Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti argues in the Los Angeles Times that if President Obama doesn't act for a two-state solution now, it will be never:
"This was a first meeting; at least in public, both politicians were playing primarily to their home audiences. The indicators so far were disappointing. But this was only round one. What happens next, privately and publicly, will be determined largely by the level of pressure that is brought to bear on Obama.
We know the capacity of Israel's U.S. supporters to raise that pressure. The question for us is how to challenge it, for diplomacy instead of threats towards Iran, and an end to U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid and for a U.S. policy based on equality for all. We have to raise our own claims — regarding Iran and Palestine — based on holding Obama to his own promises — for a changed foreign policy, for an end to the mindset that leads to war.
There's a lot of work ahead."
"It's now or almost certainly never. If Obama lacks the political will to stand up to Netanyahu now, he will lack the capacity later. And by the time Obama leaves office, it will be too late to salvage anything more than an archipelago of Palestinian Bantustans. We Palestinians seek freedom, not apartheid, and not the sort of Potemkin villages on the West Bank that Netanyahu is trying to package to the West as visionary economic boomtowns for desperate Palestinians."US Campaign Steering Committee member Bill Fletcher, Jr., agrees:
"The recent Israeli elections have put into place an administration completely hostile to a peaceful settlement of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu's refusal to speak to a two-state solution and instead to discuss economic advancement of the Palestinians is reminiscent of those in the early 20th century who held that African Americans should not challenge Jim Crow segregation but should rather improve themselves economically, as if economic advancement can happen for an oppressed people in the absence of political freedom."US Campaign Steering Committee member Adam Horowitz is wondering whether talk of the two-state solution will be replaced by the "side-by-side" solution. Meanwhile, US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner writes in the Detroit Free Press that there is a gap between the Obama's rhetoric on budgetary responsibility and reality when it comes to U.S. military aid to Israel:
"As President Obama has stated, “We can't sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars, on programs that have outlived their usefulness or exist solely because of the power of politicians, lobbyists or interest groups. We simply can't afford it.” In regard to U.S. aid to Israel, this is true as much from a budgetary standpoint as it is from a moral one."Don't just sit there! Get involved in the conversation. Let us know what you think about Obama and Netanyahu. And get involved in the work that is ahead to transform peace rhetoric into human rights reality.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
At the US Campaign, we often do behind-the-scenes work to influence
PROPOSED QUESTIONS FOR THE HONORABLE HILLARY R. CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE, HEARING ON STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS FY2010 BUDGET REQUEST, MAY 20, 2009
May 19, 2009
Senator John Kerry
Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Commitee
318 Russell Senate Office Building
Tomorrow, May 20, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton will testify before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on President Obama’s FY2010 budget request for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 280 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality, has prepared the following questions for your potential use at these hearings.
1) President Obama has called for
National Advocacy Director
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
What are the legal consequences of a regime of prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid for occupied people, the Occupying Power, and third states?The SOAS report examines these questions from the nonpartisan standpoint of international law. It concludes that "Israel, since 1967, has been the belligerent Occupying Power in the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories], and that its occupation of these territories has become a colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid." Check out the executive summary of the report here, and also be sure to make use of the US Campaign's anti-apartheid resources as we continue to spread the word about Israeli apartheid.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
|Baqaa refugee camp (Photo: UNRWA)|
At the US Campaign, we stand against the ongoing Nakba today and in support of Palestinian refugees’ right of return. A central component of the ongoing Nakba in Palestinian society includes the destruction of homes and agricultural lands in the wake of expanding Israeli settlements. Since 1967, at least 24,145 Palestinian homes and 1,405,658 trees have been demolished by the Israeli government. Stand with us as we advocate against home demolitions by working to hold Caterpillar accountable for the destruction wrought by their machinery. To learn more about what you can do to end the ongoing Nakba, click here.