Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Diana Buttu says: "Join me in the Olive Branch Club."

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Dear Friends,

I've lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territories long enough to know what apartheid feels like for Palestinians.

That's why I said yes when the US Campaign asked me to go on the "Separate Is Never Equal" tour, together with Rev. Eddie Makue from South Africa. We crisscrossed the United States and spoke to thousands of people about apartheid, then and now. We held public events and meetings on campuses, with faith communities, and in congressional offices.

During the tour, I learned firsthand how well the US Campaign works for change in U.S. policy to uphold human rights, including freedom from Israel's brutal occupation, the right of return, and equality for all.

That's why I joined the Olive Branch Club to help sustain the work of the US Campaign. And that's why I'm asking you to join the Olive Branch Club too.

I have watched the US Campaign grow from a handful of member groups 10 years ago to more than 350 today, and I know how valuable this coalition is to the future of justice and peace in the Middle East.

Give whatever you can afford every month, whether it's $20, $40, $60 or more. Plus, the US Campaign will plant an olive tree for a Palestinian farmer for every $120 we give each year. That way, we help sustain this great grassroots movement for change in the United States while we plant the seeds of hope on Palestinian land.

Join me and join the Olive Branch Club. It's not too much to ask to help build a better world.


Diana Buttu, Fellow,
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University