Monday, January 5, 2015

No Weapons Sales To Israel

Below are two statements from AWC....


Stop Boeing From Selling Smart Bombs to the IDF!
In November 2014, Boeing was awarded an $83 million contract by the Israel Air Force for providing 3000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). JDAMs are kits that convert unguided bombs into “smart” guided weapons. Just months earlier, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, killing over 2000 Palestinians, including 513 children. By producing these JDAMs and other weapons for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Boeing is fortifying Israel’s actions and contributing to the occupation of Palestine.  Therefore, we charge that Boeing has the blood of thousands of Palestinians on its hands. 

Furthermore, Boeing’s Defense, Space, and Security department, which made the deal with Israel, is located in St. Louis, MO, about 15 miles away from Ferguson, MO.  When Ferguson community members were under siege by police terror in the wake of the murder of 18 year-old Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson, the people in Gaza expressed solidarity and support. Boeing’s new deal violates this special bond and puts money towards war that could be going toward education and eliminating the school to prison pipeline that disproportionately impacts Black and other oppressed nationality youth. 


We condemn Boeing’s business dealings with the IDF, from selling weapons to collaborating with Israeli armament companies. There is a growing movement calling for an arms embargo on Israel, echoing the call from civil society organizations in Palestine.  We are adding our voices and demanding the US government implement a military embargo on Israel and force Boeing to sever its ties.


Black Lives Matter! Justice for Mike Brown & Eric Garner!
In 2014, in separate instances, police officers killed two unarmed Black men; Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY. In both cases, the officers were not indicted. Anti-War Committee Chicago stands in solidarity with oppressed people-not just abroad but in the US as well. 

We have witnessed firsthand the injustice of the US courts in the case of Rasmea Odeh. Why is a prominent Palestinian community organizer facing incarceration while homicidal police officer Darren Wilson, who publicly stated he has no remorse, walks free? Why are Rasmea’s supporters labeled as “almost certainly criminal” and the person who filmed the police killing Eric Garner indicted while the officer that used the lethal, illegal chokehold faces no charges? 

These murderous cops were exonerated, despite mountains of evidence. This is a chilling affirmation of the systemic racism in this country. As we saw in the case of Eric Garner, cameras and video footage of cops cannot solve this problem. We support those protesting in Ferguson, New York, and countless other cities across the globe. We call for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and all victims of police crimes. We want an end to police control of oppressed Black and Latino communities.



OCCUPATION IS A CRIME FROM FERGUSON TO PALESTINE!


If you or your organization would like to endorse these statements, please email Kait McIntyre, Anti-War Committee Chicago member, at kait.mcintyre@gmail.com    

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Two symbols of the continued resistance of the Palestinian people: Steven Salaita & Rasmea Odeh

Monday, October 6, 2014

U.S. Attorney threatens supporters of Rasmea Odeh

Breaking news from StopFBI.Net:

Bizarre DOJ accusations against Hatem Abudayyeh attempt to criminalize opponents of political repression


In a bizarre and desperate move, prosecutors in the case of Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion in Federal Court Oct. 3, which characterized the efforts of an important leader of the Rasmea Odeh defense campaign, Hatem Abudayyeh, as “jury tampering” and “almost certainly criminal.” The prosecution then asks Judge Gershwin Drain for an “Anonymous Jury,” which means that the names of the jurors are kept secret from the defense attorneys, and that an array of security measures are put it place during the trial that make it seem like 67-year-old Rasmea Odeh is a dangerous person.

There is no evidence at all for the baseless accusations against the movement in support of Rasmea. The prosecutor’s motion is a clumsy attempt at intimidation and should be condemned by everyone who is concerned about civil liberties.

Here are the facts. Rasmea Odeh is a beloved leader of the Palestinian community in Chicago who is facing trumped up immigration charges. Imprisoned by the Israelis in the late 1960s, due to her work to free Palestine, Rasmea was tortured and sexually abused. She is well-known and respected across the world. The federal government is threatening her with jail and deportation. As a result, a powerful and effective movement organized protests around the country, demanding “Justice for Rasmea.”

Now the prosecutors are waging an attack on everyone involved in this movement to support and defend Rasmea.


They talk about ‘jury tampering.’ Until there is a trial, there is no jury, so how could a jury possibly be tampered with? In any event, at no time have we ever tried to improperly influence a jury. Not once. What we are doing is organizing protests, having people sign petitions and holding educational events. We are encouraging people to attend Rasmea’s court appearances. We are shining a light on the unjust prosecution of Rasmea. We want the government to drop the charges.

In the prosecutor’s motion we are told, “Hatem Abudayyeh has orchestrated a concerted effort to influence the criminal proceedings against defendant, which has resulted, at each proceeding, in a large group outside the Courthouse protesting and parading, carrying signs demanding dismissal of charges and 'Justice for Rasmea' and displaying the Palestinian flag.” Imagine that. Palestinians, Arabs and progressive people responding to an injustice by holding a protest and engaging in activity that is protected by the First Amendment. In the world that the Detroit U.S. Attorney wants, speaking out as we have is, “almost certainly criminal.” On the contrary - it is criminal for the prosecutors to attempt to restrict our constitutional rights.

It is worth noting that there is a distinctly racist, anti-Arab undertone to the prosecutor’s motion, where spirited and dignified protests, with a majority of Palestinian American participants, are described as “hordes” and “mobs.” Again, the federal government is trying to sow fear among people in the U.S. by criminalizing and stereotyping Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. As one of Rasmea's lawyers said when he was informed of the motion, it, " is only intended to play the 'terrorism' card and is unacceptable."

The prosecutors also have a problem with people who want to petition the government for a redress of grievances, so they complain in their motion that those who want the charges against Rasmea dropped “have previously attempted to flood Department of Justice telephone lines in an attempt to influence these proceedings.”

We will continue to hold call-in days and we will organize even more people to participate in them.

We take the threats of the prosecution seriously. We urge all of our supporters to keep their eyes on Detroit and to be ready to respond to any attacks on leaders of the Rasmea defense campaign.

We see these threats as a sign that our campaign to defend Rasmea Odeh is working. We were successful in getting Zionist Judge Borman off the case. There are now thousands of people across the country engaged in organizing for Rasmea. We will not allow the government to intimidate us. This attack will bring more supporters and strengthen our work further. We will redouble our efforts to make sure the charges against Rasmea are dropped!
 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stand With Salaita! Posters in support of Prof. Steven Salaita's speaking tour in Chicago, Oct. 6th - 9th, 2014

Anti-War Committee - Chicago will be selling prints of these at all the events on the speaking tour. All proceeds will go toward the honorarium for Prof. Salaita. For information on the events, days and times: https://www.facebook.com/events/714970348587355/

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Video of Ali Abunimah from "Forum: The lessons of Gaza & the tasks of the movement here"


Video of the forum on September 25, 2014 including MCs Kait McIntyre of Anti-War Committee - Chicago and Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Nesreen Hasan of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. This segment includes remarks by Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada, with responses by Manar Daghash, youth member of USPCN, and Mirjana Abu-Khalil, president of Students for Justice in Palestine - UIC.