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Thursday, July 31

If Governments Refuse to Act...Grassroots Civil Society Must Act to Hold Israel Accountable
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The death toll continues to climb. Israel has killed at least 1,361 Palestinians in Gaza since July 7, including at least 249 children. 
Paramedic Mohammed Ahmed Matar A’badleh, 32, was killed on July 26.
Please visit Humanize Palestine to learn about the lives of Palestinians killed and watch the #GazaNames Project video featuring a diverse group of celebrities, artists, and activists. 

During this time of crisis, as we mourn those who have been killed and take direct action to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians, it is important to grow our efforts to end all U.S. support for Israeli occupation, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing.

It is clear that there is still so much more work to be done. As was tweeted two days ago byThe Associated Press, Members of Congress are falling over each other to support Israel. A U.S. defense official announced yesterday that the U.S. had allowed Israel to tap a local U.S. arms stockpile to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds.

"If governments refuse to act, then the vast international support that Israel enjoys must be tackled by international grassroots civil society, using the methods that isolated South Africa during apartheid," Palestinian human rights activist Rafeef Ziadeh wrote
earlier this week. 

We invite you to attend our 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference: 
The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights taking place September 19-21 in San Diego, CA.

This is an opportunity to meet and network with Palestinian rights activists from across the country. Panels and workshops will focus on building boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns; dealing with challenges to Palestine activism; and connecting with other social justice struggles. 


Check out our draft program that includes Ali AbunimahHind AwwadKristian Davis BaileyOmar Offendumand more. All details are posted at endtheoccupation.org/conference2014.

Register today to strengthen our work for Palestinian rights.

-US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

PS- If you cannot make it to San Diego, please consider donating $50 or any amount you can to support the conference. 
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