Protest AIPAC’S 2010 MINNESOTA ANNUAL EVENT (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
We need to be there to protest and tell our political leaders that AIPAC does not speak for us, and we reject its agenda for war and occupation.
AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. AIPAC has only one objective: strengthening American support for the state of Israel through creation of a “special relationship” between the two countries. Because Congress and the White House are fearful of confronting AIPAC, they give in to AIPAC’s demands no matter what the impact on the U.S. or the Mideast might be, enabling Israel to commit flagrant human rights abuses and violations of international law.
“AIPAC’s success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it. …The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress.” Mearsheimer & Walt, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.
AIPAC supports endless conflict in the Middle East by lobbying for billions of dollars in U.S. Military Aid to Israel and continued occupation of Palestinian land. AIPAC works to insure that Israel is provided with US military aid and weapons at the cost of more than $3 billion each year. Our helicopters, bullets and bombs are killing Palestinians. Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead” attack on Gaza, which killed 1400 civilians including 352 children, was carried out with U.S.-funded and manufactured helicopters, tanks, rockets and phosphorus bombs. AIPAC also regularly provides a platform for Christian Zionist extremists to foment their anti-Muslim/Arab racism and their call to unbridled militarism.
Sponsored by The Coalition for Palestinian Rights (CPR), a Minnesota based coalition that includes: Al-Asqa Institute of Minnesota, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – Minnesota Chapter, Anti-War Committee, Arab Community Center, Direct Action to Stop War & Occupation (DASWO), International Jewish anti-Zionist Network – Twin Cities, Middle East Peace Now, National Lawyers Guild – Minnesota Chapter, Women Against Military Madness.
Endorsed by: Alliant Action, Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Iraq Peace Action Coalition, & The Twin Cities Peace Campaign.