NGO ACTION NEWS
Americans for Peace Now (APN) and the Arab American Institute (AAI) released on 25 July 2003, the results of a joint survey of Arab American and Jewish American opinion about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The poll found strong support in both communities for the Road Map to Middle East Peace, a freeze on Israeli settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a two-state solution, and an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The public opinion poll can be found at Web site: http://www.aaiusa.org
APN sent an action alert on 23 July 2003, requesting members to urge President Bush to seize the opportunity of the presence of Prime Minister Abbas and Prime Minister Sharon in Washington D.C., “to reiterate his commitment to fulfilling America’s responsibility under the Road Map”.
Creative Response, Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation and the Coalition for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel will organize a vigil in support of the Road Map, on 8 August 2003, in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto. Creative Response brings together artists, writers, educators and cultural workers to initiate cultural and artistic intervention in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to end the Israeli occupation. For further information, visit Creative Response’s Web site: http://www.creativeresponseweb.net
Global Exchange has compiled a “Toolkit for Advocacy” to help individuals and groups to make the transition from personal awareness to active involvement in the Israeli Palestinian issue. The toolkit is available in three parts: Lobbying, Divestment and Activism. For further information, visit Global Exchange’s Web site: http://www.globalexchange.org/palestine
International Crisis Group (ICG) issued on 25 July, a report entitled “The Israeli-Palestinian Road-Map: What a Settlement Freeze Means and Why it Matters”. The report states that settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territory endangers the viability of the Road Map and the two-state solution. To view the report’s summary and recommendations and the whole report go to: http://www.crisisweb.org
The French NGO Platform for Palestine released on 29 July 2003, a file entitled “Behind the Road Map, another Reality”, containing a compilation of press releases, reports and political analysis by European, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs. For further information, visit the French Platform’s Web site: http://plateforme-palestine.netliberte.org
The Ireland - Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) - Belfast Group has launched a fundraising appeal for the Union of Medical Relief Committees. The initiative is being sponsored by the local community and Irish newspapers. IPSC will also host Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, President of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC) for a lecture entitled “Palestine; The Way Ahead”, on 6 August 2003, at Saint Mary’s University College, in Dublin. The meeting will be chaired by Bairbre de Brun, former Minister of Health.
For further information on the appeal, visit the IPSC Belfast’s Web site: www.ipscbelfast.org
IPSC will present on 3 August 2003, the film “Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army” by British comedian Jeremy Hardy, followed by a question and answer session about his experiences in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. All proceeds will go the Medical Aid for Palestine.
On 6 August 2003, IPSC will be promoting a “Palestine Day” with the following events: a panel of Irish and Palestinian women; a live video link-up with Palestinian women in Bethlehem; showing of the films “Caoimhe”, “The Return”; and “Jenin”; a photo exhibit entitled “55 Years of Endurance”; and a television show “West Belfast Talks Back”.
IPSC is also sponsoring a presentation by Osama Qashoo, from the Tulkarem/Qaiqilya region in the West Bank, and coordinator of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), on 11 August 2003, in Dublin. The presentation will focus on the separation wall, its effects on Palestinian communities, land confiscation and the prospects of peace negotiations.
Palestine Return Centre issued a press release with the summary of the conference held on 19 July 2003. A report of the conference with full papers will be available on PRC’s Web site soon at: http://www.prc.org.uk
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem
The Association for Civil Rights in Israeli (ACRI) issued in July, a report entitled “The State of Human Rights in Israel 2003”. The report contains a chapter on “Human Rights in the Occupied Territories”. For the report check ACRI’s Web site: http://www.acri.org.il/english-acri/engine/story.asp?id=125
Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights issued additional information on the Second Periodic Report of the State of Israel Concerning its Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, published in February 2003. The shadow report was issued by Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man and Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights. To see the report, visit the Web site: http://www.mezan.org/jointreport2.htm
Defence for Children International /Palestine Section (DCI) issued on 4 August 2003, their latest publications: the “DCI 2002 Annual Report” and the latest report on Palestinian children’s rights entitled “Children of the Second Intifada: an Analysis of Human Rights Violations Against Palestinian Children”. To see the report visit DCI’s Web site:
Gush Shalom, Kvisa Shchora (Black Laundry), Palestine Red Crescent Society, Al-Amaf Deaf Association, Palestine Federation of Trade Unions, Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, Farmer’s Union, Al-Quds University, will join, on 31 July 2003, the inhabitants of Qalqiliya and international peace activists to protest against the wall. Qalqiliya with a population of 45,000 inhabitants, is isolated by the wall. For further information, check Gush Shalom’s Web site: http://www.gush-shalom.org
Gush Shalom together with other Israeli peace organizations and international activists organized another demonstration on 3 August 2003, at Mes’ha village, to protest against the demolition of the Amer family house for the construction of the separation wall.
The organization posted an advertisement in Ha’aretz on 30 July 2003, entitled “The Occupation is the Infrastructure of Terrorism”.
The Jewish-Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva held a press conference to announce the opening of a new radio station, “Voice of Peace”, on 28 July 2003, in Jerusalem. The project will be jointly managed by Givat Haviva from the Israeli side and The Jerusalem Times from the Palestinian side. For further information, check the Center’s Web site: http://www.dialogate.org.il
The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) published a survey on Palestinian refugees entitled “Results of PSR Refugees’ Polls in the West Bank/Gaza Strip, Jordan and Lebanon on Refugees Preferences and Behaviour in a Palestinian-Israeli Permanent Refugee Agreement”. For further information on the survey, check PCPSR’s Web site: http://www.pcpsr.org/new/new.html
The Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON) issued a report in July entitled “Stop the Wall in Palestine”. It features chapters on the Wall’s first phase, the significance of water, the wall in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, case studies, the wall campaign and guest articles. For further information on the report check PENGON’s Web site: http://www.pengon.org
PENGON will be launching in September a new campaign Web site: http://www.stopthewall.org
Peace Now released on 23 July 2003, the findings of a new survey of settlers’s opinion regarding the dismantlement of settlements, political issues and attitudes towards illegal outposts. For further information, check Peace Now’s Web site:
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) sent an urgent action press release on 29 July 2003, informing about the large number of threatened house demolitions in East Jerusalem neighbourhoods - Sure Bather, Jibe Macabre, Shaft and Bait Hanna. About 45 demolition orders have been delivered to Palestinians. For further information, check RHR’s Web site: http://www.rhr.israel.net
The organization has two ongoing campaigns: the Olive Tree and the Humanitarian Relief. It has planted and provided over 10,000 olive trees to Palestinians, assisted 50 families, and purchased large quantities of olive oil from farmers in the Salfit region, in the West Bank, and transferred it to the Palestinians in the refugee camps. RHR is now exploring the possibility of exporting Palestinian olive oil abroad and is searching for groups to distribute the oil around the world.
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will convene the United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 4 and 5 September 2003. The Conference will draw on the positive results of the 2002 International Conference of Civil Society and will maintain its theme - “End of the Occupation”. The aim of the conference is to provide civil society organizations from all regions of the world with an opportunity to discuss the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, coordinate their activities and develop action-oriented proposals in support of the Palestinian people. Invited speakers will make presentations on various aspects of the role of civil society on the question of Palestine. During discussions periods during each plenary session, NGO representatives and other participants will have an opportunity to discuss specific action-oriented proposals. It is envisaged that a plan of action will be adopted by participants at the close of the conference. The provisional programme and registration forms are available at: For further information, visit http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/ngo/calendar.htm. For further information, contact the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat, fax: (212) 963-4199, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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