JVP – Jewish Voice for Peace rings alarm bells re 2016 US presidential candidates

Dear All

The following message came in recently from our friends at Jewish Voice for Peace, JVP:

Did you see this important email? The 2016 presidential candidates are trying to raise money by silencing our movement for Palestinian liberation. We need to send a strong message — and over 10,000 people like you have already signed our petition. We’ll be delivering it directly to the candidates, and running an ad in a major newspaper with the names of the signatories. Will you make your voice heard by signing? Thanks, Stefanie.

Presidential candidates are lining up to declare the fight against Palestinian rights a major priority.

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 11.30.23Candidates are again raising money by proving how little they care about Palestinian human rights.

Tell the candidates: universal human rights are our priority: TAKE ACTION!

Earlier this month, major newspapers published a letter from Hillary Clinton to Democratic party mega-donor Haim Saban. In it, she weighed in on the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movementby committing to fight it. 

She wrote “to express my alarm over the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement….I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority.”

Similarly,Ted Cruz told the crowd at a recent Sheldon Adelson-funded event that “in 2017 we need a president who will stand up directly and confront the [BDS] movement.”

Click here to tell all Presidential candidates: We support equal rights for all peoples of Palestine and Israel. And we’re not alone.

The BDS movement is becoming a very public conversation topic in US politics. We know this grandstanding against BDS is first and foremost about the hunt for billionaire mega-donors – whether they be extreme right-wing fanatics like Sheldon Adelson, or Haim Saban, whose ultra-conservative streak is more specifically focused on opposing Palestinian rights.

Candidates need to know that selling out Palestinian rights doesn’t curry any favor with us. Polls repeatedly show that growing numbers of all Americans – even and increasingly Jews—have had it with Israel’s endless settlement expansion, inequality, and denial of rights. They recognize that Israel is not interested in peace, and don’t want US policy to give Israel a free pass anymore.

Sign here to show how many of us want a new path for US policies toward Israel and Palestine.

If we raise our voices, there’s actually reason to believe we can make a difference.

Just 4 months ago, working with many partner organizations, we helped convince 60 Members of Congress to boycott Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. And days ago, a new survey showed only 48% of Democrats think Israel wants peace with its neighbors, while 47% think Israel is a racist country.

Sign here to show how many of us want an end to Israeli policies of occupation, official discrimination, and expulsion.

If we get 10,000 signatures, we’ll deliver your message to all the candidates.

This is a critical moment for broad education about what Israeli policies are doing, and how we can work with people around the globe to transform them. We need to seize it!

Stefanie Fox
Co-Director of Organizing

About Oban Concern for Palestine

. . . supporting people in Palestine and Israel who oppose the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Oban Concern for Palestine are a group of Argyll residents who share an interest in Palestine, a friendship with its people and a deep concern for their welfare. And, for the sake of Israel, we want to encourage the government of Israel to comply with international law. Oban Concern for Palestine believe that the oppression of the Palestinian people is a grave wrong, that the government of Israel is in violation of international law, and that we have a duty to speak up and do what we can to bring it to an end. We welcome new members and supporters. For more information, please contact obanconcern4palestine AT gmail DOT com • +44 7747 300 062 • Oban Concern for Palestine, c/o Stronchriach, Rowan Road, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5TY, UK
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