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For Immediate Release: March 3rd, 2013

Media Release: AIPAC Greeted by D.C. Ads to End Aid to Israel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, 202-332-0994 (office), congress@endtheoccupation.org

Ahmad Barclay, Lead Information Architect, Visualizing Palestine, +961-76800684 (cell), ahmad@visualizingpalestine.org

Washington, D.C. (March 3)—As the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) gathered for its annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. today, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine launched an advertising campaign calling on the United States to end $30 billion of military aid to Israel.

A three-day mobile truck ad highlighting the devastating impact U.S. weapons have on Palestinians will follow AIPAC attendees during their conference and as they lobby Members of Congress for more weapons for Israel.

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In addition, beginning Monday, ads at three Washington, D.C. Metro train platforms—Pentagon, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, and Foggy Bottom—highlight the budgetary trade-offs of providing weapons to Israel at the expense of failing to fund local community needs.

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Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, stated: “At a time when the sequester is cutting billions of dollars from programs to help those in need, it is grotesque that AIPAC is lobbying Congress this week for ever-increasing amounts of military aid to Israel, especially as these U.S. weapons are used by Israel—in violation of U.S. laws—to abuse Palestinian human rights.” 

Ahmad Barclay, Lead Information Architect with Visualizing Palestine, stated: “We see visual media as an essential tool in communicating marginalized social justice issues to a mainstream audience. We hope that this ad campaign will spur U.S. taxpayers to question more actively where their money is being spent at such a critical time.”

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 400 organizations that works to end U.S. support for Israel’s 45-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, and change U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to support human rights, international law and equality. Further information can be found at www.endtheoccupation.org.

Visualizing Palestine was initiated in 2011. Its social justice focused visuals are created by bringing together an international and interdisciplinary network of individuals and partner organizations working at the intersection between research, design, technology, and new media. Further information can be found at www.visualizingpalestine.org.