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US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation: Tell Center for American Progress… Netanyahu Is #NotProgressive

Posted by uscsjp on November 6, 2015

Tell Center for American Progress… Netanyahu Is #NotProgressive

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Washington, DC on November 9-10 to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the US providing up to $45 billion in more weapons over the next decade!

We’ve already delivered a petition to the State Department, signed by more than 60,000 people, calling for, which you can still sign if you haven’t yet.

Netanyahu will also be picking up an award from the American Enterprise Institute, a neocon think thank (no surprise there). And thanks to pressure from the Israeli Embassy and AIPAC, he’s also scheduled to speak at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a self-defined progressive policy institute.

Let’s be real. Netanyahu has no business speaking at CAP. Sign our petition to CAP’s President Neera Tanden telling her that Netanyahu is #NotProgressive and urging her to disinvite the Israeli prime minister. Help us reach 10,000 signatures and we’ll deliver the petition to her. 

The apartheid policies of Netanyahu and the Israeli government have alienated progressive opinion in the US. This heavy-handed pressure on CAP is a desperate measure by Israel and its lobby to woo progressives. Let Netanyahu speak at all the neocon events he wants. But let’s deny him the opportunity to present himself as a progressive. Sign our petition today at

And for those of you near Washington, DC, join us for three protests November 9-10 against Netanyahu. All the details you need are posted here and below.

1. Protest War Criminal Netanyahu at the White House, Monday, November 9, 9:00 AM, White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sponsored by ANSWER Coalition.

Protest outside the White House during President Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu.

For more details, see the Facebook event

2. No US Tax Dollars for Israel’s Occupation, Monday, November 9, 5:00 PM, National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. Sponsored by a coalition of DC-area pro-Palestinian organizations. 

Protest outside of the American Enterprise Institute’s event giving Netanyahu an award.

For more details, see the Facebook event.

If you’re near DC and would like to volunteer to help plan this protest, please let us know.

3. Netanyahu Is #NotProgressive, Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM, Center for American Progress, 1333 H Street NW. Sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Picket outside of the Center for American Progress encouraging employees of this progressive policy institute not to attend Netanyahu’s speech.

For more details, see the Facebook event.

Not able to make it to DC? Plan your own protest of Netanyahu and let us know about it. 

Thank you for taking action.


Josh Ruebner
Policy Director

PS: Read former CAP staffer Ali Gharib’s article in The Nation, “Why Is the Center for American Progress Hosting Benjamin Netanyahu?” for more background on how CAP has been subjected to AIPAC pressure in the past.

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