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CAIR Joins 100 U.S. Groups in Urging Biden, Trump to Support Equality for Palestinians

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined CODEPINK along with over 100 other organizations in urging presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden and President Trump to adopt a just and principled foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinian struggle. In a joint letter, the organizations noted policy positions that American voters are looking for in presidential candidates. 

“Current U.S. positions supporting, indeed enabling, Israeli government violations are out of touch with voters. U.S. foreign policy on Israel/Palestine should be rooted in the same values and principles that are supposed to guide U.S. policy throughout the rest of the world — respecting human rights and international law, promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts, supporting diplomacy over military intervention, and utilizing multilateralism and multilateral institutions for dispute resolution,” the groups said in the letter.

The policy positions addressed in the letter include:

  • explicit opposition to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its unlawful blockade of the Gaza Strip;
  • recognition of Israel’s obligations toward the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip;
  • support for conditioning U.S. military funding to Israel on an end to Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and adherence to all relevant U.S. laws, including the Arms Export Control Act and the Leahy Law; 
  • support for H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” to ensure that no U.S. dollars contribute to Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse and/or other ill-treatment of Palestinian children;
  • calling on Israel’s government to repeal the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law and to ensure that Palestinian citizens of Israel and other non-Jewish citizens in the country enjoy equal rights with Jewish citizens by passing a basic law guaranteeing those rights;
  • opposition to the use of U.S. security assistance against protected populations, including in Gaza, and calling on Israel’s government to protect civilians from settler violence;
  • support for Palestinian refugee rights consistent with international law and relevant UN resolutions;
  • a promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy back to Tel Aviv until such time as the international status of East Jerusalem has changed from its current status as occupied territory;
  • a promise to provide full U.S. cooperation with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into alleged war crimes committed by all sides in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip;
  • rejection of U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over any territories now occupied, absent an internationally recognized final agreement with the Palestinians.
  • a promise to reduce regional tensions and enhance regional stability by restoring U.S. support for and participation in the Iranian nuclear agreement (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). 

This letter comes as a recent Biden campaign statement conflates American Jews with Jewish support for Israel and brags about having increased military assistance to Israel at the end of Obama’s term. The statement also promised to continue, in violation of the First Amendment, attacks on individuals and organizations that boycott Israel for political reasons and referred to Palestinian “choices” to commit violence.

The letter is available here and is signed by the following groups: https://www.codepink.org/dearjoebiden

Action Corps

Alliance for Global Justice

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

American Friends Service Committee

American Muslims for Palestine

Asian American Advocacy Fund

Baltimore Nonviolence Center 

Bay Area Women in Black

Cafe Palestina

Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security

Center for International Policy

Central Pacific Conference Palestine Israel Network

Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA)

Chicago Committee Against War and Racism

Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy

CODEPINK

Christian Peacemaker Teams- Palestine

Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Cultures of Resistance

Demand Progress 

Dorchester People for Peace (Boston)

Episcopal Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land ( Diocese of Olympia)

Episcopal Peace Fellowship – Palestine Israel Network 

Fellowship of Reconciliation – USA

Feminist Foreign Policy Project

Florida Peace Alliance

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice

Freedom Forward

Friends of Palestine Wisconsin

Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Global Exchange

Green Mountain Solidarity With Palestine

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Historians for Peace and Democracy

Holy Land Ministry at Spirit of Grace

If Not Now

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Islamophobia Studies Center

Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism

Jewish Voice for Peace Action

Jewish Voice for Peace – Hudson Valley 

Jews Say No!

Joining Hands for Justice, Palestine/Israel

Justice For All

Just Foreign Policy

Just World Educational

Kairos Puget Sound Coalition

Kairos USA

KPSC

Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

MADRE

Mass Peace Action

Methodist Federation for Social Action

Middle East Children’s Alliance

Middle East Peace & Justice Coalition of Western Massachusetts

Muslim Peace Fellowship 

Middle East Peace & Justice Coalition of Western Massachusetts

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Lawyers Guild – Palestine Subcommittee

Nonviolence International

Northwest Coast Presbytery Israel Palestine Mission

Ollin Women International

Pace e Bene and Campaign Nonviolence

Palestine / Israel Network (PIN) of Edmonds / Lynnwood

Palestinian American Coalition San Francisco

Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace

Palestinian Media Center In Europe

PAX Christi USA

Peace Action

Peace Justice And sustainability NOW!

Peacehome Campaigns

PEACEWORKERS

Peregrine Forum of Wisconsin

Popular Education Project 

Presbyterian Church, USA, Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN)

Progressive Democrats of America PDA

Quaker Palestine Israel Network

Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

Rethinking Foreign Policy, Inc.

Roots Action

Students Against Hindutva Ideology (SAHI)

Students for Justice in Palestine, UMass Amherst

Texas Coalition for Human Rights

The Resistance Center

Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

Tree of Life Educational Fund

Tzedek Chicago

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East

United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network

United for Peace and Justice

United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR)

United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force

United Voices

University of the Poor

U.S. Boat to Gaza

Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine

Veterans for Peace

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Voices For Peace in the Middle East – Whatcom County WA

We Are Not Numbers

WESPAC Foundation

Western Mass CODEPINK

Western New York Peace Center

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

Win Without War

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) US

World Beyond War

World Beyond War – Central Florida

Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com

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