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
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
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.
END US MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL
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.
Palestinian Human Rights Defenders
CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation have worked to elevate the voices of popular Palestinian organizers. In collaboration with the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the West Bank, US-based solidarity groups have been instrumental in raising the profile of the many non-violent activists who commit themselves to organizing against the Israeli occupation and who face Israeli violence and repression because of their efforts.
- Take Action: Tell the State Department to protect nonviolent Palestinian human rights defenders
- Read Rae Abileah's piece on the case of peaceful protesters under attack in Nabi Saleh
- Learn more about the Palestinian popular struggle
- Supporting Palestinian Political Prisoners
- Palestinian feminist lawmaker Khalida Jarrar
- CODEPINK’s letter about Khalida’s case
- Khalida Jarrar’s letter from an Israeli jail on International Women’s Day 2016
- Khalida Jarrar’s imminent release announced, 2 June 2016
- Information on women prisoners from our partners at Addameer
NO WAY TO TREAT A CHILD
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.
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.