Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TELL BARTELL: Stop Selling SodaStream

From Palestine Solidarity Committee- Seattle and Northwest BDS Coalition

We would like to take the international campaign to a local Seattle target.  Bartell Drugs still sells SodaStream, and Bartell is a locally-operated, family-run Puget Sound chain with headquarters in West Seattle.  Many of us shop in Bartell stores, and many of us are even recognized by staff in our neighborhood Bartell store.  With enough local pressure, Bartell would be able to decide at the local level to stop selling SodaStream.

We have already flashmobbed the downtown Third Ave Bartell store, and last May during Nakba Day flashmobbing we handed them a letter telling them why they should stop selling SodaStream.  Now we need to spread that message to Bartell stores all over Seattle and Puget Sound.

In early November, we phoned and faxed our concerns to George and Jean Bartell, CEOs of Bartell Drugs.  We asked for a meeting and have gotten no response so far.  

We have now prepared a letter, revised from the letter we delivered in May, which tells Bartell why they should stop selling SodaStream.  You can use our letter — attached as a Word.doc and pasted below — or personalize and adapt it as you need, either by email or postal mail.  

During the Days of Action Against SodaStream, Nov 29 - Dec 10, will you TELL BARTELL to stop selling SodaStream?  Will you email or mail or phone Bartell?  Or print and hand-deliver a copy of the letter to staff at your local Bartell?

TELL BARTELL:
PHONE at  1-877-BARTELL (1-877-227-8355)
MAIL at  Bartell Drugs
4025 Delridge Way SW, Suite 400,
Seattle, WA 98106 
POST ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE: 

We’d like to count you if you Tell Bartell.  
Email Linda Bevis at lindabevis1@aol.com.  (Don’t forget the pesky digit “1” in the address.)   If you email Bartell, bcc us.   If you mail or phone or hand-deliver or have an interaction with or conversation with staff at Bartell, please email and tell us about it!

Bartell is a local opportunity for us.  Tell Bartell to stop selling Sodastream and all other products of Israeli apartheid.

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour Comes to Illinois Conference, Nov. 29 - 30

Earlier this fall, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

We are proud to announce that he will be visiting Rosemont, Illinois, to hold a workshop ("Picking up the pieces of Shattered Hopes: How to engage your elected officials") and to co-host a panel ("U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East")  with Professors Rashid Khalidi and Hatem Bazian at the American Muslims for Palestine conference.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center (5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018) on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, the days immediately after Thanksgiving.

Note that to attend the workshop, and the conference in general, one must register in advance. To do so, and for further information regarding the events to be held at the conference, click here. And for additional information on Josh's fall speaking tour, see his website here

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sur La TaBLITZ

This online action is being promoted by Jewish Voice for Peace-Seattle. (See update at end!)

We need your help! Sur La Table is erasing negative comments posted on their website about SodaStream. We need to show them they cannot censor the truth about Israeli Occupation! 


Spend 2 minutes now to help us stop Sur La Table from censoring the truth about SodaStream. Join us: write a review to help replace the censored reviews of SodaStream now!

Make sure to take a screenshot and send it to seattle@jvp.org in case they delete yours!

Dozens of activists and concerned consumers have been posting thoughtful comments on Sur La Table's website explaining what we think of SodaStream, a product made in an illegal settlement in the West Bank, in violation of international law and at the expense of justice for Palestinians. 

Rather than attend to the serious concerns about the harm caused by SodaStream, Sur La Table has responded by erasing the comments. But the good news is that we are posting new ones faster than they can delete them. Sur La Table is paying attention, and we we need to continue acting fast to show that we aren't going anywhere! 

Please take a minute now to write a replacement review on the Sur La Table website! Follow this link to create an account. And then go to this page and post a comment. 

Together, we can burst the SodaStream Bubble!
JVP - Seattle

PS. Please help us spread the word far and wide! Share these links on FB, Twitter, and with all your lists! Make sure to tag SurLaTable. Here are some sample tweets:

  • .@Sur_La_Table, why don't you want your customers to know that SodaStream is made in an illegal settlement? #BoycottSodastream
  • .@Sur_La_Table is censoring consumer concern about products made in violation of international law. #BoycottSodastream
  • .@Sur_La_Table, the truth about the Israeli Occupation can't be erased like a comment on your website. #BoycottSodastream

Sur La TaBlitz: Take Action Online to Deshelve SodaStream- Phase 1

What: Blitz Sur La Table’s SodaStream staff favorite page with reviews that explain SodaStream's connection to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Why: SodaStream is an Israeli product made in an illegal settlement in the West Bank, further entrenching the Occupation. Jewish Voice for Peace Seattle has organized a campaign to demand that Sur La Table deshelve SodaStream. This campaign is in response to the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel.

How:
3 simple steps: Make an account, post a review, take a snapshot and email it to JVP!

Step 1: Click on this link to register for an account

Step 2: Click on this link to arrive at the SodaStream product page. Scroll all the way down until you find the reviews box and write a review (suggestions below)!

Step 3: Take a screenshot and send it to seattle@jvp.org.

The key message you want to include in your reviews is:
The SodaStream corporation entrenches the Israeli occupation of Palestine while it directly profits from the occupation.

Here are some subpoints:

  • SodaStream is a product made in violation of international law. SodaStream’s main production plant is located on confiscated Palestinian farmland.
  • SodaStream exploits Palestinian labor to create their products.
  • SodaStream is paid for in part by the Israeli government. SodaStream receives generous tax incentives from the Israeli and local governments to establish their factory in the West Bank on Palestinian land.
  • Every purchase of SodaStream contributes to illegal settlements in Palestine. The factory pays taxes to the Israeli settlement, Ma’aleh Adumim, not the the Palestinian Authority.
  • Expansion of Israeli settlements, such as Ma’aleh Adumim where the main SodaStream factory is located, erodes Palestinian territorial contiguity.

Sources for more information:

https://wedivest.org/company/67/sodastream

http://www.whoprofits.org/sites/default/files/WhoProfits-ProductioninSettlements-SodaStream.pdf

Contact seattle@jvp.org if you have any questions or need help.

UPDATE: We need your help! In the next two days we need 100 phone calls to Sur La Table's customer service to show we won't stand for censorship. Call: 1-800-243-0852  to register your complaint today!


People in solidarity with Palestine have attempted to put over 50 reviews up on the Sur La Table SodaStream page. Sur La Table has censored all of the reviews, taking them down or not allowing them to be posted at all. You can see some of these reviews here.

Call Sur La Table's customer service and tell them they cannot censor the truth about SodaStream and the Israeli occupation. 

Call: 1-800-243-0852 

Sample Script if you attempted to post a review:
My review about SodaStream was censored this weekend. Your website includes factually incorrect information, claiming SodaStream is made in Israel when in fact it is made in an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Please stop keeping this information from your customers---- you cannot censor the truth about SodaStream and the Israeli occupation. Do the ethical thing and deshelve SodaStream today!

Sample Script if you haven't attempted to post a review:
I have been informed that Sur La Table has censored reviews connecting SodaStream to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Your website includes factually incorrect information, claiming SodaStream is made in Israel when in fact it is made in an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Please stop keeping this information from your customers -- you cannot censor the truth about SodaStream and the Israeli occupation. Do the ethical thing and deshelve SodaStream today!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour Comes to Michigan, Nov. 23 - 25

Earlier this fall, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

We are proud to announce that he will be visiting Michigan the week before Thanksgiving. We hope that you can join him at one or more of the four events he'll be doing in Michigan -- at Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting, Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn -- from Saturday, November 23 to Monday, November 25.

Below is a flyer for the events, all of which are open to the public. Click here for a larger version of the image below, or click here for a PDF version.


RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook to the events at Western Michigan University and at the University of Michigan-Dearborn here and here, respectively. Likewise, go here for further information on the event at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City. And for additional information on Josh's fall speaking tour, see his website here

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour Comes to the Midwest, Nov. 18 - 21

Earlier this fall, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

We hope that you can join him at one or more of the five events he'll be doing in the Midwest next week -- in Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis and St. Louis -- from Monday, November 18, to Thursday, November 21.

On Monday, November 18th, Josh will be at Marquette University's Lalumiere Hall, Room #114, Milwaukee, WI 53233 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., for a book talk and signing co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine at Marquette University, Students for Justice in Palestine at UWM, the Friends of Palestine, the Milwaukee Palestine Solidarity Commission, the Milwaukee Anti-War Coalition, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. RSVP and spread the word about the event on Facebook here.

On Tuesday, November 19th, Josh will be at the University of Wisconsin's Mosse Humanities Building, Room 1641, at 455 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. for a book talk and signing, which will be sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. RSVP and spread the word about the event on Facebook here.

On Wednesday, November 20th, join Josh for a book talk and signing at the University of Minnesota's Keller Hall, Room 3-125, at 200 Union Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 from 4:30 to 6:00 P.M. This event is sponsored by the local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. RSVP and spread the word about the event on Facebook here.

Also on Wednesday, November 20th, join Josh for another book talk and signing at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, at 5440 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. This event is sponsored by Friends for a Nonviolent World, the Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign, and Middle East Peace Now and endorsed by the Jewish Voice for Peace Minnesota, the Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, and Women Against Military Madness. For further event details, click here.

And on Thursday, November 21st, join Josh for a book talk and signing at Left Bank Books, at 399 N Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. For further event details, click here.

All of these events are free and open to the public, and books will be available at the events for purchase and signing. For further information on Josh's fall speaking tour, see his website here

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour Comes to New York City, Nov. 11 - 13

Just over a month ago, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

Having returned to the Northeast, he will soon be going on tour in New York City! We hope that you can join him at one or more of the three events he'll be doing in the New York area -- at the New School, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Brooklyn College -- from Monday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 13.

Below is a flyer for the events, all of which are open to the public. Click here for a larger version of the image below, or click here for a PDF version.


RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook to the events at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at Brooklyn College here and here, respectively. Likewise, go here for further information on the event at the New School's Kellen Auditorium. And for additional information on Josh's fall speaking tour, see his website here

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour Returns to the Northeast, Nov. 4 - 7

Just over a month ago, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

Having traveled across the country, he will soon be returning to the Northeast! We hope that you can join him at one or more of the three events he'll be doing in the Mid-Atlantic area -- at Swarthmore, PA, Newark, DE, and Baltimore, MD -- from Monday, November 4 to Thursday, November 7

On Monday, November 4th, Josh will be at Swarthmore College's Bond Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M., for a book talk and signing sponsored by Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine. RSVP and spread the word about the event on Facebook.

On Tuesday, November 5th, join Josh for a book talk and signing at the University of Delaware's Gore Hall, Room 104, 210 S College Ave., Newark, DE 19711 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. This event is hosted by the local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. RSVP and spread the word about the event on Facebook.

On Thursday, November 7th, join Josh for a book talk and signing at Johns Hopkins University, Gilman Hall, Room 50, 3400 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., sponsored by Hopkins Students for Justice in Palestine. RSVP and spread the word about the event on Facebook.

All events are free and open to the public and books will be available at the events for purchase and signing. For further information on Josh's fall speaking tour, see his website here

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Take Action: SodaStream #bebottlefree Campaign

SodaStream has recently partnered with #besomebody, a motivational movement that is on a a 25 college, 50 day tour across the United States. SodaStream writes that they are "reminding people to be awesome, be fizzy, and be bottle free" and using #bebottlefree to promote their products.

This a good opportunity for some culture jamming to educate people about what SodaStream really supports: occupation and exploitation of Palestinian labor, land, and resources. 

Here are some sample tweets with links to more information about SodaStream: 
  • #BeSomebody and Boycott illegal Israeli settlement products like SodaStream! http://ow.ly/q6oRL
  • Hey @besomebodyblog, Occupation is Not Green! #BeBottleFree and Boycott SodaStream! http://ow.ly/q6oRL
  • SodaStream exploits Palestinian land, resources, and labor. #BeSomebody and stand up for #humanrights! http://ow.ly/q6pDp
  • If u want to #bebottlefree, make sure to watch and share this video! #besomebody http://youtu.be/93vMnpGcD9A
  • .@besomebodyblog, did u know SodaStream treats its Palestinian workers like slaves? http://ow.ly/q6r4g #besomebody & boycott!
  • #behumanrightsfree seems to be a more appropriate description of @SodaStreamUSA than #bebottlefree http://ow.ly/q6pDp
  • #besomebody #bebottlefree and boycott SodaStream! #BDS pic.twitter.com/P1Je0ypmSe
And here are the twitter handles of the university campuses the tour is visiting: 
  • October 31: University of Cincinnati- @uofcincy
  • November 2: University of Notre Dame- @NotreDame
  • November 4: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee- @UWM
  • November 6: University of Minnesota- @UMNews and #UMNproud
  • November 8: University of North Dakota- @myUND
  • November 9: University of Nebraska–Lincoln- @UNLincoln and #unl
  • November 11: University of Colorado-Boulder- @CUBoulder and #cuboulder
  • November 15: University of California-Davis- @ucdavis
  • November 16: University of Southern California-LA- @uscweb and #usc
  • November 18: University of Arizona-Tucson- @UofA
  • November 20: Texas Tech University- @TexasTech and #Raiderland


Infographic: St. Louis Veolia Timeline

Check out this infographic from St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee. Since late 2012, the PSC has joined other local organizations in opposing a city contract with Veolia

Owly Images

Monday, October 7, 2013

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour in Northern California, Oct. 15 - 19

Last month, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

We hope that you can join him at one or more of the five events he'll be doing in the Bay Area -- at Davis, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Berkeley, and San Jose -- from Tuesday, October 15 to Saturday, October 19.

Three of these events--San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Berkeley--will be joint events with Brad Parker, International Advocacy Officer with Defence for Children International--Palestine. Brad will be speaking on the impact of 20 years of the Oslo "peace process" on Palestinian children under Israeli military occupation. 

Check out this five-minute video preview of Josh's Shattered Hopes book tour.
 

Below is a flyer for the events, all of which are open to the public (the event at Santa Clara University has a $5-$10 suggested donation, free for students; the Middle East Children's Alliance event at UC-Berkeley has a $10 suggested donation, free for students.) Click here
 for a larger version of the image below, or click here for a PDF version.


RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook to the events at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center and at Santa Clara University here and here, respectively, and find additional information about the San Jose event here. Also, click here for more information on the Berkeley event with DCI-Palestine.

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour in Southern California, Oct. 8 - 14

Earlier this month, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

We hope that you can join him at one or more of the ten events he'll be doing in the greater Los Angeles area--Culver City, Los Angeles, Garden Grove, Irvine, Riverside and Pasadena--from Tuesday, October 8 - Monday, October 14.

Check out this five-minute video preview of Josh's Shattered Hopes book tour.


Below is a flyer for the events, all of which are free and open to the public. Click here
 for a larger version of the image below, or click here for a PDF version.




Also, find additional details on two events at All Saints Episcopal Church-Riverside.  

We hope to see you there!

- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour in San Diego, Wednesday, Oct. 9

Earlier this month, Josh Ruebner, our National Advocacy Director, shared the exciting news of the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.



We are excited to announce that he will be coming to San Diego on Wednesday, October 9 as part of his book tour. He'll be at the First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92015 for an event at 7:00 PM. Look for us in the Friends Meeting Room.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Here's a five-minute video preview of Josh's Shattered Hopes book tour:




- Will (U.S. Campaign Intern)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Josh Ruebner's Shattered Hopes Book Tour in Boston, Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Last week, I shared the exciting news of the publication of my first book Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

I hope that you can join me at one or more of the five events I'll be doing in the Boston area from Sunday, September 29-Wednesday, October 2.

Below is a flyer for the events, all of which are free and open to the public. Click here for a larger version of the image, or click here for a PDF version.
Additional info about the event at First Parish Cambridge is here. And RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook to the events at First Parish CambridgeBoston CollegeHarvard, Tufts, and at First Baptist Jamaica Plain

Hope to see you there!

-Josh

Josh Ruebner's Shattered Hopes Book Tour in New Haven, Saturday, Sept. 28

Last week, I shared the exciting news of the publication of my first book Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

I'm excited to come to New Haven on Saturday, September 28 as part of my book tour. I'll be at the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven, CT 06510 for an event sponsored by the Greater New Haven Peace Council at 1:30 PM. Look for us in the Performing Arts Space of the library.

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, click here.

Hope to see you there!

-Josh

Monday, September 16, 2013

Josh Ruebner's "Shattered Hopes" Book Tour in Philadelphia, Sept. 23-24

Last week, Josh announced the publication of his first book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.


For those of you in the vicinity of Philadelphia, his book tour will take him to your area next week, from Monday, September 23, to Tuesday, September 24.

Below is a flyer (click here for a larger version) with all the event details. And click here for a larger PDF version.

We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

- Will (U.S. Campaign intern)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Josh Ruebner's Shattered Hopes Book Tour in DC Area, Sept. 15-20

Yesterday I shared the exciting news of the publication of my first book Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.


For those of you in the Washington, D.C. area, I'll be kicking off my book tour in D.C., Columbia, MD and Arlington, VA beginning Sunday, September 15-Friday, September 20.

Below is a flyer (click on it or here for a larger version) with all the event details. Click here for a larger PDF version.
Hope to see you at an upcoming event!

-Josh

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are Members of Congress committed to upholding U.S. laws?

Consideration of Senator Paul’s recent amendment to declare the Egyptian military’s takeover a coup d’état generated a discussion that adds serious doubts about whether Members of Congress are committed to upholding U.S. laws. The majority view among Senators held that while the U.S. is a nation of laws, some laws should simply be ignored because protecting human rights is a hindrance to the pursuit of ‘U.S. interests.'

Of course this same absurd logic has long applied to Israel, which routinely commits prima facie violations of U.S. laws but is rarely held accountable by Members of Congress.

Senator Paul’s amendment failed by a vote of 86 to 13 and most of the votes in support of the measure were from Tea Party affiliated or very conservative Senators.  It is worth noting that many of the Senators who supported the amendment were not doing so in the interest of human rights.  

Below are some notable quotes from the debate.

Senator McCain:
“I think the amendment has even larger implications than that of whether we should cut off all assistance to Egypt. By the way, my friends, I don’t think it’s an accident that AIPAC, our friends there who represent the interests of the State of Israel, have opposed this amendment.”

Senator Paul:
“When there’s chaos and blood running in the streets, when there’s millions of people protesting, ya think it’s a good time to send more weapons? Ya think it’s a good time to send more weapons when millions of people are in the street? "

"What about human rights, what about dignity, what about trials?"

"If we choose to ignore our own laws, can we with a straight face preach to the rest of the world about the rule of law?”

Below is the text of the amendment, here is a link to the debate.

SA 1739. Mr. PAUL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 1243, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the end of title I, insert the following: Sec. __XXX. (a) Congress makes the following findings:

(1) On June 30, 2012, Mohamed Morsi was elected President of Egypt in elections that were certified as free and fair by the Egyptian Presidential Election Commission and the United Nations.

(2) On July 3, 2013, the military of Egypt removed the democratically elected President of Egypt, arrested his supporters, and suspended the Constitution of Egypt. These actions fit the definition of a military coup d'état.

(3) Pursuant to section 7008 of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, 2012 (division I of Public Law 112-74; 125 Stat. 1195), the United States is legally prohibited from providing foreign assistance to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by a military coup d'état, or removed in such a way that the military plays a decisive role.

(4) The United States has suspended aid to countries that have undergone military coups d'état in the past, including the Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic, Thailand, Mali, Fiji, and Honduras.

(b)(1) In accordance with section 7008 of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, 2012 (division I of Public Law 112-74; 125 Stat. 1195), the United States Government, including the Department of State, shall refrain from providing to the Government of Egypt the assistance restricted under such section.

(2) In addition to the restrictions referred to in paragraph (1), the following restrictions shall be in effect with respect to United States assistance to the Government of Egypt:

(A) Deliveries of defense articles currently slated for transfer to Egyptian Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Ministry of Interior (MOI) shall be suspended until the President certifies to Congress that democratic national elections have taken place in Egypt followed by a peaceful transfer of power.

(B) Provision of defense services to Egyptian MOD and MOI shall be halted immediately until the President certifies to Congress that democratic national elections have taken place in Egypt followed by a peaceful transfer of power.

(C) Processing of draft Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs) for future arms sales to Egyptian MOD and MOI entities shall be halted until the President certifies to Congress that democratic national elections have taken place in Egypt followed by a peaceful transfer of power.

(D) All costs associated with the delays in deliveries and provision of services required under subparagraphs (A) through (C) shall be borne by the Government of Egypt. (c) Any amounts retained by the United States as a result of implementing subsection (b) shall be made available to the Secretary of Transportation to carry out activities under the heading ``BRIDGES IN CRITICAL CORRIDORS''.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ask the State Department about US Support for Israeli Oppression

Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, will hold a discussion with Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, on August 21, 2013. The conversation is meant to highlight the Department's efforts to advance U.S. national security by working with partners in priority countries to break cycles of violent conflict, strengthen civilian security, and mitigate crisis.  

They are inviting people to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping. Below are some sample questions to submit via Twitter asking the State Department how the United States plans on breaking cycles of violent conflict while it sends military aid to Israel to oppress Palestinians.  

If you are not on Twitter, you can submit via DipNote, the Department of State's official blog.

  • If U.S. wants to break cycles of violence #AskAmbBarton, then why are we giving $30 billion in weapons to Israel? @EngageState
  • Don't you think US should "mitigate crisis" #AskAmbBarton by stopping U.S. taxpayer weapons to Israel to oppress Palestinians? @EngageState
  • Why do Palestinian civilians have to die #AskAmbBarton b/c of weapons we give to Israel? Aren't we complicit in their deaths? @EngageState
  • Won't Obama's negotiating of $40 billion in more weapons to Israel #AskAmbBarton only prolong its subjugation of Palestinians? @EngageState
  • How can US support Israeli-Palestinian peace #AskAmbBarton when we give weapons to Israel to occupy/colonize Palestinian land? @EngageState

Monday, August 19, 2013

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

On Saturday, August 24, the National Action to Realize the Dream March will take place in Washington, DC in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

The march will honor the progress of the past five decades as well as continue the struggle for economic, racial, and social equality. The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman highlights yet again the continued pervasiveness of racism in the United States and how far we are from accomplishing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


As organizations and individuals working to end U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid, it is also important to examine and fight against the oppression perpetrated by the United States itself. Our work for Palestinian rights is only strengthened by confronting all forms of racism and injustice. A recent statement put out by a coalition of Palestine justice groups in solidarity with Trayvon Martin and victims of racial violence explains how the struggle for justice for Palestine cannot move forward without challenging racism here at home: 

As people who are fighting for justice in Palestine, we understand how racism is used to justify and perpetuate an unjust system that oppresses whole populations. Our government tries to divide us by telling us that black is synonymous with “criminal” in the same way that it tries to tell us that Arab and Muslim is synonymous with “terrorist.” In many ways the Black struggle coincides with the Palestinian struggle, from racial profiling, to youth incarcerations, to segregated roads, buses, housing, and education. On top of this, a handful of the same corporations, like G4S and other prison industries are profiting off of the racist mass imprisonment of both African Americans in the U.S. and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

We encourage you to attend the march on August 24, which will begin at 8:00am at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the MLK Memorial where leaders of civil rights, labor, immigrant rights and social justice organizations will be speaking. At 5:00pm there will be a town hall meeting at Busboys and Poets (5th and K) with Dr. Cornel West, Gary Younge, Dave Zirin, and Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor to discuss what has changed since Dr. King gave his "I have a dream" speech and the prospects for rebuilding a fight against racism today.

In his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech delivered in April 1967, Dr. King drew the parallels between working for civil rights in the United States and opposing a U.S. foreign policy based on war and aggression, linking the problems of racism and militarism. Decades later as the United States continues to both fund and commit violence abroad, and it continues to be clear that we do not live in a "post-racial" society, it is important we stand up against all forms of injustice to achieve freedom, justice, and equality for all. 

PS- We hope you will join the US Campaign for our National Organizers' Conference September 20-22. Our conference theme is joint struggle and how we can connect our work for Palestinian rights with other movements for social justice. The agenda includes a panel discussion on Building Solidarity Across Black, Native American, and Palestinian Struggles. Register today!