Settlers in the West Bank are on a rampage. There have been 35 incidents of settler vandalism against Palestinians during the 2010 olive harvest season.
The settlers, with control over the Israeli government, are emboldened, especially now that their ability to block progress in peace negotiations has stood unchallenged. The inability of anyone in the world to stop them – incuding the Obama Administration – is now painfully apparent.
We have pledged to stand up against this aggression the only way we know how – through nonviolence, and by standing in solidarity with Palestinian farmers.
Israeli army using Caterpillar D9 bulldozer to clear Palestinian trees
Last weekend four Israeli human rights organizations sent a letter to the Israeli army decrying the escalation of settler vandalism. It demanded that the army take steps to guarantee full protection from damage to Palestinian property, particularly olive trees. We’re not holding our breath.
What can we do to show solidarity with Palestinian farmers, and help them resist these assailants who seek nothing less than ethnic cleansing? Here are my suggestions:
- Stop the U.S. government and U.S. corporations from providing direct and indirect support to settlers. Join our latest petition drive, in partnership with the Rachel Corrie Foundation, which demands that the US government stop supplying Caterpillar bulldozers to the Israeli military.
View B’Tselem’s vandalism report, including this video.
- Raise awareness in your community about the “Stop the Wall” Campaign (below) and stand up and be heard during “Israeli Aparthied Week.”
- Replant olive trees in Palestine by joining Trees for Life. A gift of $25 covers the cost of planting a tree and supports our work here in the United States. Especially for the upcoming holidays, please consider this gift for a loved one.
We hope you find this edition of Occupation End Notes informative, and welcome your feedback.
Rob Mosrie, Executive Director
Today our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, hand-delivered to the State Department an open letter signed by more than 150 organizations, and a petition signed by more than 11,000 individuals, calling on the Obama Administration to make the suspension permanent.
Source: End the Occupation