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It's Working, Opposition to Netanyahu's Speech Grows!

by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director
February 5th, 2015

Take Action: Tell Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech

You won’t believe the response we’ve received from Capitol Hill since we first urged Members of Congress last week to #SkipTheSpeech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Take action: Tell Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech.

Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to delay the speech.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Selma legend Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) publicly pledged to boycott Netanyahu’s speech and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) called the invitation “close to subversion.”  

And both the Democratic Leaders in the Senate and the House—Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—called the speech respectively “not the right thing to do” and “not appropriate.” Pelosi even hinted that many Democrats will boycott Netanyahu!

Together with Roots Action, Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink, nearly 45,000 people have already taken action to urge their Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech and it is having a huge impact. 

Can you add your voice today by clicking here?

Be sure to sign today and spread the word before we deliver the signatures to Congressional leaders next week. 

For non-U.S. residents, we’ve also got a petition here that you can sign. 

During his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to veto any new Congressional sanctions against Iran while the United States attempts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy.

The very next day, Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 to undermine Obama’s diplomacy and build the case for more sanctions and possibly even war against Iran. 

Of course Netanyahu won’t pass up the opportunity to justify Israel’s oppression of Palestinians during his speech as well. 

But thanks to the activism of people like you, the tide is turning and Members of Congress are agreeing with us that Netanyahu’s speech is a terrible idea.

Add your voice to the tens of thousands of Americans who are telling their Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech.


Josh Ruebner, 
Policy Director

Read more about the Ellison “Dear Colleague” letter here, Blumenauer’s op-ed  here, Lewis's pledge here, Yarmuth’s comments here, Reid and Pelosi’s comments here and here, and Pelosi’s hint at a boycott here.

PPS: Netanyahu’s planned speech is coinciding with the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading pro-Israel lobby hawking for war with Iran and support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. Join us, CODE PINK, and many other groups in Washington, DC from Feb. 28-Mar. 3 as we #ShutDownAIPAC.