Just as federal government faces shut-down, ads calling for end of US aid to Israel appear in Metro stations
(WASHINGTON DC 09/30/2013) -- The American Muslims for Palestine, a national grassroots organization whose mission is to educate the public about Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage, today announced its anti-apartheid ads would be appearing in Metro train stations this week.
The ad, which quotes Archbishop Desmond Tutu comparing the conditions resulting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine to apartheid in South Africa, also calls for an end to US aid to Israel.
It is a fitting time. The federal government may shut down Tuesday because it cannot afford to pay its bills yet we are still sending Israel billions of dollars in military aid, loan guarantees, other grants and free or reduced cost weaponry every year. Also today, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu visited President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today to discuss Iran, Syria and the “peace process.”
“It is inexcusable that we continue to fund Israel’s military when our own government can’t pay its employees or fund important social services,” said AMP national board member Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid. “Our unconditional support of Israel hurts our image throughout the world and weakens our national security. It is time to keep this money here at home to help Americans who desperately need it.”
AMP first launched its ad campaign in New York in March. It also appeared in San Francisco. Both times, the ad garnered a large amount of mainstream media attention.
“Times are changing and the media is growing bolder by the day when it comes to Palestine,” said AMP Media Director Kristin Szremski. “Not only have our ads educated the tens of thousands who have seen them but they have brought the discussion of Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies into the mainstream media.”
The ads will run until Oct. 27.
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