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Dr. Ron Smith is coming to Olympia, August 6th at 7pm to speak about the current situation and conditions in Gaza at Traditions Cafe (300 5th Ave SW). In June 2014, Dr. Smith traveled to Gaza with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). He has studied and traveled in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel several times, as well as in other parts of the region. He has published articles about the conflict and human rights in the area. Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington. He is currently a professor of International Relations at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and also a documentary filmmaker.
This event is sponsored by the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Larry Mosqueda at 360-951-4894 or email email@example.com.
By vanessa | 07/24/2014
In solidarity with those in Gaza, a demonstration this morning, Thursday July 24, 2014, for National Day of Action for Gaza. If you are in Olympia and looking to participate in today’s ongoing events contact elizabeth (at) rachelcorriefoundation.org or call our office 360-754-3998.
Demonstration from 11-2pm at Heritage Park in Olympia, WA
Overpass banner drop for the evening rush hour in Olympia, WA.
Community members delivering a petition to Congressman Denny Heck’s office calling for an end of the siege in Gaza.
For more photos visit our tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/rachelcorriefoundation or the Olympian which covered some of RCF’s Gaza Day of Action events here:
By vanessa | 07/22/2014
August 1, 2014:
Join us and the Fellowship of Reconciliation this afternoon from 4:30-6pm for the Peace Vigil at Percival Landing. We have signs and will be showing our support for Gaza.
Urgent update from International Solidarity Movement (reported 10:52 am 7/25/2014): At 19:00 Beit Hanoun Hospital was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Inside the hospital are 61 medical staff, civilians, three patients and two ISM volunteers, Charlie Andreasson and Fred Ekblad, both from Sweden, who are all trapped inside. Israeli soldiers are close to the hospital. Gunfire can be heard in the area. A thick smoke is rolling into the hospital. We need you to call your own representatives to demand that they fulfill their obligation to insure that Israel adheres to international law and immediately cease to target medical staff and facilities. To read in more detail, visit the ISM website. For local events and how to get involved, see below this update.
Israel Foreign Service Desk Israel Foreign Service Desk: 202-647-3672
As we all extend our efforts to bring a ceasefire and end to violence, an end to the siege of Gaza, and an end to Occupation, please support the work of the Rachel Corrie Foundation with your tax deductible contribution today! Donate here for RCF Gaza Projects and for General Support for RCF education, outreach, and advocacy. Thank you!
———————————————————————————————————————————Huge thanks to all who came out yesterday for the National Day of Action for Gaza – to our banner drop, die-in at Heritage Park, and petition delivery and meeting with Congressman Denny Heck’s staffer. It felt good and helpful to be out working together! See these links to photos in The Olympian, on our website and at the RCF Tumblr – and check back for more to be posted today. FOR vigil this afternoon at Percival Landing 4:30-6 pm - We hope to see folks there! We will have signs. Saturday in Seattle - 12-2 pm, Seattle Center, 5th & Broad – Demonstration for Palestine https://www.facebook.com/events/665212870225672/
Here is the OCHA (Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) update for Thursday – why we need to continue to act and be visible.An UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun sheltering IDPs was struck by several projectiles today. According to initial information, at least 16 Palestinians have been killed and 200 injured. These fatalities are in addition to 92 Palestinians, including 17 children and 8 women, reported to have been killed or their bodies recovered in the last 24 hours. Mass displacement continues: approximately 149,000 IDPs are now seeking shelter in 84 UNRWA schools and additional tens of thousands sheltering in Ministry of Education-run schools and with relatives and friends. Latest developments: The Gaza Power Plant was shelled for the third time tonight, causing shut-down of the plant. 789 Palestinians killed, including at least 578 civilians, of whom 185 are children and 93 are women. 37 Israelis killed, including two civilians and 35 soldiers. 42 Gaza families have lost at least three or more members in the same incident, totaling 253 fatalities. 44% Of Gaza within a three kilometer wide strip declared as a ‘No-go zone’
URGENT CALL FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION THURSDAY, JULY 24
END THE ASSAULT ON GAZA AND LIFT THE BLOCKADEPlease join us this Thursday, July 24, in this urgent call to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza and end the 7-year siege that has made life there so miserable. In this latest round of violence, over 600 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured. According to the UN, 72 percent of those are civilians, including over 80 children. One hundred thousand are displaced and living in makeshift shelters; electricity has been reduced to four hours a day for 80% of the population; water has been cut off to hundreds of thousands; sewage is flowing into the sea; hospitals have been bombed and there are shortages of everything from food to medicines. We must act now! We encourage you, both organizations and individuals, to hold actions and events in your communities this Thursday, July 24th. We are grateful for all the actions that have taken place and that will continue, but doing something together on one day can help demonstrate the breadth of our movement and of our concern. Whether you can get out a crowd or just a few people, please do something! Here are some possibilities: Visit your local Congressional office and invite the media to join you in asking questions of your elected officials/staff; you might also consider a call-in, preferably in a public place, to your representatives, the White House and State Department. Hold a rally or vigil in a visible public space, and invite local news media. Commemorate the dead by The Names of the Dead Visit the offices of a corporation profiteering from and/or complicit in Israel’s war and occupation; bring them a letter explaining why you are there. Go to the office of your mainstream media and demand balanced coverage; organize a letter writing campaign with examples of bad/misleading coverage. Be in a public place asking people to sign a petition, either your own or one from another organization. Organize acts of civil disobedience to reflect the urgency of the situation and attract media attention. Use social media to target U.S. politicians, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and the mainstream media.
As you act Thursday, think how you can begin or expand a campaign in your community’s institutions to boycott and/or divest from corporations profiting from and/or complicit in Israel’s war and occupation. Consider boycotting Sabra and Sodastream products. Many US corporations are directly involved in the recent conflict, including Caterpillar, Boeing, HP, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, GE, and Raytheon. Please check to determine if your school, church, work place, and other community institutions may be invested in them.
Have your organization endorse the National Day of Action here: http://tinyurl.com/mrwr2gcAdd your Thursday local action to the list here: http://tinyurl.com/n3kdqd8 Post your photos, videos, and reports from actions here: http://theworldstandswithpalestine.tumblr.com/ Signed Crisis in Israel/Palestine: Discussion of Recent Events
By trial | 07/07/2014
Tuesday, July 15th, 7:00-9 PM
Traditions Cafe in Downtown Olympia
300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA
The Escalating Crisis in Israel/Palestine:
A Discussion of Recent Events
(please help forward announcement)
Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for a panel discussion and open Q & A about the current crisis in Israel/Palestine. With the collapse of the Peace Process, the establishment of a unity government, and recent deaths on both sides, what do we need to know? What is the media telling us and what is being left out? Come discuss what our response as tax-paying citizens who fund the actions taken by the Israeli military should be.
Moderator: Andrew Meyer, RCF Staff
Dr. Karam Dana is a Palestinian-American academic. He is an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His Middle East-related research explores elite politics in Palestinian society in the 1920s and 1930s, Palestinian public opinion, the intersection between economics and politics and the changing state-society relations in the Arab Middle East.
Sallie Shawl retired after 30 years in social service work in Tacoma, is a founding member of the Tacoma chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace as well as Puget Sound Interfaith Youth Camp. Shawl vowed that “Never Again” means “Never Again for all people,” and it is her Jewish upbringing of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you” that propels her forward in her work for Palestinian human rights and a just peace.
Eitan Isaacson grew up in a modern orthodox Jewish community in Rehovot, Israel. He served as a tank commander in the Israeli military in 2001 to 2004 during the second intifada. Today, Eitan is an activist in the Seattle chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.
Steve Niva teaches International Politics and Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His primary areas of research and writing include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; Islamist movements; and contemporary war and violence. He has written for and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report magazine (www.merip.org).
The event is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and publicity co-sponsor Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace.
Event Contact: Elizabeth Moore, Rachel Corrie Foundation 360-754-3998
Olympia Arab Fest Shuruq II
By trial | 06/24/2014
Coming October 4, 2014. See event announcement. Save the date and get involved!
Israeli Supreme Court Decision Anticipated in Coming Months to Year in Corrie Case
By trial | 05/22/2014
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Members of the Corrie family attended oral appeal arguments before the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 21, 2014, in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the Government of Israel for the Israeli military’s 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza. Appeal arguments filed by the family attempt to overturn a 2012 lower court verdict. A final decision from the Israeli Supreme Court is not anticipated for months to a year and will be rendered in writing.
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