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BDS CAMPAIGNS

Stop Elbit and Eversight

From Palestine to Mexico, Elbit Systems provides the tools for repression and death. 

Tell bicyclists and bicycling organizations to boycott Elbit's Everysight Raptor cycling glasses.

  • Sign the petition! Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer and a supplier of surveillance technology to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has taken its military equipment mainstream, selling fighter pilot technology to bicyclists. Elbit subsidiary Everysight makes cycling glasses so bicyclists can ride like a fighter jet pilot. Help us call on bicyclists and bicycling organizations to boycott Elbit Everysight glasses. Sign the petition!

Tell Senator Shaheen and all members of Congress to stop taking blood money campaign contributions from Elbit.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen takes more money from Elbit Systems than any other Democrat. At CODEPINK, we’re calling on Senator Shaheen to stop taking money from Elbit. Send Senator Shaheen a message now! 

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

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

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On Tuesday, July 18th, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will hold a hearing on a bill entitled “An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts.” Ironically, this legislation in fact increases discrimination by prohibiting the state from contracting with any entity that engages in BDS. Boycott is a constitutionally protected right. We must stand against this legislation!

Here’s how you can help to stop this dangerous legislation and protect our right to boycott:

  1. Sign the letter below to the members of the committee asking that they support our right to boycott, by opposing this legislation.

  2. Attend the hearing on Tuesday July 18th at 11:00AM at the Massachusetts State House, Gardner Auditorium. The hearing will likely go on all day and into the evening, so come whenever you can!

We have the right to boycott

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Contractors in Texas received a shock last week. When they went to apply for Hurricane Harvey relief contracts, they found the requirement that in order to receive funding, they must promise not to boycott Israel. What a shock! The right to boycott is a protected form of free speech. But in July, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill banning state contractors who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement from receiving funds. The law even specifies that businesses cannot refuse to buy products manufactured in illegal Israeli settlements.

Tell Governor Abbott outlawing the right to boycott is unacceptable:

Stop the abuse of Palestinian children

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Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, abused and detained in Israel’s military court system. Tell your Representative in Congress to support the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.

#HandsOffJerusalem!

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President Trump has pulled one of his most reckless moves yet. His declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and his plan to move the US embassy violates international law. It immediately resulted in an outbreak of violence. Congress must speak out against the action and demand he not follow through with moving the embassy.

Free 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi

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On December 18, 2017, in the middle of the night the Israeli army burst into the Tamimi family home and arrested 16-year-old girl, Ahed Tamimi. They beat her father, mother, older and younger brothers and confiscated the families laptops, phones and cameras. Today, when Ahed’s mother, Nariman, went to inquire which detention center her daughter was being held in, the military arrested her as well.

It is well documented that Palestinian children are beaten, abused, and tortured during their arrests by the Israeli military. For Ahed’s sake we need as many members of Congress as possible to sign onto the legislation congresswoman Betty McCollum just introduced to end the abuse and detention of Palestinian children.

Ahed is a high school student preparing for college. She lives in a Palestinian village famous for women leadership in resistance to the occupation. As a young girl, Ahed rose to headlines for her bravery to confront the Israeli soldiers who enter her village on a regular basis. In 2014, at the age of 13, she received the Hanzala Courage Award in Turkey. In 2015, she and her family were profiled by the New York Times Magazine. Now she and her mother are sitting in Israeli jails. No one knows where they are being held or if they are okay.

Tell your member of Congress to sign onto H.R. 4391 to make the condition that US military aid to Israel not be used for the abuse and detention of Palestinian children in Israel’s military court system. Then share on Facebook and Twitter that the Israeli military must release mother and daughter activists Ahed and Nariman Tamimi.

Tell Israel: Stop Firing Peaceful Protesters!

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On Monday, March 14, Israeli snipers opened fire on unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. At least 52 were killed and over 750 injured from the live fire, which used expanding bullets that collapse bone upon impact. The Israelis also used drones to drench the protesters with tear gas.

Since March 30, Palestinians in Gaza have been peacefully protesting for an end to the 11-year-long siege and the right to return to the lands and villages they were displaced from in 1948. Israel has responded with lethal force, killing over 90 protesters since the start of the demonstrations.

Congress must condemn Israel’s massacres, reaffirm the right of all people to gather in peaceful protest, and demand an end to the siege of Gaza.

Justice for Razan al-Najar

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Since March 30, Israel has massacred around 130 Palestinian peaceful protesters in Gaza. Congress must speak out; tell Israel to stop using live ammunition against unarmed protesters. This week marks 51 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In order to achieve peace, Israel must finally end the the military occupation and siege.

Stop Israel from Demolishing an Entire Palestinian Village!

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The West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar is right now facing imminent demolition by the Israeli military. Tell your representatives in Congress to act immediately to do everything in their power to stop the demolition.


STOP Elbit

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Take Action

From Palestine to Mexico, stop Elbit Systems from providing the tools for repression and death. We are developing the tools to expose and end their crimes. Printable Elbit Toolkit / Sobre el Boicot de Elbit en Español

Tell bicyclists and bicycling organizations to boycott Elbit Everysight cycling glasses.

  • Sign the petition! Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer and a supplier of surveillance technology to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has taken its military equipment mainstream, selling fighter pilot technology to bicyclists. Elbit subsidiary Everysight makes cycling glasses so bicyclists can ride like a fighter jet pilot. Help us call on bicyclists and bicycling organizations to boycott Elbit Everysight glasses. Sign the petition!

Tell Senator Shaheen and all members of Congress to stop taking blood money campaign contributions from Elbit.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen takes more money from Elbit Systems than any other Democrat. At
CODEPINK, we’re calling on Senator Shaheen to stop taking money from Elbit. Join our campaign to stop Senator Shaheen.

Below is a list of all members of Congress who have taken campaign contribution recipients from Elbit between 2013-2018. Take action and tell your representative to stop taking campaign contributions from Elbit. Don’t see your
representative? Want to know exactly how much money they took from Elbit? Email us at
divest@codepink.org and we’ll take a closer look for you and send you a campaign pledge.

Learn More

Elbit Systems: From Palestine to Mexico, a company of repression and death

  • Elbit Systems Ltd is an Israeli weapons manufacturer. They also provide surveillance technology.
  • Elbit is the 27th largest arms-producing company in the world.  Weapons sales are 95% of its business
  • Elbit is one of the Israeli army’s primary suppliers of weapons, UAV military drones, and surveillance systems.
  • Elbit provides parts and maintenance for Israel’s Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet.
  • Elbit recently bought IMI Systems (formerly Israel Military Industries), producer of most of Israel’s munitions.
  • The U.S.-Mexico border and Israel’s apartheid wall both use Elbit high-tech radar surveillance systems.
  • Former Elbit VP, Major General Thomas Carter, was a part of the Trump Administration’s transition landing teams

For more detailed information on Elbit systems, visit Investigate.

Elbit at the U.S.-Mexico border

  • Elbit Systems of America has several contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for border surveillance technology at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona
  • In 2014, they contracted for $145 million with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for sensors, cameras, radars and “Integrated Fixed Towers” along the Arizona border with Mexico
  • In 2017, they contracted with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for in-fill radar systems and “Integrated Fixed Towers” along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas

Elbit in Palestine

  • Elbit’s weaponized drones have been involved in all of Israel’s major offensives on Gaza
  • Elbit provides surveillance technology for Israel’s apartheid wall in the West Bank
  • The Israeli military uses MSOV (modular stand-off vehicle) guided missiles on Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to bomb homes in Gaza.
  • Elbit provides the Israeli military with cluster bombs, which most countries in the world agree are illegal to use
  • Elbit surveillance drones guide Israeli snipers and bombers
  • Elbit surveillance technology is used on the apartheid wall in the West Bank.-
  • Elbit modified Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets have been used extensively to bomb civilian targets in Palestine and Lebanon
  • Elbit weaponized Hermes 900 drones and other Elbit weapons were used during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 when Israel killed over 550 Palestinian children
  • Elbit modifies and arms the Merkava 4 battle tanks, used to target civilians and to destroy Palestinian agricultural lands

*Research on Elbit systems provided by Investigate — a project of American Friends Service Committee

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Supporting Palestinian rights is not anti-semit

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Support for Palestinian rights is not anti-semitism. So why did Senator Cory Booker respond to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting by adding his name to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act? Send a message to Senator Booker telling him to remove his name from this legislation that violates the First Amendment.

Please note, the tool below may not work on Firefox, please consider using another browser to send your message. 

I Stand with Marc Lamont Hill

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On November 29, 2018, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN for a speech he gave to the United Nations in support of Palestinian rights. 

This is outrageous. Contact CNN immediately and demand they reinstate Dr. Hill! 

No Sneak Attacks On BDS!

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From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the movement to divest from apartheid South Africa, strategic boycott and divestment campaigns are one of the most effective form of nonviolent action. A new day is dawning in Congress with the election of bold progressive women of color like Rashida T;aib and Ilhan Omar who are voicing their support for Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. The defenders of the status quo -- of occupation, war, and Israeli apartheid -- are getting desperate.

There's a possibility that the Israel Anti-Boycott Act might be quietly added to an end-of-year budget bill! There is no way to be sure, but if right-wing pro-Israel lobbyists have their way, the anti-BDS languages could be slipped into a long must-pass appropriations bill without consideration or debate. The entire bill would then receive an up or down vote on the floor - no amendments.

The Israel lobby is anxious to see the BDS movement weakened and discouraged precisely because BDS organizing has proven to be an effective tactic for building visible support for Palestinian rights even when action by Congress seemed light years away. We must act quickly to oppose any attacks on our freedom to boycott in support of Palestinian rights.

We need to act quickly and urge Congress members to prevent any language resembling the Israel Anti-Boycott Act from being included in the appropriations bill. Follow the instructions below to contact your Congress member!

New Hampshire: STOP Elbit

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To date, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has taken at least $10,500 in campaign contributions from Israeli weapons giant Elbit Systems and over $300,000 weapons manufacturers. Rep. Annie Kuster received $2000 from Elbit and $66,000 from military contractors in 2018. Elbit is Israel’s largest publicly traded weapons company, manufacturing repression and death from Palestine to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Elbit Systems has been involved in all of Israel’s major offensives in Gaza. They produce armed drones, surveillance equipment and other products used for violence in Gaza and repression along the Israeli apartheid wall and U.S. -Mexico border.
Senator Shaheen also receives contributions from U.S. weapons manufacturers like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing.

Send a message to New Hampshire Congress members Shaheen and Kuter asking them to stop taking money from Elbit Systems and other merchants of death:


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