Help Us Shut Down AIPAC Trips to Israel
August 18th, 2011
Last week we asked you to "name and shame" the 81 Representatives who are on AIPAC junkets to Israel during this August Congressional recess -- instead of staying home to address the economic concerns of their constituents. Plus, we're exposing potential ethics violations in the funding of these junkets. The US Campaign's National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, in a widely cited article published in Foreign Policy in Focus, reveals what appears to be a clear violation of guidelines prohibiting lobbying organizations from paying for these trips. Read the article and then spread the word via social media.
Your response has been extraordinary! With your phone calls, the US Campaign, together with our member group CODEPINK, figured out nearly half of these Representatives' identities. Your phone calls, letters-to-the-editor, and appearances at town hall meetings, have forced these Representatives onto the defensive, so much that even the New York Times noted the criticism of these trips.
CODEPINK used the information Josh uncovered to file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
By taking action today, you can help challenge AIPAC's Congressional junkets, which play such an important role in ensuring U.S. military aid to Israel and U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid.
Call the Office of Congressional Ethics at 202-225-9739 and tell them that you support the complaint filed against the AIPAC trips, and that you want an investigation to be carried out. You can also email the office here.
Your voice matters and your actions are successfully challenging U.S policy toward Palestine/Israel.