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Occupation End Notes | November 20, 2009 Volume 7 Number 19

Our weeks of action against the siege of Gaza and Israel's apartheid Wall might be over, but that doesn't mean the action stops. Check out this week's edition of Occupation End Notes for new resources, news, and opportunities for action.

Our report card for the 11th Congress is now updated to reflect votes on H.Res.867 condemning the Goldstone Report, and you can take action by cheering or jeering your Representative's vote on the resolution.

The US Campaign and its member groups are taking on settler violence in the West Bank and in the United States--learn how you can take action to support their efforts.

Member organizations of the US Campaign are holding educational and advocacy events, organizing delegations to Israel/Palestine, and hosting video contests--so there are plenty of chances for you to get involved!

Check out this week's edition 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,

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US Campaign in the News

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Table of Contents:

1) Apply Now for a Spring 2010 Internship with the US Campaign

2) Is the "We Love Israel" Consensus on Capitol Hill a Thing of the Past?

3) US Campaign Member Group Attacked by Settlers

4) US Campaign on BBC Radio

5) Remote Controlled Occupation, Killdozer, and the Attack of the Droids

6) What's New on the US Campaign Blog

7) Welcome New Member Groups to the US Campaign

8) US Campaign Member Groups in Action

9) US Campaign Member Groups Tell Baseball Commissioner: Strike Out Racism!

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

11) New Delegations to Israel/Palestine for Education and Solidarity

12) How You Can Sustain the US Campaign

* US Campaign Accepting Applications for Spring 2010 Interns

The US Campaign is currently seeking five interns for the spring semester of 2010.  Interns will be expected to work 10-30 hours per week under supervision of the US Campaign staff in its Washington, DC office. To find out more and learn how to apply, click here.

* Is the "We Love Israel" Consensus on Capitol Hill a Thing of the Past?

On Tuesday, November 3, 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. While this vote can hardly be characterized as a victory for all of us working hard to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality, it does reveal that the days of Capitol Hill's nearly wall-to-wall "we love Israel" consensus appear to be over. Find out why, and learn what you can do, by clicking here. Take action by "cheering or jeering" your Representative for their vote on H.Res.867 by clicking here. And find out how your Members of Congress stand on a more just policy toward Israel/Palestine by checking out our updated Congressional Report Card here.

* US Campaign Member Group Attacked by Settlers, and How You Can Respond

On Tuesday, November 17, members of US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) were attacked by Israeli settlers in the South Hebron Hills while accompanying a Palestinian family home past the settlement of Havat Ma'on to the Palestinian village of Tuba. Learn more and find out how you can take action against settler violence by clicking here.

* "Settlement or Suburb?": US Campaign on BBC Radio

Hear US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey discuss the Israeli government's recent announcement that it will build hundreds of new housing units in the Gilo settlement on BBC Radio 5 "Up All Night." To listen, click here, and then click "Listen Now." The interview begins around 1:10:00. To see more media coverage of the US Campaign, click here.

* "Remote Controlled Occupation," Killdozer, and the Attack of the Droids

Remote controlled guns. Aerial drones. Robotic bulldozers. Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but it's actually the latest in apartheid and occupation technology. Speaking of the latest technology, have you heard about Motorola's new 'Droid' phone? Learn more about new "advances" in Israeli occupation tech and how you can use the launch of the 'Droid' to take action against those who profit from killing by clicking here.

*Dangerous Situations, Boycotts, Settlements, and More on the US Campaign Blog

What's new on the US Campaign blog? The Obama Administration says settlements cause a "dangerous situation." Omar Barghouti talks boycott at the University of Minnesota.  U.S. military aid and links between the occupation of Iraq and Palestine in Jordan's 'Green Zone.' Aid, settlements, and the Obama Administration. New boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) resources. 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:

AMPLE PAC - North Carolina

* US Campaign Member Groups in Action

A lecture on Palestinian prisoners. A letter writing event to free Mohammad Othman. A holiday craft bazaar. A screening of a new film on Palestinian refugees. These are just a few of the exciting events being held by US Campaign member groups. 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 Member Groups Tell Baseball Commissioner: "Strike Out Israeli Settlements!"

Over fifty human rights advocates gathered outside the office of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in midtown Manhattan at lunch time on Wednesday to demand that he prevent the New York Mets from hosting a Citi Field fundraiser for a Jewish group that supports violence and racism against Palestinians. The protest came two weeks after eleven organizations, including the US Campaign, sent a letter to the Mets and Commissioner Selig asking them to cancel the event for the Hebron Fund at the Caesars Club, which is located directly above the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field. The groups said that the event would "taint" the Mets and Major League Baseball's commitment to diversity and equality, and insult the memory of Jackie Robinson. The protest was organized by US Campaign member groups Adalah-NY, CODEPINK Women for Peace, Jews Against the Occupation-NYC, Jewish Voice for Peace, and allies Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Jews Say No! For more information, click here. Click here to see photos of the protest, and here for video. Take action by sending a letter to the Mets by clicking here. 

* 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. The deadline for video submissions is March 9, 2010. 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

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

Want to visit Israel/Palestine for education and solidarity? US Campaign member group American Jews for a Just Peace has spaces available on their Health and Human Rights Delegation. US Campaign member group Interfaith Peace-Builders is accepting applications for their May 2010 delegation. Check out these and many other opportunities to visit Israel/Palestine with US Campaign member groups and allies by clicking here.

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

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