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CODEPINK

Profile

Country/TerritoryUnited States
Websitehttp://www.codepink.org/
FoundedNovember 2002 by “Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Diane Wilson, Starhawk and about 100 other women,” who “set up a 4-month all-day vigil in front of the White House… to stand for peace” and “stop the United States from invading Iraq.”
In their own wordsA “women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.”

Funding

  • In FY 16-17, total income was $837,190; total expenses were $771,087.
  • Donors and funding sources are unavailable, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
  • In 2012-2016, the Tides Foundation authorized grants worth $110,000 to CODEPINK (2012, 2013, 2014, 20152016).

Activities

  • According to its website, “The CODEPINK alert is a feisty call for people to ‘wage peace.’”
  • CODEPINK “doesn’t have members” or “require official affiliation.” Rather, it maintains: “Just using the word member implies that there is an established organization and accepted code of behavior to which you have to pledge in order to be included as one of the privileged few.”

Political Advocacy

  • Regularly presents an entirely biased and distorted view of the conflict, completely omitting Hamas terror against Israeli civilians.
  • States that CODEPINK “stands in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activists and human rights advocates working to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to promote the rights of Palestinians. In addition, we work here in the United States to educate Americans about the realities of Israel’s occupation and to change U.S. foreign policy in the region. We feel personally implicated in Israel’s violations of human rights and international law because our tax dollars – $3 billion annually in military aid- subsidize Israel’s occupation.”
  • Co-sponsor of the “Kids have the right to read about Palestine” campaign, which calls on publishers of children’s books, such as Scholastic and Marshall Cavendish, to “add the title PALESTINE to their series.” The campaign was endorsed by prominent anti-Israel activists including Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, and Norman Finkelstein.
  • On April 12, 2018, members of CODEPINK confronted U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley asking, “why are you blocking an investigation into the Israeli use of excessive force in Gaza…Israel deserves to be held accountable just like any other country.” The activists ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
  • On November 9, 2017, CODEPINK was a signatory on a call to support “A World Without Walls,” drawing comparisons between “Israel’s apartheid wall on Palestinian land to the US wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico.”
  • In May 2016, CODEPINK joined the campaign “No Way to Treat a Child,” a vehicle for exploiting children for political warfare against Israel. The campaign was initiated by PFLP-linked Defense for Children International- Palestine and BDS organizer American Friends Service Committee. A February 20, 2017 exposé in the Jerusalem Post revealed the central claims of this campaign to be false.
  • In February 2016, the mayor of the German city of Bayreuth rejected the awarding of the city’s €10,000 tolerance prize to CODEPINK over allegations that the group is antisemitic. In response, co-founder Medea Benjamin wrote a letter to the mayor, attempting to justify her participation in a conference in Iran that hosted prominent Holocaust deniers, as well as the group’s support for BDS and demonizing allegations of “utter destruction and [] an indiscriminate massacre.”
  • Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, participated in the New Horizon 2nd Annual International Conference of Independent Thinkers & Film Makers, held in Tehran, Iran (September 27 – October 1, 2014), speaking on the topics of “The Gaza War & BDS Movement Strategies against the Zionist Regime” and “Different Facets of the Resistance.” The conference included past and present Iranian government officials, as well as conspiracy theorists and Holocaust deniers.
  • In 2014, Benjamin signed a petition titled “Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel! BDS!” legitimizing Palestinian resistance stating, “Like any colonial regime, Israel uses resistance to such policies as an excuse to terrorize and collectively punish the indigenous population for its very existence. But scattered rockets, fired from Gaza into land stolen from Palestinians in the first place, are merely a response to this systemic injustice.”
  • In 2011, a CODEPINK delegation participated in “Freedom Flotillas,” aimed at breaching Israel’s borders and the blockade on Gaza, and initiating confrontations with Israeli naval forces.
  • Initiated a petition, “Women Say No War on Iran,” to be delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and First Lady Michelle Obama, “to oppose the inflammatory rhetoric of war and the recently publicized plan of the Israeli government to attack Iran… On moral and economic grounds, we also oppose any US intervention to support an Israeli attack on Iran… We cry out for diplomacy, not bombing, to ensure security and peace.” The petition completely omitsthe Iranian regime’s persistent calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.

BDS Activities

  • Leader of U.S.-based anti-Israel boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS).
  • CODEPINK is involved in a campaign targeting Airbnb to end what it calls “illegal rentals in the West Bank,” as well as against RE/MAX to “stop RE/MAX International Corporation from its current practice of selling properties within illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank.”
  • COPEPINK, together with Interfaith Peace-builders and other highly biased and politicized groups, launched a campaign to “End US Military Aid to Israel,” urging followers to “stop funding weapons to Israel.”
  • Promotes the Move Over AIPAC campaign, which seeks to “oppose to US military aid to Israel” and push for a “human rights agenda, which will require the intensification of direct action strategies being pushed by the growing BDS movement and professional lobbying efforts.”
    • Filed a complaint with the Congressional Ethics Committee in August 2011 “in response to a right-wing junket in which 81 Congress people visited Israel with an AIPAC affiliate.” Co-founder Medea Benjamin, who filed the complaint, alleged that “AIPAC puts the interests of Israel before U.S. interests, which makes these Congressional junkets dangerous and downright un-American.”
  • In April 2017, CODEPINK campaigned to have Israeli soccer clubs based in West Bank settlements expelled from FIFA.
  • In November 2016, CODEPINK participated in the “Global Week of Action against HP!” for its “role in supplying technology for Israeli apartheid and occupation.”
  • CODEPINK NYC signed a letter sent by Adalah-NY on March 5, 2015 calling on the Beacon Theatre in New York to “not co-sign the atrocities that the Israeli government is committing by hosting Israeli musician Idan Raichel.” Other signatories included Al-Awda New YorkStudents for Justice in Palestine, and WESPAC Foundation.
  • In October 2014, Allie McCracken, then the co-director of CODEPINK, called for the US to stop funding Israel’s military stating, “Under President Obama, we’ve actually increased US military aid to Israel, up to $3.8 billion every year…we’re giving it to Israel, which is using it to buy weapons, mostly from American weapons manufacturers, to kill people in Gaza.”
  • In 2014, launched a “Boycott Sodastream” campaign, alleging that “SodaStream enjoys cheap land and water, confiscated from the indigenous Palestinian owners; a captive Palestinian labor force; tax benefits; and lax regulation of environmental and labor protection laws.” The campaign called on supporters to “Send a letter telling Scarlet Johansson to drop SodaStream” and “Send letters to SodaStream retailers.” It also publicized a video, “BDS Brides Boycott SodaStream and Ahava Sales at Bed Bath & Beyond,” as well as downloadable “Slogans & Chants for Protesting SodaStream.” The campaign ignores that SodaStream employed hundreds of Palestinians who will lose their jobs when the company leaves the West Bank.
  • In 2009, launched the campaign “Stolen Beauty,” aiming to boycott Ahava beauty products and “expose the ugly secrets from the Dead Sea.” The campaign alleges that “Ahava is putting a pretty face on its crimes” and “hiding the ugly truth– its products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank… when you buy Ahava products you help finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

Staff

Partners

  • Partners with other highly biased and politicized NGOs including Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian solidarity movement and seeks to create “a wedge” within the Jewish community over support for Israel. It is also a member of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
  • Member of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a “national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy.”
    • Accuses Israel of maintaining a “matrix of control” over the Palestinian population and enacting “laws that discriminate against [Palestinians], much as Black Americans had been treated during the Jim Crow era.”

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