UPDATE: Kamala Harris has announced she will not be attending AIPAC!

Senator Kamala Harris is running for president and she wants to be considered a progressive candidate. But for multiple years in a row, she has spoken at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference and in November 2017 she traveled to Israel and met with prime minister Netanyahu.

In her 2018 speech at AIPAC, Harris told a group of over 3,500 students that the historic Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights is what inspires her to work with pro-Israel advocates.

“The vast majority of people understand the importance of the State of Israel. Both in terms of its history and its present in terms of being a source of inspiration on so many issues,” she said calling Israel “one of the best friends we [America] could possibly have.” When asked what drives her to have such strong support for Israel, she answered by saying she had just returned from a commemoration in Selma and that the actions in 1965 of people marching “together hand in hand to fight for everyone’s civil rights” inspires her today to, “commit ourselves to building bridges. And that means building the coalition, and building the connection between all of us to fight together and that’s on the issue of Israel.”

Sorry Senator Harris — the march from Selma to Montgomery was about equality for all people while support for Israel is about maintaining a blatant system of apartheid that denies basic human rights, including the right to vote, to millions of people.

Tell Kamala Harris if she wants her 2020 presidential platform to be about equality and peace, she needs to reverse course immediately and support human rights, not Israeli apartheid. Prime minister Netanyahu, who will be speaking at AIPAC this year, has even gone so far as to form an alliance with the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish KKK) party.

Tell Senator Harris to cancel any talks she is scheduled to give at this year’s AIPAC conference and make a statement clarifying that she will not attend the March 24-26 conference as doing so is contradictory to the values of dignity, justice, and equality.

Dear Senator Kamala Harris,

You say your 2020 campaign for president is about hope, justice, respect, dignity, and
tolerance for all. But in past years you have shown support for AIPAC — an organization that demands unquestioned diplomatic support and ever increasing amounts of financial and military assistance for Israel — and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As you are likely aware, Netanyahu recently formed an alliance with the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, commonly known as the Jewish KKK. This action by Netanyahu was so appalling that almost every Jewish organization in America condemned it. AIPAC supported a statement in response by the American Jewish Council (AJC) calling the views of Otzma Yehudit “reprehensible" but they are is still having Netanyahu speak at their 2019 conference.

Numerous Jewish groups, including Americans for Peace Now, are calling on AIPAC to disinvite Netanyahu until he breaks with the Otzma Yehudit party. Whether or not Netanyahu changes course, and whether or not AIPAC disinvites him from the conference, as someone who opposes racism and violence, we ask you to refuse to attend the 2019 AIPAC conference.

On March 1, 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report stating that Israel may be guilty of war crimes in Gaza. presence March 30, 2018, and December 31, 2018, the Israeli military killed 189 mostly unarmed Palestinians, including children, journalists, medics, and disabled persons, and injured more than 9,000 others. The investigation found that targeting of children, journalists, medics, and disabled persons was intentional and, despite the fact that they posed no threat, they were shot.

Speaking at AIPAC’s 2019 conference would send a message that you support shielding Israel from accountability for war crimes and the ongoing system of military occupation and apartheid they impose on the Palestinian people. It would be in complete opposition to the values of equality, dignity, and peace that you say you want for America and its role in the world.

I look forward to a statement from you that you will refuse to attend AIPAC’s March 24-26, 2019 conference in Washington, DC.

Thank you.

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  • frank k
    signed via 2019-03-13 19:02:41 -0400
  • Naila Malik
    signed 2019-03-13 18:45:38 -0400
    Shame on Harris to support apartheid Israel they are colonising Palestinian land
  • Kelvin Bland
    signed 2019-03-13 18:36:49 -0400
    Kamala do you really support what the Israeli Government is doing to the indigenous people of Palestine?
  • jack block #IStandWithIlhan
    @marxnsparks tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-13 16:45:49 -0400
    I just told @KamalaHarris to #RejectAIPAC with @codepink. Being a #PresidentForPeace means opposing violence and racism — including Netanyahu’s alliance with the Jewish KKK & @aipac's support for occupation & apartheid — Will you join me? https://www.codepink.org/kamala_reject_aipac?recruiter_id=756446
  • Jack Block
    signed 2019-03-13 16:45:31 -0400
  • Claire Doherty
    signed 2019-03-13 14:54:30 -0400
  • Michael Razzell
    signed 2019-03-13 14:22:39 -0400
    Michael Razzell
  • Marta Neely
    signed 2019-03-13 13:20:43 -0400
    End illegal settlements, land confiscation, occupation, imprisonment of children, maiming and killing.
  • Cornelia van der Ziel
    signed 2019-03-13 12:20:07 -0400
    Do not confuse antisemitism with criticism of Netanyahu or the Israeli government or the US groups which slavishly support the occupation and suppression of Palestinians. Criticizing them is NOT antisemitic.
  • Leslie Rojohn
    signed 2019-03-13 12:09:45 -0400
    There is a big damn difference between being anti-Semitic and being anti Israel policies. Get it right, or get out.
  • Awni Alsaid
    signed 2019-03-13 11:55:21 -0400
    Awni Alsaid
  • yousef abbas
    signed 2019-03-13 10:47:41 -0400
  • Stephe Dowdy
    signed 2019-03-13 10:18:20 -0400
  • Janet R. Hose Hose
    signed 2019-03-13 09:07:21 -0400
    Ms. Harris: You are aligning yourself with people who, on a good day, might let you go to their back door. Remember when you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.
  • Neema Nourian
    signed 2019-03-13 08:43:35 -0400
  • Philip Alban
    signed 2019-03-13 06:31:17 -0400
  • Muhammad Maqsood
    signed 2019-03-13 06:25:45 -0400
  • Chere Winnek-shawer
    signed 2019-03-13 05:26:52 -0400
  • Jack Koff
    signed 2019-03-13 05:01:24 -0400
    kamala is evil
  • Thomas stekkinger stekkinger
    signed 2019-03-13 04:10:16 -0400
  • Kabanda Ayub muhsin
    @Kabanda_Ayub tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-13 04:06:38 -0400
    I just told @KamalaHarris to #RejectAIPAC with @codepink. Being a #PresidentForPeace means opposing violence and racism — including Netanyahu’s alliance with the Jewish KKK & @aipac's support for occupation & apartheid — Will you join me? https://www.codepink.org/kamala_reject_aipac?recruiter_id=805800
  • Kabanda Ayub muhsin
    signed 2019-03-13 04:05:28 -0400
  • Zac Sidawi
    signed 2019-03-13 01:11:19 -0400
  • Catharine J. Kit Lofroos
    signed 2019-03-12 22:56:10 -0400
    Kamala- Even though you are Marketed as a “black woman”, I am disappointed that you prosecute American Blacks and support the Incarceration System to a high degree, and that you unabashedly support violence by supporting Israel. You are a fake.

    You will never get my vote until you denounce support for Israel, as well as stop prosecuting American Descendants of Slaves (#ADOS) upon whose backs you stand- we actually all stand upon those backs that built this country FOR FREE.
  • Bruce Furey
    signed 2019-03-12 22:42:53 -0400
  • Kaylee Homer
    signed 2019-03-12 22:42:24 -0400
  • Suhail Shafi
    signed 2019-03-12 22:23:51 -0400
  • Edmundo Orozco
    signed 2019-03-12 21:59:35 -0400
    What about the Palestinians rights,they are being killed by the Zionist you support.
  • Mary Lindemuth
    signed 2019-03-12 21:43:46 -0400
  • Marcia Teasdale
    signed 2019-03-12 21:15:30 -0400
    Support for the continued existence of Israel in a safe and secured environment = excellent policy position. Support for the authoritarian government of Israel, which continues to curtail and violate the rights of its Arab citizens routinely, which unlawfully maintains a 50-year-old occupation, and which denies any freedom at all—Including the right to continue owning property or be compensated for it— to the occupied = bad policy position. AIPAC is always on the wrong side of this dichotomy.
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