[News] STOP AIPAC - Mon, Dec 14 - SF - Pressure SF Board of Supervisors and Mayor to Reject AIPAC Invite
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Fri Dec 11 11:51:59 EST 2015
**Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 14, in force in front of the AIPAC
dinner at the Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., SF, demanding an end
to AIPAC and US support for Israeli’s suppression of Palestinian rights.
*Pressure Mounts on SF Board of Supervisors and Mayor to Reject AIPAC Invite
*San Francisco, Dec. 11, 2015—*As a broad-based coalition builds
opposition to the upcoming San Francisco fundraiser for AIPAC (American
Israeli Public Affairs Committee), Supervisor John Avalos has announced
that he turned down an invite from the powerful pro-Israel lobbying
group in solidarity with community concerns. Supervisors London Breed,
David Campos, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar will also be no-shows. Pressure is
mounting on the mayor and remaining members of the board to reject their
invitations to the gala.
“We are asking public officials to join the effort to challenge
apartheid and racist policies in Israel, just as San Francisco did
during apartheid South Africa,” said Omar Ali of the Arab Resource and
Organizing Center. “The international community must condemn the recent
attacks on Palestinian civilian society, funded with over $3 billion in
arms and military assistance that Israel receives from the United States
each year, largely as a result of AIPAC’s lobbying and influence over US
politicians. Key organizations representing the Palestinian, Jewish,
queer, and progressive communities are united in demanding that all of
the SF supervisors turn down AIPAC’s invite.”
The Expose AIPAC Coalition has already gathered more than 800 signatures
on a petition urging supervisors and the mayor to boycott the event. The
petitions will be presented to SF Mayor Ed Lee on Monday, Dec. 14.
As AIPAC lobbies for even more funds for Israel, Israel has escalated
the level of attack on Palestinians, especially in East Jerusalem and
Hebron. The Palestinian Health Ministry reports that since October 1^st
, 2015, Israeli forces have killed at least 118 Palestinians and shot at
least 2,528 others. The number of Palestinian children in Israeli
detention has doubled; those children report being tortured, denied
adequate food, and held in moldy and frigid jail cells.
As a result of AIPAC’s grip on US politicians, US money and equipment go
toward stealing Palestinian land, killing unarmed civilians, demolishing
homes, building illegal settlements and the separation wall that
destroys farms and isolates Palestinians from families, work, and
education. In addition, AIPAC lobbies for legislation like the Protect
Academic Freedom Act, which would punish colleges and universities that
join the academic and cultural boycott of Israel in support of
Palestinian human rights.
Key organizers in the Expose AIPAC Coalition include the Arab Resource &
Organizing Center, ANSWER, Bay Area Women in Black, General Union of
Palestine Students, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Jewish
Voice for Peace, National Lawyer’s Guild –SF, Queers Undermining Israeli
Terror, Northern California Friends of Sabeel, Palestinian Youth
Movement, and Students for Justice in Palestine-Cal. An additional 30
organizations have endorsed the campaign.
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