The IDC is qualifying a ballot initiative in California, titled the Divestment of State Retirement Funds from Israel Act,

to require California’s public retirement systems, the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) and the Public Employees’

Retirement System (PERS), to sell stocks held in companies that support Israeli settlements or provide military equipment

and services to the State of Israel.

Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights and its settlements in and occupation of Palestine must end. Unfortunately,

neither our federal government nor state governments are willing to take the necessary action to bring about peace to the

region. Therefore, we have decided to take the question of human rights violations, settlements and Israel’s occupation

directly to the voters of California. We believe an overwhelming majority of Californians agree that Israel needs to STOP

building settlements on Palestinian land, end its occupation and allow Palestinians their right to return to their land.

Therefore, this ballot measure is necessary in order to move the Middle East Peace Process toward a just resolution for

both Israelis and Palestinians.

In order to qualify the Divest from Israel Act for the next statewide ballot, 434,000 signatures must be gathered within a 5

month time period once the initiative is ready for signature gathering (September 2010). If you want to sign the petition or

you want to help us gather signatures in your community once the petition is ready, please go to the Petition/Signature Info.

menu tab to find out how you can participate.

Warm regards for peace in the Middle East.

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