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The Washington Post Doesn't Believe in Apartheid.

Apartheid is Real in Israel!
March 2, 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week is finally here and generating lots of controversy.  This is the first year that our opposition has organized to defame us as we draw the world's attention to Israel's apartheid practices toward Palestinians, and the media is taking notice! Today, the Washington Post
published an outlandish op-ed by New York Daily News columnist Richard Cohen, in which he slanders human rights advocates who speak out against Israeli apartheid.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said that "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Now we're asking you to help shed the disinfecting light of truth on Cohen's latest piece of hasbara (Israel's term for propaganda) by joining in our media day of action.

In addition to the national media's woefully inadequate coverage of Israel's apartheid practices, our opposition has organized "Israel Peace Week" to coincide with our Israeli Apartheid Week.

The roadblock pictured above prevents Palestinians from accessing the Israeli-only highway system that connects West Bank settlements with Israel.These settler highways are a primary symbol of Israeli apartheid in the West Bank.

Israeli Peace Week is a blatant attempt to co-opt human rights frameworks using the same "brand Israel" tactics that inspire our coalition's current boycott of the Israel Ballet. Don't let those who blindly support Israel's occupation get away with hiding behind human rights rhetoric while systematically denying those same rights to millions of Palestinians living in Israel and the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, or as refugees. Click here to participate in our national media day of action or click here to participate in an Israeli Apartheid Week event near you.

Respond to our opposition's spurious accusations by taking action in the media

  • Write a letter to the editor responding to today's outrageous Washington Post Click here to access our letter-to-the-editor tools, including contact information for media outlets and talking points about Israeli apartheid.
  • Beat your opposition to the punch! Use our resources write your own op-ed to raise the issue of Israeli apartheid in your local media discussion.
  • Use social media to spread the word about Israeli violations of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid and the efforts of the nonviolent international boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement to bring freedom and full equality to all in Palestine/Israel. Write a blog post or comment about Israeli Apartheid Week (we hope that you're inspired by our blog posts on the topic), become our fan on Facebook to share our news and resources with your friends, or follow us on Twitter to receive up to the minute updates about Israeli Apartheid Week events and videos/articles about how Israel's apartheid practices affect Palestinians.
  • Let us know if your letter, column, or blog post gets published by clicking here.
Justice Brandeis also said, "The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities." It's shameful that Richard Cohen continues to hide behind "the logic of words" as the realities of separate and unequal civil rights for Jews and Palestinians living in Israel, the theft of Palestinian land by Israel's apartheid wall and settlements, and imprisonment of nonviolent Palestinian and Israeli political activists continue to motivate those of us planning Israeli Apartheid Week events. Of course we will remain steadfast long after Israeli Apartheid Week, with our actions for human rights, international law, and equality continuing throughout our March Month of Action.

Israeli Apartheid Week

March 1-7

Rachel Corrie Remembrance Day

March 16

Land Day / boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) day of action

March 30

Join our national media action day! Click here for details.

Find an event near you! Check out the international Israeli Apartheid Week website by clicking here.

Join our trainings in Washington, DC! Click here to register for our Campus BDS Training Day or herefor our Grassroots Advocacy Training.

Remember Rachel Corrie and call for accountability from those who are responsible for her death!

Click here to find out more about Rachel Corrie's life and legacy or click here to find our how you can get involved in holding Caterpillar accountable for her death and its continued support for Israel's policy of collective punishment and apartheid through demolishing Palestinian homes.

Join us in taking action to end Israel's apartheid policies of fragmenting Palestinian land in the occupied territories and discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel by restricting their land use!

Click here to find out more about why the Palestinian National BDS committee has called for this international day of action.

It's up to folks like you to make Israeli Apartheid Week and the rest of our March Month of Action a success.We hope that you'll join us in taking action in the national media or at a local event. There's still time to organize something in your area for Rachel Corrie Remembrance Day or the international day of BDS action on Land Day. Please join us in building this movement for an end to Israeli apartheid.