Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights

Jeff Halper: War Against the People

Written by AUPHR   
Friday, 05 February 2016 09:56

Jeff Halper Israeli Peace and Human Rights Activist

Tuesday Feb. 23 at 7:00PM

First United Methodist Church (Collins Hall)
1838 SW Jefferson Portland

Event is Free and open to the Public.

Jeff Halper is an Israeli peace and human rights activist, co-founder of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Nobel Peace Prize nominee (2006), author and lecturer.

Event is Free—donations accepted. Jeff Halper’s new book will be for sale.

“Jeff Halper's book, like his life's work, is an inspiration. Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the occupation I've read. His voice cries out to be heard.”
 Jonathan Cook

Co-sponsored by: Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, Hummus Collective—Reed College`, Jewish Voice for Peace-PDX, KBOO Community Radio, Kairos USA, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Occupation-Free Portland, Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference Holy Land Task Force, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights-PS

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The Fading Two-State Solution

Written by NY Times Editorial Board   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 09:21

.....Speaking at a security conference, Mr. Shapiro said, correctly, that Israel’s quick-moving expansion of settlements on Palestinian lands “raises honest questions about Israel’s long-term intentions” and commitment to a two-state solution. What really enraged his critics was an observation that during a time of increased violence in Israel and the West Bank, “Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities, too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.” A statement from Mr. Netanyahu’s office denounced the second comment as “unacceptable and incorrect.”

Read more: The Fading Two-State Solution


An Open Letter to Oregon's Congressional Delegation: Follow the leadership of Rep. Blumenauer and boycott Netanyahu's speech

Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:31

We, the undersigned organizations, commend Oregon’s U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer for asking House Speaker John Boehner to cancel an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.  Rep. Blumenauer has stated that if the speech is not cancelled, he will refuse to attend. We implore all the members of Congress from Oregon to follow his example.

Our objections to the Netanyahu invitation go beyond the fact that: a.) This invitation is a breach of protocol, b.) It is a stunt timed just prior to a very close Israeli election and c.) It is an attempt by the Republican-controlled Congress to embarrass President Barack Obama.

The most serious objection to the invitation is that Netanyahu is attempting to scuttle negotiations between the United States and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program by urging Congress to impose additional sanctions on Iran.  As Rep. Blumenauer states, the only solution in the best interests of all countries is a negotiated settlement. Why would Mr. Netanyahu be invited to thwart that effort?    World leaders also recognize the danger of his address as interference with the diplomatic process and are also imploring that he not interfere. 

Additional sanctions risk an end to the diplomatic path and an increase in tensions between our country and Iran that may lead to war.   As a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Iran is under routine inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has never documented any evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Iran has called for the Middle East to be a nuclear weapons-free zone.  In contrast, Israel has never signed the Nonproliferation Treaty and is known to possess nuclear weapons.

Inviting Netanyahu to address Congress is also reprehensible in view of Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza this past summer. Three respected human rights organizations—Amnesty International and the Israeli human rights groups B’Tselem and Physicians for Human Rights—have issued reports finding Israel guilty of committing war crimes by deliberately targeting civilians during its 51-day bombardment. Under Netanyahu’s government, Israel has continued unfettered settlement expansion and land confiscation, making a viable Palestinian state impossible. It continues to imprison Palestinians by using administrative detention laws that lack due process. It is unconscionable to invite a leader with such a dismal human rights record to address the U.S. Congress.  

In short, Netanyahu’s speech is not in the best interests of the United States or of world peace. We, the undersigned, urge you to boycott the speech and speak out in opposition to any leader of a foreign nation seeking to intervene in the making of U.S. foreign policy.


Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Corvallis/Albany Friends of Middle East Peace, Friends of Sabeel North America, Individuals for Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland Chapter,  Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Mission of the Atonement Holy Land Ministry, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Tree of Life Educational Fund-
West Coast, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Corvallis chapter), Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and Linus Pauling Chapter.


Demand Airbnb Stop Listing Rentals in Israeli Settlements

Written by USPCN   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:58

Demand Airbnb Stop Listing Rentals in Israeli Settlements  

Did you know that Airbnb, the online accommodation service, is listing homes in illegal Israeli settlements for people to rent?

There are 13,000 Airbnb listings in Israel, but investigations have proven that many of the properties are actually located in settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Sign the joint petition from USPCN, American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation--demand that Airbnb Say No to Stolen Homes!

This campaign is especially timely following the recent release of a Human Rights Watch report that called on businesses to comply with their human rights responsibilities by discontinuing to  operate in, finance, service, or trade with Israeli settlements.

By allowing users to list and rent these properties and taking 9-15% from hosts and guests, Airbnb is profiting off of Israel’s colonization and continued military occupation of Palestinian land, and supporting settlement activity.

Please take action, and demand that Airbnb end its complicity in Israel's colonization of Palestinian land!

Thank you,



Occupation, Inc. How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights

Written by Human Rights Watch   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:46


Almost immediately after Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank in June 1967, the Israeli government began establishing settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. From the outset, private businesses have been involved in Israel’s settlement policies, benefiting from and contributing to them. This report details the ways in which Israeli and international businesses have helped to build, finance, service, and market settlement communities. In many cases, businesses are “settlers” themselves, drawn to settlements in part by low rents, favorable tax rates, government subsidies, and access to cheap Palestinian labor.[1]

In fact, the physical footprint of Israeli business activity in the West Bank is larger than that of residential settlements. In addition to commercial centers inside of settlements, there are approximately 20 Israeli-administered industrial zones in the West Bank covering about 1,365 hectares, and Israeli settlers oversee the cultivation of 9,300 hectares of agricultural land. In comparison, the built-up area of residential settlements covers 6,000 hectares (although their municipal borders encompass a much larger area).

Read more at Human Rights Watch


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