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Occupation End Notes | November 6, 2009 Volume 7 Number 18

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.Res.867, condemning the Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (known informally as the Goldstone Report) as "irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy," by a vote of 344 to 36 with 22 abstentions.

Use our brand new web feature to "thank or spank" your Representative based on how he/she voted.  Enter you zip code on our website and it will automatically pull up a sample letter to your Representative based on how she/he voted on H.Res.867. Try it today by clicking here.

Also, read exclusive content on our blog by National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner analyzing the vote on H.Res.867.  Watch the video of the debate, get links to the transcript in the Congressional Record, and much more by clicking here.

Looking to the future, next week is the 7th annual week to stop Israel's apartheid wall.  We'll start the week with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a great media hook to talk about Israel's apartheid wall.  Our member groups will hold educational events in their communities throughout the week. Click here for more information about planning your own event or here to find other events in your area. The end of the week of action against the apartheid wall is expected to coincide with the end of the Palestinian olive harvest.  One way to take action against the apartheid wall is to help Palestinian farmers whose land and trees have been closed off behind the wall. Since the beginning of October, your generous tax-deductible contributions have enabled us to replant 995 olive trees in Palestine.  We're 99.5% of the way to our goal of 1,000 trees replanted.  Help push us over the top of our goal by making your tax-deductible contribution today by clicking here.

Check out the rest of Occupation End Notes for opportunities and resources for action, updates on the activities of our member groups, new blog posts, news developments, and much more! 

Peace and solidarity,

US Campaign National Staff

US Campaign in the News

Member Group Activities

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Challenging U.S. Policy

Standing against Apartheid

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Apartheid in the News

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Table of Contents:

1) Take Action against the Apartheid Wall

2) New Campus BDS Web Section

3) CAT Bulldozers in the Goldstone Report

4) What's New on the US Campaign Blog

5) Welcome New Member Groups to the US Campaign

6) US Campaign Member Groups in Action

7) US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner to Speak at Brooklyn Law School

8) US Campaign and Members Tell Mets: Cancel Settler Group Fundraiser

9) CNI Announces New Executive Director

10) Itisapartheid.org and Stop the Wall Present Israeli Apartheid Video Contest

11) Palestine Solidarity Project Speaking Tour

12) Stephen Sizer and Mark Braverman on Christian Zionism and Movement Building

13) New Edition of Journal of Palestine Studies Focuses on Operation Cast Lead

14) Delegations to Israel/Palestine for Education and Solidarity

15) How You Can Sustain the US Campaign

* Take Action! International Week of Action against the Apartheid Wall

From November 9-15, join human rights advocates around the world as we mark the 7th annual week of action against Israel's Apartheid Wall. Monday, November 9th is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and we're asking our supporters to use this anniversary to get Israel's apartheid wall into the media. Find ideas for action and tools to stop the Wall by clicking here. And check out our media action day on November 9

Planning an event or action? Publicize it on the US Campaign's website calendar by clicking here.

* New Campus BDS Web Section Launched

Check out our new web section dedicated to boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movements on campus. Included in this web section are our Student Divestment Handbook, Power Point presentations on campus BDS, and information on the upcoming National Campus BDS Conference taking place at Hampshire College on November 21 and 22. Find out how to engage in boycott and divestment campaigns on your campus by clicking here.

We also have several new BDS resources available, including a legal memo from the National Lawyers Guild on U.S. federal law relating to BDS, a link to the Seattle Divest from Israeli Occupation campaign, and the Interfaith Peace Initiative's Global Survey of BDS actions.. If you have a BDS campaign that you would like us to publicize, email our National Organizer, Katherine Fuchs, by clicking here.

* New Resource: Caterpillar Bulldozers Featured Prominently in Goldstone Report

Did you notice that D-9 armored bulldozers are repeatedly described as tools of Israeli war crimes in the Goldstone Report?  So did our Steering Committee member, Peter Miller of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights.  Peter compiled all of the remarks about bulldozers from the Goldstone Report into one eight-page document, now posted on our website!  Click here to download a PDF of this document.  If you don't already have a local campaign going against Caterpillar's sale of these bulldozers to Israel, click here to order a campaign kit.

*Bill Moyers, the Daily Show, GRITtv, and Rustbelt Radio on the US Campaign Blog

What's new on the US Campaign blog? Retired CIA analysts Kathleen and Bill Christison discuss BDS and military aid to Israel. Bill Moyers interviews Judge Richard Goldstone. John Stewart interviews Anna Balzer and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on the Daily Show. US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs on Rustbelt Radio. Check out all this and much more--unique content, resources, pictures, and video--on the US Campaign blog by clicking 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 320 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:

Aware! - Colorado

* US Campaign Member Groups in Action

Want to know what our more than 300 member organizations are up to? Check out the US Campaign's online calendar for information about events, speakers, rallies, and actions near you by clicking here. Want to advertise an event? Click here to post an event to our website. Let other activists know what you are doing, and find out how to get involved!

* US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner to Speak at Brooklyn Law School

In 2007, the United States and Israel signed an agreement to increase U.S. military aid to Israel to $30 billion over the next ten years. Do these weapons transfers promote Israeli-Palestinian peace and are they a good use of taxpayer dollars? Are US laws compromised when Israel uses these materials in Gaza and the West Bank? US Campaign Nationald Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner will address these questions on Tuesday, November 10, at 6 PM at the Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, first floor Student Lounge. The event is cosponsored by US Campaign member group Brooklyn For Peace (Israel-Palestine Committee), the Brooklyn Law School National Lawyers Guild, and Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest. For more information call (718) 624-5921 or email is.pales@brooklynpeace.org.

* US Campaign and Member Groups Call on New York Mets to Cancel Fundraiser for Hebron Settlers

US Campaign member group Adalah-NY has organized a letter to the New York Mets calling on them to cancel a fundraiser for the Hebron Fund being held at the Mets' Citi Field. The Hebron Fund is the U.S. fundraising wing of Israeli settler groups in Al Khalil/Hebron in the southern West Bank. Settlers in Hebron are some of the most notorious abusers of the human rights of Palestinian civilians.

The letter is signed by the US Campaign as well as member groups ADC, Brooklyn for Peace, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Against the Occupation, and WESPAC Foundation. Adalah-NY has also produced a video in conjunction with the letter, which you can view by clicking here. Find out more about the Hebron Fund here, and read the full letter by clicking here.

* Council for National Interest Announces Helena Cobban as New Executive Director

US Campaign member group Council for the National Interest and its affiliated Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNI/CNIF) are pleased to announce that Helena Cobban has joined the organizations as Executive Director. Cobban has written extensively about the U.S. role in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, including as a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. She also maintains the Just World News blog and has started a new blog on behalf of CNI entitled Fair Policy, Fair Discussion. Click here to read more.

* Interfaith Peace-Builders/US Campaign Summer Delegates Advocate for Human Rights

Members of the Interfaith Peace-Builders and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation summer delegation have committed themselves fully to the important tasks of outreach and education. Delegates, including US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs, have spoken to the media, presented in their local communities, and engaged in innovative organizing projects for the long term. Click here for a partial list of delegates' appearances in the media and speaking events.

IFPB's olive harvest delegation is in Israel/Palestine right now, click here to read their trip reports or here to sign up for IFPB's next delegation in May, 2010.

* Itisapartheid.org and Stop the Wall Present the Israeli Apartheid Video Contest

US Campaign member group Itisapartheid.org and ally Stop the Wall are looking for submissions for the First International Israeli Apartheid Video Contest. Participants are invited to submit short [less than 5 minute] videos on the theme of Israeli apartheid. Videos should reflect the nature, realities and/or consequences of apartheid policy in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. For more information on the contest, click here. To find out how you can endorse and/or sponsor the Israeli Apartheid video context, click here. To find out more about standing against Israeli apartheid, click here

* Palestine Solidarity Project Speaking Tour

From the Palestine Solidarity Project (PSP): "While the White House is paying increasing attention to a 'Middle East Peace Process', and Israeli politicians are using every delay tactic in their arsenal, the reality of the on-going Israeli Occupation has been all but lost in sound bites and empty propaganda.   Bekah Wolf, who has lived the last 3 years in the Occupied West Bank and is the International Coordinator for the Palestine Solidarity Project, is going on her third nationwide speaking tour, bringing an eyewitness' account, along with a critical analysis of the realities of Israeli occupation in 2009 and what they mean in an international context, especially with regards to the recent UN fact-finding mission headed by international jurist Richard Goldstone, the prospects for renewed three-party negotiations, and the upsurge in the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns. Bekah is available in the Northeast from Oct. 17-Nov. 4; in the Midwest from Nov. 6-18; again in the Northeast from Nov. 18-23; in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest from Nov. 29-Dec.5 and in the Southwest from Dec. 6-Dec. 15. "

If you are interested in hosting PSP's speaking tour, email PSP by clicking here. For more information about PSP, click here.

* Drs. Stephen Sizer and Mark Bravemerman Discuss Christian Zionism, Movement Building
November 13 - Washington, DC

Well-known British scholar and author of "Christian Zionism and the Bible" Dr. Stephen Sizer, will be joined by Jewish author Dr. Mark Braverman, to discuss the impact of this ideology on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. The intended goal is to mobilize a Capitol Hill working group from the religious institutions of the neighborhood for further educational and movement expanding activities. The event will be held November 13, at 7 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 222 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC. For more information, click here, or email Tom Getman by clicking here.

* Latest Edition of the Journal of Palestine Studies Focuses on Operation Cast Lead

The most recent edition of the Journal of Palestine Studies, with a special focus on Operation Cast Lead, is now available. It includes an unprecedented amount of new material to serve as a resource and a record of the operation, including an overview of the history, geography, and economy of the Gaza Strip, an overview of the weapons used by the Israeli military during Operation Cast Lead, and a detailed timeline of the Israeli assault on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Learn more by clicking here.

* 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!

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

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