Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign
P.O. Box 70141
Seattle, WA 98127
Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) joins a growing number of national and international groups using direct education through public forums, church presentations, school presentations, and other face to face presentations to discuss how U.S. support for Israel enables Israel’s continued oppression and subjugation of the Palestinian people. Along with educational presentations and materials, SeaMAC uses mainstream media to inform the public about the effects of U.S. support for Israel’s war crimes and policies, and to increase public awareness of U.S. taxpayer complicity in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights. Beyond alerting citizens, SeaMAC will provide the resources for community discussion and the tools necessary to equip individuals to take direct action against this unacceptable use of taxpayer dollars.
We oppose racism against Jews, Arabs, or any other people. Criticism of Israel is not criticism of the Jewish people. Israel is a nation-state, and should be held accountable to the same international humanitarian and legal standards as any other country. Any state that gives special rights to people of a particular religion or ethnicity is morally unacceptable.
Our government’s special treatment of Israel gives us special responsibility, as U.S. citizens and taxpayers, for Israel’s conduct. War crimes — defined as grave violations of the Geneva Conventions, and including the targeting of civilians — by both Israelis and Palestinians have been well documented, but Israeli violations are far more numerous and varied, yet far less reported. Though other states have committed war crimes and have occupied other peoples, we focus here on Israel because the U.S. gives more money to Israel than to any other country, as well as political, diplomatic and military support.
All the peoples of Israel/Palestine deserve justice, economic and civil rights, and self-determination.As long as Israel maintains an unjust system of apartheid and military occupation, there will be no peace. Only when Israelis and Palestinians enjoy equal rights can there be peace in the Middle East.
U.S. citizens have a right and a duty to ensure that our tax dollars go towards worthy causes, not to sustain immoral, illegal, internationally-condemned actions.