NGO ACTION NEWS
Churches for the Middle East Peace published, on 27 June, an open letter/petition to President Obama, urging bold, concrete and immediate action for peace, and asking both churches and other Christian groups as well as individuals to endorse the letter.

The Foundation for Middle East Peace published its bimonthly report on Israeli settlements in the occupied territories (volume 21, number 3) for May-June 2011.

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East organized a lecture on The Arab Spring and the West: Actions and Expectations given by Tariq Ramadan, on 14 July in Ottawa. For more information: http://www.cjpme.org/EventVenueDetails.aspx?EventVenueID=90

Avaaz.org launched, on 21 July, a worldwide petition to urge European leaders to endorse the Palestinian bid for recognition of statehood at the UN in September.

Americans for Peace Now published its legislative round-up for the week ending 29 July 2011.

The US Campaign to end the Israeli occupation will hold its 10th annual National Organizers' Conference in Washington, DC, September 16-19, 2011. For more information: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3064

The American Task Force on Palestine will hold its 6th annual gala on the theme Honoring Heritage, Embracing Originality, where four distinguished Palestinian Americans, Maha Freij, Hanan Munayyer, Nawaf Soliman and Maysoon Zayid will be honoured, on 19 October 2011, in Washington D.C. For more information: http://www.americantaskforce.org/atfp_sixth_annual_gala

Interfaith Peace-Builders will send a delegation to participate in the Palestinian olive harvest season, from 29 October to 11 November 2011, where Palestinians, Israeli peace and justice groups, and international groups join farmers as they reap their harvest. It is international support that makes the harvest possible in many cases. For more information: http://www.ifpb.org/del39/default.html
The group has also launched a fund raising campaign to support the next generation of leaders and young delegates at Interfaith Peace-Builders through the IFPB’s New Generation Fund, a tribute to the work of Joe Groves, IFPB Senior Fellow and former Director.

The Middle East Institute will hold its 65th annual conference, Game Changers: Politics and Policy for a New Middle East, on 16 and 17 November 2011, in Washington D.C. For more information: http://mei.edu/Events/Conferences/2011AnnualConference.aspx


Europe

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is currently holding 3 campaigns. One is meant to call on CHR, Ireland’s largest company, to divest from the Israeli Mashav Group who is involved in the construction of the Separation Wall. The “Apartheid-Free Zones” campaign aims at boycotting goods manufactured in Occupied Territories. Finally, the IPSC has initiated a campaign of political lobbying consisting of letter writing to and meetings with politicians informing them about Israel’s breaches of the human rights clause of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and disregard for UN resolutions and the International Court of Justice.

The European Forum Against Agrexco, Israel’s foremost agricultural exporter, issued a declaration, on 21 July, in which they affirm their determination to put an end to Agrexco’s presence in Europe.

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign is organizing a weekend of political discussion, titled Arab revolutions and European crisis: the changing context of Palestine solidarity, from 12 to 14 August 2011, in Edinburgh. For more information:
http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3664:scottish-psc-residential-weekend-of-political-discussion-12-14-august-2011&catid=247:notices-of-coming-events&Itemid=200705

Asia and the Pacific

The Australian Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Campaign for Palestine organized the biggest BDS action in Australian history, on 1 July in Melbourne, against the Israeli restaurant chain Max Brenner. The event saw the arrest of 19 peaceful pro-Palestine demonstrators.


The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) has launched, on 29 July, a petition intended to be submitted to the Australian Federal Parliament asking for Australian support for recognition of Palestinian Statehood. The initiative has been supported by the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP), among others.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Thailand published, on 30 July, a letter addressed to the Greek Ambassador to Thailand, demanding explanations and answers on what gave the Greek authorities the right to intercept ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ vessels.

The Palestinian Community Association of Victoria, in conjunction with the General Delegation of Palestine, organised, on 2 August, a presentation on the Palestinian statehood bid and the Two State Solution by Dr Ghassan Khatib, former Minister in the PA, in Victoria, Australia.

The human rights group BOYCOTT! delivered a letter, on 8 August, to South African student groups, university administrations and the South African National Directorate of Public Prosecutions, to support the South African Student Congress call made last week for a complete boycott of the upcoming Israeli "propaganda" mission to South African campuses between the 11th and 21st of August 2011.



Africa

The human rights group
BOYCOTT! delivered a letter, on 8 August, to South African student groups, university administrations and the South African National Directorate of Public Prosecutions, to support the South African Student Congress call made last week for a complete boycott of the upcoming Israeli "propaganda" mission to South African campuses between the 11th and 21st of August 2011.


Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights of Gaza (PCHR-Gaza) has published a new report titled "Education Denied: Israel's Systematic Violation of Palestinian Children Right to Education", on 3 July.

Stop the Wall organized, on 18 July, a demonstration against the construction of the wall, at al-Quba checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city. This activity came as part of the organized week of events on the anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision, which determined that the separation Wall is illegal, and demanded from Israeli Occupation forces to dismantle it and to compensate the affected Palestinian people by it.

Peace Now, on 18 July, published a report on tenders in the West Bank, on its website.

The Legal Aid Unit of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on 1 August was able to ensure reparation for the family of Raya Salama Abdul Karim Abu Hajjaj, 64, and Majeda Abdul Karim Abu Hajjaj, 37, from Juhor al-Dik area, southeast of Gaza City, who were killed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during “Operation Cast Lead” (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009). PCHR was able to conclude a settlement with representatives of the Israeli military prosecution, under which an amount of 500,000 NIS (approximately US$ 147,000) would be paid to victims’ family in return for closing the claim. This is a judicial precedent, as it is the first time that PCHR is able to ensure compensation for victims of “Operation Cast Lead” in the Gaza Strip. PCHR is following up hundreds of claims on behalf of victims of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, known as “Operation Cast Lead.”


United Nations

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held its 334th meeting on 27 July at the UN Headquarters. Press release: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/gapal1208.doc.htm

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has posted, on 2 August, its latest “Protection of Civilians” weekly report.

Gazan children attending UNRWA’s Summer Games 2011 broke 4 world records during the past month. In support with this initiative, American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) will be presenting the photo exhibit, ‘Summer Games in Gaza” in Washington, DC on 5 August.



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