Friday, April 12, 2013

Join Our Tax Day #DemandARefund Twitter Action!

This Tax Day, April 15, join us and our partners ADC, AMP, CODEPINK, and JVP to Demand a Refund for the Weapons We Give to Israel! Below are sample tweets to send out throughout the day- just click on Tweet Now. And follow @US_Campaign for updates throughout the day!  

  • This #TaxDay, I #DemandARefund for weapons we give to Israel because... (Tweet Now)
  • Schools shut down across country but #Obama wants to give #Israel $40 billion in weapons! #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)
  • Bush gave #Israel $30 billion in weapons. Obama wants to give $40 billion. This #TaxDay, #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)
  • Join @US_Campaign @adctweets @AMPalestine @codepink @jvplive to #DemandARefund for US Weapons to #Israel (Tweet Now)
  • It's #TaxDay. Do u know @BarackObama wants to use ur taxes to send $40 billion in weapons to #Israel? #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)
  • Instead of funding education, Obama wants to send weapons to #Israel to oppress Palestinians #DemandARefund #BDS (Tweet Now)
  • Why are our taxes being used to help #Israel violate Palestinian #humanrights? #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)
  • #Congress and #POTUS Say Need To Cut. Then why is US sending billions in weapons to Israel? #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)
  • Tell @BarackObama not to negotiate for more tax-payer funded weapons for Israel #TaxDay #DemandARefund #BDS (Tweet Now)
  • If we're dealing with #sequestration, why is Obama negotiating to send more weapons to Israel? #TaxDay #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)
  • #Israel uses US weapons in violation of US and international laws. This #TaxDay, #DemandARefund (Tweet Now)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Call Ben and Jerry's Action!

From member group Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel.

VTJP launched an international campaign ( on March 14 calling on Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling and catering its products in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
On April 9 solidarity activists, in response to a call from VTJP, leafleted at Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops in several U.S. cities on “Free Cone Day” to educate the public about the company’s commercial complicity in Israel’s military occupation and settlements.

To follow up, we are asking folks to call Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in Vermont. Please take a few minutes to call the company and deliver this brief message: "I am calling today to urge Ben & Jerry's to stop selling ice cream in illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine, on stolen Palestinian land. Please honor your Social Mission with respect to Israel/Palestine.  Don't do business with Israel's occupation and settlements."

Please tell the company who you are and where you are calling from. The number to call is 802-846-1500. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Palestinian Film When I Saw You at DC Filmfest

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is proud to be a Community Partner for this year's 27th Annual FilmFest DC, which will feature more than 80 movies, documentaries, comedies, and shorts from across the world. 

This year's films entries include When I Saw You, directed by Palestinian filmmaker and poet Annemarie Jacir. 

In Jacir's moving follow-up to her award-winning debut
Salt of This Sea, a
young boy and his mother personify the emancipating dream every refugee has imagined. Displaced to a Jordanian refugee camp in 1967, free-spirited Tarek and his mother temporarily settle in the Harir camp, and in the chaos they are separated from Tarek's father. They anxiously wait to be reunited with him but to no avail. A few miles away, in the encampments that border Israel, the atmosphere is radically different as Palestinian freedom fighters train for battle. When Tarek and his mother cross paths with the combatants, the boy chooses to stay with them, forcing his mother to follow suit. When I Saw You is a mature, moving evocation of the very real barriers surrounding the Arab diaspora and the life-affirming spirit of those who struggle to break free of them. -Toronto International Film Festival

The film is in Arabic with English subtitles and will be showing
Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th Street NW). Find more information and buy tickets at

Our member group
The Palestine Center will also be hosting a discussion with Jacir on Thursday, April 18 at 12:30pm. Find details and RSVP here

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Films on Palestine, Occupation, and Apartheid

Where Should the Birds Fly?: A 25-year-old Gaza filmmaker records life in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 Israeli invasion with rare, live footage and a life-affirming account of herself and an 11-year old Gaza girl.  Not yet released.  58 min. Trailer at: 

Five Broken Cameras: Palestinian photographer ‘s Oscar-nominated filming  of occupation and resistance in Bilin, his village, over 5 years.  NY Times review  with trailer link: In wide release. Get DVD on Amazon

The Law in These Parts: Interviews with Israeli officers who set up and ran the legal system of the occupation treating Palestinians different from Israelis. Not yet released.
At:!/trailer see trailer, news (Awards) and press (52 reviews) 

Roadmap to Apartheid: Israeli/South African directors’ award-winning comparison of Palestinian and South African struggles. Narrated by Alice Walker. Get the DVD and see Roger Waters tribute at 94 min.  

Budrus: Award-winning film of protests by Palestinians joined by Israelis in village of Budrus. Israel’s relocation of wall demonstrates the power of nonviolent protest. 2009. Get DVD from website. 81 min

Last Shepherds of the Valley: Shepherds are trying  to survive settler & administration efforts to expel them. Watch: 47 min

Hard Crossings: Israeli checkpoints impact on life and economy in the West Bank and Gaza. Watch: 47 min

The War Around Us: The only two foreign reporters in the Gaza War live and report the experience.  Award-winning. In festivals, DVD out mid 2013. Trailer at:

Tears of Gaza: Terrible images from Gaza invasion by Palestinian photographers and Norwegian producers.  See trailer + 16 reviews + 2013 screening schedule at Not yet publicly available. 82 min.

One Family in Gaza: After the invasion, an American films one Gaza family narrating what happened and how they were affected.  Watch: 28 min. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Chicago Palestine Events

'The Bottom Line': How Boycott & Divestment Ended South African Apartheid

Thursday, April 4th at 6:30pm 
DePaul University, Courtelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Film Synopsis: This is the story of the first-ever international grassroots campaign to successfully use economic pressure to help bring down a government. Recognizing the apartheid regime's dependence on its financial connections to the West, citizens all over the world, from employees of Polaroid to a General Motors director, from student account-holders in Barclay's Bank to consumers who boycott Shell gas, all refuse to let business with South Africa go on as usual. Boycotts and divestment campaigns bring the anti-apartheid movement into the lives and communities of people around the world, helping everyday people understand and challenge Western economic support for apartheid. Faced with attacks at home and growing chaos in South Africa, international companies pull out in a mass exodus, causing a financial crisis in the now-isolated South Africa and making it clear that the days of the apartheid regime are numbered.

This film is part of the Have You Heard From Johannesburg? documentary, which chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not.

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Hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine and the African Student Association at DePaul University. Cosponsored by American Friends Service Committee.


DAM Concert Performance

Friday, April 5th at 9:00pm (doors open at 8:30pm) 

Loyola University, McCormick Lounge
Chicago, IL 60626 

About DAM: Heralded by the major French newspaper Le Monde as “the spokesman of a new generation,” DAM, the first Palestinian hip hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, began working together in the late 1990s. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video to the streets in their own neighborhood of Lyd, Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmoud Jreri were inspired to tell their stories through hip hop.

Ten years of performing all over the world has strengthened DAM’s commitment to continue living in their hometown of Lyd - fifteen minutes from Tel Aviv - working to provide the youth of the city and neighboring communities with programs and opportunities that have otherwise been denied to Palestinian citizens of Israel. In addition, they have conducted workshops for young people from the West Bank to the US, Canada, and Europe.

DAM’s music is a unique fusion of east and west, combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies, and urban hip hop. Their work has been influenced by artists as varied as Ghassan Kanafani, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Mahmoud Darwish, Naji al Ali, Tupac, Biggie, Public Enemy, MBS, K'naan, and Pharoahe Monch.

Check out their latest music video for "If Only I Could Go Back in Time"

$5 cost for General Admission; to reserve a ticket, you must RSVP to with subject header of "DAM Concert" and with your name as it appears on a valid ID.

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Hosted by LUCine and Students for Justice in Palestine  at Loyola University 


Chicago Palestine Film Fest Fundraiser Celebration Soiree: An Evening of Arts, Music & Celebration!

Saturday, April 6th at 7:00pm

Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Help support the world's first and longest running film festival dedicated to Palestine and help continue the tradition of bringing the stories of Palestinians to Chicago. In its 12th year, CPFF will celebrate with a live art show, culture, food, giveaways, and much more. 

Don't miss this event and get your tickets as soon as possible by visiting Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door (additional donations are welcome).

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Hosted by the Chicago Palestine Film Fest