Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Holiday Message from US Campaign Steering Committee Member Phyllis Bennis

Dear Supporter, Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a great holiday - and hope for a better and more peaceful year all around. I know that you're being bombarded right now by important organizations asking for your support. So let me tell you why you should join me in supporting one particular important organization--the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation-especially in this holiday season, and at this particular political moment. The moment is urgent not only because of the holidays and the end of the year - but because as you know, conditions in the Middle East are deteriorating every day, and US policy still hasn't caught up with the changes in discourse and thinking about the region that you have helped make possible. The work of the US Campaign is crucial. No organization I know of does so much important, quality work on such a small budget. From leading national campaigns to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel, to organizing the national boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against U.S. corporations profiting from Israeli occupation and apartheid policy, to helping build support for the Gaza Freedom March later this month, and working with the UN and our human rights counterparts around the world, the US Campaign plays a vital role. The US Campaign brings together more than 300 organizations in a broad national coalition, dedicated to changing US policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. That's why I have worked with the US Campaign since its founding almost a decade ago. And I'm happy to say that because of its great public education work, its savvy policy work, and its dynamic campaigns challenging multi-national corporations, the US Campaign is playing a leading role in shifting the discourse in and policy of this country on Palestine/Israel for the better. That's been hard. But it takes a lot more hard work to reach the kind of policy transformation that we need. That's why I'm proud to continue to serve on the US Campaign's Steering Committee and to be a financial supporter. Please join me in supporting the important work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation by making a tax-deductible donation today. Donate $50 or more and I'll send you or a friend a copy of the new, updated edition of my book "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer". Just click here, make a secure on-line donation of $50 or more, and tell us where and to whom you'd like the book sent. The US Campaign will also gratefully accept any donation of any amount, so please give whatever you can today by clicking here. And if you can help us with a regular contribution, even just $5 or $10 or $15 every month, join our Olive Branch Club. For a year-end newsletter outlining the US Campaign's many accomplishments this year, please click here. Thank you for your generous support of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation! Happy holidays, and thanks for all your work for peace and justice. Phyllis Bennis for the US Campaign Steering Committee