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Washington, DC welcomes end aid campaign

Washington, DC welcomes the “Be on our side” campaign.

DC Riders for Peace is a coalition of organizations working to inform individuals and groups in the Washington, DC, area about the need for a just peace in Palestine/Israel and the multiple dimensions of that conflict. DC Riders promotes active steps that U.S. citizens can take to end the occupation and the violence in the region, including an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. As residents, citizens, and taxpayers, we believe it is vital to condition U.S. military aid to Israel on Israel’s compliance with applicable U.S. laws and UN Security Council resolutions, the Geneva Conventions, and international human rights laws.

Stemming from our conviction that it is time to advance a new U.S. policy towards the Israeli Palestinian conflict based on genuine justice and security for both Israelis and Palestinians, DC Riders for Peace launched a four-week advertisement campaign on May 16, 2011, urging an end to U.S. military aid to Israel [read the press release]. This campaign is sponsored by DC area human rights groups and supported by individual peace advocates. The ads are posted inside Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail trains.

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In addition to promoting an end to U.S. military aid to Israel, DC Riders seeks to engage companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, urging them to discontinue activities that result in such profits. Where corporate engagement fails to produce change, DC Riders endorses divesting from or boycotting those companies.

Our actions in the U.S. support the efforts of the numerous Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation through nonviolent means. As American Muslims, Jews, Christians, and secular people, our position emerges out of our concern for the well-being of Israelis and Palestinians, given that the occupation hurts both peoples and is detrimental to their need to live in peace and with justice. Our government’s current policy has failed to protect and advance the interests of Israelis, Palestinians, and our own long-term national self-interest, including our international standing and security. Meanwhile our government continues to squander and divert our hard earned taxes, draining our precious resources and underfunding domestic programs such as health care, education, housing, and jobs at home.

We hope this campaign will begin an open debate on the merits of our government’s unconditional support of Israeli policies of settlement and occupation, and our “no strings attached” unconditional funding of Israel. Our aim is to provide the space for constructive debate to inform, engage, and promote a productive U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

DC Riders for Peace member organizations include:

Media Contacts:
Paul Verduin
301.518.5551
phverduin@gmail.com

Mai Abdul Rahman
202.374.6045
mai.abdulrahman@gmail.com