Occupation End Notes | March 15, 2007
Occupation End Notes, March 15th, 2007
Volume 4 Number 12
In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update: Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization; US Campaign Launches Anti-Apartheid Framework; US Campaign in the News
2. Member Group Update: Partner’s for Peace 13th
National Jerusalem Women Speak; JVP’s 2nd Annual Conference &
Job Opening; ADC Protests Settlement Sale in
3. Boycott, Divestment,
& Sanctions: Faculty
of Arts & Science of
4. Events: Rachel Corrie Candle Light Vigils; Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s event; Palestinian Summer Celebration
5. Resources: Institute for
6. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; 2007 CAP Tour; Global Exchange Delegations; ICAHD Delegations; Join Middle East Fellowship for Palestine Summer Encounter; Join Interfaith Peace-Builders & AFSC on trip to Israel/Palestine; Zajel International Volunteer Work camp; MECA Delegations in August 2007; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
10-11, 2007, the US Campaign and United for Peace and Justice are
sponsoring a two-day mobilization in
New Flash Map Launched of J10 Endorsing Organizations.
Click the map on the left to check out the US Campaign’s new flash map showing the locations of the 150 organizations to date that have endorsed the June 10-11 events.
(Note: Please allow one minute or more for the map to fully load.Due to technical limitations, only one organization per city is visible when the cursor is above that city.Scroll down the page for the full list.)
Check the map and the list of endorsing organizations to see if your organization has endorsed or not.Add your organization’s endorsement today by clicking here.
* Help the
weekend, the US Campaign will protest 4 years of
Saturday, we’ll be at the March on Pentagon in
* Other Ways to Get Involved w/ J10-11
Make a Donation for the Mobilization and Get Apartheid Posters
For a limited time, everyone who makes a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more will receive a free set of six anti-apartheid posters. These glossy 18X24 inch posters are union-made and suitable to frame. Click here to view the poster set.
Please make your generous tax-deductible donation today!
Help Us Organize
If you can help us mobilize and organize for this rally by distributing postcards and collecting petition signatures, please click here and we'll send you an organizing packet.
You can also download organizing resources from our website by clicking here.
Sign the Petition
The US Campaign is collecting petition signatures to deliver to Congress for the grassroots lobbying day. Click here to sign the petition and make your voice heard!
In the News
To read articles and watch videos about the planned protest, click here.
Don't forget to make your tax-deductible donation today for this mobilization and receive a free set of anti-apartheid posters!
Campaign is excited to announce the launch of its Anti-Apartheid Framework
(AAF). The AAF was developed in response to a resolution passed by the US
Campaign's General Body at its Fifth Annual National Organizers' Conference in
The AAF is
meant to be an educational resource and not a campaign. This means that we hope
you use these materials to frame the conflict in
The AAF includes a number of resources that you can find by clicking here.
These resources include a public service announcement, posters, fact sheets, and DVDs. Together these resources constitute an "AAF Organizing Packet."
As part of the AAF, the US Campaign has designed a striking set of six posters with the theme "Apartheid: Wrong for South Africans, Wrong for Palestinians". These glossy, union-made posters are suitable to frame and/or use for organizing purposes.
The US Campaign would like to send you a set of these posters for a tax-deductible donation that you make to support our work. Click here to get your set of posters for:
1 Set of
Posters (6) for $25 incl S&H.
the US Campaign for quotes on bulk orders greater than 3 sets of
Learn how to use the Organizing Packet by clicking here.
The resolution also included a call to establish a Boycott, Divestment Research Committee empowered to research and recommend a consumer product boycott target. Learn more about this effort by clicking here.
The US Campaign looks forward to working with you to end Israeli apartheid policies!
* US Campaign in the News:
March 8th, 2007: Carter defends Gaza theory at GWU speech
(AP) -- Despite the storm it ignited, former President Carter held fast on
Thursday to his accusation that
Speaking at The George Washington University to a polite but mostly critical student audience, Carter offered no second thoughts on his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" that prompted 14 members of the Carter Center's advisory board to resign and drew fire from Jewish groups and some fellow Democrats.
other side of the argument, a local group called the U.S. Campaign to End the
Israeli Occupation" distributed a four-page brochure that said without
Click here to read more. (http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CARTER_ISRAEL?SITE=TXODE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)
March 14th, 2007: Kucinich Hires Critic of Israel for Hill Panel
Daniel W. Reilly and Patrick O'Connor
-- Democratic Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of
Before coming to Capitol Hill, [Noura] Erakat, a Palestinian, served as the national grass-roots organizer and legal advocate for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a group that seeks "to change those U.S. policies that both sustain Israel's 39-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and deny equal rights for all."
Click here to read more.
2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATES:
* April 9th – 26th, 2007: Jerusalem Women Speak 13 to visit Heartland Communities in Washington DC, Chicago, and Wisconsin
* April 28th-29th,
2007: Please join Jewish
Voice for Peace at their upcoming conference, "Pursuing Justice for
Israel/Palestine: Changing Minds, Challenging
meeting April 28-29 in downtown
Visit jewishvoiceforpeace.org for more
info on these extraordinary leaders and activists.
* Job Announcement: Jewish Voice for Peace Searching for National Director
Voice for Peace uses grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media
toward the goal of a lasting peace in the
JVP is seeking a National Director to provide overall leadership to an organization that is in the midst of a transition from a San Francisco Bay Area based grassroots organization to a national organization with chapters around the country, a national board, and greater visibility. The National Director will be accountable to the Board.
Click here for more information. (http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/publish/article_713.shtml)
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee released an action alert today protesting several public sales of homes in illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank that are taking place in Florida this weekend.For more details and to take action, click here.
3. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS:
Faculty of the College of Arts &
Faculty of the
The vote was 25 in favor, 2 opposed and 6 abstentions.
RESOLUTION ON DIVESTMENT FROM COMPANIES SUPPORTING ISRAELI OCCUPATION
WHEREAS, independent human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B'Tselem, Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, and Al-Haq; the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and numerous non-governmental organizations have documented serious and widespread violations of international law and the human rights of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces operating in the West Bank and Gaza, and that these violations also contribute to suffering endured by the people of Israel;
WHEREAS, leading human rights advocates, such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter have condemned the apartheid-like conditions that Palestinians must endure under Israeli Occupation;
the International Court of Justice has ruled that
WHEREAS, there is evidence that U.S.-based companies provide material aid to the Israeli Army in the form of weapons, equipment, and supporting systems used to perpetrate human rights abuses against Palestinian civilians, and whereas knowingly continuing this supportimplies complicity with these companies in practices that violate international humanitarian law, and such firms as Boeing, Caterpillar, General Dynamics, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, and Raytheon have an active role in enabling Israeli forces to engage in practices that violate international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people;
WHEREAS, any effort to divest from these companies demonstrates a commitment to international law and the fundamental rights that belong to every human being, lays the groundwork for a just and enduring peace, and is therefore an expression of the hope for a free andsecure future for every Israeli and Palestinian currently suffering under the burden of conflict;
WHEREAS, the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES passed a resolution in December, 2006, endorsing an analogous action to call for divestment from Sudan on grounds of human rights violations;
BE IT RESOLVED that the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES calls upon HOWARD UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES to examine HOWARD UNIVERSITY'S retirement investment funds, endowment funds and short-term investment pool for its funds that are being invested in "offending" companies that are offering material support to Israeli Occupation;
FURTHER RESOLVED that if it is found that
* March 16th, 2007: Women In Black-Baltimore to
hold Vigil for Rachel Corrie
March 16th 2007 12:00 pm
* March 16th, 2007:
* March 25th, 2007: An American Jew’s Journey to Israel and the West Bank
Mark Braverman, clinical psychologist specializing
in psychological trauma, crisis intervention and conflict resolution, was
transformed by what he witnessed and experienced on his recent trip to
* June 20th
– August 18th, 2007: The Palestinian summer celebration
Come and celebrate
The Palestinian summer celebration is a unique
annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to
encounter the life and culture in
* Institute for Palestine Studies
Policy Note No. 13: Nuclear Double Standards on
Click here to read more. (http://www.palestine-studies.org/final/en/bn/viewbndetails.php?bnid=27)
* New Edition of Phyllis Bennis Primer Available for Bulk Purchase
Interlink Books has just published an updated and expanded version of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, by US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis.Interlink Books is offering bulk prices on this primer to US Campaign member groups at 50% off retail price more order of 25 or more.Contact Interlink Books by clicking here or calling 1-800-238-LINK to take advantage of this offer.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: March 17th -31st; May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations to Israel/Palestine
Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
* April 1st – April 10th, 2007: 2007 Congressional Accompaniment Project
You can be a part of a group of peacemakers who will leave for an 10 day trip to Israel-Palestine, accompanying several U.S. Congressional Senior Staff Aides on a mission of peacemaking and fact-finding.
It is an unparalleled chance to accomplish two important goals: 1. expand and deepening your own knowledge of the Holy Land and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through direct experience, and 2. influence the political climate of Washington toward a more positive attitude and fair policies that will help enable a just peace in the region for both the state of Israel and the people of Palestine.
However, the time is growing short to sign on as an “Accompanier” for this 2007 Congressional Accompaniment Tour.We must hear from you by Feb. 20thto reserve a place.
For more information or to apply as an “Accompanier” for the 2007 CAP tour to Israel/Palestine, contact us immediately. http://www.middleeastawareness.org
Darrell & Sue Yeaney, Coordinators
2007 CAP Tour
Peacemaking Task Force
* Spring – Fall 2007 Schedule: April 21st – May 1st, August 12th – 22nd, December 2nd – 12th: Global Exchange’s Delegations to Palestine & Israel
Global Exchange’s delegations to
Palestine & Israel provide first-hand exposure to the daily struggles and
realities of Palestinians living under Occupation. The delegations strive
to further the
* Summer 2007: Resisting Occupation—Constructing Peace: 2007 ICAHD Summer Rebuilding Experience
July 14 –
July 29, 2007: For the fifth year in a row, the Israeli Committee Against House
is offering a summer work camp intended to foster learning and friendship
between Palestinians, Israelis and internationals. Twenty five internationals
will work alongside Israelis and Palestinians to rebuild the home of a
Palestinian family whose house has been demolished by the Israeli authorities.
In addition, participants will learn about the facts on the ground through a
full program including presentations from key organizations working for a just
For an application form and all inquiries regarding the camp please contact ICAHD’s International Coordinator, Lucia Pizarro email@example.com. US Participants may contact Richard Wark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 24th – August 16th,
2007: Join Middle
East Fellowship for
Middle East fellowship, in partnership with Holy Land Trust invites you to participate in the fourth annual Palestine Summer Encounter, a two month Arabic-training and volunteer program, starting on May 24th, 2007.
The purpose of the program is to create a dialogue between Palestinians and members of the global community. During the program, participants will learn beginner or intermediate conversational Arabic through language immersion and class and partner with Palestinian non-profit organizations as a volunteer. Click here for more detailed information.
* May 26th – June 9th,
2007: Join Interfaith
Peace-Builders (IFPB) & the Americans Friends
Service Committee (AFSC) to travel to
Delegation to Israel/Palestine
May 26 – June 9, 2007
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IPFB) and the American Friends Service Committee
(AFSC) to travel to Israel/Palestine. June, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of
the 1967 war and the beginning of the Israeli military occupation of the West
delegation provides a unique opportunity to focus on the current situation in
Israel/Palestine and understand the effects of the ongoing Israeli occupation.
Your on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as
you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice,
and witness the current realities of life in
Click here for more information.
* June 2nd – 20th, 2007: Zajel International Voluntary Work Camp
The international summer work camp, “Step in the right direction”, will bring together 25 young people from around the world who are interested in helping create a better world. We are specifically targeting people who are working with organizations led by young people that address humanitarian issues and social justice. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious young men and women to apply.
For more information, please click here (http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2007/announcing.htm)
* MECA Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!
seventeen years, MECA has taken small groups to the West Bank,
For information, please contact:
Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Volunteer in Tel Rumeida!
Rumeida Project is an organization solely for work purposes (i.e. it is not
an organization for its own sake.) Therefore, volunteers are expected to
be able to function well with instruction and independently. Volunteers will be
working in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida,
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