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“No lobby has managed to divert U.S. foreign policy as far from the American national interest… while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. and Israeli interests are essentially identical.”– John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt - keynote speakers
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Few Americans are aware of the enormous influence the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) wields over U.S. foreign adventures – especially in the Middle East.
The President’s and Congress’ unquestioning support of Israel’s abuse of Palestinians including piracy in international waters and murder of volunteers bringing relief supplies to Gaza and our willingness to go to war against Israel’s neighbors illustrate blind obedience to orders from AIPAC. And whenever AIPAC meets, our “leaders” hasten to be there to pledge their fealty.
It is difficult to muster attention for a peace protest or a rally for human rights and justice. So CODEPINK and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation have strategically scheduled their protest in D.C. (May 21-24) to coincide with the annual policy meeting of AIPAC itself. (Justice First Foundation has proudly joined the long list of co-sponsors.)
Please look at the planned program and, if possible, plan to join the protests in D.C. next month.
From May 21 to 24, 2011, in Washington DC, join CODEPINK, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a coalition of over 80 organizations at an historic gathering "Move Over AIPAC: Building a New US Middle East Policy."
It is timed to coincide with the annual policy meeting of AIPAC, which will feature Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, members of the Obama administration and hundreds of members of Congress. The Move Over AIPAC gathering will expose AIPAC’s negative influence on U.S. foreign policy and promote an alternative approach that respects the rights of all people in the region.
The impressive list of speakers includes The Israel Lobby authors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, writer Alice Walker, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, authors Nadia Hijab and Phyllis Bennis, Palestinian blogger Laila El Haddad, Jewish Voice for Peace Director Rebecca Vilkomerson, peacemakers Cindy and Craig Corrie, Israeli researcher Dalit Baum, human rights lawyer Noura Erakat, clown doctor Patch Adams, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, union organizer Bill Fletcher, US Campaign to End the Israel Occupation national organizer and human rights advocate Anna Baltzer, Janet McMahon from the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and many more!
There will be trainings, workshops, press conferences, book signings, cultural events, and culminate with peaceful, creative protests outside the AIPAC convention itself.
Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly, so sign up today! If you can’t come, please help students attend by donating to our scholarship fund.
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