Friday, July 8, 2011

Fund Community Needs, Not Israel's Misdeeds!

Today, on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) issued a call to international civil society to join in a global military embargo of Israel.

Such an embargo would hasten the end of "Israel's unlawful and criminal use of force against the Palestinian people and other peoples and states in the region and would constitute an effective, non-violent measure to pressure Israel to comply with its obligations under international law," according to the BNC.

We couldn't agree more! Which is why we're excited to announce a new phase in our ongoing campaign to end U.S military aid to Israel as our contribution to this global initiative.

Today we're taking our campaign to your city! Check out our latest website dedicated to ending U.S. military aid to Israel.

You'll find all the ideas, resources, and inspiration you'll need to run an effective, long-term organizing campaign to get YOUR city council to pass a resolution to end U.S. weapons transfers to Israel and redirect that money to unmet needs in your community.

Here are a few reasons from our
Organizing How-To Guide why you should join us in this critical organizing campaign:

Above: Click to download a PDF of our Organizing How-To Guide.

You will raise awareness in your community about the moral and financial costs of U.S. military aid to Israel and how U.S. support enables Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians, and in the process build your base of support.

You will build relations with allies in your community working on various social justice issues by including their issues of concern in your campaign.

You will create tangible political change by getting your local government to put itself on the record as preferring to fund unmet community needs rather than more weapons for Israel.

We've done all the research you'll need to make a compelling case to people in your community.  On our site we show you how much money your city provides in weapons to Israel and what community needs that money could be used for instead.

On our site we provide you with details on the weapons transferred to Israel by the United States and these weapons' devastating impact on Palestinians.

Check out today!  Download our Organizing How-To Guide and template resources, and sign up to organize your city to pass a resolution to end U.S. military aid to Israel.