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.
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 movement – by 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.”
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.
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.
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!
Co-Director of Organizing