Justice for Palestine

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BDS CAMPAIGNS

Remodel RE/MAX

In 2014, CODEPINK launched a campaign entitled Remodel RE/MAX: No Open Homes on Stolen Land, asking the RE/MAX, the Denver-based real estate corporation, to cease its complicity in the sale or rental of settlement properties through its contract with RE/MAX Israel. Remodel RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land campaign is part of the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a call by Palestinian civil society to engage in non-violent activism by boycotting companies and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s occupation. This year CODEPINK disrupted the annual RE/MAX R4 conference in Las Vegas to tell Israel VP of Marketing, Gil Le-ran that RE/MAX must stop selling houses on stolen Palestinian land and attended their annual shareholder meeting where RE/MAX in Denver. Find out more at remodelremax.org


No Airbnb in #StolenHomes

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In January 2016 CODEPINK launched the Stolen Homes campaign with American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Sum of Us, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and US Palestinian Community Network. The Stolen Homes Campaign calls on online hospitality company Airbnb to remove its listings for vacation rentals in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The campaign began with a CODEPINK-led protest in front of Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco.

The Stolen Homes coalition then collected over 140,000 signatures on a petition asking Airbnb to remove their Israeli settlement listings. The coalition also created a parody website where people can leave comments on what they thought of Airbnb’s occupation profiteering. The coalition delivered the petition to Airbnb offices in San Francisco, Portland OR, Paris, and the UK.

On May 11, 2016, CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold disrupted a talk by Airbnb board of directors member Alfred Lin at Tech Crunch Disrupt NYC in Brooklyn, NY. Fed up with Airbnb’s continuing contributions to Israeli human rights abuses, Ariel got on the stage where Lin was speaking and unveiled a banner reading Airbnb hosts apartheid. Ariel was removed from the stage and arrested for trespassing but not before she had time to tell Alfred Lin that Airbnb needs to stop listing homes in illegal Israeli settlements in violation of international law.

The Stolen Homes coalition is now escalating its campaign by asking corporate investors in Airbnb to pressure the company to remove its listings in illegal Israeli settlements. Learn more about the campaign and the coalition at act.stolenhomes.org

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Boycott Ahava: Stolen Beauty

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CODEPINK launched stolenbeauty.org in June 2009 with a protest at the Ahava shop in the Tel Aviv Hilton. As part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement that aims to ensure equality, freedom and justice, CODEPINK has focused its boycott efforts on Ahava and Soda Stream, two companies that have manufacturing plants in illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank.


Boycott HP

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CODEPINK is part of the International Boycott HP Network working to end HP’s role in supplying the technology of Israeli occupation and apartheid.HP is the second largest investor in Israeli Information Technology (IT). Technology and equipment that facilitates Israel’s illegal occupation and system of apartheid.

The Checkpoints – HP's Basel system is installed at the Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank, depriving Palestinians the freedom of movement.

The Israeli Military – HP provides the IT infrastructure for the Israeli Navy, thereby helping to enforce the blockade of Gaza, and supplies the computer systems for the Ministry of Defense.

The Settlements – HP provides services and technologies to two of the largest settlements in the occupied West Bank (Modi'in Illit and Ariel).

Biometric ID cards – occupied territories - HP facilitates Israeli control of the Palestinian population of the occupied West Bank with its biometric identification of Palestinian civilians.

Biometric ID cards – citizens of Israel – HP facilitates Israeli apartheid with the development of its biometric system that differentiates Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, among other ethnicities and religions.

Learn more through the Boycott HP Central website hosted by the BDS National Committee and join CODEPINK at the November 25-December 3 week of action to Boycott HP.


HUMAN RIGHTS

Palestinian Human Rights Defenders

CODEPINK is proud to work directly with Palestinian Human Rights Defenders to lift up their work and help protect them as they face attacks and attempts to silence them.


End US Military Aid to Israel

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CODEPINK, together with Global Exchange, Interfaith Peace-builders, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and over 100 peace and justice groups, are dedicated to exposing and decrying the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a far-right Israeli lobby group. For years, CODEPINK has been leading protests, including civil disobedience, at AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington DC.

Israel, with its many decades of experience in military occupation, racial profiling, urban warfare, and suppression of human rights, is now exporting its policing tactics to the United States. There is not a single state in America today that has not had a police department trained by Israel. Since 2001, over 9000 US police offices have participated in trips to Israel for trainings. In addition, top officials from Israel’s police force, army, and intelligence also travel to the U.S. to lead seminars and conferences for US police.

Map of U.S. Police departments that have trained in Israel and the organizations that arranged for the training - coming soon

Our cities and towns should not be regarded as war zones. US policing, which originated as a part of the slave economy, should be working to end its entanglements with institutionalized racism and the military industrial complex rather than adopting the tactics of Israel’s military occupation. Further trainings with the Israeli police and military serve to increase racial profiling, discriminatory stop-and-frisks, militarization, over-policing of poor and working class communities of color. We must work towards building local peace economies rather than furthering our relationships with a foreign military and police force that is unapologetically engaged in the military occupation of Palestine. We call on local police forces to end their collaborations with the agents of Israel’s occupation.


Women Prisoners


NO WAY TO TREAT A CHILD

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The situation on the ground for Palestinian children is rapidly deteriorating, so CODEPINK has joined our allies at the American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, and more for a new campaign called  No Way to Treat a Child Campaign.

At the end of February, there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. This is the highest number since data became available from the Israel Prison Service in 2008 and the numbers are growing. A report released in April by Defense for Children International - Palestine, based on the testimony of 429 Palestinian children detained by Israeli military or police, found that three-quarters endured some form of physical violence following the arrest.

For the first time in nearly four years, Israel has reintroduced the use of administrative detention against children, a procedure whereby a child can be detained without charge or trial indefinitely. To effectively monitor and respond to this crisis, Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum has initiated a letter to President Obama, asking him to appoint a Special Envoy to examine the critical situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Appointing a Special Envoy will promote greater respect and accountability for the human rights of Palestinian children.


PAST ACTIONS

Lift the Siege of Gaza

  • Blogs and articles from the CODEPINK delegation aboard the US BOAT TO GAZA in 2011
  • Read about the CODEPINK attempt to bring a delegation of 100 women to Gaza for International Women's Day in 2014.
  • Background: During Israel's three-week brutal assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, the world watched as over 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians and 350 of them children, were killed. CODEPINK had been a member group of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for several years and immediately spurred into action. Since 2009, CODEPINK has led over ten delegations to Gaza and has partnered with Global Exchange on trips to Israel and the West Bank.

Resources

Stand With Issa Amro!


Materials to use at town halls and in meetings with your representative.


The Free Issa coalition is a group of concerned human rights advocates calling on the Israeli government to drop the politically motivated charges against Issa Amro. 

SPONSORS of the coalition:

American Muslims for Palestine
Center for Jewish Nonviolence
CODEPINK Women for Peace
Friends of Sabeel - North America
Interfaith Peace Builders
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Lawyers Guild - International Committee
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
US Palestinian Community Network
Veterans For Peace
Youth Against Settlements

Take Action Against the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720 & H.R.1697)

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The top of AIPAC’s pro-occupation agenda is to get your members of Congress to cosponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720 and H.R.1697), introduced last week by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA).

This anti-free speech bill would fine and deny loans to corporations that boycott or divest from illegal Israeli settlements. It is a blatant attempt to legitimize Israel’s settlements despite the United Nations unequivocal stance that settlements are entirely illegal and an impediment to peace!

Please write your members of Congress right now and ask them not to cosponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act:

NO David Friedman: Call Action

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Last week, we delivered over 40,000 signatures urging the Senate to vote against Friedman. Our elected officials need to hear from us up until the moment they're actually voting - this Thursday, March 9th. Call your Senators and tell them to oppose Friedman's nomination as the Ambassador to Israel.


Vote "No" to David Friedman!

Tell your Senator to oppose David Friedman as the next US ambassador to Israel:

Open Shuhada Street

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Goldman Sachs is funding violent Hebron settlements! Join the call to #OpenShuahdaSt

On February 25, 1994 Brooklyn Born Israeli Settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire in the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron killing 29 Palestinians in worship. Since then Shuhada Street, once the main thoroughfare and marketplace, has remained almost entirely closed to Palestinians. Homes and storefronts are welded shut and Palestinian families must use rooftops, alleyways, and back doors to enter their homes. Hebron is home to the most violent and ideologically extreme of the settler movement. Around 850 of them live within Hebron’s city center. While they roam the streets freely carrying machine guns, Palestinians face 12 permanently staffed checkpoints and ongoing harassment from settlers and soldiers.

Join the Open Shuhada Street Week of Action February 19-26!

CODEPINK is proud to partner with Youth Against Settlements for its 8th annual Open Shuhada Street campaign February 19-26. We will be telling Goldman Sachs to stop funding Hebron settlers by donating to the Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn based organization that uses its 501c3 charity tax exempt status to build Hebron settlements and fund the violent settlers.

Actions are taking place in the following cities: 

Las Vegas, NV - Sunday Feb 19 2:30-4:30pm Educational event at a private home. Organized by Las Vegas JVP Full details and RSVP here.

Atlanta GA - Tuesday February 21 5-7pm Demonstration and flyering at Goldman Sachs. Organized by JVP Atlanta. Contact Ilise Cohen ilise.cohen@gmail.com for more information

Washington DC - Wednesday February 22 6:30-8:00pm Protest in front of the Israeli embassy 3514 International Dr NW, Washington, DC Facebook event 

San Francisco, CA - Friday February 24 12:00-1:30pm Protest outside Goldman Sachs ofice 555 California at Kearney (the Bank of America building where Goldman Sachs has their San Francisco office). Contact Jim Haber haber.jim@gmail.com for more information.

New York City - Tuesday February 28 6:30-8pm Protest to shut down Goldman Sachs. Facebook event.

Friday February 24 social media day of action. Use these sample tweets! 

Hebron has 20 checkpoints & over 100 freedom of movement barriers. End Israeli segregation #OpenShuhadaSt http://buff.ly/2m0ihxx

50 years of occupation in W Bank, E Jerusalem, & Gaza; 23 years of segregation in Hebron #OpenShuhadaSt

Israeli settlers roam freely w machine guns; Palestinians face 20 checkpoints over 100 freedom of movement restrictions #OpenShuhadaSt

After 23 years of closures, restrictions, soldiers, and segregation it is time to #OpenShuhadaSt Sign the petition http://buff.ly/2m0ihxx

.@GoldmanSachs is funding violent illegal settlers in W Bank city of Hebron. Help the Palestinian grassroots movement #OpenShuhadaSt

Hey @GoldmanSachs instead of harming Palestinians by funding settlers in Hebron you should be helping #OpenShuhadaSt

Support the Palestinian nonviolent struggle. Sign the petition to #OpenShuhadaSt in Hebron http://buff.ly/2m0ihxx


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Boycott Sodastream

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Why SodaStream?

SodaStream markets itself as an environmentally friendly product to “Turn Water Into Fresh Sparkling Water And Soda”… but there is nothing friendly about the destruction of Palestinian life, land and water resources! Although SodaStream products are labeled as "Made in Israel," its main production facility is in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomin, an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank. As a result, SodaStream enjoys cheap land and water, confiscated from the indigenous Palestinian owners; a captive Palestinian labor force; tax benefits; and lax regulation of environmental and labor protection laws. All Israeli settlements exist in direct contravention to international law! This settlement company obscures its true illegal origin by marking its products “Made in Israel,” however “made in an illegal Israeli settlement” is more like it.

Take Action

1. Send a letter telling Scarlet Johansson to drop SodaStream

Scarlett Johansson, a movie star and Oxfam Goodwil Ambassador, is the new Global Brand Ambassador for occupation profiteer SodaStream.We have joined other human rights groups in contacting Oxfam, asking them to pressure Johansson to drop SodaStream, and, if she doesn’t, requesting that Oxfam suspend Johansson. We expect to hear from Oxfam within days, and we are hoping that they do the right thing. Take action today by sending a letter to Scarlett Johansson. Occupation isn’t green or guilt free, and she should not let SodaStream use her good name to market illegal settlement goods.

2. Send letters to SodaStream retailers

3. Get the Human Rights-Friendly Alternative

4. Get Social!

Resources

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Regional context: the SodaStream factory is located at the Mishor Edomim Industrial Park, in the occupied West Bank.
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The settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim is strategically located in a manner which disconnects Ramallah from Bethlehem. Map: Shai Efrati. Background topography: Copyright: © 2009 ESRI

Barbara Lee & Elijah Cummings: Include Palestinian Rights!

There’s a debate raging within the Democratic Party Platform Committee about its position on Palestine. Traditionally, thanks to AIPAC, the platform has showed unconditional support for Israel. But now times are changing: there’s a possibility of getting the platform to recognize the human rights of Palestinians!

Join us to call on Rep. Elijah Cummings, head of the Democratic Party Platform Committee, and Barbara Lee to include language that:

  • supports Palestinian rights;

  • calls for an end to the occupation;

  • affirms our right to boycott Israeli products!

Please sign the message below. If you are unable to view it below, please click here. 

Thank you for signing the letter!

Thank you for sending a message to Representatives Cummings and Lee!

Please take a moment now to submit a statement to the entire Democratic Party Platform Committee: https://demconvention.com/platform/

Email us at info@codepink.org and let us know what you said!

Thanks for taking action for Palestine.

-The CODEPINK team 

New York City Council: Don't Attack the Right to Boycott

Earlier this year Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring New York State agencies to divest from entities that engage in boycotts in support of Palestinian rights. He resorted to an executive order because anti-boycott legislation was stalled in the state legislature. Now the New York City Council is joining the effort to curtail our constitutionally protected right to boycott.

Preserve the right to boycott and stand up against the creation of an anti-Palestine blacklist by contacting key City Council Members.

First, contact the seven city council members on this committee to express your opposition to Resolution #1058-A.

Chair:
Helen K. Rosenthal, (212) 788-6975,
Helen@HelenRosenthal.com

Members:
Peter A. Koo, 212-788-7022, pkoo@council.nyc.gov
Ruben Wills, 212-788-6850
Costa G. Constantinides, 212-788-6963, costa@council.nyc.gov
Chaim M. Deutsch, 212-788-7360, cdeutsch@council.nyc.gov
Corey D. Johnson, 212- 788-6979, district3@council.nyc.gov
Daneek Miller, 212-788-7084, District27@council.nyc.gov

In addition, if your city council member is one of those who has signed on as a sponsor of this resolution (see list below), please call to express your displeasure. If you don't know your city council member, look them up here.

Vincent J. Gentile Alan N. Maisel James G. Van Bramer
Joseph C. Borelli Vanessa L. Gibson Steven Matteo
Fernando Cabrera David G. Greenfield Annabel Palma
Margaret S. Chin Barry S. Grodenchik Helen K. Rosenthal
Andrew Cohen Corey D. Johnson Donovan J. Richards
Elizabeth S. Crowley Ben Kallos Rafael Salamanca, Jr.
Chaim M. Deutsch Andy L. King Ritchie J. Torres
Inez E. Dickens Peter A. Koo Mark Treyger
Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Karen Koslowitz Eric A. Ulrich
Mathieu Eugene Rory I. Lancman James Vacca
Daniel R. Garodnick Mark Levine Paul A. Vallone

Let’s make sure the City Council gets the message that we support equality and justice, and that we will fight to protect our right to boycott.

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