Occupation End Notes: Gaza, Motorola Campaign, Olive Oil & More

Occupation End Notes | Gaza Crisis, Motorola Campaign, Olive Oil, & More
Occupation End Notes, March 6, 2008
Volume 6 Number 1
Dear james m,
 
In this issue…
 
1. US Campaign Update: Tired of Supporting Israel’s Human Rights Abuses? Join us!; Join US Campaign & UFPJ for a Conference Call on Gaza and Military Aid; US Campaign’s March Book Club Selection; Expressions of Nakba Competition; While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
 
2. Gaza Crisis Update: MECA gives information and ways you can help; Kinder USA Helps Bring Food to Gaza
 
3. Legislative Update: US Campaign Condemns H.Res.951; Campaign to Challenge U.S. Arms Shipments to Israel Picks Up Steam
 
4. Boycott & Divestment Update: Moving ahead with "Hang Up on Motorola" Consumer Boycott Campaign
 
5. Standing Against Apartheid Update: US Campaign/IFPB Delegation to Israel/Palestine; Standing against Apartheid – National Anti-Apartheid Speaker’s Tour Fall 2008
 
6. Boycott & Divestment News: Time to Boycott Israel Now; Greens urge economic pressure and cutoff of all military aid to Israel as Gaza situation worsens
 
7. Membership Update: AFSC’s End the Siege Blog
 
8. Resources & Events: Mansour-Pollak Speaking Tour in DC; SJP Hampshire College Gaza Vigil; My Name is Rachel Corrie 2008 Tour; Anna Baltzer Presents: Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos; Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival; Dancing for Rachel
 
9. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange; Middle East Children’s Alliance; Christian Peacemaker Teams; NEW Delegations from Middle East Fellowship
 
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1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
 
* Tired of Supporting Israel ‘s Human Rights Abuses? Join Us!
 
Our 2008 Membership Drive
 
Click on the thermometer
to join.
 Since last Wednesday, Israel has killed at least 117 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, an estimated half of whom were civilians and 22 of whom were children.
 
Israel’s massive human rights violations in the Gaza Strip over the past week demonstrate how important it is to have a national coalition like the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation organizing and advocating to end U.S. support for Israel’s illegal military occupation and human rights violations and to change U.S. policy to support human rights, international law, and equality for all.
 
If you support these goals too, then please take a minute to join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in 2008 by clicking here.
 
* Join US Campaign & UFPJ for a Conference Call on Gaza and Military Aid
 
Call-In Number: 712-775-7000
Access code: 061252#
 
Tuesday, March 11
9 PM EST
 
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice will be holding a debriefing conference call on the massive military assault in the besieged Gaza Strip and the consequences of the increase in military aid to Israel requested by President Bush.
 
The massive Israeli military assault on Gaza of recent days is the most immediately murderous part of a series of escalating regional crises that are rippling across the Middle East, involving Palestine and Israel , Egypt and Saudi Arabia , Iran , Iraq , Lebanon , Syria —  and U.S. warships moving into strategic positions off the Lebanese coast.
 
In Gaza , Israel ‘s attack killed between 125 and 131 Palestinians, of whom half were civilians, and at least 22  of whom were children, including several infants. The attack devastated Gaza ‘s 1.5 million residents already suffering under what a coalition of British humanitarian agencies including Amnesty International and Oxfam called "worse than at any time since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation in 1967."
 
The United States should be cutting off military aid to Israel for its human rights abuses and violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts, not increasing it.
 
Join Phyllis Bennis on the conference call!
 
* US Campaign’s March Book of the Month Club Selection: We Begin Here
 
We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon contains poems written in response to the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon together with new ones rising from the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon . Following a great tradition of poetry throughout history, this book shows the vast conscience and lyrical spirit of resistance on the part of poets in support of the dignity, rights, and humanity of the Palestinian and Lebanese people.
 
We Begin Here is an affirmation of the human and poetic spirit, reminding us that poetry and struggle always "begin here," always leading us back to ourselves, to each other, in community, seeking truth and beauty across all borders.
 
You can order this book today from the US Campaign for $20 (plus $3 shipping and handling) by clicking here.
 
* Expressions of Nakba Competition
 
The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Nakba ("the catastrophe"): the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948.
 
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is soliciting entries for a commemoration of the Nakba through personal expressions in the form of visual arts, essays, poetry, music, video, and digital media.
 
Learn more about the competition and how you can participate.
 
Read More »
 
* While Supplies Last, Get Your Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil
 
Enjoy Palestinian fair trade olive oil. Help Palestinian farmers in the West Bank to non-violently resist Israeli military occupation by purchasing certified fair trade, organic olive oil. Purchase yours today to give to family and friends. Or order a whole case at a discount and have your group sell it in your community. To order, click here. (Sorry, we can only ship to the 48 contiguous states.)  Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
 
 
The US Campaign is now selling four one-liter tins for the low price of just $80+$10 shipping and handling.   Or order a whole case (twelve one-liter tins) and save even more.  The price of a whole case is $200 with free shipping and handling.
 
Order your olive oil today by clicking here or call 202-332-0994 to place your order by credit card.
 
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2. GAZA CRISIS UPDATE:
 
* Middle East Children’s’ Alliance: Gaza Crisis – Information and Ways You Can Help
 
Learn more about the situation for children and families in Gaza and actions you can take to support them.
 
Click here to find out ways you can help MECA send a medical shipment to Gaza .
 
Click here to read more about the Gaza Crisis.
 
* Kinder USA , in Conjunction with Local Partners, Helps Bring Food to Gaza :
 
Working in conjunction with our local partners Ard El Insan and Al Huda doing what we can to bring food to the children and their families during a very difficult time.  We applaud our partners for continuing their work under the most severe of conditions.  Al Huda is distributing to needy families fresh baked breads filled with spinach, cheese and zater and reports that more and more people are coming to them for food.  
 
The situation in Gaza is dire.  While some humanitarian organizations are able to provide services, they are unable to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority of the population.  Kinder USA is able to send your generous donations to local Palestinian organizations (with whom we have worked for several years) who use the funds to provide food to those most in need.  
 
Click here to find ways to help!
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3. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
 
* US Campaign Condemns H.Res.951
 
On March 5, the House of Representative passed by a vote of 404-1 H.Res.951, a biased, one-sided resolution on the situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip.
 
H.Res.951 condemns Palestinian rocket fire into Israel and appropriately expresses sympathy with Israeli civilians subjected to it.  However, the resolution fails even to mention that since last Wednesday, Israel has killed at least 117 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, more than half of whom were civilians and at least 22 of whom were children.  In the same time period, one Israeli civilian was killed by Palestinian rocket fire.
 
To read the US Campaign’s analysis of this resolution, learn more about what we did to protest it, and how you can take action, click here.
 
* Campaign to Challenge U.S. Arms Shipments to Israel Picks Up Steam
 
The US Campaign’s organizing drive to challenge U.S. arms shipments to Israel is picking up steam.  Join us to educate and organize people in your community to cut off military aid to Israel :
 
* More than 200 organizations have endorsed our sign-on letter to the Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs calling for a cut off of arms shipments to Israel .  We’ve extended the deadline for signing the letter to March 11.  To view the list of endorsing organizations and to have your organization endorse the letter, click here.
 
* Each Member of Congress on the Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs has received close to 2,400 letters from individuals calling for a cut off of arms shipments to Israel .  To send your letter to these Members of Congress today, click here.
 
* Nearly 150 people from all over the United States have signed up to educate and organize people in their communities to challenge U.S. arms shipments to Israel .  To receive your organizing packet with fact sheets, petitions, and postcards, click here.
 
For more information about this campaign, click here.
 
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4. BOYCOTT & DIVESTMENT UPDATE:
 
* Moving ahead with O ur "Hang Up on Motorola" Consumer Boycott Campaign
 
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is excited to announce the launch of our newest corporate accountability campaign-"Hang Up on Motorola". Under international law, all corporations have obligations to uphold, respect and protect fundamental human rights. Motorola Incorporated and its fully-owned subsidiary Motorola Israel profiteer from Israel ‘s illegal military occupation and human rights violations.
 
On February 26, we notified Motorola of our concerns and last week we urged US Campaign members to share their concerns with Motorola. To date, over 1000 emails have been sent directly to Motorola Chief Greg Brown with many more letters and faxes on their way. Stay tuned for more resources, new logo, postcards, tee shirts and other helpful tools to help in your organizing efforts. If your group would like an organizing packet, fill out the online form-
 
 
To send your letter to Motorola, click here.
 
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5. STANDING AGAINST APARTHEID UPDATE:
 
* Join US Campaign and IFPB in Investing in Peace: Models for Addressing an Ongoing Occupation Delegation!
 
July 27 – August 10, 2008 Co-sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Delegation Leaders: Felicia Eaves and Jacob Pace
 
Join Interfaith Peace-Builders and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for a unique opportunity to learn about the current situation in Israel/Palestine and the effects of the Israeli occupation.  Your on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice, and witness the current realities of life in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.  You will return to North America energized and transformed!
 
World leaders and Civil Society Groups have increasingly termed Israel ‘s domination of the Palestinian territories as a form of Apartheid. In addition to standard programming, this delegation will focus on the structural segregation of Israeli and Palestinian space and the physical separation of the two peoples.
 
Delegation participants will also explore methods proposed by Israeli, Palestinian and international peacemakers to challenge the Israeli occupation. Meetings will address the ongoing debate surrounding boycott and divestment from companies which support the occupation. Additional meetings will address opportunities for investment in projects which promote peace and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
 
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 9, 2008. Apply early to reserve and lock in lower airfares.
 
Interfaith Peace-Builders and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation would like to provide financial support for low-income activists who cannot afford the full cost of the delegation.
 
If you cannot attend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the costs of a low-income delegate at www.ifpbdel.org/donation (please mark "scholarship fund" in the comment box)
 
Click Below to Download Applications:
 
Application as Word file
Application as PDF file
 
* Standing Against Apartheid, National Anti-Apartheid Speaker’s Tour, Fall 2008
 
As the Israeli "matrix of control" tightened its grip on the occupied Palestinian territories, with peoples and land separated by the separation wall barriers, settler-only roads, and tunnels it became impossible to ignore the apartheid nature of Israel ‘s occupation. 
 
In our efforts to bring attention to Israel ‘s apartheid practices, we are organizing a high-profile speaking tour this November.  The purpose of the speaking and organizing tour is to bring prominent Palestinian and South African figures to various U.S. cities where the US Campaign has a strong membership base and capacity to fundraise and hold events with several hundred in attendance.
 
We are asking our coalition member groups to apply to have the anti-apartheid organizing and speaking tour come to your city. This is a competitive process and we will select proposals that are developed and have the capacity to substantially reach hundreds of activists, community members and academics. 
 
Go to the link below for more details.
 
 
The deadline to apply is Monday, June 2, 2008.
 
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6. BOYCOTT & DIVESTMENT NEWS:
 
* Time for Worldwide Boycott of Israel
 
By Omar Barghouti
 
On Friday, 29 February 2008, Israel ‘s deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai threatened Palestinians in Gaza with a "holocaust," telling Israeli Army Radio: "The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, [the Palestinians] will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves."
 
This date will go down in history as the beginning of a new phase in the colonial conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, whereby a senior Israeli leader, a "leftist" for that matter, has publicly revealed the genocidal plans Israel is considering implementing against Palestinians under its military occupation, if they do not cease to resist its dictates. It will also mark the first time since World War II that any state has relentlessly — and on live TV — terrorized a civilian population with acts of slow, or low-intensity, genocide, with one of its senior government officials overtly inciting to a full-blown "holocaust," while the world stood by, watching in utter apathy, or in glee, as in the case of leading western leaders.
 
Click here to read more.
 
* Greens urge economic pressure and cutoff of all military aid to Israel as Gaza situation worsens
 
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
 
 
For Immediate Release:
 
Monday, March 3, 2008
 
Contacts:
 
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org
 
. Demanding an end to illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, Greens urge widespread grassroots support for the Palestine BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Campaign
 
. Greens blast Clinton, Obama, and McCain for uncritical support of Israel despite mounting crimes
 
WASHINGTON, DC — Calling the Siege of Gaza an international emergency, the Green Party is urging Congress to reject President Bush’s FY2009 budget request for $2.55 billion in Foreign Military Financing for Israel , and reiterated the call for a cut-off of all US military aid to Israel .
 
"The Siege of Gaza is an ongoing atrocity, with mounting civilian casualties, especially children, killed and maimed by Israeli Defense Forces," said Holly Hart, secretary of the Green Party of the United States and member of People for Justice in Palestine , responding to the mass killing of Palestinians during the past weekend.  "Greens are demanding an end to the siege and to the occupation of Palestinian lands, to Israel ‘s collective punishment of Palestinians, and to targeted assassinations, all of which violate international law."
 
Click here to read more!
 
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7. MEMBERSHIP UPDATE:
 
* AFSC’s End the Siege on Gaza Blog
 
8. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
 
* March 6, 2008: A Joint Struggle: Anti-Apartheid and Nonviolence in Palestine/Israel
 
Interfaith Peace-Builders, Nonviolence International and the American University Council on Middle Eastern Studies invite you to join our guest from Israel/Palestine for a unique event:
 
A Joint Struggle
Anti-Apartheid and Nonviolence in Palestine/Israel
 
Film Screening:
Bil’in Habibti
Award winning film chronicling the nonviolent struggle of Bil’in village
 
And presentation by:
Mansour Mansour and Shai Carmeli Pollack
 
March 6, 2008
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Busboys and Poets Restaurant
2021 14th Street NW , Washington DC
 
$5 – $25 suggested donation
(Proceeds benefit legal aid for Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activists)
 
Speaker Bios:
 
Mansour Mansour is a Palestinian from Biddo,  a member of  Northwest Jerusalem Popular Committee, the Biddo Popular    Committee and Director of Biddo Community Development. He conducts weekly workshops with youth and adults promoting      nonviolence as a means to resist occupation. He is also a coordinator and non-violent trainer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
 
Shai Carmeli Pollack is an Israeli director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. His film, Bil’in Habibti won the Wolgin Award for Full-length Documentary Film at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 2006 and honorable Mention at Rotterdam Film Festival in 2007. He made the film as an Israeli activist working in solidarity with Palestinians struggling against the occupation.
 
Sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders, Nonviolence International and the American University Council on Middle East Studies. For more about Mansour and Shai’s work and speaking tour see www.stopapartheid.org.
 
* SJP Hampshire College ‘s Gaza Vigil Event
 
Gaza Candle Vigil
"Free Palestine Now! End the Gaza Siege!"
 
What: Protest
Host: SJP HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE
When: Today, March 6 at 8:40pm
Where: LEAVING FROM LIVING AREAS TOWARD LIBRARY LAWN
 
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://hampshire.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=8797114159
 
* My Name is Rachel Corrie | 2008 Tour
 
Countdown to Zero, a political theatre collective based in Denver , completed a successful local run of their inaugural production My Name is Rachel Corrie in November, 2007. My Name is Rachel Corrie was created from the personal journal entries, emails, and writings of the young activist Rachel Corrie after her death in 2003 while trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer in the Palestinian residential area of Rafah. Countdown to Zero chose this play as an artistic vehicle to facilitate community dialogue about the issues in the play, and, here in Denver , we offered post-show talk backs and panel discussions in order to address the issues raised in the play and to encourage fair and honest conversation and reflection. The results were thought-provoking and poignant.
 
At the request of peace organizations around the country, Countdown to Zero is now announcing a tour of this play. Our company is passing through states all over the Midwest and West in April and May, and would love to work with local organizations to present a one-night-only performance of this play.  In Denver , we worked with local organizations who offered this production in conjunction with other fundraising efforts.  This could be an exciting opportunity for other groups in the western region of the U.S. and we could use your help in reaching out to peace groups in the area.  Would you be willing to share with us the contact information for your local/regional chapters and community partners who may be interested in presenting our production of My Name is Rachel Corrie? Or would you take the time to pass along our contact information to groups who may be interested in this kind of partnership? Any help you can give us in spreading the word and pointing us in the right direction would be very appreciated.
 
Sincerely,
 
Julie Rada
Associate Artistic Director
 
 
* Anna Baltzer Presents: Life in Occupied Palestine : Eyewitness Stories & Photos
 
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, author, and acclaimed presenter, is touring the United States with a presentation and book describing her experiences documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Occupation with the International Women’s Peace Service.
 
The purpose of the tour is to provide critical information and documentation that can be difficult to obtain through mainstream US media sources, and to encourage taking action on the issue. The presentation and book offer a thoughtful perspective from the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees. Baltzer sees it as her responsibility to "expose the injustices of today in light of those of the past."
 
Birmingham, AL:                         Mar 4-7
Huntsville, AL:                            Mar 8-9
Indiana:                                      Apr 6-12
Chicago or North Carolina (TBA):  Mid-April
Yuma, AZ:                                  Apr 30
Southern California:                     May 1-17
Columbus, OH:                           Late May
 
Baltzer will also be selling and signing copies of her newly updated book, Witness in Palestine : A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories .
 
For more information about Baltzer’s book, DVD, and tour details, visit www.AnnaInTheMiddleEast.com
 
* The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is now accepting entries for its 2nd annual festival to be held in October 2008
 
BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people living in exile or under Israeli occupation. Palestinian cinema represents a powerful means for visually interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle and emotional expression of Palestinians today.
 
The festival will showcase the diverse and creative work of all filmmakers (any nationality) exploring both historic and contemporary themes related to Palestinian culture, experience, and narrative.
 
BPFF accepts films, videos and digital media in the following categories:
 
Ø       Feature Films
 
Ø       Documentaries
 
Ø       Shorts (including animated or experimental works)
 
Ø       Youth Work (created by filmmakers under the age of 18)
 
This year the festival particularly encourages submissions related to the Palestinian refugee issue and themes of exile, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba in 2008.
 
The early submission deadline is February 15, 2008, with an extended submission deadline of March 20, 2008. There is no entry fee for International Submissions or Youth Work.
 
 
* Dancing for Rachel
 
Helm and Fat Chance Belly Dance present: Dancing for Rachel, an evening of Egyptian and Algerian music and dance dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie, to benefit the Americans for a Palestinian State and the Free Gaza Movement.
 
Also featuring Danse Magreb, performing dances of the Ouled Nail, and Terry
 
Sunday March 30th 2008 from 5:30 to 7:30, at the World Dance Fitness studio located at 40 Greenfield Ave , San Anselmo , CA 94960
 
Tickets $15 – $20, at the door or in advance: call 415 507 0633
 
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9. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
 
* Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions Delegations to Israel/Palestine
 
Every year hundreds of Palestinians are forced from their homes, homes built on land they own. They watch helplessly as Israeli bulldozers and pneumatic drills destroy in minutes both the physical structure called home and all that a home provides to a family. The Israeli government claims that these houses are illegal because they have been constructed without building permits; however, the Israeli authorities refuse to grant building permits to Palestinians. In reality the destruction of these homes facilitates Israeli territorial expansion and construction of the Wall, both illegal under international law.
 
Annually since 2003, ICAHD has made it possible for internationals and Israelis to join together with Palestinians in Anata, East Jerusalem, to resist the Occupation and rebuild the demolished home of a Palestinian family. In the summer of 2008, ICAHD will once again rebuild a Palestinian home during our two-week camp. We invite you to participate in the incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about life under Occupation. "Creating Alternative Facts on the Ground," ICAHD’s 2008 Summer Rebuilding Experience, takes place from July 14-29, 2008. In addition to construction, there is a full program including field trips, cultural events, films and much more. For more information and an application form, please visit: http://icahdusa.org/projects/summer-camp or contact Richard Wark — summercamp@icahdusa.org.
 
* Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations to Israel/Palestine
 
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to Israel and Palestine so that US citizens can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. For more information, contact the IFPB office directly by phone (202-244-0821) or email office@ifpbdel.org.
 
Upcoming Delegations in 2008:           
March 29 – April 12
May 24 – June 7: Legacies of 1948" 60 Years of Searching for Justice (Co-Sponsored with AFSC)
July 26 – August 9
November 8 – November 22
 
 
* Fall 2007 Schedule: December 2nd – 12th: Global Exchange’s Delegations to Palestine & Israel
 
As the Israeli military continues to place Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps under siege, Palestinians continue to resist the 40 year Occupation of their land. GX’s delegations to Palestine/Israel strive to further the US public’s understanding of the region’s history and realities by giving participants first-hand exposure to the aspirations and frustrations of Palestinians living under Occupation, the dimensions of the human rights crisis under Israeli rule, as well as the perspectives of Palestinians and Israelis who are working for a just peace and end to the occupation.
 
For additional information, review our Palestine resources.
 
For a selection of recent news items compiled by Global Exchange, review our Palestine News Updates.
Prospects for Peace with Justice
 April 05, 2008 – April 15, 2008
December 06, 2008 – December 16, 2008
 
For more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or email palestine@globalexchange.org.
 
* July 1-12, 2008: Middle East Children’s Alliance Delegation to Palestine/Israel
 
On MECA’s twelve-day delegation you will be taken on a geographic, political, historical and cultural tour of Palestine/Israel by two MECA staff people, and Yacoub Odeh, refugee, former political prisoner, and human rights worker. We will travel by van to witness the impact of the Israeli occupation and visit organizations working for justice and equality. You will learn about refugees, land confiscation, political prisoners, women’s initiatives, mental and physical health issues, civil rights in Israel , and the lives of children.
 
The group of eight to twelve people will stay at the guesthouse of MECA’s long-time partner Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, near Bethlehem . Ibdaa is a lively place in the heart of the community with great food and comfortable accommodations.
 
Cost: $1,800 not including airfare.
More info: www.mecaforpeace.org/delegation
Contact: Deborah Agre at 510-548-0542 or Deborah@mecaforpeace.org
 
* NEW Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations to PALESTINE/ISRAEL:
 
Upcoming 2008 Delegations:March 4-17
May 27-June 9
July 22-August 4
October 14-27
November 19-December 2
 
During the first several days, delegates will meet with representatives of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights groups in Jerusalem and Bethlehem to gain perspective on the conflict.  They will tour the "security wall" separating Israel from the West Bank .  Then they will travel to the tensely divided city of Hebron , where CPT has been based since June 1995, and to the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills, where CPT has had a team since 2004. They will visit Palestinian families whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by expanding Israeli settlements.  They will experience firsthand CPT’s work of violence deterrence and human rights documentation and challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness.  Delegates raise $2100 US ($2500 Cdn) to cover costs.
 
For more information or to apply, contact CPT, ( PO Box 6508 , Chicago , IL 60680 ; phone 773-277-0253; fax 773-277-0291; e-mail delegations@cpt.org <mailto:delegations@cpt.org> ) or see CPT’s website at: http://www.cpt.org/.
 
* NEW Middle East Fellowship Delegations to Israel/Palestine
 
 
 
DISCOVERY DELEGATIONS IN 2008:
 
June 2-12, 2008: open delegation to the Holy Land
 
[Other options available throughout 2008, including Northwest Churches trip 
 
October 3-18]
 
Meet the indigenous churches of the Holy Land, tour all the key sights in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, Nazareth, Jaffa, etc; enjoy home stays with local families in Bethlehem; learn from Palestinian and Israel peace, justice and nonviolence practioners; and much much more!  Cost: $1800 plus airfare.
 
PALESTINE SUMMER ENCOUNTER – 5th year!
 
Now entering its 5th year, PSE offers three sequential 1-month sessions that can be combined for one, two or three month stays. Session One: May 22-June 19; Session Two: June 19-July 17; Session Three: July 17-August 14.  PSE includes Home Stays, Arabic Study, volunteer Service-Learning and meeting with a wide variety of Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence, peace-with-justice and reconciliation groups. 
 
 
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Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter, designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at office@endtheoccupation.org.
 
The US Campaign aims to change U.S. policies that sustain Israel ‘s 40-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem , and that deny equal rights for all.
 
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