Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Welcome to the US Campaign blog

Welcome to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation blog! We plan to use this space to share ideas, analysis, action alerts, and updates on the work of the US Campaign as well as articles from our steering committee, advisory board and member groups. We’re launching this blog at a time of unique challenge and exciting opportunity for the work of advancing freedom from occupation and equal rights for all. The ongoing devastation of Gaza, the new right-wing government in Israel expressing hostility towards peace, and the process of navigating our advocacy work under a new U.S. administration are keeping advocates for human rights and international law in Israel and Palestine busy. At the same time, the US Campaign has more support than ever, with more than 280 member organizations, more than 1200 local organizers challenging military aid in their communities and more than 300 local Motorola boycott organizers. We are challenging U.S. policy, advancing boycott and divestment campaigns across the country, and shaping the discourse on our issue with the anti-apartheid framework. We’ve begun to see the effects of our hard work and of our member groups and allied organizations. Recently, the executive director of AIPAC admitted that BDS responses to Israeli apartheid have entered the mainstream discourse. Israeli Apartheid Week, which many US Campaign member organizations participated in, made it onto the front page of the NY Times. We are shaping the discourse on Israel Palestine in Washington, DC and across the United States. Keep an eye on this space for updates, analysis, and guest posts from supporters. Check out our list of blogs against the occupation and recommended website resources. And let us know if you have an idea for a post or something you’d like to see here, by emailing us at blog.endtheoccupation@gmail.com. We won’t be able to accommodate all of your requests, but we invite you to play a role in shaping this important debate!