Showing posts with label CODEPINK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CODEPINK. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thank Disney for Denouncing Ahava!

Our member group CODEPINK is asking supporters to sign their e-card to thank Abigail Disney for disowning her share of her family's investment in Ahava cosmetics. Shamrock Holdings, owned by the Disney family, is believed to have an investment worth around $12 million in the company. 

“I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources and the company’s situating its factory in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank," she said. Make sure to send her a thank you!

This is just the latest victory for the
Stolen Beauty Campaign and BDS. Earlier this month the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church-USA passed a resolution to boycott all Israeli settlement products, specifically naming Ahava products. 

The campaign's next target is Nordstrom, and you can send a letter demanding the department store stop selling Ahava products

And make sure to
register to join us at our National Organizers' Conference September 21-23 at St. Louis University to celebrate this and many other recent BDS victories. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Celebrate Stolen Beauty Campaign!

Our member group CODEPINK is celebrating the three-year anniversary of its Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign

Although Ahva labels it beauty products as "Made in Israel," the
ugly truth is that the products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the occupied West Bank and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem.

mislabeling has been in the news recently as both South Africa and Denmark recently decided to clearly label settlement goods. 

Here's how you can support the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign and help grow the global BDS movement:

  • Tell Nordstrom to stop selling Ahava products
  • Read the new report on Ahava by the the Israeli group Who Profits
  • Tweet this and like Stolen Beauty on Facebook
  • Find action ideas, fact sheets and more resources to help you organize

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rae Abileah and Josh Ruebner on Arab Voices

Arab Voices, broadcast on 90.1 FM Houston, featured Rae Ablieah, of Occupy AIPAC and Code Pink and National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner, on its March 7 show.  Click the link below to listen to the broadcast, which covered AIPAC, Occupy AIPAC, the campaign to end military aid to Israel, and more.


Rae Abileah
Jewish-American activist of Israeli descent. She is organizer with Occupy AIPAC - a counter-conference that took place across the street from the AIPAC conference held in Washington, D.C. few days ago. Rae is also co-director of the peace group CODEPINK. Last year, an alleged member of AIPAC physically assaulted and injured Rae when she disrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress.
Josh Ruebner
National advocacy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (a national coalition of nearly 400 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality). He is a former analyst in Middle East Affairs at theCongressional Research Service 
(a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis). Josh is author of the newly-released policy paper entitled "U.S. Military Aid to Israel: Policy Implications & Options".
A live discussion with Rae Abileah and Josh Ruebner about AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and its annual conference held March 4-6, 2012 in Washington, D.C.; the influence AIPAC has on the U.S. foreign policy towards Israel, occupied Palestine and Iran; the amount, impact and legality of the financial and military aid the U.S. provides to Israel every year; and much more.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Occupy AIPAC Live-Streaming Summit Tomorrow

Occupy AIPAC starts tonight! 

If you're in DC this weekend we look forward to seeing you soon!  See the UPDATED schedule of actions here. 

We will be live-streaming the Occupy AIPAC Summit tomorrow, Saturday, March 3, 9:00am-5:30pmEST - watch it live at or directly on Ustream  

Even if you can't join us at Occupy AIPAC, we need your help in promoting this message far and wide. The 99% say NO to war on Iran and YES to diplomacy and respect for Palestinian rights.  Please take a moment to spread the word with social media and send a message to Obama and Congress.

Tell Obama to get out of bed with AIPAC and say No to war on Iran! Take action here 

Follow us @OccupyAIPAC, the AIPAC policy conference is #AIPAC2012, join our efforts to culture jam their twitter feed

The 99% say NO to war on Iran and yes to respect for Palestinian rights #Occupy #AIPAC #AIPAC2012

AIPAC ensures that our tax $ pay for the occupation of #Palestine. We say enough! It is time to @OccupyAIPAC! 

Say NO to war on #Iran! Join @OccupyAIPAC for a mass demo outside the #AIPAC conference in March 

Tell Obama to get out of bed with Bibi and AIPAC @OccupyAIPAC #Iran #Israel #Palestine #AIPAC2012

Tell Obama we don’t want war with Iran @OccupyAIPAC #AIPAC2012

Tell Obama to stop subsidizing Israel’s occupation @OccupyAIPAC #Palestine #AIPAC2012

Protest war on Iran and let right-wing Israel Lobby AIPAC know that the US will not support war! Join Occupy AIPAC on March 4 in Washington DC!
Tell Obama to stop subsidizing Israel’s occupation
Demand a just peace in the Middle East!  AIPAC was a driving force behind the war in Iraq and now it is pushing for war on Iran.  Protest Sunday, March 4th in DC with OCCUPY AIPAC.

Bring our war dollars home - the US can't afford a war with Iran! Show the US stands for peace this weekend, March 4, at OCCUPY AIPAC.

Do you oppose war on Iran?  Tell the right-wing Israel Lobby to stop pushing war and occupation!  Protest in DC this Sunday: 

Do you support equality and freedom for Palestinians?  Attend the Occupy AIPAC Summit and protests in DC March 3-6!  Take a stand against the lawless policies promoted by the right-wing Israel Lobby!  Register and find out more here: 

It's time to end the stranglehold that K Street Lobbyists and Super PACs have on our government. Protest for a government by and for the people. Occupy AIPAC March 2-6 in DC - don't miss this chance to make history -

AIPAC is lobbying Congress to promote a military confrontation with Iran. Do you agree?
Why Occupy AIPAC? Because we support justice, dignity, and equality for all in Israel & Palestine. Join us in DC! 

In solidarity,
Occupy AIPAC 

Monday, January 23, 2012

No Comment Warranted on Commentary Blog

The neo-con rag Commentary had an especially tendentious post on its blog Contentions on Friday proving for themselves beyond a shadow of doubt that there exists a grand conspiracy between Marxism, anti-Semitism, the Occupy movement, and the US Campaign to "sabotage or at least overshadow the AIPAC event," by organizing Occupy AIPAC.

Let's leave aside for the moment the hypocrisy of a magazine formerly dominated by Communists (who then found the light in shucking for American imperialism) engaging in McCarthyite red baiting. Um, dudes, the 1950s was like so last century.

I can't figure out if this blog post is the result of sloppy journalism, or a hatchet job, or most likely a combination of the two. First off, they give us credit for organizing Occupy AIPAC. Thanks for the publicity, but we're actually just one of more than 100 organizations endorsing the event and promoting it. (As we mentioned in our email last week, we'll also be doing workshops and organizing a Congressional Hill briefing for it.)

Then they have the nerve to call us the "so-called" US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. According to Collins Thesaurus, so-called is most definitely a pejorative, meaning "alleged, supposed, professed, pretended, self-styled, ostensible," and so forth. Hey, Commentary, take a step outside of your Israel-is-the-best-thing-since-sliced-bread bubble and start getting used to the fact that growing numbers of people in the United States are simply sick and tired of the United States bending over backwards to protect Israeli occupation and apartheid against Palestinians. Yeah, Commentary, we're not "so-called"; we're part of the political landscape. Hide your head in the sand all you want.

Thanks, though, for your back-handed compliment of us having "neatly appropriated the slogans and the spirit" of the Occupy movement. We're not though "appropriating" the Occupy movement--we are part of it. We're a part of a growing national movement to get special interest money out of our corrupt political system, to stop gaming our economy to promote militarism and never-ending warfare, and to make government work for the people and not the elites like casino poobah Sheldon Adelson who dumped millions of dollars into Newt Gingrich's super PAC to get him to say outrageously dumb things like the Palestinians are an "invented people" and that he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Damn right, Commentary, we'll be Occupying AIPAC come March. AIPAC's number one lobbying item is always to advocate for more U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons transfers to Israel, weapons which will be misused in violation of U.S. law to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians like Mustafa Tamimi who died in December after he was shot in the face by an Israeli soldier with a high-velocity tear gas canister likely manufactured by Combined Systems, Inc. of Jamestown, PA and paid for with U.S. taxpayer money.

We've got so many better things to spend our money on than killing Palestinian protesters like Mustafa Tamimi who want nothing more, nothing less, than their inherent and fundamental human rights to a life of freedom, justice,and equality, rather than brutal military occupation and apartheid. So, yeah, Commentary, we'll be there protesting AIPAC's agenda and all of your silly accusations about who we are and what we stand for won't stop us.

Friday, January 20, 2012

London's Natural History Museum Blasted for Collaborating with Ahava

In the summer of 2009, US Campaign coalition member group CODEPINK launched the Stolen Beauty Campaign against Israeli cosmetics manufacturer Ahava Dead Sea Labaratories. Since then, the boycott campaign against Ahava has grown into an international campaign that continues to raise awareness about Ahava's deceitful business practices, which include labeling products manufactured in the occupied West Bank as 'Made in Israel', in violation of international law.

This past Tuesday, prominent intellectuals in Great Britain demanded that the Natural History Museum in London pull out of a research project which involves Ahava. In an open letter to the British newspaper, The Independent, top British filmmakers Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, along with other leading cultural and academic figures in Great Britain, condemned the museum for "coordinating an activity that breaks international law."

The museum is coordinating a European Union-funded project studying the environmental and health risks of nanoparticles. Avaha is one of several companies and institutions collaborating on the project, however, it is the only one operating in an illegal settlement in occupied territory. In their letter, the 21 signatories conveyed their outrage over the museum's collaboration with Ahava:

Ahava/DSL is based on occupied territory. It extracts, processes and exports Palestinian resources to generate profits that fund an illegal settlement. Israel's settlement project has been held by the International Court of Justice to break international law. Organisations which aid and abet this process may well themselves be found to be in violation. We find it almost inconceivable that a national institution of the status of the Natural History Museum should have put itself in this position.

We call on the museum to take immediate steps to terminate its involvement in Nanoretox and to establish safeguards that protect against any comparable entanglement.

The letter has generated a fair amount of negative publicity for Ahava, including a separate article in The Independent, and featured articles in the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Rueters, YNet News and leading science websites like Nature and Science.

Check out CODEPINK's Stolen Beauty website for more information on how you can get involved in the boycott campaign against Ahava!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Now Is the Time to #OccupyAIPAC

Join Us in Washington, D.C., March 2-6, to #OccupyAIPAC

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director

January 19th, 2012

Ever since the Occupy movement burst on to our political landscape last fall and reinjected energy into the movement to make government serve the 99 percent instead of the elites, we've enthusiastically joined forces by doing teach-ins at Occupy protests across the country and sending hundreds of organizing packets to empower local activists to end military aid to Israel.

Now we're ready to Occupy AIPAC. We'll be joining with member group Code Pink and more than 100 other endorsing organizations for five days of film screenings, teach-ins, performing arts, direct actions, trainings and grassroots advocacy during AIPAC's annual policy conference.

Join us from March 2-6 in Washington, D.C. Register today to hold your place.

In our struggle to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law and equality, perhaps no organization better epitomizes everything that is wrong with our political system and current policies of support for Israeli occupation and apartheid than AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The time has come to #OccupyAIPAC!

Here are just a few of the many reasons to #OccupyAIPAC:

An AIPAC front group skirts Congressional ethics guidelines to send Members of Congress on lavish trips to Israel where they are lobbied intensively to provide more taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel.

Political action committees and individuals aligned with AIPAC's agenda dump millions of dollars into elections to ensure that politicians applaud Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians.

And, AIPAC lobbies for ever-expanding sanctions and never-ending wars against other peoples and countries, with Iran now the focus of their efforts.

Who benefits
from the policies that AIPAC is pushing?  Certainly not Palestinians, who bear the brunt of U.S. weapons transfers to Israel and unconditional diplomatic support for Israel and live under brutal Israeli military occupation and apartheid. Certainly not the millions of ordinary Iraqis, Syrians and Iranians who have suffered harm as a result of AIPAC-backed sanctions and wars. And certainly not us, whose taxpayer dollars are diverted from funding unmet community needs to giving Israel--a country with greater per capita wealth than New Zealand and Saudi Arabia--$30 billion in military aid from 2009 to 2018.

It seems that the people benefiting from AIPAC policies are those in Israel and their supporters in the United States who work to ensure that Israel continues to subjugate Palestinians, to deny their fundamental human rights, and to try unsuccessfully to strip them of their humanity.  And, of course, also benefiting are the U.S. weapons manufacturers, who literally make a killing by joining with AIPAC to lobby for more taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel to injure and kill Palestinians by the thousands.

For these reasons and more, we strongly encourage you to join us in Washington, D.C., March 2-6, to #OccupyAIPAC.

Above: Click to see our interactive map of cities where people are organizing to end military aid to Israel -- and sign up!

The US Campaign will conduct a workshop there to end military aid to Israel, and organize a Capitol Hill briefing to launch our new policy paper documenting the devastating impact on Palestinians of U.S. weapons transfers to Israel and build our case for sanctions against Israel.

Learn more about #OccupyAIPAC and register today!

We've got a lot of work ahead to counter AIPAC's agenda--both here in Washington, D.C. in March and throughout the country all the time.  Help us do so by signing up to organize in your community to end U.S. military aid to Israel.  When you do, we will send you posters, stickers, postcards, flyers and more, to help educate and organize people in your city.  More than 2,000 organizers from 950 cities have already joined this ongoing campaign.  Sign up today to help us reach our goal of 1,000 cities with people organizing to end military aid to Israel in time for #OccupyAIPAC.

And don't forget about our exciting matching funds competition for community groups that want to organize campaigns to get their city councils to pass resolutions to end military aid to Israel and redirect the money to unmet community needs.  That's right, we're offering your community group money, resources, training and inspiration to do it! 

Thank you for helping us to #OccupyAIPAC and for changing our country's policies to support freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians.

Make your tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign to support our ongoing efforts to counter AIPAC's agenda and end U.S. military aid to Israel.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Flash Mob Tells Bed Bath & Beyond: "Stop Selling Illegal Israeli Settlement Products!"

The three groups involved in this action -- CODEPINK, 14 Friends of Palestine, and Keep Hope Alive -- are all coalition members of the US Campaign, which offers its exclusive flash mob resources here.

Brides, Professional Choir and Minister Flash Mob at Bed Bath & Beyond with Message:
"Stop Selling Illegal Israeli Settlement Products!"

Action in Solidarity with Global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

[LARKSPUR]: On Saturday, December 10, International Human Rights Day, a flash mob took over the wedding registry section of the Bed Bath & Beyond in Larkspur.  The flash mob consisted of a mock wedding in which four brides committed to boycott illegal Israeli settlement products, namely Ahava cosmetics and SodaStream home carbonation systems, and local Reverend Dr. Walt Davis pronounced the brides "married to a life of peace and justice."  The Justice Voices choir sung a parody of "Ode to Joy" that asked Bed Bath & Beyond to deshelve these products.  Store employees asked the flash mobbers to leave the store and called the police.  No arrests were made.  Caroling continued outside the store where the group received positive feedback from holiday shoppers.

“We hope Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Steven Temares hears our plea and stops selling products that are in clear violation of international law,” said Rae Abileah, flash mob "bride" and co-director of CODEPINK.  “Consumers have a right to know the ugly truth behind Ahava beauty products: they’re stealing Palestinian land! SodaStream is marketed as an environmentally responsible product, but the destruction of life, land and peace brought about by this settlement industrial zone is anything but environmentally responsible. Save a few plastic bottles at the expense of trashing Palestinian land and people?  We don’t think so.”

Ahava and SodaStream products are fraudulently labeled as “Made in Israel”, but are in fact produced in illegal settlements under the conditions of the military occupation in the West Bank, outside the internationally-recognized borders of Israel.  Ahava cosmetics are manufactured in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Ahava’s fraudulent labeling is under investigation in the UK and in The Netherlands. The Stolen Beauty Boycott and international boycott pressure have successfully pressured many stores to drop Ahava.  Stores that have pulled Ahava from their shelves include Canada’s major department store The Bay, UK retailer John Lewis, the National Cathedral in DC, the U.N. commissary in Vienna, and many more.

A recent report by the Israeli research project Who Profits from the Occupation describes SodaStream’s illegal settlement activities, exposes its fraudulent labeling practices and investigates its exploitative labor practices.  SodaStream is another occupation profiteer located the illegal industrial zone called Mishor Adumim, one of the largest land expropriations of Palestinian land in the West Bank, which prevents a future contiguous Palestinian state.

"This month, we mark three years since the Israel's deadly assault on Gaza that killed about 1,400 Palestinian men, women, and children. Let us all recommit ourselves to ending US financial and diplomatic support to Israel, and to supporting the inspiring, growing, global, Palestinian-led  movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions until Palestinians enjoy the freedom, equality, and justice that they deserve,” said Anna Baltzer, flash mob "bride" and national organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  

“I invited the CODEPINK women to Marin so that we could do a boycott action at our local Bed, Bath, and Beyond,” said Jane Jewell, founder of 14 Friends of Palestine and Justice Voices. “BDS is one of the most important non-violent activities we can do to oppose the cruel Israeli Occupation of Palestine that causes such terrible suffering to the Palestinian people. I consider it the duty of those of us who enjoy a life of freedom and privilege to help those who do not. If I lived under horrendous oppression like the Palestinians do, I would like to think that somewhere in the world there were people looking out for me. "

The action was coordinated by 14 Friends of Palestine, CODEPINK Women for Peace, and Keep Hope Alive.

More information on both campaigns is available at and

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Activists Call on Fashion Icon to Sever Ties with Lev Leviev

In November, US Campaign coalition member groups Adalah-NY, CODEPINK, and Jewish Voice for Peace, along with human rights organizations in the UK, called on fashion icon Daphne Guinness and Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to sever ties with Israeli settlement builder and conflict diamond purveyor Lev Leviev. Leviev is a principal sponsor of Ms. Guinness’s current fashion exhibition at FIT.

In an open letter to Guinness and FIT, the groups detailed Leviev’s sordid complicity in a multitude of human rights abuses that have led a number organizations and governments to distance themselves from Leviev’s companies. Citing Guinness’s own humanitarian work, the groups implored Guinness to sever all ties with Leviev:

We recognize your strong commitment to supporting women’s rights around the world, to countering AIDS in Africa and to helping the needy in places like Haiti. Therefore, like the organizations, governments and individuals who have sought distance from Leviev, we feel confident that you do not wish to tarnish your name and good works by associating yourself with Leviev’s companies’ human rights violations and questionable business practices. Leviev’s companies undermine the very rights and humanitarian causes that you support. Therefore, we call on you to act swiftly to sever all ties between the exhibit at FIT that bears your name, and Lev Leviev.
Representatives of Guinness and FIT have responded by saying they are taking the groups’ concerns into account, but have thus far failed to elaborate a further course of action. The petition calling on Guinness and FIT to sever ties with Leviev has generated a fair amount of negative publicity for all involved. Online stories detailing Leviev’s sponsorship of the exhibition have been featured on prominent sites like New York magazine, Vogue UK, and Jezebel, the influential feminist blog. The exhibition runs through January 17th, 2012.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Young Jewish Declaration

Following is a great new video by Young Jewish and Proud, the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace.  The video also includes members of Earlham BDS and CODEPINK.

“How do we reach Jewish young people?” has long been one of the central mantras of the organized Jewish community - as those of us who work as Jewish professionals can surely attest. But while we wring our hands over the state of the Jewish future, a remarkable new generation of Jews has been knocking insistently at our door.
Case in point:
Almost one year ago, five young Jews disrupted the keynote speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Federation General Assembly in New Orleans. One by one, at five different points during the speech, the activists stood on their chairs, unfurled banners and shouted out in turn:
Young Jews say the settlements delegitimize Israel!
Young Jews say the Occupation delegitimizes Israel!
Young Jews say the siege of Gaza delegitimizes Israel
Young Jews say the loyalty oath delegitimizes Israel!
Young Jews say silencing dissent delegitimizes Israel!
With each successive interruption the shouts from the crowd grew louder and angrier. As security attempted to safely walk them out, one protester was put in a choke hold by a convention attendee and wrestled to the floor. Another conventioneer grabbed a banner and tore it in half with his teeth.
At the very same moment, “Young, Jewish, Proud” launched its website, featuring the “Young Jewish Declaration” - an astonishing statement of purpose that seemed to come directly from the collective heart, mind and gut of this newly-formed youth movement:

Learn more about Young Jewish and Proud here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Protest Video and Petitions Delivered! Thousands tell National Building Museum: No Award to Caterpillar Inc.!

US Campaign member group, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, along with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace, CODEPINK, and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, celebrated a victory earlier this month when the National Building Museum announced its cancellation of the ceremony to award Caterpillar, Inc. with an award for "innovation in building technology" and "exceptional leadership," following a campaign which gathered more than 7,000 signatures. However, the National Building Museum did not rescind the award itself, prompting protesters to demonstrate outside the museum when Cindy and Craig Corrie delivered the petition, as described below in an account from the Rachel Corrie Foundation... Make sure to check out the video!

Earlier this month we convinced the National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington DC to cancel its September 14th public ceremony to award its prestigious Henry C. Turner Prize to Caterpillar Inc. Then last week, acting on behalf of the Rachel Corrie Foundation, we and representatives of Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink, the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (a coalition of more than 350 organizations) held a protest outside the F Street museum entrance. We sang, chanted, flyered, and chatted with the public. We then entered the Museum's lofty Great Hall to deliver the call from 150 regional, national, and international organizations and more than 7000 individuals to rescind the prize to Caterpillar Inc. completely. 
Petition Delivery and Action at the National Building Museum
Petition Delivery and Action at the National Building Museum
Video courtesy of Bill Simonds, JVP - DC Metro Chapter  
We met with Museum Development Events Manager Jessie Cochran. She promised to deliver our petitions to the Museum's Executive Director, Chase Rynd, along with our requests to consider the human rights records of future award candidates and to use the museum's public forums to discuss the built environment during conflict and occupation.

...This small but public victory is just one indicator of how together we are bringing Palestinian human rights front and center and making a difference. Once again, we have exposed the complicity of Caterpillar Inc. in the ongoing violations of these rights by the Israeli military and government in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel. 

Continue reading here...

Click here to find out more about the BDS Campaign against Caterpillar.

Flash mob in El Cerrito, CA Bed Bath & Beyond protests Soda Stream

A flash mob in an El Cerrito, CA branch of Bed Bath & Beyond this month protested the store's sales of Soda Stream, a soft drink product made in an illegal settlement with exploited Palestinian labor.

The approximately two dozen protesters wore shirts emblazoned with ""Boycott Israel 'til Palestine is Free," and sang and chanted in the Bed Bath & Beyond before moving outside to march and hand out fliers.  The store called the police, who declined to interfere, saying the protesters would leave soon without causing harm.  The flash mob included several members of US Campaign ember groups such as NorCal Friends of Sabeel, Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace and CODEPINK.

A video of the Bed Bath & Beyond flash mob can be seen here:

Read about other activities of our member groups here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

CODEPINK Protests at Lord & Taylor

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the greater Boston chapter of CODEPINK: Women for Peace organized a protest inside Lord & Taylor against the Israeli company Ahava Cosmetics as a part of its Stolen Beauty Campaign.

CODEPINK has been pressuring large chains such as Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Nordstrom to stop carrying Ahava products.  Ahava is located within an illegal settlement in the West Bank, and much of the natural resources used in the cosmetics come from Palestinian land.  The singing protesters prolaimed to Lord & Taylor shoppers: "There is no love in occupation," and urge them to boycott Ahava products.

A video of the protest can be found here:

For more information regarding the Stolen Beauty Campaign, visit:

To learn more about CODEPINK: Women for Peace, or to get involved, check out their website at:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peaceful CODEPINK Demonstrator Files Suit Against Netanyahu's Supporters

Getty Photo / AP: CODEPINK activist Rae Abileah
protesting PM Netanyahu's speech at House Gallery

A peaceful demonstrator from CODEPINK - a member group of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation coalition -- files suit against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's supporters who physically attached her in the House Gallery. 

Rae Abileah, a peaceful demonstrator who was physically attacked and injured on May 24, 2011, while protesting the occupation and oppression of Palestinians during the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, filed a civil action in District of Columbia Superior Court today [ed. August 18, 2011] against the unknown individuals who attacked her in the House Gallery, and caused her serious physical injury.

Ms. Abileah is a 28-year-old American Jew of Israeli descent, who works as the Middle East Campaigns Coordinator for CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice organization that seeks to end U.S. wars and the U.S. funded occupation of Palestine.  After a security check by the Capitol Police, she was given a seat in the House Gallery, as were other individuals who were given passes by members of Congress for the May 24, 2011 session.  About 10 minutes after Mr. Netanyahu began speaking, Ms. Abileah stood up from her seat in the Gallery and opened a banner that read "Occupying Land is Indefensible," and shouted, "No more occupation.  Stop Israeli war crimes!  Equal rights for Palestinians!  Occupying land is indefensible!"

Four to five other persons sitting in the House Gallery began to attack her, including one man who used his hand to attempt to gag and suffocate Ms. Abileah, and then violently yanked her head back, injuring her neck.  As a result of the attack, Ms. Abileah suffered severe emotional trauma and sustained a neck strain, swollen neck and muscle strain, and has since suffered from frequent headaches.

The Capitol Police, who witnessed the attack, have begun an investigation into her assault.  One of the police officers present during the attack told Ms. Abileah that it was clear that some of the people present had "roughed [her] up."

"I am hopeful that my filing suit will be a clear signal to those who attempt to silence us from protesting the Israeli occupation of Palestine, that they will be held accountable for their illegal actions," said Ms. Abileah.

"Ms. Abileah's actions were in a long line of peaceful actions intended to bring public attention to grave injustice.  The violence against Ms. Abileah mirrors the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine against peaceful demonstrators," said Lynne Bernabei, one of Ms. Abileah's attorneys. 

Click here to view the full press release.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FLASH MOB: Mock Wedding Promotes Ahava & Soda Stream Boycott at Bed, Bath, & Beyond!

Activists from CODEPINK (US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation coalition member group) recently staged a mock wedding at Bed, Bath, & Beyond in Los Angeles.

Four CODEPINK women dressed in brides dresses strolled through the store and mall answered the reverend's big question:

"Do you promise to tell your fellow brides to not register with Bed, Bath & Beyond until it stops stocking illegal Israeli settlement products Ahava and SodaStream?"...

"Do you promise to honor and obey international law?"...

"Do you promise to cherish the right of Palestinians to use their own natural resources?"

etc... to which the brides answered a resounding,

"WE DO!"

Watch the wonderful video below. CODEPINK invites others to "Become a BDS Bride!"

Find the video, script, fliers, and more by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Like Visiting Apartheid South Africa with an Anglo-Boer Travel Company

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of US Campaign member groups Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, has an excellent op-ed in Alternet today about the ridiculousness of 81 Members of Congress traveling to Israel this August recess on an AIPAC-affiliated junket, instead of dealing with economic hardships of their constituents.

She argues that "Going on an AIPAC-sponsored trip to Israel is the moral equivalent of using an Anglo-Boer travel company to visit apartheid-era South Africa."

Check out the article here and stay tuned for an action alert from us today about this same subject.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

CODEPINK Tells Rep Berman it's time to Free Palestine!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rae Abileah: My Update from Court

Codepink is a coalition member of the US Campaign
Abileah was prosecuted in connection with an incident that was one of several demonstrations that took place during "Move Over AIPAC," a May 2011 conference endorsed by the US Campaign

Below is a letter from Rae Abileah giving an update on her court case.

Hi friends and allies, 

I want to give you a quick update on my court case(s) and health and thank you again for all your concern about my physical well-being.  I took a week off at the start of July and being away from the computer and all things tech for a week did my neck a world of good.  I can now turn to the left again (something unimaginable for the previous month since the assault... though some fellow activists said "Why do you need to look to the left?  You are already in the left!  Study the opposition!")  

On July 8 I had my criminal court appearance for my arrest May 24 in Congress after disrupting the Israeli Prime Minister with a message of equality and justice for all including Palestinians (more on what I'm talking about here in case this is left field).  The government gave me a Stet Agreement which seems to be a fancy way of saying "stay outta trouble and your record will be clean again in no time!" I signed it, agreeing for the next 6 months to not get arrested and to stay away from Capitol Grounds (we argued for just the Capitol rotunda but they wouldn't do it, though if I have "official business" like lobbying my representative, I can get special permission to visit Congress - yay free speech!).  After that period of time the charges will be dropped and my record clear.  My lawyer was expecting the charge to additionally include drug tests and 35 hours community service, so not having either of those to deal with in DC from SF is less hassle.  After criminal court, I met with my attorneys who took on my civil case against the people who assaulted me and so onward we go to hold these people accountable for their violence and protect against further assault of activists in the future.  

Meanwhile the incarceration and assault of peaceful protesters by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank continues - I wrote a piece recently about my arrest and the case of the Tamimi cousins who are in prison for organizing nonviolent demonstrations in the small village of Nabi Saleh here: 

Hope you are doing well and staying cool in these hot (climate-wise and politically) months.
In solidarity,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Americans Demand Justice Department Regulate AIPAC as Israeli Foreign Agent

This article refers to Move Over AIPAC, an initiative endorsed by the US Campaign and led by CODEPINK, a US Campaign member organization.

May 31, 2011, PRNewswire/USNewswire

On May 23 activists drawn from more than 100 organizations demanded the U.S. Department of Justice regulate the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as an agent of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  On May 18, 2011 Heather Hunt, chief of the Registration Unit of the Counterespionage Division, responded to a letter "requesting a meeting with the Attorney General to discuss matters relating to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and its possible obligation to register pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938…"  Hunt solicited "additional information" asking that concerned members of the public, "please forward it to us."

The new information was presented in front of the Justice Department on a large presentation board.   According to 2010 civil court filings AIPAC obtained classified annual U.S. arms transfer data, secret U.S. policy accords with Saudi Arabia, classified signals intelligence flows that were used in lobbying Congress, National Security Decision Directives, Justice Department investigation files and troves of other government classified information.  Petitioners argue that AIPAC is trafficking classified U.S. government secrets for the same reason its parent organization laundered overseas funds into the U.S. during the 1960s—to serve the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs—where AIPAC's founder worked until 1951.

A 2009 petition filed with Hunt substantiated that the Justice Department ordered the American Zionist Council to register as an Israeli foreign agent in 1962 after it was discovered laundering millions of dollars of Israeli funds into U.S. public relations and lobbying campaigns.  The AZC's lobbying and PR division—AIPAC—quietly incorporated six weeks later without registering.  In 1965 the Justice Department—in violation of FARA transparency mandates—agreed to keep the AZC foreign agent order secret.  This allowed AIPAC to obtain tax exempt status in 1968 —against recommendations of a 1963 Senate Foreign Relations Committee letter to the IRS following a separate three year investigation.

Video may be viewed online at: Members of the public can personalize petition letters (DOC) to the Justice Department and submit forms urging the IRS to retroactively revoke AIPAC's tax exempt status (PDF).

Move Over AIPAC is organized by CodePink and endorsed by more than 100 organizations and partners committed to peace in the Middle East.  The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) is a nonprofit organization that studies Middle East policy formulation.

SOURCE Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy


Friday, May 27, 2011

Why did I disrupt?

By Rae Abileah of CODEPINK, a US Campaign member organization
From, May 26, 2011
Do you know that our Congress gave 29 standing ovations to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he spoke in the Capital on Tuesday, May 24? I couldn't watch this hero's welcome for a man who supports the continued building of illegal settlements, won't lift the siege of Gaza, and refuses to negotiate with the new Palestinian unity government. During the talk, when Netanyahu was praising young people rising up for democracy in the Middle East, and I took my cue to stand up from my seat in the Capitol Gallery, unfurl a banner, and shout, "No More Occupation! Stop Israeli War Crimes! Equal Rights for Palestinians!"

Immediately, I was tackled, gagged and violently shoved to the floor by other members of the audience, many of whom were still wearing their badges from the AIPAC conference this past weekend. Police dragged me out of the Capitol gallery, and an ambulance whisked me to the hospital, where I was treated for neck and shoulder injuries and put under arrest for disrupting Congress. After I disrupted, Netanyahu said to his Congressional audience, "You can't have these protests in Tehran; this is real democracy."

Is it? What kind of a democracy do we live in when free speech is met with brutality and arrest? In a real democracy, our representatives would be looking out for our best interests, not the interests of a foreign government, ie, Israel. I want my government to take an even-handed approach that respects the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians. But in our so-called democracy, special interest lobby groups like AIPAC have enormous power because of their ability to direct campaign contributions.