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message 1: by Olga (new)

Olga | 1 comments Hello,
Does anyone have a good idea about how to protest the current Israeli aggression besides boycotting Israeli products and demonstrating? My husband is thinking about sticking bananas up the tailpipes of israeli official vehicles. Can't think of anything with books...


message 2: by Ghada (new)

Ghada Arafat | 8 comments Write "Free Palestine" on ur money to spread the word


message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Abdo | 7 comments I've got a bumper sticker that occasionally gets noticed. Yes, someone keyed my car. :( I've gotten a few compliments and one Israeli peace sign (middle finger) as well:

http://notanotherpoliticalblog-j.blog...

For those of us who live in the US, it's always good to write your newspapers as much as you can to get actual facts out there instead of (or to compete with) that Israel-can-do-no-wrong propaganda.

Here is a post I did on this sort of what ELSE can I do frustration you might be feeling as well...
http://notanotherpoliticalblog-j.blog...

And a response below to someone who showed an interest in meeting, but we ended up not because I'm a woman and I don't know who was at the other end. He seemed ok, but I've never met anyone from online..but you know...

Brainstorming a few things off the top of my head:

We could start a new group, publicize, meet, brainstorm with them, do a project or various ones (and ask other groups if they'd like to contribute).

We could think of a project or two (set deadlines and detail logistics of sending stuff over), get us two plus a handful of folks we may know or be able to grab, and ask Bill Towe's peace group or a Chapel Hill women's peace group (as I am a woman) or others we know of specifically to work on these jointly with us.

These said they were sponsors of Expressions of Nakba (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/artic...) and seem to be in Chapel Hill:
http://www.trianglewilpf.org/
http://www.peace-with-justice.org/
(page I got it from/ has others--> http://www.endtheoccupation.org/group...)

Found this; didn't know it existed:
http://www.nceidfestival.org/index.ph...


message 4: by Ghada (new)

Ghada Arafat | 8 comments Wow Jennifer I love ur sticker and sorry for ur car. As a Palestinian I really appreciate what u r doing. People like u make u stronger. Writing to news paper is a great idea and I hope u may allow me to add one more thing. Write to congressmen. Just bomb them with letters. U can write one letter circulate it among ur friends and ask them to send it to their congressman-woman.I do not live in the US so all I can help with is giving u ideas.
Please if u need any help like info, statistics, anything just tell me.
Thank u


message 5: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Abdo | 7 comments Good point! I forgot to add that.

I used to email everyone in the foreign relations committee, but recently they have made it so most of the webforms just let you submit if you are from their state. I guess you could fill in everything correct, but just leave the state as the state that Senator is from, but I don't like to misrepresent.

These sites make it easy to find my officials - for us in the US:

http://www.house.gov/
http://www.senate.gov/
http://www.state.gov/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

*I would generally send to Senators and Senate committee members because they seemed more concerned with international issues than local, but maybe that was the wrong approach. Also I felt the Senate was better because it was only 100 as opposed to 435 members... Also, I have thanked people like Kucinich or Byrd or Ellison that speak up on behalf of Palestinian rights or even just in favor of toning down the Israel love fest Congressional floors can be. Also, the letters to Congress can be really disheartening. They send form letters in response that generally all say the same thing- we love Israel, this is our policy and it keeps us safe, blah, blah, blah. I know we've got to keep at it, but that can take the wind out of one's sails. A few times they have sent me a letter about Iraq or healthcare in response to my human rights for Palestinians letters which makes me doubt they even read them at all. But we can't focus on that I guess. Things like that make me want to focus on newspapers in order to bring it directly to the public so that we all can bring it to Congress in elections and maybe floods of letters... But that means we can't stop writing... :)

If you sign up for ADC updates, they will send petitions, and forms to fill in for contacting officials at times of breaking news.
http://www.adc.org/government/action-...

This might be the same as the ADC link:
http://capwiz.com/adc/home/

This is one I have used before (now it has a different addresss-hope it is the same-it was great) to compose and original letter, but contact all officials at once:
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

I used to have a list of UN and EU heads of state and others but it is now out of date. I used to write Norway and Sweden and other countries that have stood up to Israel in some way and expressed my desire for them to get involved in beneficial ways the US can't due to divided loyalty or whatever causes the favoritism.


message 7: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 3 comments Jennifer, you're pretty amazing.

i started a thread at a different group that deals with this issue. i linked to a book and provided some links to some other things that are interesting and informative. i actually think boycotting is really powerful, once it gains steam. after boycotts come divestment and then the impact is finally felt. it takes patience.


message 8: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Abdo | 7 comments I'll have to check out your group. :)

Not surprisingly (friends would say) I have an opinion on boycotts, too. ;)

They are good, don't get me wrong, but not buying Starbucks and Nesquick isn't going to do it.

My goal is taking it farther- cultural and sports boycotts. When the US boycotted the Olympics, that made a statement, you know? When certain people aren't buying certain items, the economy evens out and the impact is lost. At least it seems to me. Not to say we shouldn't do it. When it goes the way of South Africa with sports, arts, and academics boycotts, people notice and start asking questions.

Just my opinion. Definitely don't want to put down any form of protest, here! It's all good stuff. :)


message 9: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 3 comments you're already in my group, Jennifer! hahaha! :D

the boycotts i was referring to are the type discussed in Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.


message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Abdo | 7 comments Clearly I's new here! :D And a little out of it! :)
Bear with me.

I hear bits and pieces about the BDS movement (I especially like the S myself) in various newsgroups, but I haven't read the book. I may put that on my list. :)


message 11: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 3 comments Jennifer wrote: "Clearly I's new here! :D And a little out of it! :)
Bear with me.

I hear bits and pieces about the BDS movement (I especially like the S myself) in various newsgroups, but I haven't read the book...."


haha! it's totally fine. :D

i started the book and i think it's really well done. He writes really well and thoughtfully. and there are footnotes. so if you think he says something weird, you can follow up on it. :D


message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Abdo | 7 comments I get an email from www.theheadlines.org which is every day and has a ton of articles and some action items mostly about Palestine, but has included some on Iraq and the recent "Arab Spring" protests.

If there's a better place you would like links or information, let me know. I know this isn't really about protesting the Israeli aggression necessarily... :)


message 13: by Aziz (new)

Aziz | 3 comments Ghada wrote: "Write "Free Palestine" on ur money to spread the word"
lol i do usually the same which seems odd to some but it gives me a feeling of "releife" sort of :)


message 14: by Aziz (new)

Aziz | 3 comments Jennifer wrote: "I've got a bumper sticker that occasionally gets noticed. Yes, someone keyed my car. :( I've gotten a few compliments and one Israeli peace sign (middle finger) as well:

http://notanotherpolitical..."


ur sticker is a nice idea.
"We could start a new group, publicize, meet, brainstorm with them, do a project or various ones (and ask other groups if they'd like to contribute)" this really sounds practical and for sure good.


message 15: by Timothy (new)

Timothy (TimothyNiedermann) | 15 comments The media in the U.S seem to be finally paying attention.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/mag...


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