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What Breakthrough?

by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership and Outreach Coordinator
July 24th, 2013

Attend Organizers' Conference as BDS Makes Breakthroughs! 

Much buzz was created last week when Secretary of State John Kerry announced that an agreement had been reached that "establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis." 

Via Dimi Reider of +972 Magazine

As certain groups celebrated this supposed breakthrough, Israel is moving forward with its Prawer plan to force at least 40,000 Palestinian Bedouins out of their homes in the southern Naqab by destroying 40 villages it refuses to recognize. Twelve Palestinian and Jordanian hunger strikers are languishing in Israeli prisons. And the Israeli government continues to approve the building of even more illegal settlements in the West Bank.

The reality is that reviving negotiations under an already flawed and discredited process is going to do nothing for ending Israeli occupation and apartheid. This latest attempt to keep alive the peace process after 20 years of failure comes at a time when boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns are achieving breakthrough after breakthrough. We hope you will join us September 20-22 for our National Organizers' Conference at George Mason University in Arlington, VA to continue strengthening this grassroots work to end U.S. institutional support for Israeli oppression. 

Register today for the discounted rate of $89!

The conference program so far includes a panel discussion on U.S. policy featuring Palestinian activist and human rights attorney Noura Erakat and our National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner. Another panel will focus on "Building Solidarity Across Black, Native American, and Palestinian Struggles" with UCLA professor and USACBI Advisory Board member
Robin D.G. Kelley, PACBI and Adalah-NY founding member Riham Barghouti, and Melissa Franklin, who traveled to Palestine as part of an Indigenous Youth Delegation.

There will be plenty of opportunities to network and connect with activists working on BDS campaigns across the country. And we're still accepting workshop proposals so submit one by August 2 if you want to share tips learned from your local BDS campaign or skills such as media outreach and fundraising! 

If you want to get conference updates as we they become available, make sure to RSVP on Facebook or follow @US_Campaign on Twitter. And of course register!

More of the same peace process will not bring about freedom, justice, and equality. Only real action to hold Israel accountable will achieve actual peace. We hope you will attend our conference and help us expand our coalition's work for Palestinian rights.

--We are hoping to provide scholarships to students and activists who need support to attend our conference. Please consider donating $50 to help sponsor one activist's scholarship.