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Latest Alert: Don't Punish Palestinians for Seeking Freedom; Punish Israel for Denying It.

October 5th, 2011

Congress is now threatening sanctions against Palestinians for seeking UN membership. Take action!

Outrageous! The United States claims to support Palestinian statehood but Congress is now threatening sanctions against Palestinians for seeking UN membership.

Last weekend, The Independent reported that even before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted Palestine's UN membership application, Members of Congress had quietly placed "holds" on spending already allocated U.S. assistance to Palestinians.

And now, as if that weren't bad enough, Congress is considering additional far-reaching sanctions against Palestinians as punishment for seeking UN membership. 

Take action right now!  Contact your Members of Congress and tell them not to sanction Palestinians for seeking to achieve their freedom and self-determination, but to sanction Israel for denying Palestinian rights.

Palestine has waited more than 64 years to become a UN member. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail: "For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!'... This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.'" The worst stumbling block to freedom's advance, King argued, is the person who "believes he can set the timetable for another" person's freedom.

Today, we're releasing a brand new online resource to help you make sense of these sanctions and U.S. aid to Palestinians. 

In our new online resource, you can:

Write your Members of Congress to oppose sanctions against Palestinians,

Read our FAQ that details our position on U.S. aid to Palestinians, which is often more problematic than it may appear,

View a slideshow and interactive database to get details about what U.S. aid funds,

Learn more about the proposed Congressional sanctions against Palestinians,

Educate yourself about U.S. aid to Palestinians in our resources guide.

However, it's not enough to contact Congress.

We need to take our message to the streets!  Right now, in more than 200 cities across the country, thousands of people are out protesting against corporate greed and militarism and for funding human needs.

Congress remains deaf to the demands of the people as the "Super Committee" meets behind closed doors to debate deficit cutting measures that are likely to bring additional cuts to the critical social services that should be guaranteed to all. Yet $30 billion in military aid to Israel remains untouched, a budgetary "sacred cow."   

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation urges all of its member groups and individual supporters to become involved with Occupy Together, and participate in a local event near you.

Sign up today to receive an organizing packet to end military aid to Israel and we'll ship it to you right away by express mail so that you can use these materials at an Occupy Together event this weekend. Each packet comes with fact sheets, fliers, postcards, and petitions--everything that you'll need for going to Occupy Together events to help end U.S. military aid to Israel and redirect that money to unmet needs here at home. 

Click to download flyer in PDFSpeaking of MLK... for those of you who will be in Washington, DC, for the rescheduled dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on Sunday, October 16, let us know if you'd like to join us to organize there to end military aid to Israel.  Check out these great flyers we put together for the event, and sign up to help us distribute them.

One last thing... Last month we asked you to sign our petition on the White House's "We the People" website calling on President Obama not to veto Palestine's UN membership application. We've already received enough petition signatures to get a response from the White House and we're currently the second most popular foreign policy petition.  We've got until October 22 to collect additional signatures.  Let's send a strong message to the Obama Administration--help us become the most popular foreign policy petition on the White House website by signing today!