Formerly known as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
|Founded||Founded in 2001 as a “national coalition working to end all U.S. support for Israel’s military occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians.”|
- In 2016, total budget was approximately $850,000.
- Claims the it “receives the vast majority of its funding from relatively small individual donations throughout the country” and that the “[g]enerous support from a large base of diverse supporters ensures that the US Campaign can remain principled, independent, and not reliant on a small group of foundations or government grants.”
- US Campaign for Palestinian Rights received $90,000 (under the name of Education for Just Peace in the Middle East) between 2015-2019 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
- The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a “national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy.”
- According to the US Campaign “Common Principles,” “We oppose U.S. military, diplomatic, financial, corporate, and all other forms of support for Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians.”
- USCPR rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” “genocide,” “war crimes,” and “colonialism,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
- Exploits the US civil rights struggle by accusing 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.”
- USCPR created a “political education curriculum” titled “Together We Rise: Palestine as a Model of Resistance” meant to “strengthen liberation struggles from the U.S to Palestine.”
- To mark “50 years of Israel’s military occupation…70 years since the Nakba and ethnic cleansing of Palestine” (emphasis in original), USCPR organized a “Week of Action June 5-10” in which it calls upon followers to “Join 50 actions nationwide June 5-June 10, 2017 on this 50th anniversary to demand an end to Israel’s brutal military occupation.” Suggested activities include organizing a demonstration, protest, “Mock wall,” “Mock checkpoint,” and “Die-in” outside of Consulates, Congressional offices, and stores that sell “boycotted products.”
- In May 2017, USCPR published “50 Years of Israeli Military Occupation – FAQs” accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” and stating that “Even though the United States has consistently opposed Israel’s building of settlements for the past fifty years…the United States has worked to ensure that the international community does not impose sanctions on Israel for its continued illegal colonization of Palestinian land.”
- In July 2015, USCPR sponsored a congressional briefing to “examine Israel’s misuse of U.S.-supplied weapons in Gaza and call on lawmakers to hold Israel accountable for its violations of U.S. and international law.” The briefing featured speakers from Adalah, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Defense for Children International- Palestine(DCI-P).
- A leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions)
- Maintains campaigns to boycott and divest from companies including HP, G4S, Ben & Jerry’s, and Airbnb.
- US Campaigns regularly lobbies the United States government to end military and financial aid to Israel, supporting “its brutal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.”
- Provides resources for students who are interesting in “pursuing BDS campaigns on their campuses.”
- Publishes “Policy Agenda[s]” calling for the US government to oppose Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza and challenge anti-BDS legislation.
- In February 2017, along with other groups including Jewish Voice for Peace, signed a letter calling upon NFL players to boycott a planned trip to Israel. The letter accuses Israel of “war crimes,” ”whitewash[ing] its ongoing denial of Palestinian rights,” and constructing an “apartheid wall.” It makes numerous comparisons between Palestinians in Israel and apartheid South Africa and “brown and black communities” during the civil rights movement in the U.S.
- Initiated a 2016 campaign, urging actors and directors nominated for Academy Awards to reject the all-expenses paid trip to Israel and “refuse this cynical attempt to enlist them in putting a pretty face in Israeli’s regime of oppression.”
- In 2016, called on Airbnb to “stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements,” alleging they were “built on stolen Palestinian land.” The group claims that “[t]hrough earning fees from settlement vacation rentals, Airbnb is directly profiting from the continuing occupation and dispossession of Palestinians.”
- Yousef Munayyer
- Munayyer, the Executive Director of USCPR, was formerly the Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center.
- In November 2014, Munayyer gave a lecture titled “The Quest for a Just Peace: Connecting Liberation Struggles” stating that Palestinians experienced the “transition between one form of colonization to another form of colonization… the transfer of power between the British imperial enterprise in Palestine and the adoption of that imperial enterprise by the Zionist movement.”
- Anna Baltzer
- Anna Baltzer is the Director of Organizing & Advocacy at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
- In September 2014, Baltzer gave a lecture on “BDS – History, Philosophy, Challenges & Successes” at the University of Malaysia.
- In 2010, Baltzer stated that “if we look at historic models and what’s happening today with the segregated roads in the West Bank and all of different kinds of segregation is that we see a real link to apartheid South Africa and what happened there…And thus began a campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions which has grown rapidly today, but towards apartheid Israel, to say that until Israel complies with international law we’re not going to treat it like a normal country anymore.”
- Josh Ruebner
- Ruebner, USCPR Policy Director, is also the co-founder and former Executive Director of Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI), “an organization, which merged into the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace.”
- Ruebner has accused Israel of “premeditated ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid.”
- In April 2012, Ruebner claimed that Israeli commanders “studied what the Nazis did during the Warsaw Ghetto” uprising against the Jews in order “to attack and kill Palestinians” in Gaza.
- Karl Anderson
- Anderson, USCPR Development Associate, previously worked for the Rachel Corrie Foundation.
- In March 2016, Anderson accused Israel of being an “apartheid state.”
- On July 25, 2014, Anderson participated in a protest and “die-in” outside the Washington State Capitol building opposing the 2014 Gaza War. Anderson held a sign that read: “End U.S. Military Aid to Israel.”
- Ramah Kudaimi
- Kudaimi, the Director of Grassroots Organizing for USCPR, has promoted incitement to violence against Israelis, urged the inclusion of Holocaust deniers into mainstream media, and has called for the destruction of Israel — tweeting: “F**k Israel every day until the fall of the zionist regime.”
- In July 2016, Kudaimi was denied entry into Israel for security reasons and was banned from entering the country for 10 years.
- Member organizations include leaders of BDS campaigns against Israel and highly biased NGOs.
- Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP)
- Promotes political warfare strategy against Israel, including BDS, sustained campaigns of demonization alleging “apartheid” and “racism,” and support for a Palestinian claim to a “right of return” with the ultimate goal of dismantling Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
- In June 2017, started a campaign called “Deadly Exchange” that aims to “end police exchange programs between the US and Israel.” JVP claims that “‘worst practices’ are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries including extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportations and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.” The campaign also invoked antisemitic tropes.
- American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
- AMP provides “advocacy training” including instruction on how to lobby politicians, and produces media and activism guidebooks, such as campus activism resources including fact-sheets, anti-normalization material, and Power Point presentations that parrot the Hamas narrative of the 2014 Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza, claiming that “Palestinian resistance was born out of the occupation and the siege, plain and simple.”
- AMP is involved in a campaign targeting Airbnb to end “illegal rentals in the West Bank,” and a 2016 campaign titled “This Ramadan, Make a DATE with Justice: Choose Occupation- Free Dates” calling on “Muslims to uphold the ethics of our faith, and to refuse to buy or sell dates that are profiting from Israeli occupation.”
- American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
- AFSC is a leader of BDS campaigns on campuses and churches in the United States.
- Dalit Baum, director of AFSC’s Middle East program, is co-founder of Coalition of Women for Peace’s flagship BDS project “Who Profits?” Baum lobbies international audiences on how best to promote the global BDS campaign against Israel. AFSC materials include an online investment screening tool aimed to “help individuals and institutions identify companies on their investment portfolios that are directly complicit in ongoing severe violations of human rights and international law.”
- AFSC promotes “anti-normalization,” rejecting dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- Christian Peacemakers Teams (CPT)
- On February 7, 2017, CPT was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people.” The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.”
- CPT encourages “individuals, companies and states to engage in divestment and in an economic and commercial boycott of everything produced by the Israeli occupation.”
- Friends of Sabeel
- Sabeel supports the “one state solution,” meaning the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state. Its “Vision for the Future” states: “The ideal and best solution has always been to envisage ultimately a bi-national state in Palestine-Israel… One state for two nations and three religions.” (emphasis added).
- In June 2017, was a signatory to an “Open Letter” from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine to the World Council of Churches that accuses Israel of “Discrimination and inequality, military occupation and systematic oppression.” The letter calls upon the WCC to “recognize Israel as an apartheid state,” and “unequivocally condemn the Balfour declaration as unjust, and that you demand from the UK that it asks forgiveness from the Palestinian people and compensates for the losses.” The letter also defends “our right and duty to resist the occupation creatively and nonviolently,” through “economic measures that pressure Israel to stop the occupation…in response to Israel’s war on BDS. We ask that you intensity those measures.”
- Grassroots International
- Grassroots International engages in advocacy and “seek[s] to influence US citizens and policy negotiators who have the power to create policies that uphold rather than undermine basic human rights.”
- Is running a campaign, with accompanying fact sheets, to “Tell TIAA-CREF to stop investing in the Separation Wall,” and to Elbit Systems Ltd., as Elbit “Directly profit[s] from or contribute[s] to the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”
- Interfaith Peace Builders
- Sends “3 – 4 delegations to Israel/Palestine every year” intended to expose the “everyday violence of war and occupation and learn from those committed to nonviolent struggle, human rights and peace with justice.”
- Interfaith Peace-Builders signed on a call to thank “the National Council of the American Studies Association (ASA)… decision to endorse the Palestinian call for the academic boycott of Israel.”
- Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
- MECA organizes delegations to “Palestine/Israel” where participants can “witness the impact of the Israeli occupation and…learn about refugees, land confiscation, political prisoners…” Trip highlights include learning “about the origins of the Palestinian refugees and the Right of Return, and how it can be implemented” (emphasis added).
- In September 2015, MECA signed on a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urging the UN to terminate its contracts with international security company G4S, as the company is “complicit with Israel’s human rights violations.”
- MECA lists Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC), is a PFLP-affiliated health committee active in Gaza, as identified by USAID and in Palestinian documents. as an organization “we support.”
- Rebuilding Alliance
- Regularly lobbies the U.S. Congress and State Department, promoting the Palestinian narrative of victimization and Israeli aggression.
- On May 16, 2017, Rebuilding Alliance participated in a petition to PayPal “urging that PayPal services be made available to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza” as “PayPal has a discriminatory policy of serving Israeli settlers in the West Bank, but not the Palestinians next door… PayPal risks becoming the target of boycotts by offering services to settlers and thereby profiting from the Occupation. Extending PayPal to Palestinians makes it not only the right decision morally, but financially as well.”
- WESPAC Foundation
- Refers to US-funded “atrocities” in “our homeland” and demands the US “end all aid to Israel, diplomatic, economic, military… to this apartheid, racist state.”
- According to WESPAC, “Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions are appropriate and legitimate weapons to wage peace” and the NGO campaigns for boycotting and divesting from Caterpillar.
- Other members include Nonviolence International, National Lawyers Guild, Israel Palestine Mission Network – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and Students for Justice in Palestine.
USCPR is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy and is a leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel BDS campaigns.