BACKGROUND: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual policy conference in Washington, DC on May 22-24. AIPAC is an organization that lobbies on behalf of Israel for US military and economic aid to support Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. AIPAC’s one-sided agenda is partly responsible for the highly unbalanced US policy toward Palestine/Israel.
A mid-level Defense Department analyst, Larry Franklin, was arrested recently for allegedly passing US intelligence to two AIPAC officials who were subsequently fired and are also under investigation. It is believed that this information was then passed to Israel. Despite the gravity of the charge, Members of Congress and the Bush Administration continued to laud AIPAC and the US-Israel relationship at its annual conference.
1) Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to have AIPAC register as an agent of a foreign government.
AIPAC describes itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby” and closely coordinates policy with the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC and the Israeli government, making it an agent of a foreign government. AIPAC should not be allowed to keep its 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charitable status, but should be required to register as a lobbyist for a foreign agent.
2) Contact the three Members of Congress and the Bush Administration who participated in the AIPAC conference and made remarks supporting or ignoring Israel’s illegal military occupation: Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Condoleezza Rice.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-8), Democratic Minority Leader of the House, denied that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory is the primary reason for the continuation of the conflict.
According to Pelosi, "There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. This is absolute nonsense. In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been: it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist.”
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice apparently believes that military occupations promote “real democracies” in the Middle East.
Rice thought it “incredible” that some in the Arab media “have even asked why the only real democracies in the Middle East are found in the ‘occupied lands’ of Iraq and the Palestinian territories.”
Contact info for Sec. Rice: Phone:202-647-5291, Email: http://contact-us.state.gov/ask_form_cat/ask_form_secretary.html
Sen. Hillary RodhamClinton (D-NY) ignored Israel’s denial of human rights, freedom, and self-determination to the Palestinian people and insisted that what unites Israel and the United States is the promotion of these values.
According to Sen. Clinton, “I want to start by focusing on our deep and lasting bond between the United States and Israel. Now, these are bonds that are more than shared interests. These are bonds forged in a common struggle for human rights, for democracy, for freedom…they are rooted in fundamental beliefs and values about the dignity and rights of men and women to live in freedom, free from fear, free from oppression.”
Contact info for Sen. Clinton: Phone: (202) 224-4451, Fax: (202) 228-0282, Email: http://www.clinton.senate.gov/email_form.html
ABOUT “WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY”: The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, its member organizations, and its Congressional District Coordinators issue an action alert the first Wednesday of each month on a topic related to US policy toward Israel and Palestine.
The US Campaign’s Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) network currently encompasses approximately 200 activists in 40 states and 175 Congressional districts. If you are interested in organizing and mobilizing people in your Congressional district to educate your Members of Congress about the need to end US support for Israel’s occupation, please join the CDC network by filling out the on-line form at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput4.php?modin=82
The US Campaign is a coalition of 200 member organizations that work together to end US support for Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, and change US policy toward Israel and Palestine to support a just peace based on human rights and international law.
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