The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation today condemned the Israeli navy’s attack on civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of aid ships attempting to deliver rebuilding and medical supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip. The US Campaign calls on U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to vote today to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s action and initiating an investigation.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation today called on Congress to vote no on H.R. 5327, the United States-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act, which would begin the process of fast tracking $205 million of U.S. tax-payer money to Israel to purchase ten batteries of the "Iron Dome" missile defense system.
Tax Day Events Highlight Cost of U.S. Military Aid to Israel
April 15th, 2010
On Tax Day, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing a national day of action to highlight the ways in which U.S. tax money is misused by the Israeli military to violate international law and Palestinian human rights. Events will be held at post offices across the United States, including in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and the Bay Area, as well as at the Washington, DC headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in order to educate taxpayers about the role that U.S. military aid plays in maintaining Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
Seven years ago today, U.S. student and peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli soldier driving a Caterpillar D-9R bulldozer while she attempted to nonviolently prevent the demolition of a Palestinian pharmacist’s home in Rafah, Gaza. Now, after a dismissal in U.S. district court and an Israeli investigation that the U.S. State Department characterized as not “thorough, credible, [or] transparent,” Rachel’s family is seeking justice through the Israeli court system as plaintiffs in a civil trail over Rachel’s unlawful killing in the Gaza Strip.
US Billions to Israel
March 11th, 2010
Vice President Joe Biden said: "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem." He also stated that the U.S. will hold Israel "accountable for any statements or actions that inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks." Josh Ruebner, National advocacy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: "Official written U.S. policy, which is based on the Fourth Geneva Convention, deems Israel's colonization of Palestinian land as 'inconsistent with international law.'"
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (US Campaign) welcomed today Vice President Joe Biden's statement "condemn[ing] the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem" and his promise that the United States will hold Israel "accountable for any statements or actions that inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks."
New Site Details Budgetary Trade-Offs of Military Aid to Israel
February 9th, 2010
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched today a new interactive website--How Much Military Aid to Israel?--that details the estimated amount of taxes that each state and county in the United States will provide in military aid to Israel during the course of a ten-year $30 billion agreement signed between the two countries in 2007. The US Campaign plans to launch data for Congressional districts and cities later this week. The website also documents budgetary trade-offs that are involved in providing military aid to Israel.
U.S. Must Hold Israel Accountable for Lack of Real Settlement Freeze
November 25th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation welcomed today Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell's statement that Israel's partial settlement moratorium "falls short of a full settlement freeze," but challenged the Obama Administration's assertion that the partial settlement moratorium "is more than any Israeli Government has done before," noting that Israeli Prime Ministers and governments have pledged at least five times since 1978 to freeze settlements (see below for documentation).
National Coalition Criticizes Congressional Vote on Goldstone Report
November 4th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation-a national coalition of more than 300 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law and equality-criticized today the House of Representatives for passing H.Res.867 by a vote of 344 to 36 with 22 abstentions.
150+ Orgs. Urge U.S. to Vote for Goldstone Report on Gaza
September 25th, 2009
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sent an open letter today to Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, urging the United States to vote in favor of the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in the UN Human Rights Council on September 29.
Prof. Rashid Khalidi,
Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and Omar
Barghouti, Palestinian political commentator and human rights activist, will be
the featured speakers at a public event September 12, 2009, at First United
Methodist Church Chicago Temple in Chicago, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. In addition,
the event will feature a special recorded message from Father Miguel d'Escoto,
President of the United Nations General Assembly, on the last night of his term
FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS
FOR US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION
Challenging US Policy
The United States supports Israeli occupation and apartheid through military aid, diplomatic backing at the U.N., and resolutions in Congress. The US Campaign works to change U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to support human rights, international law, and equality.
Learn about the moral and financial costs of providing weapons to Israel and join our campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel.
View our Congressional Report Card, join our CDC-- Congressional District Coordinator--network, and get resources.
Momentum Builds for U.S. Investigation of Israel’s
Killing of Rachel Corrie
by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
October 11th, 2012
Nine national organizations join more than 9,000 individuals urging the United States to investigate Israel's killing of Rachel Corrie and its injuring and killing of additional U.S. human rights defenders. Take action for accountability and justice for them.
Read our open letter to the State Department urging a U.S. investigation into Rachel's death and Israel's injuring and killing of other U.S. human rights defenders. Organizations are invited to endorse this letter.
Boycott & Divestment Campaigns
In 2005, Palestinian civil society
issued a call to the world to apply boycott, divestment and sanctions against
Israel until it upheld international law. Signed by over 170 Palestinian
coalitions, unions, refugee groups, human rights and social justice groups, in
the occupied territories, within Israel, and in exile, this call is truly
representative of the support that the Palestinian people believe they must
have to survive and achieve their rights.
The US Campaign National Assembly of member groups voted to endorse the call shortly thereafter, at the 2005 National Organizers Conference. Academic & Cultural Boycott were endorsed in at the 2009 conference.
Prior to and since the call, the National Assemblies have endorsed multiple BDS campaigns targeting Caterpillar, Motorola, Veolia, Ahava Beauty Products, the We Divest Campaign (calling on financial giant TIAA-CREF to divest), and various faith-based and campus-based divestment initiatives.
You can read the full Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions here.
is a campaign to compel retirement fund giant TIAA-CREF to stop investing in
companies that profit from the Israeli occupation, including: Caterpillar,
Motorola, Veolia, Northrop Grumman, and Elbit Systems. The campaign was
launched by Jewish Voice for Peace, endorsed by the US Campaign to End the Israeli
Occupation at its 2010 national organizers conference, and has been taken on by
groups around the country in a diverse coalition including the American Friends
Service Committee, Grassroots International, and Adalah-NY, among others. Learn
why “We Divest” stands out as one of the most important and accessible
divestment campaigns in the country today!
the US Campaign brought to the attention of Motorola its complicity in Israel's
human rights violations and military occupation and call on the corporation to
cease producing and selling equipment to the Israeli army to prevent its
involvement in future abuses. The US Campaign launched and is coordinating a
national consumer boycott of Motorola cell phones to raise awareness of its
profiteering from human rights abuses and to tarnish its corporate image for
which best exemplifies the interest of US corporations in the Occupation and
the complete refusal to address human rights concerns in the region is Caterpillar.
The most destructive weapon of the Occupation may not be an F-16 or helicopter
gunship, but rather, an armor plated D-9 or D-11 bulldozer. These are the
machines that have demolished thousands of homes, uprooted countless olive
trees, and carved gaping holes in roads, making them impassable. Even when used
in Israel’s colonial intrusions on the land through construction of illegal
housing or bypass roads, CAT equipment is being used daily in the commission of
war crimes and violations of human rights.
Ahava is an
Israeli cosmetics company that extracts resources from and operates in the
occupied Palestinian West Bank. Join our boycott pressuring Ahava to respect
strategies, and networks to help campus BDS campaigns succeed.
Occupation Free Faith Community commits to take specific advocacy steps to
bring about a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Occupation Free Congregations can
be churches, mosques, synagogues, or temples. Or they can be particular
committees, taskforces, or boards within these communities that focus on
Israel/Palestine or on peace and social justice issues. They can be Bible study
groups, clergy groups, or campus ministries. Or they can be regional groupings
of faith communities, or interfaith organizations. Regardless of size, they are
an integral part of the effort to change U.S. policy and bring about a just
peace in Israel/Palestine.
and cultural boycotts are an important part of pressuring states in violation
of International Law. Please use the resources from our member group the U.S.
Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel to learn more about
getting involved in academic and cultural boycott campaigns.
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is supporting a nation-wide municipal
and state Boycott & Divestment Project. This initiative was voted a top
priority for national mobilization by activists on the Campaign listserv.
Take the boycott movement to the online retail industry and "save (the) amazon." Help us tell occupation-supporting companies exactly what we think of their products through Amazon product reviews.
Quakers Divest from Veolia and Hewlett Packard!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
Fiduciary Corporation becomes the first U.S. national fund to drop HP and
Veolia, citing sales to Israel and social concerns.
U.S. Veolia Campaigns Put the Occupation on Trial!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
what the future of the U.S. movement could look like. Take action today.
Member Groups Join the Global BDS Day of Action!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
April 11th, 2012
Support Historic Methodist & Presbyterian Church
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
January 26th, 2012
Tearing Down the Walls from Occupy Oakland to
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
November 1st, 2011
Join International Week against the Apartheid Wall, November 9-16!
BDS Blossoms Across U.S. on Palestinian Land Day!
April 7th, 2011
Learn about the exciting BDS events that took place across the country on March 30, 2011, commemorating Palestinian Land Day, and get inspired to undertake BDS actions in your community.
Standing Against Apartheid
As the Israeli “matrix of control” tightened its grip on the occupied Palestinian territories, with peoples and land separated by the separation wall barriers, settler-only roads, and tunnels it became impossible to ignore the apartheid nature of Israel’s occupation. Palestinian citizens of Israel face some 20 laws that discriminate against them, much as Black Americans had been treated during the Jim Crow era. Palestinian refugees and exiles continue to be denied the right to return while Israel’s Law of Return enables Jews from anywhere in the world to settle in Israel. In 2006, the US Campaign Assembly overwhelmingly resolved to adopt the language of apartheid and Jim Crow segregation in describing Israeli policies towards Palestinians. US Campaign staff and volunteers created powerful posters, fact sheets, and other resources to support member groups in their work.
Find out how to get involved with anti-apartheid events and initiatives around the country.
This national speaking tour brought internationally recognized human rights advocates Rev. Eddie Makue and Diana Buttu to 11 U.S. cities from November 10th to 23rd, 2008. During the tour, we had public events and private meetings on10 campuses, 12 with faith communities, met with 3 congressional offices – find out more about the tour and what we achieved.
The debate about Israeli Apartheid policies is making headlines globally. Check out what people are saying here.
Find out what resources are available from our Member Organization using the Anti-Apartheid framework.
Commemorating the Nakba
2008 marks the 60th anniversary of
the Nakba (“Catastrophe,” in Arabic): the dispossession and forced exile of
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their ancestral land before and
during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. To commemorate the 60th
anniversary of this tragic event, the US Campaign will produce and distribute
popular educational materials about the Nakba and its continuing relevance for
resolving the Palestinian refugee issue and establishing a just and lasting
The US Campaign is sponsoring a multi-media artistic competition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba.
Memorialize the dispossession and forced exile of Palestinians during the 1948 founding of Israel. We remember the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe) on May 15 each year.
Educate your community about al-Nakba. Use the following resources, which include fact sheets, maps showing Palestinian Diaspora, testimony from al-Nakba survivors and much more.