Ads in Chicago call for end to US military aid to Israel

    Starting yesterday, signs like the one above can be seen in Chicago’s “El” public transit cars. The ads are being paid for by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine and will be up for the next month.

    The campaign’s website has a lot of useful information about why cutting US military aid to Israel is a prerequisite to peace in the region, and how taking such a step would benefit not only the Palestinians, but Israelis and Americans as well.

    Following Chicago, there are plans to take this campaign to other cities around the US. If you’d like to get involved in the effort and see these signs around your town, click here for ideas on how to get the ball rolling.

    Even though it shouldn’t be a controversial message, I can image a serious backlash to these signs and am really pleased that the Chicago Transit Authority agreed to display them.

    I’ve long been of the belief that until we stop arming Israel to the teeth, or until the Israeli government senses that US aid may be jeopardized by their actions, they will have little incentive to seriously work for peace.

    Hopefully this campaign will catch on and get Americans to reconsider how giving Israel $30 billion worth of weaponry over the next decade is compatable with a just resolution to the conflict there. (h/t Mondoweiss)



    Recent Stories

    • Analysis

    Will the real Gene Sharp please step forward?

    July 16, 2019

    Recent criticisms calling the founder of nonviolent theory a Cold Warrior are way off the mark. To rightly evaluate him, we need to understand the role he chose for himself.

    • Feature

    Professors and students unite to oppose cuts to Lebanon’s only public university

    July 12, 2019

    A six-week strike by teachers has bolstered a movement against proposed austerity measures targeting Lebanon’s dangerously underfunded education system.

    • Column

    How movements can use drama to seize the public imagination

    July 9, 2019

    Drama helps movements draw attention to their issues, but it won’t come without creativity and direct action tactics that reach beyond the choir.