This Friday, demonstrators in West Bank villages joined the Move Over AIPAC call. Dozens of participants held Move Over AIPAC posters to show their support for the Conference and the work being done to promote Palestinian rights in the United States.
Who: Participants of the Move Over AIPAC coalition, including Young, Jewish and Proud, the young adult wing of Jewish Voice for Peace, performed a flash mob in Union Station of Washington D.C. The action was set to the traditional folk tune of “Hava Nagila” and featured interpretative versions of “Horah” folk dance.
What: The “Hava Nagila” alternative dance is to protest the upcoming AIPAC policy conference, which begins Sunday. The action served as a kickoff for “Move Over AIPAC,” a four day gathering of creative actions, a conference, workshops, and cultural events.
Hundreds of concerned citizens from across the country are gathering in Washington D.C. from May 21-24 to rally against the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the US American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and calling for an even-handed Middle East policy that respects human rights and democracy. Creative protests occurred outside the White House (May 20) and Capital (May 23) when Netanyahu will meet with President Obama and address Congress, respectively, and outside the DC Convention Center during the annual AIPAC policy conference.
Peace activists will gather in front of the White House to protest President Obama’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Demonstrators are calling on the Obama administration and Congress for a fresh, even-handed foreign policy when it comes to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. They will urge President Obama to take a “tough love” approach with Prime Minister Netanyahu by pressuring him to accept the impending UN declaration of Palestinian statehood, stop settlement expansion, and respect the recent unity between Palestinian political parties Fatah and Hamas.
Protesters will also demand President Obama stop providing unconditional financial support for Israel. “We find it appalling,” said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin, “that the U.S. continues to send $3 billion U.S. tax dollars to Israel for its military every year when we are facing devastating budget cuts across the country, and Israel is not using that money for self-defense, but rather to oppress the Palestinians and increase settlement construction.”
Activists will also denounce the Israeli use of force against peaceful protesters during the recent Nakba commemoration, and the multitude of other human rights violations taking place as a result of the occupation.
They will bring creative visuals, including12 ft. tall Obama and Netanyahu puppets, a large Obama head, several banners, and more.
At our gathering across from the AIPAC Summit, we’ll have two “Dialogue Booths” where we’ll be encouraging AIPAC attendees to come talk to us. Let’s hope we can get some good conversations going!
الأريعاء، 18 مايو2011
يشارك مئات المتضامنين في واشنطن “دي سي” في تنظيم احتجاجات إزاء سياسة منظمة “الإيباك” لحض الإدارة الأمريكية على اتباع سياسة جديدة إزاء فلسطين، وينظم المتضامنون مؤتمرا يستمر لخمسة أيام لمناقشة سياسة التمييز، وكيف تعكف الحكومة الأمريكية على دعم هذه السياسة في الوقت الراهن.
وينظم هذا المؤتمر من قبل (كود بينك) بدعم ومؤازرة نحو مائة منظمة تؤيد حقوق الفلسطينيين، ويهدف هذا التحرك للتأثير على الإدارة الأمريكية لأجل النأي بسياستها عن نفوذ منظمة الإيباك، وأهمية اتخاذ الإدارة لمواقف سياسية متوازنة تضمن احترام القانون الدولي وحقوق الإنسان لجميع السكان في المتطقة.
Call on Obama to Reject Netanyahu’s Hostile Policy Proposal
During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States and meeting with President Obama and Congress, Jewishgroups and individuals are joining the “Move Over AIPAC” gathering to expose the role of AIPAC in distorting U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East.
Over 100 peace and justice organizations, including many Jewish groups, (full list available: http://bit.ly/lXrWo7) have cosponsored “Move Over AIPAC”, a conference and series of actions timed to coincide with the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC, May 21-24. The Move Over AIPAC Conference will discuss the divisive tactics used by the Israel lobby and what concerned citizens can do to push for a more peaceful and just American policy.
The Israel lobby, spearheaded by AIPAC, conflates legitimate criticism of Israel’s human rights violations with anti-Semitism and American Jews are seeking to highlight the difference by participating in this alternative event.
Scheduled speakers include: Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Jewish Voice for Peace Director Rebecca Vilkomerson, co-author of The Israel Lobby Dr. John Mearsheimer, human rights advocate Anna Baltzer, policy analyst Phyllis Bennis, Mondoweiss blogger and author Phil Weiss, Israeli cofounder of “Who Profits?” Dalit Baum, and others (full schedule available: http://bit.ly/lMTtNC).
It seems that no matter how abusive the Israeli government gets, as it was last weekend when it killed protesters during the al-Nakba demonstrations, it–along with its U.S. lobby– gets rewarded. This week’s reward is that President Obama will not only meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during his U.S. visit, but Obama will also speak at the AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) policy conference. If you are appalled that President Obama is pandering to the pro-occupation lobby, send a letter to Obama today to express your outrage and urge him to get out of bed with AIPAC.
Obama must tell Netanyahu to negotiate with democratically chosen Palestinian representatives, cease settlement construction, and stop using violence against unarmed demonstrators. Now is the time for Obama to stand up to Netanyahu and insist that Israel takes serious steps to resume negotiations. Will you write to Obama today?
Palestinians deserve the same democratic rights that people all over the Arab world are fighting for. Netanyahu and AIPAC represent a one-sided policy of ‘Israel right or wrong’ that is no longer tenable. We must ask Obama to be on our side: the side of peace and justice.
AIPAC doesn’t represent you, but with your permission, we would like to!
Please tell us who you are, both in the survey below and by emailing a photo of yourself while holding a sign where you write in who you are and affirming “AIPAC doesn’t represent me.”
Here is what to do step-by-step:
- Print out a sign and fill in the blank: “I’m _______ and AIPAC doesn’t represent me.”
- Take a photo of yourself holding the sign about your identity.
- Email the photo to our Flickr page at email@example.com
- See all the wonderful voices for justice and peace in the Middle East.
We will bring your image, your words, and your pride to “Move Over AIPAC,” whether or not you can come yourself. Click here to download a sign to use.
Call Powerful Israel Lobby AIPAC a Barrier to Peace
Protests and Events Planned Throughout Week
Washington, DC – CODEPINK, along with a coalition of over 100 peace activist groups, plan to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he visits the nation’s capital later this week. The groups are calling on President Obama to respect Palestinian human rights and the recent unity agreement and not to stand in the way of the vote on the PLO’s request for full member status for Palestine. Netanyahu has blasted the Palestinian unity deal and has been visiting other countries for the last two weeks on his way to the U.S., asking them not to support Palestine’s wishes for sovereign status.
“The Palestinian people have demanded that their leaders stop the in-fighting, which they did, and are calling for their right to self-determination. Palestinians deserve the same democratic rights that people all over the Arab world are fighting for,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “Netanyahu and the Israel lobby, spearheaded by AIPAC, represent a one-sided policy of ‘Israel right or wrong’ that is no longer tenable. We are asking our lawmakers to be on our side: the side of peace and justice.”
Stemming from our conviction that it is time to advance a new U.S. Policy towards the Israeli Palestinian
conflict that is based on genuine justice and security for both Israelis and Palestinians, “DC Riders for Peace” is launching an advertisement campaign today urging an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. This campaign is sponsored by DC area human rights groups and supported by individual peace advocates. The ads will be posted inside Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail trains for the next 4 weeks.
The “DC Riders for Peace” campaign comes on the heels of the promising “Arab Spring” and calls for an
open public debate and assessment of our current U.S. policy of unconditional support for Israel that has proved counterproductive to Israelis and Palestinians as well as our own long-term national interests. The “DC Riders for Peace” campaign intends to promote a long lasting just peace; advance our national interest and security; and spark critical discussion to begin formulating a new political paradigm based on the interests and well being of Palestinians, Israelis, and the United States.