Palestine & Israel

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Boycott Ahava: Stolen Beauty

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CODEPINK launched stolenbeauty.org in June 2009 with a protest at the Ahava shop in the Tel Aviv Hilton. As part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement that aims to ensure equality, freedom and justice, CODEPINK has focused its boycott efforts on Ahava and Soda Stream, two companies that have manufacturing plants in illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank.

Boycott RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land

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In 2014, CODEPINK launched a campaign entitled Boycott RE/MAX: No Open Homes on Stolen Land, asking the RE/MAX, the Denver-based real estate corporation, to cease its complicity in the sale or rental of settlement properties through its contract with RE/MAX Israel. The Boycott RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land campaign is part of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a call by Palestinian civil society to engage in non-violent activism by boycotting companies and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s occupation. Find out more at boycottremax.org

Boycott SodaStream

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SodaStream markets itself as an environmentally friendly product to “Turn Water Into Fresh Sparkling Water And Soda”… but there is nothing friendly about the destruction of Palestinian life, land and water resources! Although SodaStream products are labeled as "Made in Israel," its main production facility is in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomin, an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank. Find out more at www.codepink.org/boycott_sodastream.

End US Military Aid to Israel

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CODEPINK, together with Global Exchange, Interfaith Peace-builders, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and over 100 peace and justice groups, are dedicated to exposing and decrying the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a far-right Israel lobby group. Visit MoveOverAIPAC.Org to learn more about how to take action

Support Palestinian Human Rights Advocates

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Background: CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation have worked to elevate the voices of popular Palestinian organizers. In collaboration with the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the West Bank, US-based solidarity groups have been instrumental in raising the profile of the many non-violent activists who commit themselves to organizing against the Israeli occupation and who face Israeli violence and repression because of their steadfastness.

Past Actions

Lift the Siege of Gaza

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  • Blogs and articles from the CODEPINK delegation aboard the US BOAT TO GAZA in 2011
  • Read about the CODEPINK attempt to bring a delegation of 100 women to Gaza for International Women's Day in 2014.
  • Background: During Israel's three-week brutal assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, the world watched as over 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians and 350 of them children, were killed. CODEPINK had been a member group of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for several years and immediately spurred into action. Since 2009, CODEPINK has lead over ten delegations to Gaza and has partnered with Global Exchange on trips to Israel and the West Bank.

Resources

Palestine & Isreal Resources

Alternative News

The Alternative Information CenterIsrael/Palestine
The Alternative Information Center (AIC) is an internationally oriented, progressive, joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization. It is engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy, grassroots activism and critical analysis of the Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. 

Electronic Intifada
The Electronic Intifada (EI) is a not-for-profit, independent publication committed to comprehensive public education on the question of Palestine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the economic, political, legal, and human dimensions of Israel's 40-year occupation of Palestinian territories.

Gaza Siege
The Gaza Siege website is an independent online resource for background, analysis and the latest news updates related to the ongoing siege and occupation of the Gaza Strip. It includes reports, statements and op-eds by prominent scholars, expert commentators, and humanitarian organizations as well as first-hand accounts by journalists and people living in Gaza.

The Guardian
Guardian.co.uk is one of the world's leading online newspapers. With center-left/left politics, the Guardian runs incisive articles and commentary about Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Haaretz
Haaretz, a newspaper that was founded in Palestine in 1918 (as a newspaper sponsored by the British government) is now the liberal voice in Israeli journalism. It is here that you can findleftist commentary and analysis by writers such as Amira Hass, Gideon Levy and Avi Shlaim.

Al-Jazeera
A television network headquartered in Doha, Qatar that is known for its relatively even-handed criticism of regimes throughout the Middle East.

Jewish Peace News
Jewish Peace News (JPN) is an information service that circulates news clippings, analyses, editorial commentary, and action alerts concerning the Israel / Palestine conflict. They work to promote a just resolution to the conflict; they believe that the cause of both peace and justice will be served when Israel ends the occupation, withdrawing completely from the Palestinian territories and finding a solution to the Palestinian refugee crisis within the framework of international law.

Occupation Magazine
The Occupation Magazine was established in October 2004 by a group of Israeli anti-occupation activists who were disturbed by the growing discrepancy between the grim reality which they observed in the Occupied Territories , and the way in which it was (and is) reported in the main stream media.      

The Palestine Chronicle
The Palestine Chronicle is an independent online newspaper that provides daily news, commentary, features, book reviews, photos, art, etc, on a variety of subjects. However, it's largely focused on Palestine, Israel, and the 'Middle East' region.

Organizational Allies

B'tselem
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions for Palestine
BDSMovement.net is born out of the need to offer all those interested and active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a shared space for information, analysis, exchange of ideas and experiences. This website is overseen by the steering committee of the Palestinian BDS National Committee and has been adopted as a tool of the ICNP (International Coordinating Network on Palestine) to support efforts of networking and coordination.

The Coalition of Women for Peace/Israel
The Coalition of Women for Peace brings together independent women and 10 feminist peace organizations that work relentlessly for peace and justice. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the Coalition today is a leading voice in the peace movement. (Member groups include Bat Shalom, Machsom/Checkpoint Watch, Women in Black, New Profile, and the Fifth Mother.) The Coalition is committed to the struggle to end the occupation; to the full involvement of women in peace negotiations; to an end to the excessive militarization of Israeli society; to equality, inclusion, and justice for Palestinian citizens of Israel; to equality and social justice for all inhabitants of Israel. The coalition has recently launched their Who Profits? database, highlighting the businesses, companies and individuals that reap profits from the Occupation of the West Bank.

The Free Gaza Movement
Since August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement has sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip on several successful voyages, bringing in international witnesses to see first hand the devastating effects of the Israeli blockade. Theirs are the first international boats to journey to Gaza since 1967.

Gush Shalom
Gush Shalom (Translated from Hebrew, the name means "The Peace Bloc") is the self-described hard core of the Israeli peace movement. They work towards a two-state solution of the conflict based on the 1967 borders, Jerusalem as a shared capital, and an acknowledgement of a Palestinian right to return.

International Women's Peace Service/Palestine
IWPS-Palestine is an international team of women based in Haris (a village in the Salfit Governorate of the West Bank) who provide international accompaniment to Palestinian civilians, document and nonviolently intervene in human rights abuses, support acts of nonviolent resistance to end the brutal and illegal military Occupation and oppose the Apartheid Wall.

Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories.

US Palestinian Community Network
The US Palestinian Community Network is a Palestinian community-based network that grew from the Palestinian Popular Conference that took place in Chicago on August 8-10, 2008, drawing 1000 members of the Palestinian community in the US together to empower our community, unify our voice, and affirm the right of Palestinians in the Shatat (exile) to participate fully in shaping our joint destiny. 

The Palestine Center and the Jerusalem Fund
The Palestine Center (D.C.) is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and timely information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy-makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Centre is an independent Palestinian human rights organization based in Gaza City. The Centre was established in 1995 by a group of Palestinian lawyers and human rights activists. It documents rights violations by the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Its lawyers defend victims of human rights abuses, from cases of illegal detention to torture. 

Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination.

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights/Gaza
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights is a Palestinian non-governmental non-partisan organization based in the refugee camp of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip. Al Mezan's mandate is to promote, protect and prevent violations of human rights in general and economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights in particular, to provide effective aid to those victims of such violations, and to enhance the quality of life of the community in marginalized sectors of the Gaza Strip.

The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
The US Campaign is a diverse coalition working for freedom from occupation and equal rights for all by challenging US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Campaign is based on human rights and international law, providing a non-sectarian framework for everyone who supports its Call to Action. Its strategy is to inform, educate, and mobilize the public so as to change the US role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to support peace, justice, human rights, and international law.

Books (short, eclectic selection)

Amira Hass, "Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in Occupied Land. Amira Hass is a prominent left-wing Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz. She is especially famous for living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and reporting on events regarding Palestinians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mahmoud Darwish, "Unfortunately, It was Paradise. Selected poems of Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 9 August 2008), a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet.

Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr, "A Little Piece of Ground." Excellent young adult novel about the effects of the Occupation from the point of a Palestinian boy who loves to play soccer; good for grownups too.

Ilan Pappé, A History of Modern Palestine. Pappé is considered one of the Israeli "New Historians" who take a critical view of Zionist narratives and Israel's history.

Alan Rickman & Katharine Viner (eds), MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE: Taken from the Writing of Rachel Corrie. A one-woman play composed of the journals, letters and e-mails of a twenty-three-year-old American who was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian Home.

Ahmad H. Sa'di & Lila Abu-Lughod (eds), NAKBA: PALESTINE, 1948 and the Claims of Memory, Anthology of scholarly essays and memoirs about the Palestinian Nakba (the catastrophe). Lila Abu-Lughod's essay Return to Half-Ruins is beautiful and poignant.

Films

"Checkpoint (documentary, 2005, 80 minutes). Israeli director Yoav Shamir documents the impact of the enforced boundaries known as "checkpoints" on the Israeli border guards drafted to monitor them and the Palestinian citizens who must pass through them daily. Shot in a cinema verite style, a style of documentary filmmaking that stresses unbiased realism, the film shows these anonymous, one-time encounters between both sides and the lasting political, social and cultural effects.

"Arna's Children,"(documentary). Arna's Children is a 2003 Palestinian documentary film directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Dannielabout a children's theatre group in Jenin in the Palestinian territories. The film won "Best Documentary Feature" 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Books (short, eclectic selection)

Amira Hass, "Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in Occupied Land. Amira Hass is a prominent left-wing Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz. She is especially famous for living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and reporting on events regarding Palestinians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mahmoud Darwish, "Unfortunately, It was Paradise. Selected poems of Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 9 August 2008), a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet.

Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr, "A Little Piece of Ground." Excellent young adult novel about the effects of the Occupation from the point of a Palestinian boy who loves to play soccer; good for grownups too.

Ilan Pappé, A History of Modern Palestine. Pappé is considered one of the Israeli "New Historians" who take a critical view of Zionist narratives and Israel's history.

Alan Rickman & Katharine Viner (eds), MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE: Taken from the Writing of Rachel Corrie. A one-woman play composed of the journals, letters and e-mails of a twenty-three-year-old American who was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian Home.

Ahmad H. Sa'di & Lila Abu-Lughod (eds), NAKBA: PALESTINE, 1948 and the Claims of Memory, Anthology of scholarly essays and memoirs about the Palestinian Nakba (the catastrophe). Lila Abu-Lughod's essay Return to Half-Ruins is beautiful and poignant.

Films

Videos

California: Protect Your Right to Boycott!

The California State Senate is currently considering AB 2844, an unconstitutional attack on our First Amendment right to boycott. AB 2844 seeks to silence opposition to Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians by punishing companies for participating in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

If enacted, AB 2844 would require the California Attorney General’s Office to investigate and continually monitor companies that contract or might potentially contract with the state or local public agencies, to discover whether they are engaging in the BDS movement. The Attorney General’s office would then have to publish and maintain a blacklist of such companies.

If you live in California, use the form below to tell your Senator to vote NO on AB 2844! (If the action doesn't appear, click here.)

Don't Bully Lorde: Respect the Right to Boycott!

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By cancelling her show in Apartheid Israel, Lorde’s took a principled stand to support human rights. She did so as a result of learning from activist-fans about Israel's human rights abuses against Palestinians. Boycotts are a time-honored nonviolent tactic in the tradition of the US civil right movement and the South African anti-apartheid movement. Laws such as the one in Florida, outlawing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, are being challenged across the U.S. for violating the First Amendment.

Representative Randy Fine is using Florida’s anti-BDS law to demand Lorde's upcoming show in Florida canceled. Help us tell Rep. Fine to back off! Florida's laws should be in line with the constitution and Lorde should not be bullied.


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