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Take Action: Hold Israel Accountable for Brutality toward Palestinians, Americans

by US Campaign Staff
July 7th, 2014

Our Military, Diplomatic Support Fuels Israeli Apartheid


Photo provided & published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family.

Last Thursday, 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen from Tampa, FL, was brutally beaten by undercover Israeli police in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem in an attack caught on video. The attack was the latest in many weeks of ongoing, calculated, deadly collective punishment by Israel against the Palestinian people. Tarek was repeatedly punched and kicked in the face and the head while lying on the ground handcuffed. He was knocked unconscious, his nose was broken, and he was denied medical care for five hours after being arrested without charge.

Take Action! Click here to demand that President Obama and Congress hold Israel accountable for its attacks on Tarek and other Palestinians and Americans.

Tarek was released from jail on Sunday after the State Department had called “for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force” in his beating. However, as we know from previous cases of Americans who were injured or killed by Israel, we need to press our government to make sure that it honors its words and doesn’t allow Israel impunity yet again to harm Americans or Palestinians without consequence.

Last month, after U.S. forces apprehended a suspect in the attacks on U.S. installations in Libya, President Obama declared “that we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans.”

We’ve created these memes to ask whether this pledge applies to Israel as well. Click on each to see a larger image. 

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Please post these memes widely on social media and encourage your friends to press our government to hold Israel accountable for its human rights abuses of both Americans and Palestinians.

Tarek’s beating occurred one day after his 16-year-old cousin Mohammed was abducted from Shuafat and killed. An autopsy revealed that he was set afire while alive and burned to death. Six Israelis have been arrested as suspects in Mohammed’s torture and killing. 

Mohammed's horrific killing was an all-too-predictable occurrence. Israeli politicians demanded “revenge” after the bodies of three Israeli teenagers abducted and killed near Hebron were found. Mobs marched through the streets of Jerusalem calling for “Death to Arabs” and sought out Palestinians to lynch.

This vigilantism has been stoked by the draconian actions of the Israeli government, which has collectively punished, in violation of international law, Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation by bombing the illegally blockaded Gaza Strip, denying freedom of movement to residents of the West Bank, ransacking Palestinian homes and arresting hundreds of people, and killing nearly two dozen Palestinians since June 13. 

Amnesty International USA recently wrote to Members of Congress expressing its concern about Israel’s recent actions, noting that “the U.S. is the largest foreign supplier of weapons, munitions, police equipment, and military aid to Israel. As a consequence, the U.S. has special responsibilities in the context of Israel’s lack of accountability for human rights violations.”

Therefore, Amnesty urged Congress “to suspend transfers of munitions, weapons, crowd control devices, and military training to Israel.Click here to send this message to Congress and the White House, along with a demand to hold Israel accountable for injuring and killing Americans such as Tarek. 

After clicking to instantly contact Congress and the White House above, consider organizing locally in at least one of the following ways:

Next month, Congress will be going on its August recess, the perfect time for you to meet with your Members of Congress at home to share your concerns. It’s not too early to start assembling a delegation of constituents and to request a meeting. If you’re interested, we can provide resources to help.Contact our Legislative Coordinator, Mike Coogan, to get started

It’s also incredibly important to publicly demonstrate our opposition to Israel’s policies. Member groups nationwide have already taken to the streets. Many emergency protests have taken place and upcoming, worldwide protests are posted here by our Canadian friends at Samidoun. Organize and add an action near you.

In calling for the intensification of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns, the Palestinian BDS National Committee reminded us that Israel’s “military violence, collective punishment and the deliberate targeting of civilians are endemic to Israel’s of decades-old system of occupation, colonization and apartheid.”  

One way that you can get involved in BDS is by joining the We Divest week of action, July 6-13. This week of action, targeting corporations profiteering from Israeli military occupation, overlaps with the 10th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling Israel’s apartheid wall to be illegal. Our friends at Stop the Wall have called for July to be a month of action demanding Israel is held accountable for ignoring the ICJ’s ruling. Find out how to get involved here.

Thank you for all that you do to raise awareness about Israel’s brutality toward the Palestinians and to end U.S. support for these policies.

Sincerely,          

US Campaign Staff


Anna Baltzer
National Organizer


Mike Coogan
Legislative Coordinator


Ramah Kudaimi 
Membership &
Outreach Coordinator 


Josh Ruebner
Policy Director