Palestine Advocacy Project goes national

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Have you heard of PalAd yet? Otherwise known as the Palestine Advocacy Project? While it may seem there’s a new kid on the block who just burst on the scene launching major ad campaigns in seven major U.S. cities protesting Netanyahu’s historic assault on Congress and the minds of Americans, that would not be the case. Ads have appeared in public transit systems, billboards, and mobile billboard trucks in Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and San Antonio synchronizing with AIPAC’s annual D.C. conference. Take a look:

Homeless -Palestine Advocacy Project Palestine Education Project - Norcal friends of Sabeel

San Francisco “Homeless” -Palestine Advocacy Project
Palestine Education Project – NorCal Friends of Sabeel

Due to the overwhelming response and support to the “ONE WORD” campaign that “swept social media like a tsunami“, Ads Against Apartheid went national, and through a crowd funding campaign raised over $100,000. Then, they did what they said they would do and came through supporting dedicated activist groups all across the country to get these and similar ads in their cities. They also transformed their website (check out their informative new digs which includes a blog).

Yesterday, referencing the D.C. leg of the campaign, PalAD board member Richard Colbath-Hess informed Mondoweiss mobile billboards were circling congress. Board member Clare Maxwell emphasizes “This is a critical time for Palestine — since the bombings in Gaza last summer, the public better grasp the extent and seriousness of Israel’s human rights abuses. Lawmakers need to hear the clear message that U.S. military aid to Israel is no longer acceptable.”

Palestine Advocacy Project D.C. Mobile billboard

Palestine Advocacy Project D.C. Mobile billboard

Plus, a giant banner at the Convention Center Metro station greeted attendees at AIPAC’s annual conference. 

The Palestine Advocacy Project is not acting alone. The D.C. campaign is in coordination with local affiliates JVP-DC and End the Occupation. The San Francisco campaign is in partnership with Northern California Friends of Sabeel (NorCal-FOSNA). Colbath-Hess told me PalAd “is working closely with  dedicated activist groups from all across the country to give Americans facts they probably won’t hear today and need to know in order to make informed decisions. We want them to know their tax dollars are helping fund a brutal  military occupation that has lasted 47 years. “

And lest one think these are minimal advertising efforts, think again. PalAD and FOSNA’s large San Francisco campaign in the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, endorsed by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and by Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace, will be on 52 San Francisco Muni buses and will running through the month of March. 

amNEWYORK, a free daily newspaper in New York City, reported “Palestine Advocacy Project bought space for 141 posters in 44 subway stations that will be displayed through March, costing $30,000, according to the MTA and the group.” That’s impressive.

amNEWYORK:

The ads feature the words “Stolen” and Homeless,” while criticizing U.S. aid to Israel. They are part of a nationwide campaign across seven cities timed for the U.S. visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Basically, it’s a way to reach a large mainstream audience,” said Richard Colbath-Hess, a board member of the group. “We feel like the news in this country is pretty biased.”

The New York City Council’s Jewish Caucus called the ads a “gross distortion of the facts.” They’re wrong. As we reported in our first coverage of the “ONE WORD” campaign last June the facts in all the ads are backed up with citations from credible human rights and international organizations, including the United Nations.

Stolen -  (photo: Palestine Advocacy Project - LA Jews for Peace)

“Stolen” – Palestine Advocacy Project – LA Jews for Peace

Yesterday I asked Colbath-Hess about the broadening of their campaign on a national level and how PalAD’s current initiative is enhancing the conversations Americans are having all over the country in response to Netanyahu’s speech. Passionate as always, here’s his response:

We want them to know their tax dollars are helping fund a brutal  military occupation that has lasted 47 years. The average American would be shocked to know the Israeli government on average is killing one Palestinian child every 3 days for the last 14 years. One every 3 days!  I think Americans would be shocked to know Netenyahu has presided over the biggest theft of Palestinian land in generations. The dialogue in congress is about Israeli security,  but Isreali government behavior makes them less secure and peace more difficult.  We say to Congress “Look our tax dollars are funding Israeli government human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.”

The Palestine Advocacy Project is a clarifying fresh feature of Pro-Palestinian activism here in America. Thanks to their determination and a great team of advisors.

Love these subway ads. I’d love to see them keep up this momentum.

San Francisco "Violence" - Palestine Advocacy Project Palestine Education Project - Norcal friends of Sabeel

San Francisco “Violence” – Palestine Advocacy Project
Palestine Education Project – NorCal Friends of Sabeel

Palestine Advocacy Project  MTA-DC

Palestine Advocacy Project MTA-DC

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. ivri
    March 4, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I am surprised Annie that you don`t read the mood-map even in your own country. The comprehensive violence in Arabia or those involving Islamists all around the world has all but annulled the interest in this “old” story called Palestinians. They had been at the center podium for quite a few decades but that`s gone – even in Arabia (Egypt just listed Hamas as a terrorist group). I am sure Americans yawn when they see these ads – resurrected from the dead. These people might just as well start a Red Indians Advocacy Project.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 4, 2015, 7:26 pm

      the mood-map eh? okaaaay ivri.

    • eljay
      March 4, 2015, 8:55 pm

      || ivreee @ March 4, 2015, 4:23 pm ||

      ivreee’s post is a wonderful expression of the hatefulness and immorality that is Zio-supremacism.

    • RockyMissouri
      March 5, 2015, 9:03 am

      NO ONE IS YAWNING. Shame on you.

    • peter123
      March 5, 2015, 9:32 am

      In one statement you successfully showed both ignorance and arrogance. You and your type have created the new anti-semitism. Kind of like the abused child who now becomes the abuser. Truly ill and in need of help.

    • Hostage
      March 5, 2015, 12:18 pm

      Re: I am surprised Annie that you don`t read the mood-map even in your own country.

      I’m surprised that you don’t read the headlines in your own country’s dailies about the strings attached to the Egyptian bailout by Saudi Arabia, i.e. : “Gaza and Cairo feel winds of change blowing from Saudi Arabia — “Saudi Arabia’s recent moves reflect a change in its foreign policy. This could force Egypt’s president to change his stance against Hamas, and push the latter back to the Arab orbit. — http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/.premium-1.645109

      Likewise the Google News feed has several stories about calls for improved Hamas – Egyptian relations; the fact that the Arab League will not recognize the Egyptian court decision which labeled Hamas a terror organization; and calls for the Egyptian government to overturn the decision, i.e.: “Hamas’ Haniyeh calls for better ties with Egyptian people” — http://en.apa.az/xeber_hamas__haniyeh_calls_for_better_ties_wit_223953.html

      Re: Have you heard of PalAd yet?

      Yes. Have you heard about the Avaaz.org Petition demanding that the IRS stop tax subsidies for the Israeli settlements yet?, i.e. : https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_settlement_subsidies_f/?torCWdb

      Dear friends across the US,

      It might be the worst tax break ever. Illegal Israeli ‘settlements’ or colonies on Palestinian land are driving mid-east conflict, have been judged a possible war crime by the UN, and are opposed by the US government. But over $200 million has been funneled from US donors to radical colonist groups – tax free!

      It’s shocking, and it’s illegal. These tax breaks clearly violate IRS rules — but there hasn’t been an outcry to force the IRS to audit these pseudo-charities and cancel their tax breaks. We can change that.

      Tomorrow Israel’s hawkish right-wing Prime Minister will address Congress in Washington, and the media is focused on this issue. An outcry right now from thousands of us, on top of a complaint Avaaz is submitting to the IRS, could get covered in the media and be enough to get the IRS to act. Sign here:

      https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_settlement_subsidies_f/?torCWdb

      Tax deductions are like indirect government financing – someone pays less taxes for donating money to a cause. That’s why it’s strictly reserved for real charities that are for the common good.

      The law is clear that these “charities” backing a long list of illegal and discriminatory practices against Palestinians don’t qualify, so the IRS should clearly revoke their charitable status. But some of these groups have high-level political connections, so it will take some pressure to get the IRS to act.

      Stopping these tax breaks wouldn’t affect donations to support legal and legitimate groups in Israel — only donations headed to groups that are violating human rights and international law, literally building roadblocks to peace with every settlement they support. Sign now:

      https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_settlement_subsidies_f/?torCWdb

      The US has for a long time been part of the problem, not part of the solution to Middle East peace. But the Avaaz community has campaigned for years for a more constructive US role, and under President Obama that role is shifting. This week, let’s send another signal to the warmongers that, step by step, peace is coming.

      With hope and determination,

      John, Nick, David, Terra, Ricken, Rewan and the whole Avaaz team

      SOURCES

      Can I Take a Tax-Deduction on My Donation to Israeli Settlements in Palestine? (Foreign Policy)
      http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/29/illegal-tax-deduction-charity-israel-settlements-palestine-irs/

      Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank (New York Times)
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/world/middleeast/06settle.html

      West Bank settlement expansion surged under Netanyahu (Haaretz)
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.631924

      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 10/1/2014 (White House)
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/01/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-1012014

      • Kay24
        March 5, 2015, 12:27 pm

        This is a very good point, that, I am sure many Americans are not aware of. Of course, the IRS should urgently investigate and halt these illegal monies being channelled for illegal settlements, which the US is against, and has condemned. Tis is a no-brainer.
        This is also channelling S dollars towards terroristic activities.

  2. afmeyers
    March 5, 2015, 11:32 am

    yes, a “a Red Indians Advocacy Project” is a good idea. USA supremacist/nationalists (just like their Zionist counterparts) love to crow about how this is the greatest country ever etc etc but the hard fact of history is that the USA was founded on genocide of the indigenous population and the slavery of kidnapped Africans. As Noam Chomsky pointed out recently, slavery “is the core of our history, along with the extermination or expulsion of the native population, but it’s not part of our consciousness.” So yes, ivri, let’s go full-speed ahead with a “Red Indians Advocacy Project” as you suggest. After all, the extermination/marginalization/expulsion of the “Red Indians” in the USA is precisely the model for the Zionists’ treatment of the Palestinians.

  3. Kay24
    March 5, 2015, 12:32 pm

    Looks like there is a surge in the number of anti Israel posters, in many States. Good job to all who work hard to get the message across. A few hard facts about the crimes against the Palestinians by Israel, and the truth about the US being complicit in these crimes, by sending aid and protecting it in the UN, will make many Americans re-consider this stupid policy of our, and be aware how much Israel has control of our congress, especially after Bibi’s circus in congress.

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