Planned Protests and Events Will Urge Obama to Reject Netanyahu’s Policies about War on Iran and Palestinian Conflict during AIPAC Policy Conference

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For more information, please contact: occupyAIPAC@gmail.com

Over 130 Groups Urge Obama to Reject Netanyahu’s Policies about War on Iran and Palestinian Conflict
Protests and Events Planned Throughout Weekend Expose AIPAC Lobby as a Barrier to Peace

Washington, DC – The Occupy AIPAC coalition is gathering to urge Obama to reject the Israeli administration’s push for war on Iran and insist on respect for Palestinian rights. Timed to coincide with the annual AIPAC policy conference, the Occupy AIPAC summit will be a long weekend of events and protests that draw attention to the role of AIPAC as a special interest lobby that maintains a stranglehold over US policies. As the Occupy Movement has focused public ire on the role of large corporations and powerful lobby groups, hundreds will gather in DC to protest AIPAC’s push for war.

The Occupy AIPAC summit, organized by CODEPINK, is endorsed and supported by a variety of groups including the Interfaith Peace Builders (IFPB), the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine chapters, Occupy groups and over 130 others.

“After 10 years of war, the American people need a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, but AIPAC takes us down the dangerous path of war with Iran,” CODEPINK cofounder and Occupy AIPAC organizer Medea Benjamin said. “We are gathering to demand that our leaders break with AIPAC’s disastrous path of attacking Iran, as well as supporting Israel’s human rights violations and illegal settlements in the West Bank.”

Schedule of planned actions includes a Middle East Summit on Saturday, March 3 and protests on Sunday, March 4. See details below or visit OccupyAIPAC.org.

Strategy Summit: Panels on Iran, the Arab uprisings and Palestine/Israel
Featured speakers include Chris Hedges, Roane Carey, Sanam Anderlini, Bassam Haddad, and Phyllis Bennis
WHEN: 9am-5pm, Saturday, March 3rd
WHERE: Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW (http://g.co/maps/47pza)
Press registration: Email occupyaipac@gmail.com

No War on Iran Demonstration during AIPAC Convention
WHEN: 11:00am – 2:00pm, Sunday, March 4th
WHERE: Across the street from the DC Convention Center, corner of 9th St and Massachusetts Ave NW (http://g.co/maps/ha2zk)
VISUALS: Giant letters to spell out “NO WAR ON IRAN”, puppets, mock checkpoint and Annexation Wall, flashmob, and enlarged image of advertisement that will appear in The Hill on Super Tuesday

Protest at the White House during talk between Israeli PM Netanyahu and President Obama
WHEN: Time TBD, Monday, March 5th
WHERE: In front of the White House

Protest Outside AIPAC Gala Event with Netanyahu, Peres, and Gingrich
WHEN: 7:30pm-9:00pm, Monday, March 5th
WHERE: Across the street from the DC Convention Center, corner of 9th St and Massachusetts Ave NW (http://g.co/maps/ha2zk)
VISUALS: Lit up banners and large images that will be projected on buildings

Occupy AIPAC calls for a new American foreign policy in the Middle East and challenges the Israeli lobby’s siege of Congress. Occupy AIPAC is organized by CODEPINK: Women for Peace and endorsed by over 130 peace and justice groups (full list available: http://bit.ly/lXrWo7).