Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
For more than five years, we've been working to hold Israel, Caterpillar, and the United States accountable for Israel's misuse of Caterpillar bulldozers to commit human rights abuses of Palestinians. These bulldozers are provided to Israel as U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid. Earlier this week, we learned from Israeli media that Caterpillar has decided to delay the delivery of tens of D9 bulldozers--the same kind that the Israeli military used to kill U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie as she nonviolently tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the occupied Gaza Strip in March 2003. Together with the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.), and Jewish Voice for Peace, we are pressing the Obama Administration to make sure that the delivery of these bulldozers does not go through. Help up reach our goal of collecting 10,000 signatures by next week.
From Alex Kane:
"$6 million dollars: enough to combat a largely grassroots, bottom-up and growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel? That’s what the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are hoping..."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
"...Jewish Voice for Peace rebutted Foxman's claims, saying it advocates for human rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. JVP further said that some of its members in fact consider themselves Zionist. Cecilie Surasky, deputy director of JVP, said that the ADL — and particularly its local chapters — do a lot of good work around discrimination and bullying but "are undermined by Foxman and company's cynical attitudes when it comes to protecting Israel's right to infinitely expand into Palestinian territory."
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Boycotts have been instrumental in effecting political change, such as its successful use as a tool to end South African apartheid. But many find it virtually impossible to avoid all the companies on the list. For those who can't give up that morning Starbucks, or that Coca-Cola with dinner there is another tool in the economic arsenal. In addition to boycotting Israel, you can buy Palestine.
Despite the Palestinian economy being stifled by Israeli policies, Palestinians continue to farm, and produce a wide variety of products which can be purchased on a number of websites.
(Oct. 26) -- Caterpillar, the Illinois-headquartered construction and farming equipment company, has said it will delay shipments of D9 bulldozers to Israel during the Rachel Corrie trial. Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist from Washington state, was killed by an Israeli Defense Forces soldier who ran over her while driving a D9 to demolish a Palestinian home in Gaza in 2003. Her family is suing Israel, and Corrie has become an iconic figure in pro-Palestinian circles. (One of the boats in the aid flotilla bound for Gaza that Israeli troops stormed this summer, killing nine, was named for Corrie.) STORY CONTINUES...
Dear Guns N’ Roses,
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was dismayed to read reports that you are considering performing in Israel later this year. PACBI, supported by an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society and, in particular, by almost the entire community of Palestinian cultural workers, views such a performance in Israel as a form of complicity in whitewashing Israel's occupation, apartheid and war crimes. More importantly, your upcoming performance would violate the appeal of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which urges people of conscience throughout the world to isolate Israel until it ends its colonial and apartheid oppression of the Palestinian people, as was done to the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Jerusalem Post, 25 October 2010 -- Caterpillar, the company which supplies the IDF with bulldozers, has announced that it is delaying the supply of D9 bulldozers during the time that the trial of Rachel Corrie proceeds, Channel 2 reported on Monday.
The company does not usually manufacture a military version of the D9 but it has many features that make desirable for military applications and the IDF has used them extensively for operations.
Rachel Corrie was a US activist who was killed in Gaza seven years ago by a bulldozer driver who struck and killed her. Her family charged that the IDF and its officers had acted recklessly, using an armored Caterpillar D9R bulldozer without regard to the presence in the area of unarmed and nonviolent civilians.
CHICAGO, October 25—In response to a call to action from the Christians of the Holy Land, The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) [PC(USA)] voted at its annual meeting to join the international boycott of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
The first targeted products for the boycott are Ahava Cosmetics, King Solomon Dates, and Jordan River Dates, imported into the United States from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Remember last February when 11 students were arrested at UC Irvine for shouting at Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during a speech, criticizing his country's military attack on Gaza? As they now face criminal charges and university disciplinary action, MPAC reports that...
A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders from the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative sent a letter this week to the Orange County District Attorney's office calling for the DA office to drop a criminal investigation of the student protest at UC Irvine in February which resulted in the arrest of 11 students. Signed by more than 20 interfaith leaders, including Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the letter expressed outrage that DA office investigators are impersonating law enforcement agents in order to build a case against the students. The letter goes on to ask the DA office to leave the matter to university officials.
by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
My late grandfather was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Many other members of my extended family were not so fortunate and perished in the Holocaust. Organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), established in 1913, were designed to fight against this scourge of anti-Semitism in particular, and racism in general. However, sadly, the ADL has long since strayed from its original core mission "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all."
Sunday, October 24, 2010
On October 20 2010, two IDF soldiers came to the University of Michigan campus as part of a national PR campaign by Stand With Us aimed at justifying Israel's recent atrocities in the Middle East. Students, staff, and community members collectively engaged in a silent walk-out in memory and in solidarity with all of the silenced Palestinian children that were killed by the IDF during Israel's most recent offensive on the Gaza Strip who are unable to take a stand and give their account today.
Thursday, October 21 2010 -- Judge Lieutenant Colonel Benisho of the Military Court of Appeals accepted the Military prosecution’s appeal in Adeeb Abu Rahmah’s case today, which demanded to harshen the already heavy-handed one-year sentence imposed on him by the prior instance back in July. The court sentenced Abu Rahmah 18 months of imprisonment with bail of 6,000 NIS and suspended sentence of 1 year. An appeal filed by the defense both on the severity of the punishment and on the conviction itself was denied.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
US Campaign member group Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia (MEIAG) needs your help to demand Georgia State University shut down its Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program.
The GILEE program facilitates training exchanges between Georgia police departments and others around the world, their strongest relationship with the Israeli police force. High ranking police officials (and other public employees) from across Georgia partake in annual delegations to Israel to learn "counter-terrorism" techniques from the International Institute for Counter Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. Likewise, Israeli police travel to Georgia to learn drug enforcement tactics. See below for MEIAG's call to action, and to learn how you can tell Georgia State University to end its implicit relationship with Israel.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
On Sunday, 10 October, 2010, the International Action Center, of Atlanta, GA, held a demonstration, in and around the hotel where a national conference of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) was being held. The JNF was instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948, and continues to play a central role in maintaining Israel's regime of apartheid. (More here.)
On Sunday, October 10, National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner received the Community Service Award at the 22nd Annual Candidates' Night Dinner, organized by the Arab American Republicans--Washington, DC Area, the Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia, and New Dominion PAC. Josh received the award from and was introduced by his wife Mona Hamoui who serves on the Steering Committee of the event. Watch a video of Mona and Josh below:
Bil'in protest organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment today, for his involvement in his village's unarmed struggle against the wall.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
On Tuesday, the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine started a month-long ad campaign for ending military aid to Israel, which is appearing throughout Chicago's "El" transit system. Emboldened by the Chicago Transit Authority's controversial decision to allow placement of the ads on El trains, the Committee is planning for similar campaigns in other U.S. cities soon.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Josh Ruebner, will be the guest tonight on KPFT Houston's weekly talk show, Arab Voices, which is broadcast online, and also archived for later listening.
Scheduled topics include: "the refusal by Israel to stop building and expanding colonies on Palestinian land and its effect on the newly revived "direct negotiations" between Palestinians and Israelis; the ongoing U.S. financial and military aid to Israel; the efforts made in the United States at changing the current U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian problem; and much more."