Showing posts with label Israeli Apartheid Week. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Israeli Apartheid Week. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why is Palestine solidarity being criminalized on California campuses?

Kristin Szremski is a member of the US Campaign Steering Committee, an independent journalist and the director of media and communications at American Muslims for Palestine.

Cooperation between academic authorities at the University of California at Davis and influential Zionist organizations could have an adverse impact on Palestine solidarity work there and on college campuses across the country.

The implications of what is unfolding on the UC Davis campus go far beyond issues of free speech. Several pro-Israel forces and the institutionalized pro-Israel bias of university administrators have converged to create a formidable agenda that conflates support for Palestinian rights with the violation of Jewish students’ civil rights. If left unchallenged, this could create a nearly impossible environment on university campuses for the free exchange of ideas, especially those that include criticism of Israeli policy.

Alert to this institutionalized bias, California Scholars for Academic Freedom, a group of 150 academics from 20 universities and colleges, issued a statement on 10 March decrying University of California President Mark Yudof for delivering “a blow to the right to dissent and protest” (“California scholars for academic freedom protest UC president’s apparent bias regarding the right of free speech and dissent on UC campuses,” US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, 10 March 2012).

“It should not be necessary to explain that one can protest the actions of a government without committing a hate crime,” the letter states. “We applaud and endorse any initiative ‘to foster a climate of tolerance, civility and open-mindedness,’ but we do not believe that criminalizing dissent can ever serve that purpose.”

At issue is the controversy surrounding a silent and peaceful walkout staged by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and other social justice groups on 27 February. Zionist organizations, including StandWithUs, brought the “Israeli Soldiers Speak Out” tour to campus as part of a national campaign to combat Israeli Apartheid Week, the global effort to raise awareness of Israel’s policies among students. The UC Davis protesters stood up and walked out of the auditorium silently. But one student, unaffiliated with SJP, stood and heckled, egging on security personnel to remove him from the scene.

Despite the overwhelming video evidence that SJP students were silent, Yudof and the campus Hillel organization condemned the Palestine solidarity group, conflating its members with the actions of one.


Continue Reading at The Electronic Intifada

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dozens of US Campaign Member Groups Participate in 2012 Israeli Apartheid Week!

Two weeks ago, activists from US Campaign member groups and other organizations joined organizers in 115 cities worldwide for the 8th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW)!

From Olympia, WA to New Brunswick, NJ; from Burlington to Boston; US Campaign member groups in more than a dozen U.S. cities held IAW actions and events during the global week of action to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid state and to build campaigns for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

Exposing Israel's apartheid policies and challenging corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation are central to the US Campaign's mission of ending U.S. institutional support for the Israeli occupation and promoting freedom, justice, and equality.

The actions -- including guerrilla theater, mock walls, mock checkpoints, new billboards, walk-outs, and street theater -- and participating cities are too many to name here. (For a complete list of participating cities and their activities, visit the official IAW website.)

Here is just a small sampling of some of the inspiring, creative actions and events by US Campaign coalition member groups and others around the country:




Above: Students at Antioch University set up a mock checkpoint with signs reading "Palestinians Stop" and "Israelis (and everyone else) Pass."

Students at Antioch University in Seattle and the University of California (UC) at Berkeley erected mock Israeli checkpoints, while students at Boston University, Brandeis University, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, and beyond constructed mock Israeli apartheid walls on their campuses.

At the University of Minnesota, Students for Justice in Palestine joined community members working on the Minnesota Break the Bonds campaign at a "Visualizing Inequality" event, where they served different sides of the room a different quality and quantity of food to represent the inequality of resources and quality of life between Israeli and Palestinian families under Israel's apartheid laws.

Students at UCLA and UC Irvine staged peaceful and powerful walk-outs from presentations by Israeli soldiers organized to counter IAW.




Above: Click to view a marching band, mock wall, and street theater protesting Batsheva Dance Co.

More than a hundred activists protested performances by the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company in San Francisco and New York City with banners, guerrilla theater, marching bands and street theater, calling attention to the dance troupe's role in the Brand Israel campaign to whitewash Israeli apartheid.

The Seattle Middle East Awareness Campaign launched a series of advertisements on local King County Metro buses with billboards calling for equal rights for Palestinians.

These actions came on the heels of film screenings, protests, panel discussions, and so much more that happened across the country earlier this month.

But it's not over yet! If your US Campaign member group did not get to take part in IAW, or if you want to build on your IAW activities, remember that the Global BDS Day of Action is right around the corner on March 30th, Palestinian Land Day!

This year, Land Day happens to fall on César Chávez Day, commemorating the late American farmworker and civil rights activist. This coincidence presents a wonderful opportunity for US Campaign organizations to connect the struggles and tactics (including boycotts) of farmers and workers who have advocated for justice from grape orchards in the United States to olive groves in Palestine.

Click here for more information and ideas for taking action on Land Day, and be sure to send the US Campaign your photos, links, videos, and reports back!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Educate & Mobilize Your Community During Apartheid Week 2012!

By Anna Baltzer, National Organizer

Are you looking for opportunities to educate your community and advance a campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel? Or are you gearing up to launch such a campaign? Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 is a fantastic opportunity to do so, and it's just three weeks away!

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and on campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid state and to build BDS campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement. Last year's IAW was incredibly successful with participants in 97 U.S. cities! The eighth annual IAW is February 26 - March 3, 2012.  

Click here to email the U.S. IAW coordinators now if you plan to participate in IAW 2012!

Local initiatives during Israeli Apartheid Week span a wide variety. You need not organize an entire week of events, and you can decide what kind of event best advances your work within your means. Here are some ideas for activities:

1.Organize a teach-in to educate the community about the definition and the reailty of Israeli apartheid, how U.S. aid to Israel scaffolds Israeli apartheid, and the importance of BDS as a strategy to end Israeli apartheid. The IAW and US Campaign websites have dozens of fact sheets illustrating Israel's apartheid policies in the occupied territories and Israel itself. One of the best resources illustrating the former is a booklet by US Campaign member group Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - USA, entitled "Is Israel an Apartheid State?", based on a legal study coordinated by the government of South Africa. There are also films about Israeli apartheid that you can screen.

2.Pass a resolution to endorse BDS and the BDS National Committee's statement "Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine!" at your nearest #Occupy General Assembly, as #Occupy Oakland did last week! Organizers compiled data from AidToIsrael.org to show how many local tax-dollars are being spent on military aid to Israel, and how that money could otherwise be spent in the local community. You can also pass a resolution to call for an end to U.S. aid that supports Israeli apartheid. The apartheid framework is a great tool to coalition-build with allies at #Occupy who are working on other anti-racism struggles.

3.Be creative! Draw attention to Israeli apartheid and BDS with a Mock Apartheid Wall, a BDS flash mob, a concert or poetry reading, street theater, and anything else that energizes and builds your efforts. 2012.

Organizing for IAW comes on the heels of an exhilarating National BDS Conference at the University of Pennsylvania this past weekend. Kicking off with a video of support from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, hundreds of activists and academics gathered for two days of workshops, analysis, and entertainment, undeterred by a barrage of attacks by BDS opponents who attempted to smear organizers and speakers alike. Click here to hear a press briefing with keynote speaker Ali Abunimah and me, refuting the bogus charges. You know the old saying by Mahatma Gandhi:

"First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win."


Let us continue to challenge U.S. aid to Israel and Israeli apartheid as part of this movement that can no longer be ignored. Part of what makes IAW so powerful is that it is internationally coordinated around the same goal to build the global BDS movement. Please click here to contact the U.S. IAW organizers as soon as possible if you plan to participate, so they can get your events up on the international website for this exciting week of action! 
Click here to contact the U.S. IAW organizers now if you plan to participate, so they can get your events up on the international website for this exciting week of action!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Israel is an Apartheid State: A Note to the Vanguard Leadership Group

Posted on April 27, 2011 by US Palestinian Community Network

On April 7th, 2011, an African American student group known as the “Vanguard Leadership Group” (VLG) sparked a flurry of activity and discussion with its circulation of a statement criticizing the use of the term “apartheid” by Palestine solidarity activists. In particular, in an article published in the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA), they alleged that “Students for Justice in Palestine has chosen to manipulate rather than inform with this illegitimate analogy.”

We, the signatories of this statement, do not believe that “apartheid” is an inaccurate term to describe the conditions in Palestine. Apartheid is defined by the United Nations as, “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.” The strategy of arguing over the term “apartheid” is intended to deflect the actual conditions that Palestinians face as a result of the institutionalized racism of the State of Israel.

Apartheid is not a term exclusive to South Africa. In fact, the United Nations itself, in a 1973 resolution, explicitly states that its usage is not confined to the South African case [1]. In addition, well-known individuals like former President Jimmy Carter in his book Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, have given depth to the apartheid ‘analogy’ by demonstrating the concrete realities of racial separation as it has unfolded in the Occupied Territories.

Others, such as South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have long been outspoken in comparing the conditions that existed in apartheid South Africa with those faced by Palestinians today. In his own words: “What I saw in the Holy Land reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.”

Do the students of VLG presume to know better than Tutu what apartheid is?

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Omar Barghouti debates BDS, Israeli Apartheid with Rabbi Arthur Waskow

After a day packed with events in Washington, DC (including a standing-room only event at Busboys & Poets featuring local artist Head-Roc), Palestinian human rights activist and BDS advocate Omar Barghouti headed to the West Coast, where Democracy Now! caught up with him for a debate on BDS and Israeli apartheid with Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center. Check it out: A couple of comments. First, it's obvious that, as in the South African case, support for Israeli apartheid comes both from governmental sources (half of the uses of the U.S. veto were to defend Israel from criticism; a third of the United States' veto votes were to defend apartheid regimes in southern Africa from criticism) and from economic and corporate sources. Secondly, we are proud to represent exactly the sort of widespread social movement--a movement that includes Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as thousands of concerned citizens--that gives lie to Rabbi Waskow's claim that "Those are the only Americans, aside, I guess, from the big oil, who care about the Middle East." Third, Omar Barghouti is right--opposing U.S. military aid and working to change U.S. policy is not at all in conflict with the BDS movement. In fact, the US Campaign is working to do just that, within the framework of international law, human rights, and equality for all that is also called for by Palestinian civil society. Even as I write this, hundres of participants in the US Campaign/Interfaith Peace-Builders' Grassroots Lobby Day are on Capitol Hill, meeting with their members of Congress to advocate for a more just and accountable U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine. Whether you're in Washington DC today or not, you can be part of this movement. Click here to take action against the $3 billion in U.S. military aid that the Obama administration has requested for FY2011. Click here to find out how to get involved in BDS in your community. And click here to learn more about Israeli apartheid and what you can do to oppose it. This movement is moving--and you can be a part of it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Critical Thinker: "I'm curious what term Cohen would deem appropriate"


We're happy to introduce guest blogger Critical Thinker, who has this to say about Richard Cohen's apartheid-denying column in the Washington Post. Find media action resources for your own response to Cohen and other defenders of Israeli apartheid by clicking here.
I'm curious then as to what term Cohen would deem appropriate to describe the systematic denial of building permits for Palestinians while Israel continues to build illegal settlements, the eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem while Jewish settlers take over their homes, the unequal distribution of Palestinian water to the disproportionate benefit of Israel and the settlements over Palestinians, and the approval of "Jews-only housing" in Jaffa. The simple truth is, while Israeli policies do not match up perfectly to those of the South African apartheid regime, there is no question that they are still discriminatory, a violation of Palestinians' most basic human rights, cannot be defended on security grounds, and must be resisted by people of conscience.

Richard Cohen says it's not apartheid. He's wrong. Here's why.

In an op-ed in this morning's Washington Post entitled "Israel has its faults, but apartheid isn't one of them", Richard Cohen attacks Israeli Apartheid Week and argues that Israel is not guilty of the crime of apartheid. Cohen's column--which also appears in the New York Daily News--uses many of the same tricks and distractions that critics of Israel's violations of international law have become used to, from dismissing the reality of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip (he refers to the West Bank as "more or less under military rule") to changing the topic (Saudi Arabia is brought up as if the human rights violations of the Saudi government somehow abrogate those of the Israeli government). But Cohen also launches a full frontal attack on civil society responses to Israeli apartheid, particularly Israeli Apartheid Week, which is being observed on campuses and in communities around the world this week:
"A recent op-ed on Israel in the Financial Times employs the word apartheid several times. Some of the time it seems to be applied to the West Bank, but other times it is applied to Israel proper. Either way, this shoe doesn't fit. (Security concerns are not rooted in racism.) The author of the piece is Henry Siegman, a harsh critic of Israeli policies and a former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, so anti-Semitism is not the issue here -- just sound judgment. Sometimes impatience can lead to imprudence. But anti-Semitism is not so easily dismissed with others. This is "Israeli Apartheid Week" on campuses across the world, and it is clear that what furiously animates many of the protesters are not legitimate grievances but imaginary ones. Israel is not above criticism and the Palestinians have their case, but when that case is constructed out of lies about the Jewish state, it not only represents a wholly unoriginal cover of some old anti-Semitic ditties but also denigrates the Palestinian cause. It does not need lies."
How original, Mr. Cohen. If you don't agree with critics of Israel, call them anti-Semitic liars--or, if they're Jewish, question their motives. (As Glenn Greenwald points out at Salon.com, if the person using the term "apartheid" is a hawkish Israeli official such as Ehud Olmert or Ehud Barak, simply ignore that they said what they said, even if it's much more recent news than Jimmy Carter's book.) Then pretend that you know what's best for the Palestinian cause--that you know better than hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli, and international civil society organizations calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation and apartheid. But of course, they must all be liars, or anti-Semites, or both. Mr. Cohen is wrong about Israeli Apartheid Week, wrong about civil society responses to injustice and oppression, and wrong about apartheid. Here's just a smattering of examples of why Israel's policies toward Palestinians--residents of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, citizens of Israel, or refugees--are violations of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid:
  • The Convention on Apartheid identifies the "expropriation of landed property" of a particular racial, ethnic, or identity group as one of the "inhuman acts" that constitute the crime of apartheid. The South African apartheid regime broke the country into 10 noncontiguous Bantustans made of 13% of the total land, which were to serve as “homelands” for the black population. Israel’s “separation wall/fence” and settlements have broken the Palestinian territories into 12 noncontiguous cantons representing only 12% of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
  • The Convention condemns "Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including...the right to freedom of movement and residence." Palestinians rely on Israeli-issued “permits” to travel through a system of more than 600 checkpoints within the occupied territories. Israeli refusal to issue permits regularly prevents Palestinians from getting to schools, jobs, and even hospitals. In apartheid South Africa Blacks could be arrested to being outside of Bantustans and townships without government issued “passes.”
  • Black people in South Africa could not be citizens, and Colored people were only granted limited citizenship rights. Palestinians in the occupied territories are not citizens of any state, and Palestinian citizens of Israel have different citizenship rights than Israeli Jews. Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are not citizens of Israel--instead, they have a partial "residency" status, one that can be taken away by the state if an individual is deemed to "no longer reside" in their city of birth.
  • East Jerusalem and the West Bank are splintered by a network of roads leading to illegal Israeli settlements (where residence is open only for Jewish citizens of Israel); these roads can only be used by Israelis, while Palestinians must use older, often unpaved roads.
  • Within Israel, Palestinian citizens are discriminated against by a series of laws, policies, and regulations, including restrictions on the right of Palestinians to own land, inequalities in funding of schools and municipalities, inequalities in the land open to development around Arab towns and cities versus Jewish towns and cities, inequalities in the granting of building permits, and citizenship laws that discriminate against Palestinians. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel recently issued a challenge to one of these discriminatory citizenship laws, which bans Palestinian spouses of Israeli citizens from gaining Israeli citizenship. (For more information on the discrimination faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, check out the Arab Association for Human Rights, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and Adalah Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel).
  • Citizenship laws also discriminate against Palestinian refugees, who are denied their right of return while Israel grants citizenship to any Jewish person from anywhere in the world.
  • Even in language, Israel's policies toward Palestinians resemble apartheid. The Hebrew word "hafrada," which is used to refer to the Wall and to the policy of "disengagement," means separation (as in "separation barrier"). Apartheid is an Afrikaner word which also means separation.
So no, Mr. Cohen. Civil society critics of Israeli policy are not anti-Semitic, nor are they liars. Their use of the term "apartheid" is based in international law and fact. Your vague accusations and dissembling, on the other hand, have no basis in reality. Don't let Richard Cohen--or the Washington Post or New York Daily News--off the hook. Use our talking points and media action resources to write letters to the editor explaining why Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. Write blogs and op-eds, update Facebook statuses, and send Tweets about Israeli apartheid and the international BDS movement that is working to end it. And get involved in the BDS movement yourself--in your community, your congregation, or your campus. Mr. Cohen: It is apartheid. And I ain't lyin'. (US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey at an anti-Wall protest in al-Ma'sara, Bethlehem district)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week is here--and the world is taking notice!

Today kicks off the 6th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, an international effort to raise awareness of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and to strengthen the global movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation and apartheid. US Campaign member groups and supporters are joining organizations and individuals around the world in events and actions to educate, mobilize, and empower their communities toward a just peace based on international law, human rights, and equality for all. And they are getting noticed. Ilana Giglioli of the University of Toronto writes in Electronic Intifada that despite harassment and institutional repression, "IAW is taking place in more than 40 cities in five continents, and is a key event in the yearly calendar of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement." The Israeli daily Ha'aretz chronicles the participation of Israeli activists and educators in IAW events, while the Jerusalem Post interviews Dax D'Orazio of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Carleton University, who argues that the attacks on Israeli Apartheid Week are "part of an ongoing campaign to blur the line between the advocacy of Palestinian rights and anti-Semitism.” Attacks? Yes, as you might expect, there are plenty to go around. Alex Kane summarizes much of the media coverage--positive and negative--of Israeli Apartheid Week at Mondoweiss. And Rabble.ca is reporting on a resolution passed in the Canadian parliament condemning IAW (you thought the U.S. Congress was bad!). Rabble also has a more detailed response from the students of Carleton University to the official harassment and censorship faced by IAW organizers. But don't just read all this great coverage--take action during Israeli Apartheid Week! Click here for action resources, and here to learn how you can participate in our March 2 Media Day of Action.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"First they ignore you...": Threats to "sabatoge" international efforts for justice and accountability show efficacy of BDS movement

Need more proof that the international movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) is shaking the defenders of Israeli occupation and apartheid to the core? Writing at Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah exposes the Orwellian details of a recent call for the use of Israel's government resources to go after leaders of the international movement for justice and accountability in Israel/Palestine:
"An extraordinary series of articles, reports and presentations by Israel's influential Reut Institute has identified the global movement for justice, equality and peace as an "existential threat" to Israel and called on the Israeli government to direct substantial resources to "attack" and possibly engage in criminal "sabotage" of this movement in what Reut believes are its various international "hubs" in London, Madrid, Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond."
If the reports language sounds a bit...aggressive to you, you're not the only one:
"The use of the word "sabotage" is particularly striking and should draw the attention of governments, law enforcement agencies and university officials concerned about the safety and welfare of their students and citizens....At the very least, Reut seems to be calling for Israel's spy agencies to engage in covert activity to interfere with the exercise of legal free speech, association and advocacy rights in the United States, Canada and European Union countries, and possibly to cause harm to individuals and organizations. These warnings of Israel's possible intent -- especially in light of its long history of criminal activity on foreign soil -- should not be taken lightly."
And who are to be the targets of this "sabotage"?
"The "Delegitimization Network"... is made up of the broad, decentralized and informal movement of peace and justice, human rights, and BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) activists all over the world. Its manifestations include protests against Israeli officials visiting universities, Israeli Apartheid Week, faith-based and trade union-based activism, and "lawfare" -- the use of universal jurisdiction to bring legal accountability for alleged Israeli war criminals."
Hey, that's us! Apparently our work to end to U.S. and corporate complicity in Israeli occupation and apartheid is starting to worry those intent on maintaining inequality and injustice in Israel/Palestine. Abunimah agrees that the Reut Institute report reveals the efficacy of BDS campaigns:
"Reut is apparently unaware even of the irony of trying to reform "Brand Israel" as something cuddly, while at the same time publicly recommending that Israel's notorious spies "sabotage" peace groups on foreign soil. But there are two lessons we must heed: Reut's analysis vindicates the effectiveness of the BDS strategy, and as Israeli elites increasingly fear for the long-term prospects of the Zionist project they are likely to be more ruthless, unscrupulous and desperate than ever."
Read the full article here. The Reut Institute report sounds scary and Orwellian. But ironically it's a huge affirmation of our work. All of our efforts to ensure that international law, human rights, and equality for all will serve as the basis for a just peace are paying off, and it's freaking out those who would rather keep the ever-worsening status quo. If it's true that "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win," then we are getting awfully close to winning. Join the winning side today. Find out about upcoming BDS trainings and get involved in Israeli Apartheid Week. You can also learn about and register for our upcoming Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day, or get involved with a US Campaign member group near you. The Reut Institute wants to sabotage the movement for justice--let's let them, the Israeli government, and their backers in the U.S. government and multinational corporations, that we won't be threatened and we won't be stopped.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Time.com asks: Would sanctions imposed on (apartheid) Israel help Palestinians?

Tony Karon has a piece at Time.com that highlights Israeli apartheid and asks the obvious question--if sanctions were necessary to end South African apartheid, won't they be required to end the modern day version? Karon notes a recent statement by Israeli 'Defense' Minister Ehud Barak ("If the Palestinians vote in elections it is a binational state, and if they don't vote it is an apartheid state.") and points out an interesting historical connection:
"Barak sounded his warning in the same week that South Africa marked the 20th anniversary of the decision by the then President F.W. De Klerk to free Nelson Mandela and begin negotiating an end to apartheid. It was certainly a courageous decision by De Klerk, but it's important to remember that it was not some epiphany about the immorality of apartheid that changed his mind. By 1989, with the Cold War essentially over, Pretoria had gotten the message that it could no longer count on U.S. support to head off sanctions and other international pressure in the name of anticommunist solidarity. Financial sanctions were beginning to bite and the price of maintaining the status quo was beginning to appear prohibitive....Political leaders typically change course not because they change their philosophy, but because the cost-benefit ratio in maintaining the status quo no longer makes sense.... [I]f his efforts are to bear any fruit, Obama and his international partners will have to change the cost-benefit analysis for the Israelis and Palestinians by raising both the inducements to act and the consequences of inaction. As long as the status quo remains more politically comfortable than the alternative, there's no reason to expect any progress."
Read the full article here. We've said it before and we'll say it again--the discourse in this country is changing. Words like "apartheid" and "sanctions" are becoming increasingly acceptable to relate to Israeli policy. Of course, we don't think that Israeli apartheid is a thing of the future--it's a thing of the present. That's why we're promoting Israeli Apartheid Week 2010 from March 1-7. Click here to find out more, to see what other groups are organizing, and to get resources for organizing your own Israeli Apartheid Week actions and events.

Michael Ratner on Israeli Apartheid

Paul Jay of The Real News Network interviews Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights on his experience with Israeli apartheid: Stand up against apartheid by organizing and participating in Israeli Apartheid Week 2010! (Thanks to Palestine Video for posting the vids)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week 2010 trailer and action resources

Check out the trailer for Israeli Apartheid Week 2010, and find out how you can get involved with this and other March Month of Action activities by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week--coming to a city near you!

Check out this video for Israeli Apartheid Week 2010 in Toronto, and then get resources for organizing Israeli Apartheid Week events in your area by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Powerful campus divestment video from Students Against Israeli Apartheid--Carleton University

Check out this powerful video from Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Carleton University in Ottawa: Learn how to start a divestment campaign on your own campus by clicking here. Learn more about the boycott of Motorola here. Click here to learn about Israeli Apartheid Week 2010--and email organizer@endtheoccupation.org if you want to get involved in Israeli Apartheid Week in the United States!