What is the Israeli Accountability Campaign?
We are excited to share launch the Israeli Accountability Campaign. The campaign is comprised of three major political demands. To help you make the case for these demands, we've included a set of resources to help you hold a teach-in and to organize a plan of action. Read below to learn more.
During its attack on Lebanon this summer, Israeli Air Forces struck a building in Qana, Lebanon providing shelter to 63 displaced Lebanese civilians. Initial reports stated that 59 civilians had been killed including 37 children. The youngest of the dead was 10 months old, the eldest was 95 years old. This is not the first time Israel has attacked Lebanese civilians in Qana. On April 18, 1996, Israel shelled a UN Compound in Qana providing shelter to approximately 800 civilians. The shelling killed 106 civilians, injured hundreds of others and caused severe destruction in the area.
Israel could not have committed these potential war crimes without our U.S. military, economic, and diplomatic support. During Israel's attack on Lebanon from July 12th to August 14th 2006, the U.S expedited arms and fuel shipments to Israel to continue its indiscriminate attack on Lebanese civilians. In 1996, intense US and Israeli political pressure shelved the UN investigation of the Qana massacre that found that although “while the possibility cannot be ruled out completely it is unlikely that the shelling of the United Nations compound was the result of gross technical and/or procedural errors.” Had the Clinton Administration held Israel to account for its war crimes in 1996, presumably, Israel would have exercised greater restraint and respect for international laws of war in its most recent attack on Lebanon.
Our vision is to use our agency as U.S. citizens and taxpayers to hold Israel accountable by challenging U.S. foreign policy towards Israel. In particular, the Israeli Accountability Campaign ("campaign”) seeks to use the pending law suit against Moshe Ya'alon as a tool to educate and mobilize legal and general communities nationally and to demand that the Bush Administration hold Israel accountable for its war crimes past and present.
The demands of the campaign are three-fold:
To make these demands we suggest that you hold a teach-in on your campus or in your community. At this teach-in we suggest that:
After the teach-in, we suggest that you create an Action Plan. Possibilities for action include:
To help you organize a teach-in and to take action, we’ve created and enclosed the following resources for your use:
For those activists or audience members who would like to be involved into the future as well as for addressing any concerns—they can write to Noura Erakat, National Grassroots Organizer/ Legal Advocate at the US Campaign at email@example.com or
We look forward to getting report backs on how your local Campaign develops. Please send Noura, firstname.lastname@example.org, a note about your activities and let us know whether you hosted a teach-in, distributed the postcards, organized a letter writing campaign, and/or started a divestment campaign.
To download the PDF version of this letter, click here.