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.

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  1. Stephen Shenfield
    January 24, 2016, 5:57 pm

    A few days ago I started a petition on a local issue on change.org and am impressed at its potential as a mobilizing tool. Even people who are not otherwise involved in politics promote petitions they like through social media, generating discussion. Each petition is accompanied by several paragraphs of explanation that help to educate readers about the issue. Even when a petition fails to achieve its ostensible goal it serves a useful purpose.

    So I am thinking about launching a petition calling on President Obama to cut off all aid to Israel. It’s a very simple demand, very easy to understand. I don’t expect Obama to respond to the call, but a large number of signatures would help demonstrate the wide public support for ending the US-Israel alliance. Best of all would be to combine a petition campaign with an advertising campaign, with the ads asking people to sign the petition and including instructions on how to do so. It would also be best to get advance agreement to participate in the campaign from several organizations with different sorts of names and a list of their names could be included both in the ads and in the explanatory text of the petition.

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