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With perhaps a level of organizing unprecedented in Washington DC, 38 faith-based and social justice organizations have come together to plan a series of actions to protest the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week to the nation’s capital.

A smaller coalition had come together last March to protest Netanyahu’s speech before Congress and succeeded in convincing 60 lawmakers to #SkiptheSpeech. Now, groups and organizations have been working around the clock to plan events to spread the idea, “No US Tax Dollars to Israel.”

During this week’s visit, Netanyahu is expected to ask for a major increase in US military aid and weapons as an appeasement for the Iran Deal, which he vehemently opposed. On Monday, he and President Barack Obama are expected to talk about an extension of the current $30-billion Memorandum of Understanding in U.S. foreign military financing, which expires in 2017. Some reports place the new MOU at $45 billion over 10 years, beginning in 2018. In addition, the prime minister has stated he is using the trip to repair his relationship with the “American Jewish community,” and to that end is meeting on November 10 with the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, a group that bills itself as progressive and that is closely aligned with the Democratic Party. Netanyahu will not be delivering a speech to the closed event, but will be answering questions by moderator Neera Tanden, CAP president. The conversation will be available from 3-4 p.m. EST via live streaming.

In response, representatives from American Muslims for Palestine, the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, RootsAction and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation presented Winne Stachelberg, CAP executive vice president for external affairs, with petitions that asked CAP to cancel the event. The petitions also stated it is no longer acceptable to be progressive except for Palestine. Collectively, the effort garnered more than 26,300 signatures.

The petition submission kicked off several events planned on Monday and Tuesday.

9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9 – Picket outside the White House, during the meeting between Obama and Netanyahu. Sponsored by the ANSWER coalition.

5-8 pm. Monday, Nov 9 – No US Tax Dollars for Israel rally outside the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, where the American Enterprise Institute is planning to honor Netanyahu. The rally is endorsed by 38 faith-based and social justice organizations, and will feature several speakers, including Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, Dr. Osama Abuirshaid and the Rev. Graylan Hagler,among others.

8-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 – Netanyahu is #NotProgressive picket outside Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, Washington DC, sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Those in the Washington DC area are asked to attend the rally and pickets. Get information, or posters and flyers to download here.

On Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. EST, everyone is encouraged to Tweet probing questions at the Center for American Progress @amprog and Tanden @neeratanden. People are encouraged to use the hashtag #NotProgressive. Also, follow @US_Campaign, @AMPalestine and @jvplive for sample tweets or updated hashtags throughout the picket.

Kristin Szremski
About Kristin Szremski

Kristin Szremski is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years in newspapers. She currently is the director of media and communications for American Muslims for Palestine.

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  1. Kay24
    November 8, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Good luck to all who are organizing these protests, and to those who are taking time do so. Numbers do matter, so hopefully, they will be able to get a large crowd to protest a war criminal.

    I doubt the zionist servants who run the media, will allow much coverage of these protests, although it will be a very newsworthy. I am sure the foreign media will do a better job.

    Netanyahu deserves to see people protesting his policies and war crimes, although knowing
    what an arrogant man he is, he will not stop the killings nor the occupation.

    • inbound39
      November 8, 2015, 11:29 pm

      Terrific stuff!!! I sincerely hope many Americans attend and participate in these events. Claim your country back and show Netanyahu the door!

    • truthurts
      November 8, 2015, 11:36 pm

      no more pussyfooting little banners now. we need to get, and get real fast, like the brave courageous young antiwar youth student protesters during the vietnam era to be physical.
      i have absolutely no doubt that if it wasn’t for these students we’d still be in vietnam.

  2. Palikari
    November 8, 2015, 7:03 pm

    Bibi, welcome to the US!

    Enjoy your stay.

    • Mooser
      November 9, 2015, 12:28 am

      “Bibi, welcome to the US! Enjoy your stay.”

      “Palikari” knows, if you want to get a message to Bibi Netanyahoo, put it in Mondoweiss!

      • Kay24
        November 9, 2015, 6:18 am

        From an article I just read it seems the hasbaric/writers are peeved with MDW.

        The truth is hurting them, or maybe threatening them. Go MDW!

    • CigarGod
      November 9, 2015, 4:44 am

      Don’t be shy. Go ahead and just say it.
      You are perfectly comfortable welcoming war criminals…especially when they promise to subvert the USA.

    • eljay
      November 9, 2015, 7:40 am

      || Palikari: Bibi, welcome to the US! Enjoy your stay. ||

      It warms the heart to see a loyal subject and fluffer-in-waiting welcome his King.

    • Misterioso
      November 9, 2015, 3:02 pm


      I’m sure Bibi will enjoy his stay given the fact that due to pressure from and the bribing of American politicians by the pro-Israel lobby , he will leave with between $4 and $5 billion US taxpayer dollars to maintain Israel’s belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands.

      Nor should we forget the $millions upon millions given to Israel in the form of tax deductible contributions by American individuals and organizations.


      Haaretz, Nov. 8/15

      “When the White House Starts Talking About One State, Netanyahu Should Worry” by Barak Ravid

      “Senior U.S. officials believe that the U.S. must formulate a policy for a situation in which the two-state solution dies, and think about how this will mold ties with Israel.”

      “For the first time, the White House and the State Department in Washington have begun to state publicly that the reality in the West Bank is becoming that of one state for two peoples.

      “The bombshell was dropped by Obama’s senior adviser on the Middle East, Robert Malley. He stated that a new reality has been created in which not only is there no chance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement but that even the possibility of renewing negotiations between the parties seems very slim.

      “’The president is going to want to hear from PM Netanyahu, given that reality, which is a new one, how does he see Israel going forward in preventing the emergence of a one-state solution,’“ he said.”

      “Malley, a veteran diplomat who has been accompanying the Israeli-Palesti nian peace process almost since its first day, is just one of a growing group of senior officials in the U.S. administration who believe that the United States must formulate a policy for a situation in which the two-state solution will die and think about how this will mold future relations with Israel….”

  3. JWalters
    November 8, 2015, 7:37 pm

    Nixon aide John Haldeman said about telling the truth, “Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it’s hard to get it back in.” (To John Dean about testifying truthfully on Watergate.)

    More and more people are learning the simple facts, and are seeing Israeli campaign money as dirty money. It is becoming a liability for voters who know the facts and have a moral compass.

    This is a movement to save America’s very freedom of speech and democracy. My sincere gratitude to every single organizer and participant. Every voice counts in the battle for truth.

    • traintosiberia
      November 9, 2015, 11:12 am

      How does Israeli money play any role in Western election? It does possibly and I can think of the possibility that Saban or Singer or Adelson do get political legal moral protection from the quarters that support WINEP,JINSA,AIPAC,PNAC,FDD,( some of the staff work for Israel some of them will work for Israel ,some of them will establish or have connection to military or settlement . Some of them have business dealings that profit from American money doled out to Israel or technological know how developed in US or stolen from US.) Sometime a third country gets scientific ,military or business insider help from Israel whose origin is practically US soil ( thus subsidized by US at a cost to its economy and security) Donors to Democrats and Republican benefit from these labyrinthine distortions of the legality .
      I have heard of Adelson getting foothold on Macau was a product of this sort of unethical behaviors

      • JWalters
        November 9, 2015, 7:30 pm

        Indeed, these people are professional money-launderers. They need the money-laundering operations for their drug dealing and illegal weapons sales. That’s all in addition to the “legal” Military-Industrial Complex weapons profits, based on needless wars and the lies, bribes, and blackmail behind them.

      • truthurts
        November 10, 2015, 2:15 am

        it’s not just “israeli” money but much more appropriately “jewish” money

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        November 10, 2015, 9:01 am

        While I agree with you that facts plainly show that a lot of contributions to politicians are from Jewish donors, I don’t think that it is their Jewishness that is a main characteristic there. I believe that it is their pro-Zionist sympathies that are necessary for someone to make donations to buy politicians’ pro-Israel votes. So I would prefer to have them identified as pro-Zionist Jewish donors, in the same way we refer to pro-Zionist Christians.

        The dual (interchangable) identity of Jewishness as both religious and racial/blood/tribal makes for such an effective trap for anyone to fall in and be accused of Anti-Semitism, that a little care with labels is called for.

      • YoniFalic
        November 10, 2015, 9:14 am

        Are there any major Christian pro-Zionist political contributors?

  4. kalithea
    November 8, 2015, 8:36 pm

    Hopefully, everyone is getting the word out through other sites as well and sharing this information. Strength in numbers.

    The gall of this man asking for a handout from Obama after upstaging him with that speech to Congress.

    And as far as appeasement for the Iran Deal; hell no! No more Zionist blackmail.

    • traintosiberia
      November 9, 2015, 11:23 am

      Only NYT is still actively engaged in drumming up the support for Netanyahu. For NYT ,the problem is a simple misunderstanding of words and phrases . It is all about ” With U.S. and Israel , It ‘s Who Slighted Whom” ( NYT 11/9/15)
      According to NYT the rupture of relationships came from ” over MrObama’s push for a nuclear agreement ”
      On the NYT front page, not any mention of Gaza war, WB settlements, check point killings, Gaza blockade, periodic threat against Iran, killing of scientists,meltdown in Middle East that has no solution without Iran, attacks against Syria and covert support to IS.
      Martin Indyk and Uzi Arad are the experts who blame both equally in addition to the confusion sowed by NYT in its headings.

      About 14 yrs ago , the argot appeared in very warmongers lips- No Moral Equivalency between US/ Isarel and terrorist AKA Hamas/ Hizbullah / Arafat PA/ Ghaddafi/ Assad and Iran.
      That should be resurrected to declare that there is no moral equivalence between Obama and the terrorist ,racist,bigoted anti American Netanyahu and his league .

    • truthurts
      November 10, 2015, 2:20 am

      you talk real tough behind that computer; why not put your money where yout mouth is; go do something physically obstructive to block him in washington. do you honestly think he wastes his time reading your pitiful little comments?
      i’m sure he’s just shaking in his boots.
      laughing as he goes back home with another cool 4.5 billion he just extorted from his pitiful weak corrupt fake US politician traitors.

  5. CigarGod
    November 8, 2015, 11:01 pm

    Sounds well organized.
    Love it.
    But I’m sure the Boys From Zion will show up to defend Inequality and Occupation.

  6. Marnie
    November 8, 2015, 11:52 pm

    “$30-billion Memorandum of Understanding”

    Don’t you just love the way things are given names that have no connection in reality to what they represent? The proper name would be “30-billion Price Tag for the Ongoing Construction of Illegal Settlements, Apartheid, the Occupation of Palestine and the Ongoing Nahkba”. It’s lengthy and clumsy, but so what? Honesty is the best policy and I’m pretty sure at this time, after 70 years of it, Americans and the rest of the world should be mature enough to call things by their true name instead of sugar-coating every horrible act committed by zionist enterprise and the complicity of the G. of USA.

    Thank you Ms. Szremski. I just wonder why these plans aren’t kept under lock and key more so as to enhance the element of surprise. I understand the desire to have as many people as possible show up for these events, but the element of surprise is lost and the enemy (who has endless sums of cash at their expense) can do even more to usurp it. I hope and pray that by the time this is over, Netanyahu will never ever feel cavalier enough to make remarks about America being “an easy thing to move” and will never set foot on American soil again. Best wishes for great success and put some stank on it!!! GO BDS!!!

  7. Kay24
    November 9, 2015, 6:21 am

    What Obama should tell Netanyahu this week (but won’t)

    “Obama has failed at diplomacy, largely because the president no longer has any real leverage over the Israeli right wing.”

    How about threatening to stop the aid, refuse to increase it, and also withdraw any further protection at the UN? That should make Netanyahu change his arrogant tune.

    • CigarGod
      November 9, 2015, 6:24 am

      Congress took that away from him, didn’t they?

      • Kay24
        November 9, 2015, 6:52 am

        I agree that Congress shamefully overrides the President in many issues relating to Netanyahu and Israel, still Obama has some avenues for that leverage, like refusing to support it at the UN, and allowing his officials to be more critical of Israel and exposing the truth about the peace talks that Netanyahu nixed. Obama is not totally helpless, but he does not seem to have a spine.

      • CigarGod
        November 9, 2015, 6:55 am

        Hopefully he was explain himself in his post presidency book.
        I don’t understand him either.

  8. Ossinev
    November 9, 2015, 6:50 am

    Juan Cole “Israel under Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends”

    What Israel 2015 onwards needs is no love from anybody and no friends – with or without the grotesque Nitay.


  9. Kay24
    November 9, 2015, 7:06 am

    Looks like our retail businesses may do well, Sarah Netanyahu is also in town.

    Did she bring her empty bottles with her? Heh.

    • Marnie
      November 9, 2015, 7:27 am

      @Kay24 –
      You really think she pays for anything? She better be searched before she leaves any place of business – you know how well-practiced the zionists are at taking what isn’t theirs.

      • Kay24
        November 9, 2015, 8:44 am

        No of course not, and you are right, they are experts at taking what is not theirs, even pretend it was theirs all along. Mostly probably Israelis will pay for the goodies, and we send the Israelis a good allowance too., so maybe the US will eventually foot that bill.

  10. Kay24
    November 9, 2015, 8:56 am

    Someone should have put huge billboards like this all over the route Nutty man’s limo travels, giving him a strong message that there are many Americans who do agree to the charity we have to send them.

    Such a warm welcome will make Nutty feel warm all over.

  11. HarryLaw
    November 9, 2015, 9:51 am

    Are Netanyahu’s arms folded in that first banner headline? The arrogant sneer, reminds me of Mussolini. Hope he ends the same way.

    • CigarGod
      November 9, 2015, 9:58 am

      Well, as sympathetic as I am to the reference, someone would replace him.
      He is a symptom.
      I have no idea how to treat the cause…humanly.

  12. Kay24
    November 9, 2015, 10:03 am

    This is priceless! A picture of Netty with a great caption:

    • CigarGod
      November 9, 2015, 10:17 am

      Will it capture the right wing eyes/minds…but at the expense of our needy?

      • Kay24
        November 9, 2015, 10:24 am

        Most probably not, because they have drunk the zio kool aid, but at least I got a laugh out of it. :))

  13. Kay24
    November 9, 2015, 11:01 am

    Just now. Obama and his newly reconciled “friend” Nutty, giving a news conference and it was predictable, Obama sang the praises of the dear friendship we have with Israel. Netanyahu (what a damn fraud) asserted that Israel is interested in a 2SS (someone please slap him) and lied about peace with his neighbors. What a charade, a sham, and yet another attempt to hoodwink the world. This from a man who said under him, there would never be a 2SS.

    What a load of zio crap, but sadly Americans will buy these lies.

    Someone’s lying Lord, Kumbaya……

    • Kay24
      November 9, 2015, 11:04 am

      Not ONE neutral word, or show of support for the Palestinian people, their suffering, the occupation, or that the Palestinians too have the right to defend themselves (from American made weapons?) or that they have a right to protest their oppression.

      • CigarGod
        November 9, 2015, 11:26 am

        He sure ain’t leaving an international human rights legacy.
        Sorry to witness the greatest squandering of an opportunity of a lifetime.

      • Kay24
        November 9, 2015, 7:03 pm

        CG it is indeed a pity. He could have been the President who stood up to Israel and and stopped a 60 year old military occupation, giving Palestinians a state and their much deserved freedom.

        Obama has chosen to side with those who have consistently disrespected him, and interfered in his policies.

  14. Kay24
    November 9, 2015, 2:56 pm

    That is one ugly picture of Netanyahu. That angle makes me see all the way up his nose, and even a glimpse of those illegal settlements that are on his brain.

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