What YOU can do for justice in Palestine

LOTS! No matter how small it seems, every little action is a piece of a larger movement for justice. Below are a list of campaigns, resources, and specific ideas you can join others in or use to create your own ideas. There are also many tactics, from public education to direct action and much much more. Reverse side includes info on boycott and divestment, as well as Nakba commemoration ideas. Be creative. Palestine needs you.

Feel free to be in touch with me (Hannah) any time to brainstorm ideas or get contacts:
hmermels@hotmail.com.

Creative ideas anyone can do

* Join a local organization for justice in the Middle East. The US Campaign to End the Occupation has local groups around the country:
http://www.endtheoccupation.org/groups.php* Fight for US tax dollars to be spent on healthcare and education, not war. http://www.sustainphilly.blogspot.com/2007/01/love-philly-bring-our-money-home.html

* Subscribe to Today in Palestine for daily news headlines: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/f_shadi/

* Learn more, read more, watch more: See http://www.birthrightunplugged.org/html/brup11links.html for ideas.

* Host a fundraising event (see "Donate to Palestine" below)

* Host the anti-apartheid speaking tour in 2008: http://www.endtheoccupation.org

* Get your local bookstore/grocery to carry Needle in the Groove cds:
http://www.needleinthegroove.org

* Give Needle in the Groove cds and Palestinian fair trade olive oil as gifts: http://www.palestinianfairtrade.ps

* Talk to local lawmakers or Congress. Tell them to stop military funding to Israel. See http://www.endtheoccupation.org for a recent congressional "report card" based on 4 resolutions.

* Tax resist: http://www.warresisters.org

* Speak out against attacks on Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Gaza, and everywhere else!

* If you're not Muslim or Arab, find ways to be an ally to your local Muslim and Arab community. One example: http://www.supportthemosque.org

* Media! Let them know what you think of their coverage! Letters to the editor, published or not, are important!

* Organize Palestinian cultural/political events. Invite a Palestinian poet, playwright, artist, or dance troupe to town. Check out Suheir Hammad, Café Intifada, Olive on a Seder Plate, Ibdaa and ask Hannah for more.

* Organize a protest/die-in at your local Israeli consulate, Caterpillar headquarters, Congress member's office, or in the middle of the street!

* Public art! Banner drops over highways, posters on street poles, murals, graffiti, etc.

Go to Palestine

* 6 day trip through Birthright Unplugged: http://www.birthrightunplugged.org

* Volunteer with an international solidarity organizations:
http://www.palsolidarity.org, www.iwps.info

* Volunteer with a Palestinian organization - what's your particular interest/specialty?

* Study in Palestine, learn Arabic, push your university to accept credit from Palestine: http://www.home.birzeit.edu/pas

Donate to Palestine

* Tax-deductible donations to Birthright Unplugged can be sent to 18 Northview Drive, Glenside, PA 19038. Most of our money is spent in Palestine: http://www.birthrightunplugged.org

* Flowers Against the Occupation empowers girls to fight for justice in rural Palestine. Sell Needle in the Groove cds in your community or make a separate donation to Flowers (e-mail Hannah). http://www.needleinthegroove.org

* Check out Shiraa, youth organization and circus troupe: http://www.shiraa.org/

* Gaza is suffering from ongoing Israeli attacks and closure. You can donate to help through the Middle East Children&Mac226;s Alliance:
http://www.mecaforpeace.org.

Join the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid

It worked in South Africa, it can work in Palestine. Even better, the movement is in response to a specific call by representatives of all sectors of Palestinian civil society. The call and campaign: http://www.bds-palestine.net

A note about BDS: Many of the campaigns linked to below have not yet been 'successful' or have 'failed' to pass. However, they are both laying groundwork for other campaigns and are normalizing the idea of campaigns against Israeli apartheid. As my Israeli friend says, "Keep starting campaigns. Whether you win or not, you make us Israelis feel uncomfortable, and that's great!"

Boycott: The US Campaign to end Israeli Occupation is developing a boycott campaign against Motorola for its contracts with the Israeli army and its development of security systems for illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. If you're getting a new phone, don't buy Motorola, and keep your eye out for the launching of the campaign.

Co-ops/grocery stores - Customers of Rainbow Grocery in Berkeley, the People's Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, etc. have worked to deshelve Israeli products. Do it at your local grocery!

Divestment resources: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=28

Colleges/Universities: In many ways, campuses were the staging ground for the South Africa anti-apartheid campaign, and there's no reason that can't be the case again. The University of Michigan - Dearborn and other schools have recently passed resolutions, and there are new campaigns at Temple, Howard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and others. Google "Students for Justice in Palestine" and find lots of campaigns at lots of universities!

Christian denominations around the world have begun to challenge Christian Zionism and have done extensive research to develop divestment campaigns against companies benefiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Presbyterians, Methodists, and others have taken the lead and have some great resources. Check out http://www.neumc.org/divest

Municipalities: Many cities and towns are invested in Israel bonds and/or companies invested in occupation. Look into it, and ask your city council to take a stand! The Somerville Divestment Project almost had a resolution passed, and has gotten 2 questions about Palestine on the ballot. Now they're doing public education campaigns in their community: http://www.divestmentproject.org

Learn about the 1948 Nakba and act in solidarity with Palestinians displaced for 60 years!

* Invite a Nakba survivor or a younger Palestinian refugee to your community/congregation to speak about her/his experiences. E-mail Hannah for suggestions.

* Start a study group using Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine or Sandy Tolan's The Lemon Tree

* Show the film "Frontiers of Dreams and Fears" in your community, and invite Manar (one of the girls featured in the film, now in the US) to speak (Hannah can put you in touch).

* Invite the Ibdaa dabke (traditional folk dance) troupe to perform in your community during their US tour in Fall 2008. http://www.dheisheh-ibdaa.net/home.htm

* Bring the Re-Plugged exhibit to your community to share photos and stories from children living in Palestinian refugee camps. http://www.birthrightunplugged.org/text/BRUPexhibitrequirements.pdf

* For Nakba Day (May 15), do a public mapping exercise designed by the Israeli organization Zochrot in commemoration of destroyed Palestinian villages: http://www.zochrot.org/index.php?id=522