OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013 (WAFA) – The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (RCF) launched last week a bus ad campaign to highlight the rights of the Palestinian people, according to a statement published Monday.
The campaign coincided with the tenth anniversary for the Israeli army killing of American human rights activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza and with US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and Palestine.
The regional ad campaign called for “equal rights for Palestinians as the way to peace.”
Interior bus ads designed by Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) and funded by SeaMAC and RCF began running last week in Olympia, Washington, and will stay up for four weeks on a dozen Intercity Transit buses, said the press statement.
“The ad campaign is part of a larger effort to urge Obama to demand accountability for how U.S. tax dollars and arms exports are used by the Israeli military and government and to insist on Israeli compliance with U.S. arms export law,” it explained.
Cindy Corrie, RCF cofounder and mother of Rachel Corrie, stated, “U.S. military aid to Israel should not be used for home demolitions, settlement building, and oppression of a civilian population. President Obama should insist that any U.S. tax dollars to Israel be used lawfully in the name of peace rather than to fuel conflict.”
During Obama’s speech in Jerusalem last week, a Palestinian citizen of Israel interrupted him, shouting out to draw attention to discrimination Palestinians and other non-Jewish citizens of Israel face and to US funding that provides weapons used by the Israeli military to harm Palestinians.
The protester, Rabbe Eid, also posed the question, ‘Who killed Rachel Corrie?’ highlighting the connection between the injustices Palestinians face on a daily basis and the lack of accountability and justice in the Corrie case.
According to the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 400 groups that work to end U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, $731,757,769 of Washington State taxpayer money over a 10-year period goes to fund the Israeli military.
“That money could instead be used to provide each year head start programs to 21,636 children, affordable housing vouchers for 8,885 families, green job training for 12,147 people, or primary health care for 592,612 individuals,” said the statement.
Rachel Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003, by an Israeli military Caterpillar bulldozer funded by the US Government as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip. Her family has been engaged for a decade in seeking accountability through efforts with the US and Israeli governments and in Israeli courts.
Source: WAFA News