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New DC bus ad takes on the special relationship on eve of Netanyahu’s address to Congress

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American Muslims for Palestine has started an advertising campaign ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress next week and issued the following press release:

The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 will unveil its latest ad campaign that uses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s breach of protocol to focus on the detrimental impact our ‘friendship’ with Israel has on the United States.

Netanyahu caused controversy when he circumvented the White House and accepted House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. Critics accuse Netanyahu of meddling in US affairs.

This may be the case. Speaking in 2001 about how he could manipulate the United States, Netanyahu was videotaped saying, “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.” The video and comments were widely reported on in 2010 in Israeli and American media.

“At a time when the United States is close to a deal with Iran, Mr. Netanyahu is coming to persuade Congress to trade in a peaceful, diplomatic solution for war,” said Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, AMP national political coordinator.

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AMP’s ad also calls for an end to US aid to Israel, which props up policies that contravene international law, deprive Palestinians of their human and civil rights, that thwart peace in the Middle East and threaten American national security.

The ad, which will run on buses along Capitol Hill, downtown DC and the Cherry Festival route, is the third campaign AMP has launched in the nation’s capitol. Another multi-city national campaign is due out in late March.

“We use transit advertising because we can reach a maximum number of people,” said Kristin Szremski, AMP national director of media and communications. “Our mission is to educate the public and get the Palestinian narrative into mainstream dialogue and our ads accomplish those goals.”

While many view Netanyahu’s speech as disrespectful to the US President, AMP asserts that disrespect is a symptom of the much larger problem of American support for Israeli policies, which contravene international law and deprive Palestinians of their human and civil rights.

“Last summer, the Israeli military used American-funded weaponry to kill more than 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza,” Dr. Abu Irshaid said. “Killing civilians violates numerous international laws. Using an American arsenal to do so violates American law.”

Israeli policies also contravene American national interests. “There are groups that use American support of Israel as a recruitment tool, threatening our national security. Our unconditional support hurts American standing throughout the world and makes Americans less safe,” Dr. Abu Irshaid added.

Israeli is the largest recipient of US foreign aid, each year receiving more than $3.1 billion in foreign military financing funds, plus loans, grants and Department of Defense appropriations.

There is historical precedence for tying aid to human rights. AMP calls on Congress and the US State Department to hold Israel to the same standards by withholding aid until it complies with international law and ends the occupation.

AMP also has been part of the highly successful #SkipTheSpeech campaign with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink and Roots Action. Nearly 60,000 people either signed a petition or sent more than 110,000 messages to lawmakers, asking them to boycott Netanyahu’s address. On Monday, several coalition members delivered constituent letters or petitions to 75 lawmakers who have pledged to skip the speech or who were still undecided.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national grassroots organization, whose mission is to educate the public about Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage. For more information, go to www.ampalestine.org.

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  1. amigo
    February 26, 2015, 5:30 pm

    I cannot think of a time in the last twenty five years that the zionists have had it so bad.They are faced with signs speaking to the truth about their beloved Yisrael.Posters that point to the crimes committed by their State of the Jewish people and light unto the Nations.Their children in University are exposed to the awful truth about what Israel has been doing in the name of Judaism for the last 70 years.They invariably have to switch Tv /Radio stations to avoid listening to debates about the legitimacy of the state of Israel.They are treated to ads on bus or train lines depicting the images of Gaza and the victims of the so called Jewish state,s right to defend itself.

    Yup , life for the zionist ain,t what it used to be.

    • seafoid
      February 26, 2015, 6:02 pm

      they had a very good run over 60 years and they got lazy, they didn’t upgrade their hasbara, they got complacent- that’s life

    • Pixel
      February 28, 2015, 5:21 am

      @amigo

      Never thought I’d live to see the day.

      • amigo
        February 28, 2015, 9:36 am

        “Never thought I’d live to see the day.” Pixel.

        It,s not much compared to the litany of murderous crimes they have perpetrated against the Palestinians.

        But it sure feels good watching them, (zionists) squirm and eat crow for a change.

      • Mooser
        February 28, 2015, 6:33 pm

        “Never thought I’d live to see the day.”

        Yup, never thought I’d live to see even this much push-back to Zionism.

      • Mooser
        February 28, 2015, 6:39 pm

        “It,s not much compared to the litany of murderous crimes they have perpetrated against the Palestinians.”

        Some of which they may ultimately get away with, too. In some fashion or another, although there’s no way Zionism, or for that matter Judaism, as it is, will come out of it smelling sweet or with clean hands. The former of those entities thinks they can afford that, but I don’t think the latter can.

  2. traintosiberia
    February 26, 2015, 10:50 pm

    This is great . But AMP should take this message all over US and start asking the folks in France and Germany and UK repeat the same .

    • Pixel
      February 28, 2015, 5:23 am

      The only thing lacking is funds.

      Gotta whip out our checkbooks.

      (Oops, I meant transfer some Bitcoins.)

  3. Walid
    February 27, 2015, 9:22 am

    I’m dying to know who are those mystery “Mondoweiss Editors”. Can someone help?

    • Annie Robbins
      February 27, 2015, 10:28 am

      walid, go to the about page, everyone on staff is an editor to some degree or another. if you click on the base of the article “all posts by mondoweiss editors” and check what they have in common it is that they are mostly press releases. so it’s whoever took the time to draft the press release.

      • Walid
        February 27, 2015, 11:16 am

        Thanks, Annie.

  4. just
    February 28, 2015, 4:08 am

    It’s so wonderful to see the truth advertised. The ad is totally fact-based. The truth will prevail!

    Horowitz, Geller, et al (too many to list!) are lie mongers and rabble- rousers.

    I very much appreciate this:

    “While many view Netanyahu’s speech as disrespectful to the US President, AMP asserts that disrespect is a symptom of the much larger problem of American support for Israeli policies, which contravene international law and deprive Palestinians of their human and civil rights.”

    Thanks to Mondoweiss Editors. Thanks to AMP!

  5. Kay24
    February 28, 2015, 6:14 am

    What a beautiful sight! At last some brave people are bringing into focus what is happening to this nation because of Netanyahu and Israel. Of course, now there will be some elements showing outrage about this, but then anything factual about Israel or Netanyahu should be out there for the American people to see. These ads should be in all major cities around the nation.

    I hope there are many protests too, when this trouble maker gets to town, to spew his poison in congress. Let me predict the words….Israel is in danger, threatened to be wiped out (forget the fact that it is Israel who is doing the wiping out), nuclear, nuclear, nuclear (ignore DImona), and existential threat.

    See, why can’t the WH and Obama understand that it is Bibi’s way, always, or the highway?
    No deal will please his lordship, only bombs over Iran (Gaza style).

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