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Netanyahu Romances Candidates

Posted by uscsjp on September 26, 2016

Israeli PM Netanyahu Meets Trump, Clinton in New York

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday in closed-door meetings. Trump hosted Netanyahu at his New York penthouse, where his campaign said Trump compared Israel’s separation wall favorably with his proposed wall along the Mexican border. Netanyahu later met with Hillary Clinton, whose campaign said she expressed support for the new U.S. military aid package to Israel of $38 billion over 10 years.

–Democracy Now!, September 26, 2016


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VETO AB 2844 – CodePink

Posted by uscsjp on September 4, 2016

Dear Governor Brown,

We urge you to veto AB 2844, an unconstitutional and costly attack on Californians’ free speech and the movement for Palestinian human rights.

AB 2844 chills free speech by falsely associating legal and time-honored boycotts for human rights with unlawful discrimination, and by creating a vague new crime in the process. The bill could cost California taxpayers over $140 million (Department of Finance estimate) and unknown additional sums for fielding complaints and lawsuits.

Although the title and some of the content of AB 2844 have changed over time, its intent remains the same: to stigmatize and suppress protected political speech, especially advocacy for Palestinian human rights through the nonviolent tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Stop this attack on Californians’ free speech. Veto AB 2844.


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The Times of Israel: “Israel and US say ‘gaps closed,’ progress made on aid deal”

Posted by uscsjp on August 5, 2016

After three days of talks in Washington, negotiators close in on agreement for unprecedented 10-year defense package

BY RAOUL WOOTLIFF, August 4, 2016, 8:58 am

US President Barack Obama, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, November 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB)

Israel and the US have made significant progress in negotiations over a 10-year American military aid package, with a final agreement expected to be signed soon, Israeli government sources said Thursday.

Following three days of closed-door discussions in Washington, “progress has been made and gaps have been closed” between the two sides, an Israeli diplomatic official said.

“Israel and the US are hoping to arrive at an agreement soon,” the official added.

Sources in Washington had similar assessments of the talks.

“We’ve made progress and closed many of the remaining gaps. We hope to be able to reach a final agreement soon,” a senior official told Reuters after the talks concluded on Wednesday night.

Brigadier General (res.) Yaakov Nagel, the acting head of the National Security Council, has been meeting with his American counterparts to work on the final draft of a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) set to come into effect in 2018, when the current one expires.

Negotiations on the deal have been going on for months amid tensions over the Iranian nuclear deal reached last year, which Israel vociferously opposed. Israel has charged that the accord signed between Tehran and six world powers, including the US, poses an existential threat to Israel and warrants increased aid to the Jewish State.

The Prime Minister’s Office said last week that Israel “places great value on the predictability and reliability of the military assistance it receives from the United States and on honoring bilateral agreements.

“Therefore, it is not in Israel’s interest for there to be any changes to the fixed annual MOU levels without the agreement of both the US administration and the Israeli government,” it added.

Netanyahu also said last week that he hoped to conclude the aid negotiations under the Obama administration, which ends in January 2017.

The US offer currently on the table, outlined to members of Congress earlier this month in a letter from US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, includes a pledge to substantially increase the aid package, now worth some $30 billion, and ink a new one that would constitute “the largest pledge of military assistance to any country in US history.” The letter was sent in response to a missive signed in April by 83 out of 100 senators calling on President Barack Obama to increase foreign aid to Israel and sign the new deal.

Under the existing agreement, Israel is permitted to spend about 25 percent of the aid it receives outside the US and another 13% on fuel for its aircraft — allowances no other recipient of US aid is granted.

That arrangement originated in the 1980s to build up Israel’s defense industry, which has thrived, helping Israel to become among the top 10 arms exporters in the world — and in some fields a competitor with US firms.

In an apparent concession, Israel will reportedly not request supplemental funding for the entire 10 years, and in the second half of the decade, will incrementally increase the amount it spends in the US per annum, until the entire amount of aid is invested in the American domestic market.

Israel has already indicated that it will not seek additional military funding for 2017, which still falls under the terms of the previous 10-year package. The defense aid for 2017 currently stands at $3.1 billion.

Cliff Churgin and Raphael Ahren contributed to this report.


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Posted by uscsjp on July 29, 2016

The Gaza 5K is an annual walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA. This event raises funds for UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) to support thousands of refugee children in Gaza affected by PTSD and other psychological trauma.


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TOMORROW: Protest RE/MAX in Venice Beach

Posted by uscsjp on July 12, 2016


Join Jodie Evans and the LA CODEPINK team to protest RE/MAX’s selling homes on stolen Palestinian land.

When: Wednesday, July 13 12:00-1:00 PM

Where: RE/MAX Venice Beach: 155 W Washington Blvd, Venice Beach, CA 90292

Join CODEPINK to protest at the Venice Beach RE/MAX office to demand that RE/MAX completely cease their involvement in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. The Presbyterian General Assembly recently passed an overture calling on RE/MAX to stop selling homes in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Just prior to the assembly, RE/MAX LLC made a statement admitting that settlement sales are problematic. Now we are asking them to act on that statement and completely extricate themselves from Israel’s settlements enterprise.

Learn more about the Remodel RE/MAX campaign to get RE/MAX to stop selling homes on stolen Palestinian land and sign the letter to RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger.

We look forward to seeing you there!

In peace,

Baheya, Chelsea, Jodie, Mariana, Patricia, Rodas, Sam, Susan and the entire CODEPINK team

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This Palestinian Writer’s Diary From Gaza Should Be Required Reading (Alternet)

Posted by uscsjp on July 12, 2016

“Individuals aren’t the targets, but residences, family houses. They’re bombed until there’s nothing left.”

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Palestinian Kids Are A Miracle Too. Santana, Cancel Your Tel Aviv Concert!

Posted by uscsjp on June 29, 2016

by Ramah Kudaimi
June 29th, 2016

Musician Carlos Santana is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on July 30. Santana is committed to the welfare of children and founded the Milagro Foundation in 1998, whose name means miracle and was inspired by the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope. On June 28, staff at the foundation’s office refused to open the door when a delegation, including local Palestinian families with children, attempted to deliver a petition signed by 25,000 people urging him to cancel.

In 2010 Santana honored the call from Palestinian civil society for cultural boycott and cancelled a planned concert. Join the efforts to calling on him to respect the boycott call once again!

Watch and share this powerful video urging him to stand on the right side of history.


Post these memes on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social networks. Use #BelieveInMiracles.

There are also sample tweets included, which you can automatically tweet by clicking on them. The messages can also be posted on his Facebook page.

More Sample Tweets:

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Posted by uscsjp on June 17, 2016

There’s a debate raging within the Democratic Party Platform Committee about its position on Palestine. Traditionally, thanks to AIPAC, the platform has showed unconditional support for Israel.But now times are changing: there’s a possibility of getting the platform to recognize the human rights of Palestinians!

Join us to call on Rep. Elijah Cummings, head of the Democratic Party Platform Committee, and Barbara Lee to include language that:

  • supports Palestinian rights;

  • calls for an end to the occupation;

  • affirms our right to boycott Israeli products!

Please sign:


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100% of funds going straight to Gaza! Share your Ramadan across borders

Posted by uscsjp on June 10, 2016

100% of donations to UNRWA’s Ramadan campaign will go directly to Gaza.

Where others have failed, UNRWA invests in creating countless opportunities for Palestine refugees, empowering them with the skills they need to persevere. And with your help, we can do even more.

Ramadan is a time to give thanks for what we have, contemplate how to better ourselves, and help those who are less fortunate. Whether you observe or not, your tax-deductible gift of $120 will provide a family in Gaza with enough flour, sugar, olive oil, meat, lentils, chickpeas, and other essential food items to get them through the month.

The sooner you give, the sooner we can act. Donate and help bring joy to their table this month.

There is also a conversation happening on Twitter and Instagram:  #ramadanacrossborders

You don’t have to celebrate Ramadan to participate in this conversation. Holidays, family, and separation are universal themes. Many of us have family and loved ones across borders, whether those are state lines or international.

So join the #ramadanacrossborders exchange: 

  1. Share your stories of what it’s like to celebrate holidays (Ramadan is just one example) with loved ones who aren’t in the same geographical place. Can you imagine Christmas without family ten years in a row?
  2. If you are Muslim, share what Ramadan looks like for you. We’re talkingsuhoor and iftar photos, gatherings with families and friends, or even community events.

Palestine refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the world will do the same, creating an exchange across borders. We can’t wait to see what you have to say.


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Register Now – Journey for Justice in Palestine: 16 – 24 July 2016

Posted by uscsjp on June 6, 2016

Registration Deadline is End of June

Journey for Justice 2016

16 (arrival)- 24 (departure) July – Palestine

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Journey for Justice 2016 – Palestine

16 (arrival) – 24 (departure) July

17 – 30 years old youth from all over the world are invited to join.

Read more for background information, proposed schedule, and registration procedures. Register online NOW.

You may spread the invitation to your youth friends, members, groups and networks…etc.

Read more about the Journey for Justice and last years’ journies.

Meet and live with Palestinian youth, experience their life under occupation, gain very well understanding of the conflict, have geopolitical and culture exposure, visit historic and religious sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, and Jericho.

Youtube | Facebok group | Olive Tree Campaign Facebook page | Twitter |

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