People for Justice in Palestine: From justice, peace.

NO MEETING OCT. 7
PJP meets at 6:30 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, currently at the south area of the food court (near Sweets and Treats, toward the parking garage) of the Old Capitol Mall in downtown Iowa City. Please bring your dinner if you wish. Anyone who is in basic agreement with our mission statement is welcome.

$uggestion: Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to UNRWA (UN relief for Palestine refugees). More than $3,000,000,000 of U.S. tax money goes to support Israel every year. Offset your share with a donation to UNRWA.

Upcoming Events


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Save Gaza - Save Humanity

GAZA EMERGENCY: IOWA CITY RESPONDS

A Fundraising Event

FRIDAY at 6:30-8:30 pm
26 September 2014

From Mike Rasmusson on PJP's Facebook page:

Just wanted everyone to know what a great event it was tonight and to sincerely thank everyone for their generous support and help in making it all happen. All the cosponsors really helped to volunteer setup and cleanup afterwards and to spread the word throughout the community. The presentations, cello playing, and poetry reading were really special, AND WHAT A FEAST! Thank you all for your hard work! It was great to see everyone and really feel a sense of community from all of you.

The grand total donations far exceeded our expectations, but it will make a real difference to those in Gaza who really need it at this time. Iowa City and the local community can be very proud of the fact that they raised: $3410 for the American Friends of UNRWA for Gaza Relief (USA UNRWA) and $936 for the International Orthodox Christian Charities for Gaza Relief for a grand total of $4346. WOW! THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR YOUR KINDNESS and GENEROUSITY!!!

OLD BRICK CHURCH
26 East Market St.
Iowa City, Iowa
EVENT POSTER

The recent fighting has made things unimaginable. Whole families have been killed, over 2,100 mostly innocent civilians dead, half a million made homeless, schools and hospitals are overwhelmed with catastrophic numbers of refugees and the wounded. Gaza’s power and water infrastructure lie in ruins. The damages run into many billions of dollars.

Please join us for a special evening with Middle Eastern food and music. Proceeds will go directly to the American Friends of UN Relief and Works Agency for Gaza families (USA UNRWA) and International Orthodox Christian Charities for Gaza Relief Fund (IOCC). Donations to these 501(c)(3) nonprofits are tax deductible.

PLEASE RSVP with number of people attending by September 20th by email to: dinnergaza@gmail.com or by phone: 319-333-5231. This will help us plan food preparation.

Suggested donation: $20
($15 students, seniors, and low income, $10 children).

This event is sponsored by People for Justice in Palestine. Cosponsors: American Friends Service Committee, First Mennonite Church (Iowa City), Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Iowa City Friends Meeting, the Iowa United Nations Association, PEACE Iowa, Saint Raphael Orthodox Church, UI Amnesty International, UI Arab Student Association, the UI Center for Human Rights, UI Students for Human Rights, Veterans for Peace Chapters #161 and #169, and Zephyr Printing.

For more information, please contact Yaser at 319-333-5231. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend. all University of Iowa events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Yaser at 319-333-5231.


Proposed reading and discussion: "Two-State Illusion"


Time and place TBD. Watch this space for details.


ACTION ALERT: SODA-STREAM BOYCOTT

Supporters of the South African struggle against white apartheid played their part by campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions. We can play that role again.

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Attention: Local Retailers of SodaStream Products

  • BED, BATH AND BEYOND Coralville
  • BEST BUY, Coralville
  • HY VEE WATERFRONT, Iowa City
  • HY VEE FIRST AVENUE, Iowa City
  • JC PENNEY, Coralville
  • KOHLS, Coralville
  • STAPLES, Iowa City
  • TARGET, Coralville
  • WALMART, Coralville
  • WALMART, Iowa City
  • YOUNKERS, Coralville

    WE THE UNDERSIGNED, as customers of one or more of the above-listed stores, ask you to stop carrying SodaStream products. SodaStream produces home beverage carbonation machines that are manufactured in the Mishor Edomim industrial park, near the illegal colony of Ma'ale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

    We object to trade with illegal Israeli settlements because the forcible confiscation and settlement of occupied territories as in Ma'ale Adumim is prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49. Moreover, the rapid expansion of Ma'ale Adumim in particular threatens to slice up the West Bank and make a viable Palestinian state impossible, defeating the chance of justice and peace in the two-state territorial compromise endorsed by the U.S.

    Company defenders say that it employs Palestinians and brings many economic benefits to the area, but taxes from the plant go to the illegal settlement. Palestinians live under a brutal and repressive military occupation in conditions of high unemployment and are forced to find work wherever they can. Palestinian workers at SodaStream get just half the minimum wage and are subject to a “permit” system, which means immediate dismissal if they complain about the harsh working conditions at the SodaStream plant. SodaStream workers do not receive the rights to which they are entitled under Israeli labor law.

    For these reasons, there is a large and growing movement to boycott SosdaStream. This movement has been endorsed by a coalition of faith-based and peace and justice organizations, such as the United Methodist Kairos Response and Holy Land Task Force, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and Unitarian-Universalists for Justice in the Middle East.

    In recognition of the desire of retailers to meet customer demand for products like those produced by SodaStream, we ask you to consider a wide range of alternatives that are currently on the market in the U.S. Some of these are listed on the following website: www.globalexchange.org/economicactivism/sodastream/alternatives. For more information on the SodaStream Boycott, see the website of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

    Thank you for your prompt consideration of our concerns.

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    References:

  • For more information about the labor law violations, see this new report by the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace.
  • For more information on alternatives to SodaStream's products, see the Global Exchange website mentioned above.
  • For more information on the SodaStream Boycott, see the website of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

    NOTE: This is not an official action by PJP, but an invitation to our friends to act on their own consciences.

    Samsung refrigerators, and Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, and Country Time drink mixes are now being advertised as partners with SodaStream. It may be effective for consumers to ask these companies to consider partnering with companies whose human rights practices are more in accord with our values.


    UNRWA graphic Do something now. Nothing too taxing.

    In 2011, the average U.S. taxpayer gave Israel $21.59 for weapons. That adds up to three billion dollars a year to kill the hope of peace for Israel and Palestine.

    With April 15--tax time--coming up, you might like to offset that amount by making a tax-deductible donation to UNRWA (UN relief for Palestine refugees) With a $20 donation to UNRWA--less than what you're paying for Israeli weapons--you will protect a Palestinian refugee child from disease. With any donation to any group or organization working for peace and justice, you'll be un-doing some of the harm that our government does with your tax money. Please consider it.

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