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Occupation End Notes | October 2, 2009 Volume 7 Number 16

Here at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's national office, we are getting settled back in after a successful National Organizers' Conference, and we're planning out how to implement the strategies and tactics that we decided upon in Chicago.

If you haven't already, check out our conference report for details about what proposals passed, how many people attended, what kind of media attention we received, and more!

Since returning from Chicago, we've been busy pressuring the U.S. government to accept the findings of the Goldstone Report on war crimes in the Gaza Strip; we're completing preparations for our upcoming Campus Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions conferences; and we're planning for two weeks of action from November 4-16 in support of the Gaza Freedom March and the international Week Against the Apartheid Wall.

We hope you enjoy this week's Occupation End Notes. Check the sidebar to the right for links to our updated resources on our website, and remember to keep up with US Campaign news on a daily basis on our website, Blog, and Facebook and Twitter feeds. As always, in order for this newsletter to be a success, we need your help. Have an event you want to publicize? Add to our Member Group Calendar by clicking here. Have a resource or a victory that you want shared? Email us by clicking here.

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Table of Contents:

1) Fall Campus BDS Tour Coming to a University Near You

2) New Material on the US Campaign Blog

3) November Days of Action and the Gaza Freedom March

4) Free Mohammad Othman

5) Welcome New Member Groups to the US Campaign

6) Richard Falk at the Palestine Center

7) A Benefit for Gaza Featuring Noam Chomsky

8) Shiministim Tour

9) Palestine Freedom Walks

10) Delegations to Israel/Palestine

11) How You Can Sustain the US Campaign

* Fall Campus BDS Tour Coming to a University Near You!

This fall, as college students return to campus, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, in partnership with Hampshire College Students for Justice in Palestine, is organizing a five-city boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) organizing tour across the country.  The conferences will be in Milwaukee (Oct. 7-9), Atlanta (Oct. 18-20), Pittsburgh (Oct. 23-25), Columbus (Oct. 23-25) and Amherst (Nov. 20-22).  Click here to learn more about this tour or here to make a tax deductible donation to support our campus organizing efforts.

*Goldstone Report Updates, Conference Media Coverage, and More on the US Campaign Blog

Looking for news, updates, analysis, video, and more unique content? Look no further than the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's blog! New on the blog these past two weeks: US Campaign National Conference in the media spotlight; BDS Gets a Hearing on Chicago Public Radio; Free Mohammad Othman; Goldstone Report Updates; and more. Click here to view news and updates on the US Campaign blog.

* Save the Date for Weeks of Action November 4-16 and Register for the Gaza Freedom March

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has endorsed the Gaza Freedom March and is coordinating with the organizers' to end U.S. support for Israel's illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip. We will be organizing lobbying days as well as two weeks of action in November--the first of which will focus on Gaza, the second of which will be in conjunction with the international Week Against the Apartheid Wall which is organized by Stop the Wall. Start planning now for educational events, rallies, teach-ins, and media advocacy during the first two weeks of November.

In the meantime, we encourage you to sign up for the Gaza Freedom March. Find out more by clicking here.

* Free Mohammad Othman: BDS Has its First Prisoner of Conscience

On September 22, Mohammad Othman was arrested by soldiers on the Allenby Bridge Crossing, the border from Jordan to Palestine. He is now being held in Huwara prison as a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for his human rights work. Mohammad, 33 years old, has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the defense of Palestinian human rights. His village, Jayyous, has been devastated by the Apartheid Wall and Zufim, a settlement built by Lev Leviev's companies. These companies are facing a successful boycott campaign because of their violations of Palestinian rights. Mohammad was returning from a trip to Norway, during which he met with senior officials, including Norwegian Finance Minister Kristen Halvorsen. Norway's national Pension Fund recently announced that it had divested from Elbit, the Israeli company which provides both Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other military technology for the Israeli occupation, as well as security systems for the Wall and settlements. Click here to learn more and take action. For an action alert issued by US Campaign member group Grassroots International, click here.

* Welcome New Member Groups to the US Campaign

In an effort to better help our coalition members network and for us to better gauge the coalition's regional diversity, we have put together a map with our more than 300 coalition members represented by state. Don't see you member group listed? Click here to join the US Campaign. Click here to check if your member group is in good standing with the US Campaign.

Please welcome the following organizations to our coalition:

Jewish Voice for Peace Sacramento - California

Tikkun Chicago - Illinois

North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice - Massachusetts

ISM Michigan - Michigan

Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) - Michigan

St. Louis Instead of War - Missouri

Triangle Area Palestine/Israel Action Group - North Carolina

Women in Black Union Square - New York

Justice for Palestine - UW Madison - Wisconsin

* 2009 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Professor Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestine Territories

Washington, DC - October 6

US Campaign member group the Palestine Center presents its annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture, "Imagining Israel-Palestine Peace: Why International Law Matters," featuring Professor Richard Falk, on October 6, 2009 from 12:30 - 2:00 PM.

Richard Falk is the UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestine Territories and Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Previously, he was the Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University. He was a member of the Independent International Commission on Kosovo (1999-2001) and the Human Rights Inquiry Commission for Palestine of the UN Human Rights Commission (2002). Mr. Falk is the author of several books including The Declining World Order (2004), The Costs of War (2008) and Achieving Human Rights (2009).

This briefing is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served to registered guests at 12:30 p.m. The briefing and question/answer period will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Registration is required. Unregistered guests will not be admitted. To register, click here or call (202) 338-1958 ext.11 by noon Monday, 5 October 2009.

* A Benefit for the Children of Gaza Featuring Noam Chomsky: "Obama, the Middle East, and the Prospects for Peace"

Oakland, CA - October 3

US Campaign member organization Middle East Children's Alliance is hosting an evening with Noam Chomsky to benefit the children of Gaza. The event will take place on October 3, 2009, at 7:30 pm, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, 2025 Broadway, adjacent to the 19th street BART. Tickets are expected to sell out, so get your seat today! For more information, including ticket prices, click here, or email events@mecaforpeace.org

To find events in your area, check out the event calendar on our website by clicking here. Add an event by clicking here.

* The Shministim are Coming to a City Near You

The Shministim (Hebrew for "twelfth-graders") are an informal group of young Israelis who openly declare their refusal to join the Israeli military.  Every year, the Shministim sign a different letter, a tradition harkening back to the 1970s when the first Shministim class expressed their dissent in a letter to Prime Minister Golda Meir.  The 2008 letter, signed by both tour speakers Maya and Netta, declares, "We cannot be moral and serve the occupation." The Shministim Tour is a series of conversations between two young Israeli women who went to jail for following their consciences and Americans from all communities and political backgrounds.  Maya Wind and Netta Mishly will speak at universities, synagogues, and community centers about their personal journeys from high school to military prison; a path shared by dozens of young Shministim but wholly unique in each case.  They will engage students, activists, supporters, and critics on both coasts and in between. The tour will last from September 13 through October 10, 2009. The tour is organized by US Campaign member groups Jewish Voice for Peace and CODEPINK Women for Peace. To see tour dates and cities, click here.

To find events in your area, check out the event calendar on our website by clicking here. Add an event by clicking here.

* American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) Announces Palestine Freedom Walks

Across the United States, US Campaign member group AAPER is organizing its First Annual Palestine Freedom Walks for October 10, 2009  The Palestine Freedom Walks will be silent marches, similar to those that took place during the Civil Rights Movement, on behalf of an equitable U.S. policy toward Palestine that advances freedom for the Palestinian people. Like the Freedom Walks during the Civil Rights Movement as well as AIDS Walks and Breast Cancer Walks before them, the Palestine Freedom Walks can have a major impact across the United States. Click here to learn more.

* New Opportunities to Visit Israel/Palestine for Education and Solidarity

Check out the many opportunities to visit Israel/Palestine with US Campaign member groups Interfaith Peace-Builders, CODEPINK, Global Exchange, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and more! Register now for the Council for the National Interest's Fall 2009 Political Pilgrimage and the Health and Human Rights Delegation organized by American Jews for a Just Peace.

Click here to view delegation opportunities and learn how to register.

* How You Can Sustain the US Campaign--Donate Today!

Occupation End Notes. Action alerts. An interactive event calendar. Unique content on our blog. Resources for local organizers. National organizing tours. Regional meetings. These are just a few of the tools that the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation provides to our supporters. Unfortunately, these resources aren't free. They take staff time, website fees, postage, printing expenses, and more.

If you, like thousands of other committed activists, find these resources vital for your organizing, make a tax-deductible donation to our ongoing work by donating online, donating office supplies and services, or joining the Olive Branch Club.

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