Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rally, Sat. 3/20 PSU South Park Blocks 1am

What:    Rally & March
                to End the

When:   Saturday, March 20th
               11:00 am at PSU,
               Noon Terry Schrunk Plaza

Where: Portland State University
               South Park Blocks

Who:     PSU March 4th Coalition
Why:     March 20th marks the 7
               year anniversary of the
               Invasion, Occupation, and
               War on Iraq.

     Organized By: Associated Students of Portland State University,
International Socialist Organization, Pan American Solidarity
Organization, Students for Unity, Students United For Palestinian
Equal Rights, MEChA, Portland Peace and Justice Works, &
Endorsed and promoted by
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Peace in The Middle East

Ta'Anit Tzedek-Jewish Fast for Gaza
Fast Days: Reminder about our upcoming fast day this
Thursday, March 18th, and fast days through June.

New Program: Resisting the Siege:
Conversations with Gazans

A series of monthly phone conference calls
with people from Gaza and/or experts on Gaza.
The first phone conference will be this coming
Thursday, March 18 at 1: 00pm EST with
Cindy and Craig Corrie and Sami Abdel Shafi
(details below).

To participate in the call:

Dial-in Number: 1-517-417-5200 (Midwest)
Participant Access Code: 860453

New Resources and Suggestions for the Fast Day,
including articles by Sara Roy, Sami Abdel Shafi
and an interview with the Corrie family.

Fast Days
The dates of fast days between now and June are as follows:
Thursday March 18th
Thursday April 15th
Thursday May 20th
Thursday June 17th

New Program: Resisting the Seige:
Conversations with Gazans
The siege on Gaza serverely restricts the
number of people allowed to enter and leave Gaza
(just this week the head of the European Union finally
got permission from the Israeli government to visit Gaza!)
and there is very little direct human communication
between the residents of Gaza and the outside world.

As a way of resisting these effects of the siege,
Ta'Anit Tzedek will hold monthly phone conferences on
each of our upcoming fast days with a resident of Gaza
and/or an expert on Gaza. These calls will be open to fast
participants and anyone else who wants to participate.
The calls will also give those participating in the fast an
opportunity to join together on the fast day.

Our first call, this coming Thursday, March 18, will feature
Sami Addel Shafi, an independent political analyst in Gaza,
and Cindy and Craig Corrie. The Corrie's daughter, Rachel,
was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2005 as she tried to
protect a Palestinian home from demolition. They will join us
from Haifa where they are participating in the hearing of
their civil suit against the Government of Israel.

To participate in the call:
Dial-in Number: 1-517-417-5200 (Midwest)
Participant Access Code: 860453

Questions for Conference Call: If you would like to suggest
a question for Mr. Abdel Shafi or for Cindy or Craig Corrie,
please email your question to
 no later than Wednesday night.

Information about Cindy and Criag Corrie:
Amy Goodman conducted a very interesting interview
with the Corries the day before their trial opened
in Haifa last week.

Information about Sami Abdel Shafi:
Sami Abdel-Shafi is an independent political analyst
and co-founder and senior partner at Emerge
Consulting Group, LLC, a management consultancy
in Gaza City.

Since 2005, he was engaged in several projects
implemented by the World Bank and the United
Nations Development Program for the benefit of
the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and the West
Bank. Most recently, Sami has been engaged in
providing analysis and recommendations on the
great challenges facing the Gaza Strip's private
sector and was one of the speakers representing it
in the Palestine Investment Conference held in May,
2008. He is on the Board of Directors of several
Palestinian non-governmental organizations, writes
and publishes economic and political analysis, and
provides commentary on Palestinian affairs in the
international media.

We have posted two of Sami Abdel Shafi's articles
on our website:

Rabbis Brian Walt and Brant Rosen

Co-Founders Ta'Anit Tzedek-Jewish Fast for Gaza


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