Monday, 4 March 2013

Pro-Palestine groups launch ad campaign

An anti-Israel campaign will kick off in the United States this weekend, promoted by two groups: Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine.

The groups are calling on the US to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state.

An event is planned for Monday, when visual advertising will be set up at three Washington DC Metro train platforms.

The campaign will focus on current US budget constraints, which opponents have said should be more finely targeted toward the country's local community needs.

The Visualizing Palestine group has said it hopes the ad campaign will spur US taxpayers to question more actively where their money is being spent.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation members have said they want the campaign to highlight the sequester, which is cutting billions of dollars from US based social programs.

The campaign has come on the eve of the annual meeting by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which will continue into the week.

For the first time in seven years, neither the US president nor the Israeli prime minister will attend the AIPAC conference.

The conference agenda focus on the push for a Congressional legislation that would designate Israel as a "major strategic ally" of the United States; a status that no other nation has with America.

It has also been reported that the legislation would make it easy for Israel to obtain a US approval for a strike against Iran.

AIPAC is also expected to lobby Congress for increasing amounts of military aid to Israel.

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