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Protest the Haifa Maccabis (Israeli basketball team) game

Written by AUPHR and others!   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:58


Protest the Haifa Maccabis (Israeli basketball team) game
THIS FRIDAY October 17 @ 6:15pm at the Moda Center!
(Game starts at 7 PM, we should be there by 6:15 so folks going in can see us!!)
 

Meet up at: The SOUTH side of the Moda Center, across the street from the arena--corner of NE Multnomah St (near the Rose Quarter MAX stop for the red, green and blue lines).

​ DURING THE GAME:
Tweet at #pdx4palestine
#blazers
Tweet out your messages for Palestine justice:
#blazers Stand against Israeli Apartheid
#blazers stand with #pdx4palestine
#blazers Apartheid--wrong in South Africa, wrong in Israel
We support the #blazers, we oppose injustice in Palestine
...you get the idea!!​


Show some love for the Portland Trailblazers, but tell them CLEARLY we do not want them to play Israeli teams. These teams represent the injustice and occupation of Palestine. While this team travels freely, Palestinian athletes are denied that same right.
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Protest! Biden and Merkley, 11:30am on Wednesday, October 8th. Oregon Convention Centere

Written by AUPHR   
Monday, 06 October 2014 09:44

Protest! Biden and Merkley, 11:30am on Wednesday, October 8th.
SENATOR MERKLEY: WE CALL ON YOU TO END YOUR UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Portland in support of Jeff Merkley.
It is at the Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

We will be there to protest and hand flyers out about Merkley's terrible positions on Gaza and Palestinian rights.
We will start at 11:30am in order to get to folks going into the "power" lunch.  The actual rally with Biden begins at 1pm.

If you are interested in going into the event, you need to RSVP here:
http://www.jeffmerkley.com/biden-event/rsvp/
 
 
SENATOR MERKLEY

WE CALL ON YOU TO END YOUR UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

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Survey: Nearly one-quarter of Jewish-Israelis boycotting Arab businesses

Written by JTA   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:21
www.jta.org/2014/10/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/survey-nearly-one-quarter-of-jewish-israelis-boycotting-arab-businesses


Some 51 percent of those surveyed also said that businesses that do not fire employees who criticize the Israel Defense Forces should be boycotted

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One in four Jewish-Israeli consumers is boycotting Arab businesses in the wake of the summer’s Gaza conflict, according to an Israeli business daily.
The 24 percent is down from the 29 percent who said they were boycotting Arab-owned businesses during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, Globes reported, citing a telephone survey by the Tel Aviv-based Geocartography Knowledge Group research institute. The number was down significantly from the 47 percent of Jewish-Israelis who said during the operation that they planned to boycott such businesses.
Some 51 percent of those surveyed also said that businesses that do not fire employees who criticize the Israel Defense Forces should be boycotted, and that some 11 percent of Jewish-Israelis are boycotting such businesses. Another 40 percent said they would boycott such businesses if they could identify them, the survey found.
Globes quoted unnamed sources among suppliers who said that sales to Arab-owned markets are down substantially in recent months.


Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/10/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/survey-nearly-one-quarter-of-jewish-israelis-boycotting-arab-businesses

 
   

Senate Letter to Kerry: No reconstruction until Hamas out, Palestinians punished if they try to hold Israel accountable

Written by Wyden, Merkley, and 86 other Senators   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:12

The full text of the senators’ letter is below:

The Honorable John Kerry

Secretary of State

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street, NW

Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry,

We were pleased to see that Hamas finally accepted an Egyptian cease-fire plan last month.  Sadly, Hamas continued its attacks on Israel for weeks after Egypt’s initial proposal, leading to unnecessary and increased suffering in Gaza and Israel.

As we look ahead to the next few months, we urge you to focus on three key objectives:  (1) preventing Hamas from rebuilding its military capabilities; (2) enabling the Palestinian Authority to move toward becoming the Palestinian governing authority in Gaza; and (3) preventing negative developments at the UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council, and the International Criminal Court that could derail any prospects for the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

First, we fully support the urgent provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.  We must also condition reconstruction assistance on the establishment of a system to prevent Hamas from rearming and rebuilding its military capability.  In the past, Hamas has diverted construction materials intended for civilian use to the construction of the tunnel networks that were used during this last conflict to smuggle weapons and attack Israelis. We must support Israeli and Egyptian efforts to implement strict, comprehensive controls so that no assistance is diverted to Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.  The international community has twice spent billions to rebuild Gaza, only to see Hamas transform economic assistance into the means of war.  For the sake of Israelis and Palestinians alike, we cannot let this happen again.  Ultimately, we must seek Gaza’s demilitarization.

Second, we must support efforts to enable the Palestinian Authority to exercise real power in Gaza.  Hamas has demonstrated conclusively both that it has no interest in peace with Israel and that it has no concern for the well-being of Gaza residents.  Meanwhile, the West Bank has experienced periods of significant relative economic growth and stability, in part due to cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security forces there.  All Palestinians deserve a government that will seek to advance their safety and prosperity—not use them as human shields.  Real peace between Israelis and Palestinians will require a Palestinian partner that controls the West Bank and Gaza, is focused on economic development and stability in both areas, and will accept Gaza’s demilitarization.  We must start this process now.

Third, while we work with the Palestinian Authority to extend its effective jurisdiction to Gaza, we must work equally hard to ensure that Palestinian officials do not take further harmful steps at the UN General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Council, or the International Criminal Court.  The Palestinian Authority must avoid steps that would undermine the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  We must let Palestinian Authority President Abbas know that America’s willingness to cooperate with him will continue to depend on his willingness to return to the negotiating table with the Government of Israel and avoid unilateral measures that bypass direct negotiations.

We look forward to working with you on these critical matters, as our nation strives both to prevent another Hamas-instigated war and to create the conditions that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to move closer to peace. 

                                                                      

Sincerely,

Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Kelly A. Ayotte

James M. Inhofe

Richard Blumenthal

Susan M. Collins

Edward J. Markey

Mike Crapo

Joe Manchin III

Pat Roberts

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeff Flake

Tim Kaine

David Vitter

Michael F. Bennet

John Boozman

Kirsten Gillibrand

John Thune

Tim Johnson

Jerry Moran

Debbie Stabenow

Roy Blunt

Patty Murray

John McCain

Kay R. Hagan

James E. Risch

Mark Begich

Marco Rubio

Ron Wyden

Patrick J. Toomey

Barbara Boxer

Dean Heller

Benjamin L. Cardin

John Barrasso

Mark Udall

Richard Burr

Mazie K. Hirono

Lindsey O. Graham

Brian Schatz

Mitch McConnell

Amy Klobuchar

Thad Cochran

Heidi Heitkamp

Deb Fischer

Jon Tester

John Cornyn

Sherrod Brown

Rob Portman

Mark L. Pryor

Michael B. Enzi

Barbara A. Mikulski

Mark Kirk

Maria Cantwell

Lamar Alexander

Martin Heinrich

Orrin G. Hatch

Mary L. Landrieu

Tim Scott

Tom Udall

Roger F. Wicker

Tom Carper

John Hoeven

Charles E. Schumer

Mike Lee

Joe Donnelly

Chuck Grassley

Al Franken

Ted Cruz

Christopher A. Coons

Johnny Isakson

Sheldon Whitehouse

Mike Johanns

Cory Booker

Ron Johnson

Carl Levin

Saxby Chambliss

Bill Nelson

Dan Coats

Mark R. Warner

Richard Shelby

Angus S. King, Jr.

Claire McCaskill

John Walsh

Richard J. Durbin

Chris Murphy

Robert Menendez

Jack Reed

Dianne Feinstein

Jeff Merkley

 

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Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ calls for boycott and divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories

Written by Palestine-Israel Network of the Central Pacific Conference   
Monday, 29 September 2014 12:45
auphr.org/docs/PressRelease29-Sept-14byPalestine-IsraelNetworkoftheCentralPacificConference-UnitedChurchofChrist.pdf

For the original text see:

http://auphr.org/docs/PressRelease29-Sept-14byPalestine-IsraelNetworkoftheCentralPacificConference-UnitedChurchofChrist.pdf


Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ calls for boycott and divestment

from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories

September 29, 2014 Contacts:

! 503-479-5668 Rev. Catherine Alder, Palestine-Israel Network of the Central Pacific Conference – United Church of Christ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

! 971-599-1211 Rev. Diane Dulin, Palestine-Israel Network of the Central Pacific Conference – United Church of Christ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pendleton, Oregon – The Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ has adopted a resolution calling for boycott and divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories. The resolution, which calls on church members and church financial bodies to boycott and divest, was adopted overwhelmingly (101 in favor, 11 opposed, 2 abstentions) by delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Central Pacific Conference on September 26-28.

The Central Pacific Conference is the fourth Conference (or “local region”) of the United Church of Christ to pass a resolution for boycott and divestment of companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories. Previously the New York Conference, the Central Atlantic Conference and the Northern California Conference passed similar resolutions. The Central Pacific Conference includes 49 individual churches located throughout Oregon, northern Idaho and southern Washington.

   

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