Monday, September 27, 2010

Mainstream U.S. newspaper publishes our op-ed on settlement "freeze"

On Israeli 'moratorium,' U.S. has taken sides
by Josh Ruebner (National Advocacy Director)

"…Whether the talks persist or break down, one thing is clear: Palestinians paradoxically will still be expected to negotiate statehood with Israel while Israel … continues to gobble up the territory designated for a Palestinian state…"

Desmond Tutu supports BDS proposal at University of Johannesburg

"The University of Johannesburg has a chance to do the right thing, at a time when it is unsexy. I have time and time again said that we do not want to hurt the Jewish people gratuitously and, despite our deep responsibility to honour the memory of the Holocaust and to ensure it never happens again (to anyone), this must not allow us to turn a blind eye to the suffering of Palestinians today..."

22 September report of international fact-finding mission condemns IDF interception of flotilla, as well as Gaza blockade

Read the mission's full report here.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New app makes boycotting West Bank settlements a touch easier

"Ahead of settlement freeze expiration, Israeli bloggers release 'Buy no Evil' Android application to raise consumer awareness."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Israel Divestment Campaign (IDC) holds press conference in Los Angeles

The Israel Divestment Campaign, led by US Campaign Steering Committee Member Shakeel Syed, held a press conference to announce its "Divestment of State Retirement Funds From Israel Act" in California, which is the first BDS ballot measure in the US to target Israeli occupation at the state government level.

"This is not a border dispute between Peru and Ecuador."

Phyllis Bennis (US Campaign Steering Committee member) writes on Huffpost about the President's speech to the UN General Assembly:
"So far, the Obama administration seems to be saying that 'no change' is the only change we can believe in when it comes to U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine ... [He] did say that Israel's partial settlement moratorium 'should' be extended, but carefully went on to urge that the talks 'press on until completed' with no linkage between the two goals. Not to mention that what he calls a 'moratorium' has consistently allowed continued building..."

"Settlement Freeze" myth given relatively objective treatment in mainstream media (Der Spiegel)

German news outlet Der Spiegel Online has a good piece on the continuation of Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, throughout the official moratorium against that construction, which supposedly expires in just a few days. The article includes a photo gallery.

"In Washington, the Israelis and Palestinians are discussing peace, but in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, construction is proceeding at full speed. A legal ban is being ignored and the government is looking away. The thousands of new homes could hinder reconciliation."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CEO of TIAA-CREF confronted by shareholder-activists at UMass Boston

Pro-divestment activists from the UMass faculty and student body brought their concerns to TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson as he delivered a convocation in September, 2010. Jewish Voice for Peace (a member group of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation) has launched a national campaign specifically at TIAA-CREF, to divest from several companies who are clearly profiting from Israeli occupation and apartheid. At TIAA-CREF, even its "socially responsible" line of investment products contains Caterpillar Corporation, one of the longest-standing targets of boycott-divestment activism against the destruction of Palestinian property and livelihood.

More than 500 academics have endorsed the academic and cultural boycott of Israel, says USACBI

From the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (a member group of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation)...
"Endorsements by US academics and scholars recently crossed 500, and there are now 150 cultural workers who have also endorsed USACBI! This is a major victory for the growing academic and cultural boycott of Israel, and for the movement for justice and equality in Israel, as defenders of the status quo in Israel have repeatedly observed that the legitimacy of the state of Israel in the global court of public opinion is threatened by the boycott movement. There is a growing shift in the tide of public opinion in the U.S. which has only swelled in the wake of Israel’s massacre of international activists and relief workers on humanitarian aid flotilla’s off the coast of Gaza in international waters on May 31..."

Adalah-NY to Batsheva Dance Company: "Don't Dance Around Apartheid!"

Above: US Campaign Executive
 Director Rob Mosrie joins protest
 of Batsheva.

From US Campaign member group Adalah-NY on Wednesday, 22 September:
"About 40 protesters gathered this evening to call upon New Yorkers to boycott the Israeli dance troupe Batsheva Dance Company during their performances at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan. Backed by the music of the radical marching band, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, demonstrators handed out programs to dancegoers and pedestrians explaining the reasons for the boycott. At least one dance patron heeded the call, giving his ticket to a protest organizer saying he was no longer comfortable seeing the performance."


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Call for Artists- The Sound of Peace Art Exhibit

3103 Mt. Pleasant Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 328-4480
Milagros Phillips, Curator
Entry Deadline: October 1st, 2010
Open to: Palestinian, Israeli & US artists in the DC, MD & VA
Address: 3103 Mt. Pleasant Street, Washington, DC
Entries: THE SOUND OF PEACE: PALESTINIAN, ISRAELI & US ARTISTS PAINTING HOPE is an art exhibition that asks participants to come together in a single voice expressing peace through paintings and sculptures. The opening is Sunday October 24th at 6 PM. Selected artists should be available on Sunday, October 24th to speak about their chosen artwork. Artists must also be available on Monday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 19th to transport and install their work at the gallery. Chosen artists will be notified of specific installation times. All artwork must be framed and presentable. Sculptures no larger than 4’ x 2’ will be accepted. All artwork will be for sale with prices determined by the artist with 60% going to the artist and 40% to the gallery to cover administrative costs, promotions, processing of payments, exhibit management, and other costs and expenses. The show will run through December 12th, 2010. During the show running time, the gallery will offer a series of events, including musical performances, lectures and discussions to stimulate the imagination and advance the cause of peace.
Applicants, please provide a zip file with the following information:
- Country you are representing
- Jpeg images of each peace you are submitting for consideration (max 5 images)
- Title, dimensions, medium & sale price
- A 1-paragraph bio of artist
Please compress all files into one folder.
All application materials should be sent in one e-mail to:
Subject line should contain the following code: PA-IS-US ART SHOW
Participation Artists will be notified by October 15th.

Questions please call: Milagros (301) 332-5782

Call for musicians to participate
We will be offering opportunities for musicians to jam. Come co-create music as peace.
Israeli, Palestinian, US musicians are invited to participate in creating MUSIC FOR PEACE. Call the number above for details.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

US Campaign endorses push for divestment at TIAA-CREF

The US Campaign has endorsed an exciting petition at Jewish Voice for Peace (a US Campaign member organization), pushing US financial services giant TIAA-CREF toward divestment from companies involved in Israel's theft of land and abuse of human rights. Check out JVP's campaign page, sign the petition and get resources to join this promising effort!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

'We need peace talks, not photo ops'

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Join Us TONIGHT: White House Vigil for a Just Peace

As President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gather for a White House dinner on the eve of the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, please join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for a silent vigil in support of a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on human rights, international law, and UN resolutions. Meet us on the north side of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, across the street from Lafayette Park from 6-8 PM. We will have signs available. During the silent vigil, we will present a petition to the White House with thousands of signatures. The petition reads: "Dear President Obama, As your Administration reconvenes direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations on September 2, I urge you to make sure that they are based on human rights, international law, and UN resolutions--the only viable basis for a just and lasting peace." If you can't attend, you can sign the petition!