New Law Shows Dangers of US-Israel Special Relationship

US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012

President Obama recently signed the US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 passed by Congress. Here’s what you need to know about the Act and the US-Israel “special relationship.”

  • Commits the US to provide more military aid and weapons to Israel to help maintain its “Qualitative military edge” meaning US military aid to Israel will probably increase from $3 billion/ year to $4 billion/ year.
  • Arms Israel with in-flight refueling tanker planes and buster bunker bombs needed to attack Iran.

US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012

President Obama recently signed the US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 passed by Congress. Here’s what you need to know about the Act and the US-Israel “special relationship.”

  • Commits the US to provide more military aid and weapons to Israel to help maintain its “Qualitative military edge” meaning US military aid to Israel will probably increase from $3 billion/ year to $4 billion/ year.
  • Arms Israel with in-flight refueling tanker planes and buster bunker bombs needed to attack Iran.
  • Stands in the way of the US withholding military aid to Israel to pressuring Israel to freeze settlements and make peace.
  • Reflects the power and influence of a foreign government’s lobby (lead by AIPAC) in Washington DC and how the independence of US foreign policy has been compromised.
  • One quarter of US military aid to Israel (unlike aid to any other nation) is transferred directly from the US taxpayer to Israel to be spent on its own military industrial complex.  Currently,  $750 million a year is transferred to Israel in this way; it will probably increase to $1 billion per year under this act.  Thus, money we desperately need here at home to stimulate our economy is being siphoned off to benefit another country’s economy.

Learn More at:

www.aidtoisrael.org

www.stop30billion.org

www.endtheccupation.org

60 Minutes Reports on Plight of Palestinian Christians

The 60 Minutes story “Christians in the Holyland” by Bob Simon aired on Sunday April 22nd finally broke the Main Stream Media’s silence on the plight of Palestinian Christians under Israeli Occupation.  Tellingly,  the Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren objected to the story before it was even aired or anyone had seen it.  Why do the Israelis not want Americans to hear about Christians in the Holyland?  Because they are Palestinian Arab Christians and they are suffering under Israeli rule.  Listen to the voices of the Palestinian Christians.

 

Please Watch and Share

60 Minutes “Christians in the Holyland”

More Resources…

Kairos Palestine Document, Palestinian Christians Call for End of the Occupation

972Mag’s “Palestinian Christians Protest Permit Regime during Palm Sundays” from 2013: http://972mag.com/photos-palestinian-christians-protest-permit-regime-during-palm-sunday-procession/68188/

Easter Message (April 19, 2014) from Jean Zaru, Palestinian Quaker and clerk of the Ramallah Friends Meeting: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/579948/30a0e9c587/283190417/dc3864bda6/

Learn More about Palestinian Christians: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_Christians

Updated April 20, 2014.

 

Palestinian Film & Cultural Festival, SUN April 15th

PALESTINIAN FILM & CULTURAL FESTIVAL

MOVIE: Miral

SUN April 15th, 5:30PM

Conundrum Music Hall

626 Meeting St.  West Columbia, SC

From Academy Award® nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), and based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel, Miral is the story of a Palestinian girl coming of age amidst the war zone of the Israeli-Arab conflict — unflinchingly told through the perspective of Miral (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) herself.  FREE.

RSVP/Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/412441612103090/

ALSO on SUN April 15th…

Cultural Festival @3:30PM

Matinee Movie “Frontier of Fears & Dreams” @ 2:30PM

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center, Jo Prostko and Charlie Fritz

Read More for More Details

PALESTINIAN FILM & CULTURAL FESTIVAL

MOVIE: Miral

SUN April 15th, 5:30PM

Conundrum Music Hall

626 Meeting St.  West Columbia, SC

From Academy Award® nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), and based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel, Miral is the story of a Palestinian girl coming of age amidst the war zone of the Israeli-Arab conflict — unflinchingly told through the perspective of Miral (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) herself.  FREE.

RSVP/Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/412441612103090/

ALSO on SUN April 15th…

Cultural Festival @3:30PM

Matinee Movie “Frontier of Fears & Dreams” @ 2:30PM

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center, Jo Prostko and Charlie Fritz

Read More for More Details

 


2:30 Movie – Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
http://archive.itvs.org/frontiers/

Offering a rare glimpse into one side of the Middle East conflict, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears explores the lives of a group of Palestinian children growing up in refugee camps. The film reveals their lives and dreams and their growing relationship, at first through email, then culminating in their dramatic meeting at the fence that separates them at the Lebanese/Israeli border.

3:30 Cultural festival
Middle Eastern food, coffee, deserts
Hummos Making Demo and free tasting!
Photographic Art Show
Hookah lounge
Bedouin Tent
Traditional dance
…..and much much more!

5:30 Movie – Miral (PG 13)
http://www.miralmovie.com/

From Academy Award® nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), and based on the acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel, Miral is the story of a Palestinian girl coming of age amidst the war zone of the Israeli-Arab conflict — unflinchingly told through the perspective of Miral (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) herself.

 

 

Pushback AIPAC this March: Take Action!

Pushback AIPAC

AIPAC (the America Israel Public Affairs Committee), a powerful lobby in DC, is meeting in Washington DC the first week in March. With connections to big money, AIPAC is able to buy US foreign policy on behalf of a foreign government and our politicians in Congress are only too happy to sell … with disastrous consequences.  AIPAC is Exhibit A  on the harmful influence of money on our political system.

What is AIPAC’s agenda? Military intervention in Iran, continued $3 billion per year in military aid to Israel at the expense of the US taxpayer, and shielding Israel from any pressure or accountability for Israeli  settlement-building and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

NO WAR on IRAN!  PEACE in PALESTINE/ISRAEL

Help us Mikecheck AIPAC!

Take Action:

Take One or All of these actions.

1. 1. Say No to War with Iran: Send a quick message to your Senators  in opposition to Senate Resolution 380 which would pave the way for military intervention in Iran.

(EASIEST) TAKE ACTION: http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=61041011

CLICK “Read More” for more actions.

Pushback AIPAC

AIPAC (the America Israel Public Affairs Committee), a powerful lobby in DC, is meeting in Washington DC the first week in March. With connections to big money, AIPAC is able to buy US foreign policy on behalf of a foreign government and our politicians in Congress are only too happy to sell … with disastrous consequences.  AIPAC is Exhibit A  on the harmful influence of money on our political system.

What is AIPAC’s agenda? Military intervention in Iran, continued $3 billion per year in military aid to Israel at the expense of the US taxpayer, and shielding Israel from any pressure or accountability for Israeli  settlement-building and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

NO WAR on IRAN!  PEACE in PALESTINE/ISRAEL

Help us Mikecheck AIPAC!

Take Action:

Take One or All of these actions.

1. 1. Say No to War with Iran: Send a quick message to your Senators  in opposition to Senate Resolution 380 which would pave the way for military intervention in Iran.

(EASIEST) TAKE ACTION: http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=61041011

CLICK “Read More” for more actions.

 

2. 2. Spread the Word: Post about AIPAC and the Occupy AIPAC actions on Facebook.  Educate your friends and the general public about AIPAC.  Check www.occupyaipac.org for plenty of info.

 

3. 3. Write a Letter to the Editor/ Op-Ed Piece to your local newspaper expressing your concerns about AIPAC’s agenda and its undue influence on our foreign policy.  Be sure to mention your Congressman’s position.  Contact Carolina Peace is you are willing to put your name to an such a letter/article:  info @ Carolinapeace.org   SUBJECT  “Pushback AIPAC”

(MOST EFFECTIVE)

 

4. 4. Write a Hand-written letter to your Congressman’s local office expressing your concerns about AIPAC’s agenda and influence on Congress.  Find out what positions your Senators and Representatives have taken on Israel/Palestine with this Report Card from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=398 Praise or criticize them accordingly.  Contact Carolina Peace for “talking points” and more guidance.  info @ Carolinapeace.org   SUBJECT  “Pushback AIPAC”

 

5. 5. Email/call your Congressman’s office and express your concerns about  AIPAC’s Agenda.

 

6. 6. Meet with Congressman’s local office and express your concerns about  AIPAC’s Agenda.  Carolina Peace will help you connect with other nearby constituents who can go with you in a small group to meet with your local Congressman’s office.

CONTACT Carolina Peace for guidance and assistance.  Report your good work so we keep track of how effective “Pushback AIPAC” is.

info @ carolinapeace.org  SUBJECT “Pushback AIPAC” or Peaceline (803) 216-1448 (Leave message)

 

More on AIPAC’s Agenda:

1. Military intervention/war with Iran over its nuclear program.  Read more about “AIPAC and the Push Toward War” In this article from the Atlantic Monthly.  http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/02/aipac-and-the-push-toward-war/253358/

 

2. Continued $3 billion per year in military aid to Israel. One quarter of this money is a direct transfer from US taxpayers to the Israel’s economy.  Meanwhile, we  desperately need to bring that money home and use it to balance our budget and shore up America’s economy.  South Carolina taxpayers  bill for Israeli military aid?  $222 million over 10 years.   More info including how much your city, congressional district in paying for military aid to Israel: www.aidtoisrael.org

 

3. Shielding Israel from any pressure or accountability for Israeli settlement-building and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have criticized Israeli policy in the West Bank as apartheid. The US has long criticized Israeli settlement building, but there have been no consequences for Israel and the colonization presses on unabated. The US continues to arm Israel despite its human rights record in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. Israel’s settlement-building and human rights abuses are the chief obstacle to Mideast Peace.  Amnesty’s Report: http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/israel-occupied-palestinian-territories/report-2011

 

SUN Feb 26, Against the Wall: the Art of Resistance in Palestine

William Parry, Photographer & Author presents


“Against the Wall: the Art of Resistance in Palestine”

SUN Feb 26th, 7PM Talk & Slideshow

6PM Peace Potluck.  Vegetarian dishes.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

2701 Heyward St


Talk and slideshow about graffitti art on the Separation Barrier in the West Bank, with special focus on Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto project in 2007.


Books will be available for sale and booksigning after talk.


RSVP/Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318932451490901/


Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

 

“Eyewitness Gaza” Movie SUN Jan 22nd

 

“Eyewitness Gaza” Movie Screening & Discussion

SUN Jan  22nd, 3PM

Conundrum Music Hall

626 Meeting St.

West Columbia, SC

http://conundrum.us/

Free to the public.  Donations appreciated.

Running Time: 60 minutes.

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

RSVP/Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/230140780396434/

A new documentary movie about Gaza thru the photography of Skip Schiel. Between 2004 and 2010 he visited Gaza five times, shortly before and after Operation Cast Lead, the unrelenting Israeli assault on a virtually defenseless people trapped in the Strip and under siege since 2006…

 

“Eyewitness Gaza” Movie Screening & Discussion

SUN Jan  22nd, 3PM

Conundrum Music Hall

626 Meeting St.

West Columbia, SC

http://conundrum.us/

Free to the public.  Donations appreciated.

Running Time: 60 minutes.

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

RSVP/Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/230140780396434/

A new documentary movie about Gaza thru the photography of Skip Schiel. Between 2004 and 2010 he visited Gaza five times, shortly before and after Operation Cast Lead, the unrelenting Israeli assault on a virtually defenseless people trapped in the Strip and under siege since 2006…

Because Israel justifies its ongoing attacks by citing the rockets fired by Gazan militants into Israeli civilian areas (Schiel opposes any attacks on civilians, and generally any use of violence by any party for any reason, an element of his Quaker and Christian beliefs), Schiel visited one of those towns, Sderot. less than 1 mile from Gaza. During two recent trips he has gained first-hand experience of life among Israelis, assessed trauma, and supported Israelis who contest some Israeli policies.

Directed by Tom Jackson of Joe Public Films, the 60 minute movie strives to open eyes and hearts to the reality of life in occupied Palestine. We dedicate our movie to the youth of Gaza, infancy to young adulthood, in hopes that they will soon experience,freedom, peace with justice, and the reality of “All we want is to be ordinary,” in the words of Mahmoud Darwish.

Movie website: http://eyewitnessgaza.net/index.php

 

Birmingham to Bethlehem: Israel/Palestine Conference in ATL, Nov 10-12

 

Friends of Sabeel Conference

From Birmingham to Bethlehem:

the Power of Nonviolence in the US and Palestine-Israel

THURS Nov 10-SAT Nov 12th

Trinity Presbyterian Church

3003 Howell Mill Road NW

Atlanta, GA 30327

Featuring Rev. Naim Ateek, Anna Baltzer, Mark Braverman and more!

http://www.fosna.org/content/atlanta-conference-nov-10-12-2011

Carolina Peace would like to sponsor some folks from South Carolina to attend this conference.

Please contact us at info@carolinapeace.org or 803-216-1448 if you would like to attend.

 

 

Josh Ruebner Teach-In FRI Nov 4, Debate THURS Nov 3rd

TEACH-IN: Military Aid to Israel: Can South Carolina Afford It?

with Josh Ruebner

FRI Nov 4th, 11AM

Statehouse Steps (Main & Gervais side)

Half-hour Teach-In to Occupy Columbia with Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, www.endtheoccupation.org.

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

Also:

DEBATE: Should Israel withdraw to Pre-1967 Borders?

THURS Nov 3rd 7pm

USC, Rutledge Chapel

with

Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation(www.endtheoccupation.org), and William K. Langfan, USC Alumnus and Board of Directors, Freeman Center for Strategic Studies (www.freeman.org). Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by The Euphradian Soceity and the Jewish Studies Program (USC).