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Women in Black Vigil in Union Square Stand in solidarity with Rachel Corrie
Verdict has been rendered in case of Rachel Corrie: Judge Oded Gershon’s verdict absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.
Despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been “thorough, credible and transparent” and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death. Judge Gershon ruled that Rachel was to blame for her own murder and classifies her non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a “thinking person.” Link to the full statement.
On Thursdays since the verdict was given, we have joined to stand in solidarity with Women in Black. Please join the Women in Black Union Square Vigil on Thursday, September 6 at 14th Street and Broadway from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome!
Brooklyn For Peace regularly issues Action Alerts via email. The Israel-Palestine Committee has also sponsored and co-sponsored forums relating to Israel-Palestine and supported related demonstrations.
Outreach to Decision Makers
We arrange face-to-face meetings with Brooklyn Congressmembers urging them to them to support bills which advance peace in Israel-Palestine. We also encourage members to communicate by letter, telephone, and e-mail with elected officials.
Israel-Palestine Reading Group
The Israel-Palestine Reading Group meets monthly on a weekday afternoon, see the reading list. A separate reading group meeting in the evenings will be starting in early 2009. Discussions are also held at I-P committee meetings based on recent news. Click here for information on the next meeting or email us at email@example.com.
Don’t Buy Ahava Products
Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company, is violating basic principles of international law by profiting from the occupation of Palestine.
“Be On Our Side” Mass Transit Campaign comes to NYC
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the widely expected vote at the U.N. on recognizing Palestinian sovereignty, September will be marked by important campaigns and events in New York City. One is an important Mass Transit campaign placing ads through the NYC Subways that raise public awareness and call for ending U.S. military aid to Israel. The campaign has already appeared in press (see the Daily News story, and others, below).
“Be on our side. We are on the side of peace and justice.” These words come from Palestinians and Israelis. Continue reading →
Israel / Palestine Fact Sheets
The Israel Palestine Committee has drawn up some brief fact sheets to give background to aspects of this region, particularly with respect to international law.