Josh Ruebner, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, 1 June 2017
Breaking news: Donald Trump has backed off one of his major campaign pledges and signed a waiver to the Jerusalem Embassy Act to keep the US Embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv for another six months.
For the time being, Trump is upholding a long-standing, bipartisan policy of not recognizing any nation’s claims to sovereignty in Jerusalem.
While Trump has realized that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem at this point would be a mistake, the Senate has other ideas.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced S.Res.176, a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of what it terms Israel’s “reunification of Jerusalem.” And he’ll be bringing it up for a vote next Monday, June 5.
Not only does S.Res.176 call on the president to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. It also celebrates the fact that Israel has held East Jerusalem under military occupation for the past half-century and ignores Israel’s violations of international law—its construction of settlements and a wall, its expropriation of Palestinian property and demolition of Palestinian homes—there.
It makes patently false claims that all people enjoy freedom of worship in Jerusalem under Israeli administration when Palestinians from other parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip do not have the ability to pray at their holy sites in Jerusalem without a permit, which is often difficult or nearly impossible to obtain.
The resolution also fails to mention the separate-and-unequal status that Palestinian Jerusalemites face under Israel’s regime. Even though Israel annexed East Jerusalem, a move which even the United States refuses to recognize, Palestinian residents are not citizens of Israel and can’t vote for its parliament. Israel often regularly revokes Palestinians’ residency rights in the city as part of a plan to engineer a favorable demographic balance. And Palestinians face systematic discrimination from the municipality in the allocation of building permits and funds for schools, health care, sanitation and other services.
Click here to contact your Senators about this resolution (and your Representative about a similar one in the House which may also come up for a vote next week).
Learn more about why we oppose these resolutions in the talking points we sent to Capitol Hill earlier this week. And learn more why we think it would be a terrible mistake to move the US Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem in this policy paper we published earlier this year.
This is urgent! We can’t let the Senate vote on this resolution on Monday before our Senators hear an outcry from constituents like you who oppose Israel’s military occupation of East Jerusalem and the separate-and-unequal regime it has created in the city.
Stand up for Palestinian rights and cancel your concert in Tel Aviv
The British rock group Radiohead is planning to entertain Israeli apartheid with a concert in Tel Aviv on July 19, 2017.
Help us get the message to Radiohead: “You don’t belong there!”
On June 6, Radiohead will kick off the final leg of their tour, with stops in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, UK, Poland, Belgium and France.
We need your help to make sure Radiohead hears our message loud and clear throughout their tour. Take action by:
Joining the Thunderclap to Radiohead
Creating a buzz on social media. You can use our sample tweets and memes
Joining or organizing a creative action at the Radiohead concert near you: Drop a banner along the route to the concert, leaflet fans as they enter, or hand out signs for concertgoers requesting a selfie from inside. Take photos and videos, and share them with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t play apartheid Israel, @Radiohead. You don’t belong there.
No one regretted boycotting Apartheid South Africa. @Radiohead, cancel Apartheid Israel.
Don’t be a creep, @Radiohead. Respect the Palestinian picket line. Cancel Israel gig.
It’s #NotOK, @Radiohead, to cross the Palestinian picket line. Cancel show in Apartheid Israel #OKNotOK
Hey @Radiohead, if your support for justice isn’t “mere rhetoric”, you’ll cancel gig in Apartheid Israel
Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
This Ramadan, Give Hope to Orphans in Gaza
Make a difference during the month of Ramadan by supporting the PCRF’s Gaza Orphan Sponsorship Program. Throughout this month, millions of people all over the world will fast from sunrise to sunset and provide charity to those in need. Please consider making the PCRF your chosen charity and help us successfully launch our Ramadan campaign!
Our goal for the Ramadan 2017 Campaign, “Give Hope: Gaza Orphan Sponsorship Ramadan Campaign”, is to provide orphans in Gaza food and other commodities they need to live a better childhood. As a donor, you will be able to choose either 1) to make a one-time donation in any amount towards the general fund for these orphans, thus keeping it sustainable for years to come; or 2) to provide monthly support for a specific orphan.
- Read about the Gaza Orphan Sponsorship Program at www.pcrf.net.
- Share our special Ramadan messages with a loved one.
- Spread awareness! Post about our upcoming campaign on social media, share our Facebook posts throughout the month, or forward this newsletter. Share the news of this campaign with your friends, and follow it on social media using our hashtag #hope4orphans.
- Don’t forget that you can support the PCRF while shopping by designating us as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. By shopping on smile.amazon.com, your Amazon experience donates a small portion of proceeds to us.
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
PO Box 1926
Kent, Oh 44240
From our friend Anees in Rafah: Donate to send food packages to needy families. The project has raised more than half of its $5,000 goal; please help them over the top in this Ramadan Challenge.
Hello from Gaza
Ramadan is just a few weeks away – and we need your help to provide support and care to those most in need. The conditions in Gaza grow worse every day, with unemployment now sitting at 43%. For many, there is nowhere to work and no-one to help them.
مرحبا من غزة
باقي لشهر رمضان أسابيع قليلة، ونحنبحاجة لمساعدتكم لتوفير الدعم والرعاية لأولئك الذين هم في أمس الحاجة إليها، معالعلم بأن الظروف الاقتصادية والاجتماعية في قطاع غزة تزداد سواء يوما بعد يوم.حيث تبلغ نسبة البطالة 43% ولا يوجد من يهتم في العائلات الفقير بالشكل المطلوب.
With your help we have raised money for three years’ worth of incredible projects, you can see the impact and positive difference we have made in Gaza through the links we’ve shared below. But as the occupation cuts off a large amount of traditional funding to NGOs we are left with little choice but to run crowdfunding campaigns to help with the most basic needs.
خلال السنوات الماضية قمنا بتنفيذالعديد من الأنشطة الفنية والثقافية التي تهتم بالطفل، ومن خلال الروابط أسفلالصفحة يمكنكم الإطلاع على صور الأنشطة خلال المرحلة الماضية. وبما أن الوضع صعب وسيءبواسطة هذا الاحتلال الغاشم وحصاره المفروض على غزة إلا أننا نعمل جاهدين من خلالالقيام بهذه الحملات لمساعدة أطفالنا.
How You Can Help Feed Palestinian Families
With your help we will distribute food packages to some of the families most at-risk in Rafah throughout Ramadan, our city at the southern edge of Gaza.
What Is In a Food Package?
Your support will allow us to provide food packages to feed Palestinian families by providing them with basic food items – one food package contains items such as beans, vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, green beans, onions and essentials like flour, rice, sugar and tea during Ramadan.
If you can’t spare any money now, you can also help by spreading the word.
Our Previous Projects in Gaza
The siege of Gaza is strangling us slowly and we rely on the generosity of our online friends. If you haven’t seen our work before, please do click on the links below. We are a small, dedicated team of volunteers that work primarily with at-risk children. Work we cannot do without your help.
MRSCP asks you to contact University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Vice Provost Patrick Sims in support of the recent resolution by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) calling for divestment and investment transparency.
Because this broad social justice resolution included support for Palestinian lives affected by the Israeli occupation, it was immediately repudiated by Chancellor Blank and is the target of a pressure campaign by supporters of Israel. UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison have asked people to support the resolution.
- More information
We especially need UW-Madison students, parents of students, and alumni to contact them. Be sure to mention if you fall into these categories.
- Please contact
- Chancellor Rebecca Blank: 608-269-9946
Vice Provost Patrick Sims: 608-265-5228
and please report your call or e-mail to RafahSisterCity@yahoo.com.
Finally, please add your name to the online petition that we will give to both UW officials below.
May 5, 2017
Rebecca Blank , Chancellor, UW-Madison
Patrick Sims, Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate, UW-Madison
Dear Chancellor Blank and Vice Provost Sims:
The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project commends the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the UW-Madison student government, for passing a resolution calling on the university to be more transparent about where UW Foundation funds are invested, and to divest from corporations profiting from private prisons, fossil fuels, border walls, and arms manufacturing, and from certain banks.
This resolution was motivated by a broad range of concerns that students felt demanded transparency and divestment including economic, political and government attacks on the lives of low-income and minority communities here at home and around the world.
The fact that the resolution mentions Palestinian lives as among those worthy of consideration has led some to attack the student government for being “anti-Jewish”.
This is a frequently-used tactic aimed solely at stifling any debate about or criticism of the policies of the Israeli government. It is a slander upon those who put forward and supported this resolution that cannot go unchallenged.
We urge the UW Administration to stop attacks upon this resolution and its supporters, and instead to support these efforts by students on behalf of social responsibility, justice and equal rights for all people.