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"Maybe that’s why Jewish Voice for Peace, a liberal American Jewish organization, has announced that its supporters have sent 10,000 e-mails to President Obama in support of Hagel’s nomination."

Nicholas Kristof writes Favorably of JVP in NY Times

On Thursday, in his NYTimes column, Nicholas Kristof, mentioned JVP favorably in his column about the Hagel nomination.
This is the third mainstream mention of JVP this week due to the Hagel nomination, including running this picture of the JVP-DC Metro chapter with a Roger Cohen column earlier this week, and a shout out in CQ: Roll Call, which is a inside-D.C. publication.
As Kristof, is likely to get pushback, let's give him our support in the Letters to the Editor section.
If as many of us as possible write letters to the editor in the next 48 hours they will be most likely to run some, and will for sure be paying attention to the proportion of letters in favor or against.  It's an easy way to reinforce and strengthen JVP's presence in the NYT Op-Ed section!
Some possible talking points for letters: 
  • Thank Kristof for being brave enough to take this issue on
  • Might Obama's nomination of Hagel is an indication that his administration is increasingly willing to take positions different from Israel's right-wing government?
  • That this nomination is a radical/controversial move is actually a rather sad reflection of the state of politics around Israel in this country
  • Gently point out that JVP's position was actually against the litmus test that mainstream Jewish groups were asserting of "unconditional" support for Israel. The position of Secretary of Defense should be based on qualifications for the job, not on support for Israel.
  • Many of us in the Jewish community want to see a just peace in Israel and Palestine, one based on equality, human rights, and democracy.  The outcome of this fight shows that politicians are beginning to understand that the Jewish community is split on Israel.
  • If you were one of the people who signed the email, you may want to include that in your letter.
Here are instructions for submitting letters from the NYTimes. Follow these conditions exactly to better the chances of your letter being published:

Letters for publication should be no longer than 150 words, must refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer's address and phone numbers. No attachments, please.

We regret we cannot return or acknowledge unpublished letters. Writers of those letters selected for publication will be notified within a week. Letters may be shortened for space requirements.

Send a letter to the editor by e-mailing or faxing (212) 556-3622.mentioned JVP favorably in his column about the Hagel nomination:

Iyad Burnat of
5 Broken Cameras
SoCal Tour

Iyad Burnat - 5 Broken Cameras

The Southern CA activist community is honored to host a leading Palestinian Peace Activist, Iyad Burnat from the village of Bil'in in the West Bank of occupied Palestine. Iyad's story is very much worth hearing and sharing. Bilin's story is a peaceful embodiment of the Palestinian struggle. Iyad is coming to us as part of a 3 month US tour. The feed back thus far has been very positive. 

Iyad and his family were the subject of the award winning documentary (JUST NOMINATED FOR OSCAR), "Five Broken Cameras". The video will be shown in Santa Anna on January 9th and Irvine on January 13th. 

Iyad Burnat is the head of the Bil'in Popular Committee and a leader in the village's non-violent popular resistance movement. Since 2005 citizens of Bil'in have held weekly demonstrations against the building of the Israeli annexation/apartheid wall through the community's agricultural lands, and the steady encroachment of illegal settlements. 

Please make every effort to make it to any of the scheduled events as well as help us by inviting your family members & friends. 

Iyad's SoCal Itinerary

Mon, Jan 14th Al-Awda San Diego 7pm, 2720 Loker Ave W Ste. J, Carlsbad, CA 92010, Tel: 760-918-9441 email:

Tue, Jan 15th Friends of Sabeel & Unitarian Church 7:30 pm, 511 S. Harbor Blv, Anaheim

Wed, Jan 16th Irvine United Congressional Church @ 7:30 pm 4915 Alton PKWY Irvine

Thurs, 17th 1:00 pm USC- SJP in Tutor Campus Center Rosen Family Screening Room.

Thurs, 17th 7:00 pm UCLA - SJP/JVP-LA Humanities Bldg. Room A51

Fri, Jan 18th Al-Awda OC / Shura Council @ 7pm email: Mazen Al-Moudad
Sat, Jan 19th Al-Awda Conejo Valley @ 5pm 4550 Tierra Rejada Rd, Moorpark email:

Sun, Jan 20th All Saint church @ 10:00 am 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena 

Michael Oren's Speaking at USC

But Not to Us!
Demonstration This Thursday 1/17/2013

Join Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine and BDS LA to say, no to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and ongoing illegal and unjust treatment of Palestinians.
1pm - Iyad Burnat of 5 Broken Cameras a 2012 Academy Award nominated documentary film co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi5 Broken Cameras is a first-hand account of the heroic struggle and non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.  Iyad Burnat is a key organizer of these protests. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, his brother, about their town, their family, their steadfast courage.    
3:30pm -American born Michael Oren, former Israeli Defense Forces soldier who participated in the wars with Lebanon and is now the Israeli Ambassador & Key Spokesperson in charge of re-shaping Israel’s image in the United States after it was condemned for its actions in 2009′s Gaza massacre, and accused of war crimes and potential crimes against humanity by Justice Richard Goldstone and has been condemned by more UN Human Rights Council resolutions than any other country in the world.
In recent years, Michael Oren has been met by demonstrations at most of his US appearances. We will gather in that tradition.
Come join us outside to deliver our message to him!
Michael Oren represents the Israeli government, which is responsible for:
  • An illegal and unjust occupation that denies the Palestinian people their right to self-determination.
  • Systemic policies denying the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza and inside Israel their basic civil and human rights.
  • Israeli military assaults on Gaza, which disproportionately and indiscriminately kill Palestinian civilians including women, and children and repeatedly and extensively damage Gaza’s infrastructure.
  • An announced plan to construct 3,000 homes in Area E1 of the West Bank that will make geographically impossible a contiguous, viable Palestinian state.
  • In April 2012, Michael Oren called CBS to try to get a story about Palestinian Christians pulled from “60 Minutes” before he even saw it because he thought it would be a “hatchet job.”

From Protest to Resistance:
How the US Solidarity Movement
Can Make a Difference

Jewish Voice for Peace-LA , Valley Socialists & 
Valley Greens Present

From Protest to Resistance:
How the US Solidarity Movement 
Can Make a Difference

Peace Center West - Monday Jan 21st - 7:00pm
Doors Open at 6:30pm)

3616 S. Sepulveda Blvd 
Culver City, 90230

Bet. Washington & Venice Blvd. on the East side of the Street
Parking in the Rear

Learn how we can use Boycotts, Divestment Campaigns and Social Media to effect CHANGE

Dalit Baum Ph.D., is a co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. As a feminist scholar and teacher, she teaches about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli universities. As a feminist/ queer activist, she has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democratization movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black.  Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.

Huda Bayaa is a Palestinian-American activist, blogger, and humanitarian. She is a board member of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund and most recently was involved in organizing a protest at the Friends of the IDF Gala in December, 2012. She will be discussing the role of social media in the Palestinian solidarity movement.

For More information:

Palestine & the United Nations

Palestine & the United Nations

A panel discussion about the significance of the "non-member state observer status" recently granted to Palestine by the UN General Assembly.

Panelists include Asli Bali, UCLA Law;
Steven Spiegel, UCLA Center for Middle East Development;
and UCLA Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala, who will also moderate the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, and the Center for Middle East Development.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
12:00 PM 
UCLA Bunche Hall, Room 6275
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For more information, visit

The Tortured
Stories of Survival

Screening & Discussion Panel

Facebook event page:
Panel Speakers include: 
Murad Amayreh, Filmmaker
Hector Aristizabal, Local Survivor/Activist
Steve Rohde, Attorney

For more information:
Yasmin Nouh
CAIR-LA, Communications Coordinator

2012: A Year of BDS Successes

Worldwide: From Glasgow to Cairo, Jerusalem to Olympia, activists tirelessly campaigned on behalf of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing human rights violations.

Here’s a look back at The Electronic Intifada’s coverage of the significant BDS victories of 2012:

Take Action

Public Eye "Worst Company of the Year Awards"

Occupation profiteer G4S has been nominated for the "worst company of the year" award by Public Eye.
G4S is target of a high-profile BDS campaign around the world.
You can read more about their record here:
There is a push to get as many votes as possible so G4S gets the title.
Please VOTE and help promote the page to your contacts by posting it on social media (FB, Twitter, etc) and disseminating the call through your institutional mailing list. 
It only takes a second (literally) to vote. The winner last year got around 20 000 votes, this is how much we need this year or more, every vote counts and your contribution is vital. 
Link to vote:

Take Action

Increase the Pressure to End Weapons to Israel in Obama’s Second Term

In less than two weeks, on Monday, January 21, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will coincide with the inauguration of President Barack Obama’s second term. 

What a great opportunity to remind our fellow citizens of King’s warnings of the moral and financial dangers of militarism and tie this in to our ongoing campaign to call on the president to end $30 billion of military aid to Israel and redirect that money to unmet community needs.

We’ve printed up these flyers to distribute during the inauguration along with postcards for people to sign calling on President Obama to cut off weapons to Israel.

Are you planning on being in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration? If so, then please sign up to volunteerto help us educate and organize people to end aid to Israel on January 21.

A similar version of this flyer was a huge hit at the dedication of the national MLK memorial in October 2011. Help us make a strong impact with this flyer on Inauguration Day as well by signing up to organize with us.

Organizing to end aid to Israel on January 21 is just one of many actions we’re planning to step up the pressure on President Obama to end aid to Israel in his second term. Stay tuned for our announcement of additional exciting plans next week.

In the meantime, please also make plans to join us the weekend before inauguration, onSaturday, January 19, at member group Progressive Democrats of America’s Progressive Central: The Peoples’ Inauguration. Also, be sure to join us that day for a rally and march organized by member group Jewish Voice for Peace-DC calling for “No Blank Check for Israel!

If you’re not able to make it to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, you can still educate and organize people in your community to end U.S. aid to Israel. Sign up today to receive a packet with all the organizing materials—postcards, flyers, stickers, posters, and more—you’ll need. 

When you sign up, you’ll be joining thousands of activists in all 50 states and more than1,100 cities in educating and organizing people to end weapons to Israel.

Thanks for taking action and we hope to see you in Washington, D.C. on January 21.



Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director

P.S.Since we launched a petition last month to the Obama administration calling for accountability for Israel’s killings of Palestinians in Gaza with U.S.-supplied F-16 fighter jets, nearly 15,000 people have signed.

Please help us reach our goal before Inauguration Day of 20,000 total signatures on our website petition and on by signing and spreading the word.

Boycott Sodastream & JVP
Get Great Shout Out from
Dave Zirin of The Nation

Sun 1/13/13 Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Dave Zirin of The Nation magazine

What you should Know:

Every Superbowl has a controversial ad and this year it is Sodastream!  Sodastream is manufacured in an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

Also gives a shout out to JVP-DC who along with Campaign to End the Occupation, WeDivest and Boycott Sodastream had a great demonstration
in DC on Sunday.  

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