Now you can champion a cause on your way to work. Ads calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel are now up at three stations on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Featuring two little girls with their smiling fathers- one a Palestinian designer and the other an Israeli social worker- the ads are just the beginning of a widespread campaign against violence in Palestine and Israel.
Be on our side. We are on the side of peace and justice. End U.S. military aid to Israel, appeal the ads, with a URL referring commuters to www.TwoPeoplesOneFuture.org, a website with information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and details on American aid to Israel.
The ad campaign was pioneered by the Northern California Friends of Sabeel, a non-profit Christian organization aiming to end the conflict in the Holy Land through non-violence and education. The Bay Area chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine signed on to
co-sponsor the campaign.
We are disturbed that our politicians spend billions of tax payers money to supply the Israeli war machine with lethal weapons to the detriment of both Israelis and Palestinians and the cause of peace, said Hassan Fouda, a member of the Northern California Friends of Sabeel and one of the organizers of the ad campaign. If our fellow citizens know the facts, we are sure they will insist that the money is spent here at home.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved a resolution funding a $205 million Israeli missile-defense system and the Northern California Friends of Sabeel say that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Due to an agreement signed in under the Bush administration, the Jewish state is to receive $30 billion by 2018- and that’s on top ofisrael received between 1949 and 2008. The Be on our side media campaign says these billions have done nothing to bring the region closer to peace; instead the money has “been used to perpetuate the hopeless cycle of death and destruction in the region.” Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced $150 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, saying the package “underscores that the Palestinian Authority has become a credible partner for peace.”
You can see the ads for yourself through the end of the year at the 12th Street Oakland, Downtown Berkeley, and San Francisco Civic Center BART stations. To find out more on the cause, click this way:
On the ad campaign, in general: www.TwoPeoplesOneFuture.org
On the Bay Area Campaign: ://www.twopeoplesonefuture.
On the Friends of Sabeel: www.fosna.org
On American Muslims for Palestine,www.ampalestine.org
On Jewish Voice for Peace, www.jvp.org
Carma is a Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist in the Bay Area.