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ISM Needs You To Help Bring Freedom To Palestine


1. Now More Than Ever - Stand Up For Freedom In Palestine! 2. JOB OPENING– ISM Media Coordinator

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1. Now More Than Ever - Stand Up For Freedom In Palestine!

While the world believes the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is being resolved and that Sharon has become "a herald of peace," on the ground every day in Occupied Palestine, it is apartheid, and not peace, that is being constructed. It is more important than ever to come to Palestine to join Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Military Occupation!

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) needs activists who are willing to commit to the principles of non-violent action, to put their bodies where their hearts are in defense of human rights and justice.

We urgently request your presence here with us in Palestine from now until June to support ongoing Palestinian non-violent initiatives and to join our Freedom Summer 2005 campaign beginning mid-June.

Palestinian communities are asking that ISM activists support their non-violent demonstrations against the continued construction of the Wall and in their various efforts to remain steadfast on the land of their ancestors despite the continuing land theft and the constant violence of the Israeli military and illegal settlers.

In an effort to eliminate witnesses to the war crimes committed by the Israeli military and armed settlers, the Israeli authorities have been denying human rights activists access to Gaza and the West Bank. We must not allow them to succeed in isolating the Palestinian people!

Please see our website: http://www.palsolidarity.org for information on how to join us. More details on our summer campaign will follow shortly.

In solidarity & struggle, The International Solidarity Movement

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2. JOB OPENING– ISM Media Coordinator

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led international movement that opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestine through non-violent resistance.

In keeping with ISM's mission, ISM is seeking a media coordinator to publicise in the local, independent, and international media Palestinian non-violent resistance, human rights violations by the Israeli military, and the impacts of Israel's military occupation, all as witnessed by ISM activists.

Through media alerts, media contacts, the website and the ISM listserve, the media coordinator helps to articulate to the world both the broad outline and trends, and the day-to-day realities of the untold stories of Palestinian life under Israeli military occupation.

The day-to-day tasks of the media coordinator involve writing press releases and action alerts, liaising with international and local journalists in the region, editing activists' reports for the ISM website, and updating the ISM website.

If you support the philosophy of ISM and want to work as part of a busy team of Palestinian and international volunteers, please send an application addressing the selection criteria to: applications@palsolidarity.org by March 30, 2005.

For further information on ISM see its website at www.palsolidarity.org

JOB DESCRIPTION: * Co-ordinate pro-active media strategies for ISM campaigns * Write, edit and issue media releases and action alerts about ISM activities, demonstrations, human rights abuses witnessed by activists and related issues regarding the occupation * Collect and edit ISM activists' reports from the field and send them out in digests on our listserve * Liaise with media – local Arabic and Israeli as well as international media, and respond to daily media inquiries and requests for information * Create and develop relationships with journalists * Maintain an up-to-date data base of journalist's contact information, including e-mail addresses, and fax and phone numbers * Provide guidance and training to international and Palestinian ISM activists in media skills * Travel to regions throughout Palestine, and initiate original stories and leads * Edit reports, co-ordinate photographs and update the ISM website * Monitor and identify media trends regarding issues related to Palestine, locally and internationally * Liaise and coordinate with other Palestinian, Israeli and international groups, including ISM support groups, doing media work on Israel/Palestine * Monitor and evaluate media work * Attend ISM core group meetings and ISM media committee meetings

CRITERIA: * Excellent writing skills and experience in writing and editing press releases and reports * Experience in dealing with the media * Strong inter-personal communication skills and cross-cultural skills * Ability to work independently and as part of a team * Flexibility - ability to deal with unexpected crises, multiple priorities and scarce resources. * Ability to articulate the broader context of life under occupation, and to place daily stories within that context * Ability to coach other Palestinian and international activists in media work * An understanding and commitment to the principles of ISM, including non-violence, working as a group, being Palestinian-led, and non-discrimination * Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing); Arabic and/or Hebrew language skills desirable * Good computer and typing skills.

CONDITIONS: The media coordinator will be full-time, six days a week, and also on-call for emergency situations.

The position will based at the ISM media office in Ramallah, with visits to the field as necessary and feasible.

A fully equipped office and phone will be provided.

The position will report to the ISM core group and have regular liaison with the ISM media committee.

With a salary of $500 per month, the position will have an initial three-month trial period. It will continue long-term pending available funding. Applicants outside Palestine would need to secure a long term visa.

For inquiries about the position please send an email to applications@palsolidarity.org

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