeli human rights activists interrupted a performance by the Israel Ballet at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vermont, holding banners which read "Sponsored by Apartheid Israel" and "No tutu is big enough to cover War Crimes". The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation endorses the boycott against the Israel Ballet.
Dancing, Singing New yorkers Protest, Calling for Boycott of Israel Ballet Palestine News Agency February 22nd, 2010 Forty-five human rights activists called upon fellow New Yorkers to boycott the Israel Ballet at its performance Sunday at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation actively endorses the boycott against the Israel Ballet.
New Struggle in Beit Sahour by Jesse Bacon, Israel: The Only Democracy in the Middle East" February 21st, 2010 The New Statesman reports on a budding protest movement in one of the historic centers of Palestinian protest, Beit Sahour. Like many of the campaigns followed, it is resistance to an attempted takeover by settlers. The protests are being organized by Mazin Qumsiyeh, a past member of the US Campaign Steering Committee.
Don't deny peaceful protests in West Bank February 17th, 2010 Bill Fletcher Jr., executive director of BlackCommentator.com and a US Campaign steering committee member, speaks about the mistaken belief that nonviolent activists and protests do not already exist in Palestine.
Palestinian Christians urge nonviolent resistance by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, National Catholic Reporter January 27th, 2010 The leaders of the thirteen Christian communities serving in the Palestinian territories -- including Latin and Orthodox patriarchs -- have declared the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories a “sin against God and humanity” and urged Christians everywhere to nonviolently intervene to end its injustices. David Hosey, the national media coordinator of the US Campaign to End the Israel Occupation, speaks about the growing divestment from religious groups around the country.
New Year, Same Struggle: Starting 2010 in Solidarity with Palestinians by Heber Brown, III, Faith In Action January 20th, 2010 People from various parts of Maryland and DC came together on the cold first day of the year to show their support for the Gaza Freedom March and the Palestinian struggle against apartheid. David Hosey, national media coordinator for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, speaks briefly on video about why he is working to end Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.