Gaza Crisis: Act Now!!

Posted by admin on July 15, 2014 under CCDS Today, Militarism, Palestine/Israel | Be the First to Comment


Dear CCDS members and friends,

The CCDS Peace and Solidarity committee recommends the following concerning the ongoing horrific, criminal Israeli bombing of Palestine:

1) join or help organize one of the many local protests in the coming period,

2) call your Senator to oppose S. Res. 498 introduced by Lindsey Graham, which justifies the Israeli bombing as self defense,

3) lobby your congressperson to say, "No US aid to Israel,"  the billions of dollars are needed for jobs, healthcare and education at home, not killing Palestinians;

4) support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (CCDS resolution at 2013 national convention)

5) those wishing to donate funds to aid the Palestinian refugees may check out the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) which is calling on Israel to stop attacks on Palestinian civilians and civilian infrastructure. 47 UNRWA buidings have been damaged by Israeli airstrikes.

6) keep up-to-date by visiting the website of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation,

Below is an appeal direct from Palestine:


We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

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CCDS Supports Palestine Statehood at United Nations

Posted by admin on August 12, 2011 under CCDS Today, Palestine/Israel | Be the First to Comment


Since its founding, CCDS has consistently supported the struggle of the Palestinian people for peace, justice and equality.  Recognizing that the US and Israel are partners in the repression of the Palestinians, the CCDS national convention in 2009 passed a resolution calling for no US aid to Israel and for joining efforts to make that demand on Congress.  Since then, CCDS has endorsed the march on Gaza and the Gaza flotilla as ways to end the siege.

As the Arab Spring swept across the region in 2011, Fatah and Hamas reached agreement for cooperation, a major step in strengthening the unity and effectiveness of the Palestinian resistance.  As a result, this September the Palestinians plan to apply for admission to the United Nations as an independent state based on the 1967 borders.  These borders have been repeatedly recognized by the UN starting with Resolution 242 passed in 1967 .  This request is expected to have widespread support in the General Assembly, which has passed many resolutions over the years for equal treatment for Palestine.  A highly publicized discussion is anticipated, a major opportunity for education on the situation in the Middle East and chance for Palestinians to present their case.  Israel and the United States are fiercely opposed, claiming that it is a unilateral effort which would derail US sponsored peace talks.  These negotiations, however, have gone nowhere as Israel does not take them seriously and the US refuses to pressure Israel to stop new settlements in the occupied territories.

We recognize that a US veto may well prevent the UN resolution from being implemented.  But we also know that many nations in Europe and elsewhere will support the resolution and thus expose further the denial of basic human rights and statehood to the Palestinian people.

Palestine’s admission to the UN would not immediately change the facts on the ground and would only be one more step in a long hard struggle for justice.  However, it would be a significant victory for the Palestinian people and strengthen their political position and goal of self determination.  Consequently, CCDS endorses this effort at the UN for Palestinian self determination, urges the US to vote in favor and strongly opposes any US action to cast a veto in the Security Council.  We urge CCDS members and progressives to sign the petition found  CCDS will continue to work for peace and justice overseas and at home, and a fair settlement of the conflict in the Middle East is an important and necessary part of creating a better world for everyone.

US Left Should Support Palestinian Statehood Acknowledgment

Posted by admin on July 18, 2011 under Antiwar, Palestine/Israel | 12 Comments to Read

Dear CCDS Colleagues:

The newspaper column below, although there was no reason for me to mention it in the column, is also a serious criticism of CCDS’ myopia on this issue.


Labor Paeans—July/August 2011

by Ira Grupper

(Published by FORsooth, newspaper of Louisville, Kentucky FOR [Fellowship of Reconciliation] )

US left should support Palestinian acknowledgment

There have been two recent developments around the Israeli-Palestinian situation.  Peace in the world affects the U.S. labor movement, so this Labor Paeans will concentrate on it.

The NYTimes reported (May 5):

“(Hamas and the Palestinian Authority) signed a historic reconciliation accord…vowing common cause against Israeli occupation..”

The next day, Hamas leader Khaled Mishal, issued a statement implicitly accepting a Palestinian state, alongside Israel, and demarcated by the 1967 border.

So, we now have every viable organization in the occupied territories all in consensus in accepting the 1967 border as an approach to resolving this conflict. This includes Fatah, Palestinian Peoples Party, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

I have a dear friend, Yossi Khen, who was born and raised in Israel.  He was a sergeant in the Israeli army (IDF) in 1973 when he publicly stated his refusal to serve in the Occupied Territories (West Bank and Gaza).  He refused to pick up arms against his Semitic cousins, the Palestinians, and spent time in an Israeli military jail as a result.

Yossi left Israel and moved to the United States.  We met in the 1980’s, while we were both active in New Jewish Agenda (NJA), an amazing group of 5,000 U.S. and Canadian Jews calling for a state of Palestine, next to the state of Israel, both with secure and recognized boundaries.  NJA closed shop in 1993.

Well, Yossi, along with Los Angeses area Jewish peace activists Jeff Warner and Estee Chandler. recently circulated a petition (link:

“We urge the United States Government to join the international community in recognizing Palestine alongside Israel on the 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem.

“…The peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine have been deadlocked for many years. They have failed to reach any substantial agreements. Meanwhile Israel has expanded its settlements that effectively appropriate 40% of West Bank land slated for a Palestinian state.

“The Palestinian Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority (PLO/PA) accepted the existence of the state of Israel in 1988, and has stated many times they are ready to accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines (the “Green Line” of the 1949 Armistice agreement brokered by the United States).

“Recognition of Palestine on the 1967 border will jump-start, not negate, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Negotiations will be needed to assure an orderly end of the occupation and to arrange thousands of issues of mutual concern including, but not limited to, land swaps, access to religious sites in the old city of Jerusalem, and water resources.

“We urge the United States to honor the democratic movement that gave rise to the Arab Spring, and support the Palestinian request for statehood in the United Nations.”

How do liberal and left U.S. groups respond to these monumental events? J Street calls itself:

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