The social, political, and environmental practices of the Israeli government have inspired us to call for a boycott of all Israeli products, as a step toward justice for the Palestinians and Israelis, following a path of nonviolent resistance that led to an end of Jim Crow laws, ended violations of farm workers' rights, and ended apartheid in South Africa.

We act locally to promote a boycott of products imported from Israel and the occupied territories until Israel stops violating international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people.

Col. Ann Wright to speak Nov. 1st, at QUUF, Port Townsend

October 19, 2010 Comments off

Ann Wright, USA (ret.) Colonel and former Foreign Service officer, will speak on “How US Policy Fosters Insecurity in the Middle East”.  Her presentation will also include information about the U.S. boat to Gaza as part of an upcoming international aid flotilla.  Col. Wright’s presentation will be held at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Monday, November 1.

Col. Wright, with degrees in both law and national security affairs, served 13 years in the US Army and 16 additional years in the Army Reserves. She was an officer in the Foreign Service from 1987 until 2003. Col. Wright received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone. She was part of the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and reopen the Embassy there in December 2001.

On March 19, 2003, the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that she could not support the invasion without the authorization of the UN Security Council. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She has traveled to Iran and Afghanistan as a citizen diplomat, has made three trips to Gaza, was a key organizer of the 2009 Gaza Freedom March, and was one of 14 US citizens on the Gaza Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli commandos in May 2010. Ann Wright is coauthor of Dissent, Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq.

Col. Wright’s Port Townsend speech is part of her Pacific Northwest tour. The Port Townsend event is hosted by Veterans for Peace North Olympic Peninsula Chapter 139, Jefferson County BDS, Teen Peace Project, Code Pink Washington, the Port Townsend Peace Movement, and Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

The presentation is free; donations for the U.S. boat to Gaza are welcomed.  Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend. Doors open at 6:30; the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

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Monday Protest in Seattle

October 17, 2010 Comments off

What: Protest for Justice & Peace in Palestine

When: 6 PM, Monday, October18, 2010
Where: Benaroya Hall, 3rd & University in downtown Seattle

Please join members of Greater Seattle Veterans for Peace and Voices of Palestine at Benaroya Hall on October 18 from 6 PM until 7:15 PM as we protest the violation of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the Palestinian campaign for “broad boycotts … against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”

That evening Benaroya Hall will host the Israeli government-sponsored Beta Dance Troupe. The group’s visit to Seattle is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.
The Beta Dance Troupe hails from Haifa, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948. As noted at “Out of the 61,000 Palestinian Arabs who used to call Haifa home, only 3,566 Palestinians were allowed to stay. The remaining population were in constant fear on their lives and properties
The Beta Dance Troupe’s appearance in Seattle is consistent with the “Brand Israel” campaign, a cynical attempt to rehabilitate Israel’s public image in the aftermath of it’s repeated high-profile war crimes and other ongoing human rights violations. We will protest in honor of the Palestinian boycott campaigns and to do our part to thwart the re-packaging of apartheid Israel.
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Food Co-op Rejects Boycott Proposal – and we go on

September 23, 2010 Comments off

In a sometimes heated meeting on September 21st, the board of directors rejected the proposed boycott of Israel on the grounds of it being inconsistent with co-op policy. In doing so, they brushed aside the petition by 361 members, and can probably expect to hear from many of them.

So, do we stop our effort? NO WAY!

We’re already working on our next BDS activity.

Meanwhile, watch Linda Frank and Kit Kittredge being interviewed about what brought them to this issue. They’re speaking on PTTV with interviewer Jim Rough, who later facilitated a panel discussion.

Tuesday, September 21st. 6pm at the QUUF.

September 17, 2010 Comments off

After a bit more than two months of consideration, the Board of Directors of the Port Townsend Food Co-op will meet on Tuesday, Sept 21, at the Quimper Universalist Unitarian Fellowship (on 2333 San Juan Ave.), at 6 P.M.

Following public comments, the Food Co-op Board is scheduled to discuss and then vote on the boycott proposal. According to the co-op website, starting at 6:15 P.M. co-op members will be allowed 2 to 3 minutes each to speak about the proposal; it is not clear whether other community members or interested parties will also be permitted to speak.

Please be there. Consider speaking in support of truth and justice, as you see it.

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Request from Besieged Gaza

September 17, 2010 Comments off

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this story. What do you see?

With bullhorns and flags and block-letter signs, Gaza farmers ask that we boycott Israel so they can go back to their farms and houses, and no longer suffer attacks.

L.A. lauches Israel Divestment campaign

September 11, 2010 Comments off

Los Angeles Launches Nation’s First Israel Divestment Campaign also has a link to an interview with Jonathan Ben Artzi, an Israeli peace activist who is also Netanyahu’s nephew, from the Christian Science Monitor.  Mr. Ben Artzi supports the BDS campaign. It is a particular joy to see the endorsements page grow.

Ali Abunimah Lecture in Olympia

September 10, 2010 Comments off

Wow, those OlympiaBDS people have got their act together! Ali Abunimah spoke in Olympia the day after he did here, but they’ve already got the video online – both for the lecture and the Q&A session.

If you don’t happen to have a lot of time, here’s a 3-minute outtake:

Three cheers for the Olympia people – and go, watch.

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