New nationwide ad campaign to call for end of US aid to Israel

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Tomorrow, American Muslims for Palestine is launching a new nationwide outdoor advertising campaign (see above) that will begin in 25 stations on the Metro North train line near New York City. The ad will run for four weeks before moving to other cities around the country.

The organization explains in a press release:

“We timed the release of our ads with President Obama’s visit to the Middle East to underscore his administration’s failure to address the true cause of conflict: Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands and its racist apartheid policies, which subject Palestinians on a daily basis to humiliation, deprivation and a loss of their basic rights, including the freedom of movement,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP chairman. . .
 
Each year, the US gives Israel more than $3 billion in unconditional military aid. Even with this year’s sequestration cut, Israel will receive that amount and more, when all grants, loan guarantees and other aid are taken into account. AMP asserts that our financial support, as well as our unconditional political and diplomatic support of Israel, in light of its continued and flagrant violations of international law, weaken America’s position throughout the international community and hurts our national interests.
 
Apartheid runs counter to every principle Americans hold dear. Israel’s military occupation violates the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our own Declaration of Independence.
 
Therefore, AMP is calling on President Obama and Congress to end US aid to Israel, which only enables and supports Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies against oppressed Palestinians.

About Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz is Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.
Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Occupation, US Politics

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  1. pabelmont says:

    But, sputter, aid to Israel is as American, as, well, as, oh! yes!, Apple Pie and Mom! (My mother, drunk or sober, my country, right or wrong, Israel forever! Yea!)

  2. jimmy says:

    I am sure pam gellar and friends will come up with some cute response..

  3. Amar says:

    I dont think any of Israels defenders will lose sleep over this. They will just say ” Look, the American MUSLIMS for Palestine” are behind it. Inferring that Muslims by nature are deeply anti-Israel, anti-Jewish, not because of any legit grievances. It would be far more effective if a non-Muslim or better yet Jewish org sponsored the campaign.

    • Fritz says:

      @Amar: I don’t share Your (slightly supremacist) objection. It is important that all religious groups are represented in the media, especially Muslims, only on this way the public will learn that all religious groups have the right to speak out, not only non-Muslim or jewish orgs. By the way, in the case of a “Jewish” – whatsoever that might be – some may think, oh this liberal Jews …

      • Amar says:

        Not ‘supremacist’ (in intent) nor an ‘objection’, just cognizant of how an American audience can be highly susceptible to countering arguments playing on the ‘big, bad Muslims’ card. If American sentiment was more informed and not so highly manipulated by those with the ‘louder, meaner’ voices, I would see some usefulness in it. But unfortunately the American Muslims for Palestine is highly vulnerable simply due to their name, which IMO will undermine their campaign. In an ideal world that would not happen, but this is America, where the zios, thru media and a much larger, more effective propaganda network have the upper hand and are more capable of influencing general opinion than the Muslims are. Their expected response imo will be a classic judo manoever, using their name against them, in a country that is more open to their arguments than they are of the Muslims. I wish it werent so, but thats the reality as I see it.

    • sardelapasti says:

      Amar – I think we’ve had it up to here with “Jewish” orgs, mostly those trying to excommunicate right and left under the pretext of “antisemitism”, or dictating to everybody to accept the green line as an effective border, or some other Zionist-friendly trick. Those among them who are not nationalists do not, repeat not, present themselves as “Jewish” anyway (except if religious.)

      So this organization started a good campaign. Whoever wants to organize parallel campaigns should be welcome to do so, even those who believe they have to pander to the Americans’ racism and idiocy.

    • Sin Nombre says:

      Amar: Your point is well taken vis a vis lots of Americans, but I could see enough stuff like this still having an impact on elites in our media who at the very least are sensitive to claims of racism, with this sort of thing perhaps prodding them in yet one more way to recognize American domestic opposition to the present U.S. support of Israel. Enough of it, that is to say, and they might simply have to take notice.

      Same with drawing attention to the peaceful demonstrations in the Occupied Territories, esp. now that Obama has sort of officially recognized same.

      Not that I endorse it because in the U.S. especially I think it would be confused with the Nazi practice in the Holocaust camps which is unfair, but in Europe especially I think it’s recognized that one of the first things the Nazi’s did when they came to power way before the Holocaust was requiring German jews to go about with yellow stars on, and I’ve observed before that if the Palestinian population were to start doing this it would be one more very resonating non-violent way to show their non-violent bona fides and understanding of what they are living under. Especially resonate in Europe I think. A hard thing to ignore, and impossible to combat I would think.

      But I don’t like any intent to draw any parallel with the Holocaust, that’s for sure.

    • MK_Ultra says:

      Apparently, you’ve missed the broohahahs of the past. If there’s one thing the self-righteous and egocentric Zios will not do is dismiss it. Quite the contrary. First, they’ll send Abe Foxman to scream “anti-semitism.” Then, they’ll send in AIPAC with their millions to place counter-acts. Then, they’ll resort to having anyone who tries to oppose them, arrested. If things get hairy, they’ll call in the cavalry of Israel-Firsters to decry it in on FAUX and the floor of Congress. History repeats itself, it wouldn’t be the first time this happens. Nor the last, unfortunately.

    • RoHa says:

      “Inferring…”

      No, implying.

      But aside from that, I suspect you might be right.

  4. pookieross says:

    I would cheerfully join a group to do posters for Palestine just to stick it to Pam Geller.
    How about WASPs for Palestine or American Protestants for Palestine?
    Do you agree, Amar?

  5. This ad is perfect. It will change the atmosphere. It openly broadcasts this crystal-clear demand: cut off every penny to Apartheid Israel.

    The ad should be duplicated in every city.

    This ad has another great message: that the words “Muslim” and “Palestine” are positive words that you really want to broadcast.

    Bonus: The letters themselves are proudly large. They clearly identify Israeli apartheid with the old, dead South African apartheid state.

    Only two things are missing:

    1. A few thousand Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim students to lead marches on Washington with the exact same demand you see on this ad. Young Palestinians should very proudly lead these marches. What an honorable way to start out your life.

    2. Simultaneously, we need a constant drumbeat of student resolutions demanding a boycott against Israel to the maximum extent allowed by law. This month’s spectacular victories at UC Riverside and UC San Diego are an excellent start. Future resolutions will bluntly demand boycott against Israel. Clarity is good.

    Those trillions of dollars spent on killing Muslims worldwide should be immediately halted — trillions should be spent to re-build the U.S. inner cities. That demand can unite the Palestine freedom movement with everyone who remembers the Black freedom movement.

    Racists have no chance against that kind of movement.

  6. I made a square “end apartheid” avatar by cropping and editing the web ad at the top of this post.
    It is available here. – link to facebook.com

  7. American says:

    I am glad to see US Muslims flexing their ‘rights’, not cowering as second class citizens. Ideally however American shouldn’t have to gather as a religious or ethnic group for a foreign policy cause but with the advent of foreign lobbies like AIPAC and the corruption in US government, farming out it’s FP to donor lobbies, they have no choice.
    What would be good is if Muslims and all other groups; the Mainline Churches who took their stand already, US interest groups like CNI, the dissenting Jewish groups like JVP, all of them, ‘joined” up into one big lobby group. “And” further demanded that not only US policy on Israel change but the corrupt practice of FP being dictated by foreign lobbies end completely.

    ”THE POWER OF MONEY”
    The effects of the relentless increase in the privatization of U.S. foreign policy in recent years remain underexamined and minimally understood. Many foreign governments, friendly or allied or both, deplore the skewing of U.S. policy caused by the activities of Washington based foreign agents. Not so long ago, the foreign and defense ministries of these governments would swallow hard when they saw a U.S. policy being redirected by special interests. But there was also a confidence that the U.S. government would, in the end, set policy back on a sensible course.
    Over the past several years, however, these governments have lost that confidence. They have learned that the control of policy, once lost, may not be restored to capable, disinterested hands.
    Instead, they see a uniquely American habit of sustaining the democratic process with money; they see a broad and deepening pattern of corrupt and corruptible members of Congress making self-serving deals with lobbyists working for foreign entities.
    Some of what these lobbyists do is harmless and perhaps even useful. However, more and more, the big money financing this activity works to steer U.S. national security policy in the wrong direction. The lobbying process ignores — or, in some cases, promotes — instability in potentially volatile regions, such as South Asia and the Middle East, often backing questionable regimes by disguising their activities and the threats they pose. The activities of lobbies representing foreign interests have contributed to the gradual erosion of the United States’ credibility and influence in the world.”

    Copyright © 2002-2009 by the Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.
    All rights reserved.
    Source URL: link to foreignaffairs.com

  8. MK_Ultra says:

    Watch now AIPAC trying to shut down those lines. And then placing racists ads on top of those. And if anyone is caught trying to remove them, they’ll be arrested.

  9. Sycamores says:

    looks like pam gellar open up a pandoras box of ads and counter ads. conflicting ads in the metro stations – fantastic- freedom of speech at its best.

  10. Citizen says:

    How about “American Palestine Public Values Committee”? aka APPVC

  11. Citizen says:

    APPVC mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and the world. As America’s leading pro-Palestine lobby, APPVC works with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to enact public policy that enhances U.S. core values and good reputation around the world.

  12. HHM says:

    Would love to see both this ad campaign and Dr. Hatem Bazian (AMP) in Eugene, Oregon. Our community has never heard a Palestinian Muslim educate and mobilize for Palestinian human rights.