Women Challenge US Policy in the Middle East

Women Challenge US Policy

WILPF's Middle East Action Committee will examine the role of U.S. policy in the dynamics of current conflicts. It will educate communities to policy dimensions seldom discussed regarding Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. What economic interests underlie the power struggles in the region? What U.S. policy changes will end violence and promote justice? The Action Committee will work to bridge gaps, engage diverse groups in developing a women's vision for U.S. foreign policy, and join with women in the region to claim U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325's promise that women's active participation can bring peaceful, democratic resolution to the conflicts.

New WILPF DVD Series Exposes Palestinian Situation: Do you want to learn more about how the U.S. supports Israel? A new, original DVD series is available from the Western Asia Study and Action Group (part of WILPF's Cape Cod Branch.) Hear first-hand what life in occupied Palestine is really like, the real role of the U.S., learn about the plight of children in this region, listen to the words of Rachel Corrie and Howard Zinn, and much, much more. Begun as part of WILPF's "Women Challenge U.S. Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East" campaign, this study group researched the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Members wanted to take what they'd learned to the wider community, and produced this excellent seven-DVD collection. Funding was provided by WILPF and the Social Justice Ministry of First Parish Brewster.

You can purchase each DVD separately for $10 or the entire collection for only $50. Checks should be made out to: "West Asia" and mailed to: Western Asia Study and Action Group, P.O. Box 668, N. Eastham MA 02651-0668.

Download series brochure in .pdf format here.

Download WILPF's Statement on Human Rights Responsibilities in Gaza here.

Feminist Action Guide To Challenging U.S. Policy
The WCUSP Feminist Action Guide to Challenging US Policy in the Middle East is a 165 page tool for forming a study group or embarking on independent study as an individual, and is complete with original source material, articles, maps and steps to take action. The Feminist Action Guide will serve as a launchpad for future action to challenge U.S. Policy in the Middle East. 

June 10th: A Call To Action

june17 stickerThe Women's International League is joining with the US Campaign to End the Occupation and United for Peace and Justice in mobilizing for a historic demonstration on June 10th, 2007. WILPF members are encouraged to seize this opportunity and gather with US peace and justice activists to unite in our efforts to challenge and change U.S. policy in the Middle East. In WILPF's tradition of promoting policies that move us closer to our mission of world peace and global equality, our goal is to challenge the neo-conservative agenda and to offer the seeds for an alternative U.S. foreign policy on the Middle East. At the core of the unresolved conflict in the Middle East is the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.We see this demonstration as an opportunity to unite with our allies, and assert our position of peace built on justice to U.S. Congress, the President and the rest of the nation.

Women's Vision:An Alternative, Feminist US Policy on the Middle East

Get involved in WCUSP! Organize a Feminist Roundtable!

tookit
download the entire toolkit here !

Contact the WCUSP Leadership Team for more information or to request a toolkit
Kate Zaidan, Program Coordinator
kzaidan@wilpf.org
215-563-7110
www.wilpf.org

The "Women Challenge US Policy, Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East," [WCUSP] national campaign of WILPF invites branches to participate in our project "Women's Vision: A Feminist US Policy on the Middle East."

International Women's Day Action: Release Palestinian Children, Women and Seniors from Israeli prisons!

URGENT ACTION 

CALL THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, 202-647-4000

"Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, peace, and justice in the world" --U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Freedom for children, women and the elderly

Intervene to End Israeli Apartheid!

Purchase copies of former President Jimmy Carter’s newest book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, for personal reading and group discussion.

http://tinyurl.com/yzkqg7

President Jimmy Carter has taken a courageous and historic step in adding his voice to the collective demands that Palestinians, especially Palestinian women, have been voicing for years.

A Call to International actions against the siege on Gaza


Stop the Siege! Stop the War!

A month of protest: November 4 – December 2, 2006

Aliyah Strauss On Uprising Radio

Aliyah Strauss, Chair of the Israel section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, long-time member of Women in Black, performer with The Raging Grannies in Israel is interviewed on Uprising Radio. Aliyah speaks here on the recent war in Lebanon as well Israel's brutal incursions in Gaza this summer.

click here to listen 

‘Never Again’ Does Not Mean ‘An Eye For An Eye’

By Lucinda Marshall

18 August,2006
Countercurrents.org

My family is Jewish. When I was growing up, we were taught to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly. The lessons of the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist were drummed into us. Never again, we said.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Denounces Escalation of Military Aggression in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom deplores the escalation of violence in Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially Gaza, and in Israel.

We condemn the targeting of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure by all parties and, in particular, the excessive disproportionate military retaliation by Israel as violations of international law.

WILPF condemns Israel's use of Collective Punishment and Illegal Detention

29 June 2006

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section calls upon the US government to unequivocally condemn Israeli use of collective punishment and illegal detention.

Understanding US Policy

Thoughts on Mearsheimer

WCUSP has followed the debate created by the publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's "The Israel Lobby" study. WCUSP leadership team member Libby Frank articulates four main problems with Mearsheimer and Walt's "The Israel Lobby" study in her response, "Confusing the Issue: Mearsheimer & Walt's 'The Israel Lobby.'" While Ms. Frank's paper should be viewed as her own work, it does reflect US WILPF's goal of exposing the root causes of oppression and our challenge to US policy on Israel / Palestine.

Myth and Reality: Jewish Influence on US Middle East Policy

In working for a just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, we constantly bump into the fact that the powerful party is the state of one of history’s most oppressed groups. Some get frustrated by always having to address anti-Semitism while working toward a just resolution to the plight of the Palestinians. But we’re kidding ourselves if we believe for a moment that anti-Semitism is not an integral part of the problem. It is that history which creates the fear and anger that drive many Israeli policies. And if we fail to recognize the leg (pdf) itimate fear that history has instilled in the Jewish people, we fail before we start. When dealing with the question of US support for Israel’s occupation, this awareness is especially critical.

Download the pdf here ...

Bibliography of Books, Media, and Websites

Recommended by the Leadership Team of “Women Challenge US Policy” Campaign

Books: History of the Region

American Friends Service Committee. When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. AFSC, 2004. Report of International Quaker Working Party on the region, peacemaking efforts, and recommendations for US policy.

U.N. Resolutions and Maps

Map of Apartheid Wall


FOLLOWING ARE U.N. RESOLUTIONS FREQUENTLY CITED

Two Occupations, Same Goal, Similar Characteristics

August 11, 2005
Rachell Marshall
WILPF National Congress

A year ago last spring, during the same week that Israeli forces were attacking a Gaza refugee camp, bulldozing buildings, ripping up water pipes and power lines, and killing civilians, American forces were laying siege to Iraqi cities. The tanks and helicopter gun ships were identical. The rubble left by the bombs looked the same whether it was in Rafah or Karbala. The faces of Iraqis and Palestinians mourning their dead showed the same grief. Last may there was a front page article in the Times describing a U.S. bombing attack on an Iraqi village the day before that had killed 45 people while they were celebrating a wedding. Next to it was a picture of a man standing in the ruins of a house in Gaza holding his dead child in his arms. The child and several others were killed when an Israeli tank fired into a crowded street. The picture fit both news stories.

Women Challenge US Policy -Action Alerts

June 10th: A Call To Action

june17 stickerThe Women's International League is joining with the US Campaign to End the Occupation and United for Peace and Justice in mobilizing for a historic demonstration on June 10th, 2007. WILPF members are encouraged to seize this opportunity and gather with US peace and justice activists to unite in our efforts to challenge and change U.S. policy in the Middle East. In WILPF's tradition of promoting policies that move us closer to our mission of world peace and global equality, our goal is to challenge the neo-conservative agenda and to offer the seeds for an alternative U.S. foreign policy on the Middle East. At the core of the unresolved conflict in the Middle East is the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.We see this demonstration as an opportunity to unite with our allies, and assert our position of peace built on justice to U.S. Congress, the President and the rest of the nation.

Women's Vision:An Alternative, Feminist US Policy on the Middle East

Get involved in WCUSP! Organize a Feminist Roundtable!

tookit
download the entire toolkit here !

Contact the WCUSP Leadership Team for more information or to request a toolkit
Kate Zaidan, Program Coordinator
kzaidan@wilpf.org
215-563-7110
www.wilpf.org

The "Women Challenge US Policy, Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East," [WCUSP] national campaign of WILPF invites branches to participate in our project "Women's Vision: A Feminist US Policy on the Middle East."

International Women's Day Action: Release Palestinian Children, Women and Seniors from Israeli prisons!

URGENT ACTION 

CALL THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, 202-647-4000

"Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, peace, and justice in the world" --U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Freedom for children, women and the elderly

Intervene to End Israeli Apartheid!

Purchase copies of former President Jimmy Carter’s newest book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, for personal reading and group discussion.

http://tinyurl.com/yzkqg7

President Jimmy Carter has taken a courageous and historic step in adding his voice to the collective demands that Palestinians, especially Palestinian women, have been voicing for years.

A Call to International actions against the siege on Gaza


Stop the Siege! Stop the War!

A month of protest: November 4 – December 2, 2006

Aliyah Strauss On Uprising Radio

Aliyah Strauss, Chair of the Israel section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, long-time member of Women in Black, performer with The Raging Grannies in Israel is interviewed on Uprising Radio. Aliyah speaks here on the recent war in Lebanon as well Israel's brutal incursions in Gaza this summer.

click here to listen 

‘Never Again’ Does Not Mean ‘An Eye For An Eye’

By Lucinda Marshall

18 August,2006
Countercurrents.org

My family is Jewish. When I was growing up, we were taught to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly. The lessons of the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist were drummed into us. Never again, we said.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Denounces Escalation of Military Aggression in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom deplores the escalation of violence in Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially Gaza, and in Israel.

We condemn the targeting of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure by all parties and, in particular, the excessive disproportionate military retaliation by Israel as violations of international law.

WILPF condemns Israel's use of Collective Punishment and Illegal Detention

29 June 2006

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section calls upon the US government to unequivocally condemn Israeli use of collective punishment and illegal detention.



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WHAT'S A MEMBER TO DO?

1. Fill out and return enclosed questionnaire.

2. Have one branch member designated to receive emails on Middle East issues.

3. Have brown bag lunch discussion groups within your branch to learn what other branch members are thinking.

U.S. Hegemony in the Middle East

by Tura Campanella Cook

Hegemony can be defined as the domination of one state over another; it can also be defined as the domination of one state over its allies. U.S. hegemony in the Middle East, an example of both definitions, is primarily about oil. Since the end of World War II, U.S.

The Israel Lobby

by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

Originally published in The London Review of Books

For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread 'democracy' throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.

Study: AIPAC works against US interests

NATHAN GUTTMAN Jerusalem Post correspondent,

THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 19, 2006

A new study, claiming that the pro-Israel lobby in America caused the United States to skew its Middle East policy in favor of Israel, is stirring controversy in the pro and anti-Israel communities in the US.

A silent, crippling fear

By Paul Woodward, The War in Context, March 21, 2006

The prospect of American ports being run by an Arab company ignited a firestorm in the blogosphere -- and the mainstream media and Congress. Now two of America's leading political scientists allege that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is being skewed away from U.S.

CONFUSING THE ISSUE: MEARSHEIMER & WALT'S "THE ISRAEL LOBBY"

(Printed in London Review of Books Vol. 28 No. 6 23 March 2006)* download pdf

by Libby Frank
Member, Leadership Team, Women Challenge U.S. Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East (Women's Int'l. League for Peace and Freedom)

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