Call CA Governor Brown: No preferential status for Israel
Call Governor Brown and send him this message:
phone: (916) 445-2841
I am calling to oppose California's expanded partnership with Israel, being signed by Governor Brown today. Why is California giving preferential treatment to a country that keeps on building illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of international law and American policy? What will Californians expect to learn about water conversation from a country that grants access to water based on ethnic identity
California Governor Jerry Brown is meeting on March 5, 2014 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Mountain View to sign an agreement that will “boost economic, cultural and academic cooperation between California and Israel.”
Californians of Palestinian descent are regularly harassed and denied entry by Israeli security at airports and other border crossings on the basis of their ethnicity alone. Why isn't Governor Brown speaking out for the rights of these constituents, instead of rewarding the government that discriminates against them?
Why is California giving preferential treatment to Israel now? In the last few days Israel has proudly reported that building starts at illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank more than doubled in 2013 compared to 2012, in direct violation of U.S. policy calling for cessation of settlement construction. The agreement also comes just asAmnesty International has released its report on war crimes by Israel's "trigger-happy" military, which has killed scores of Palestinian civilians with impunity in the past two years alone.
One of the ways Israel will benefit from California’s preferential treatment is in the area of water conservation. But in 2012, Brown signed historic legislation (AB 685) establishing as state policy that every Californian has a "human right" to safe, clean, affordable and accessible drinking water. It is outrageous that now Governor Brown stands ready to give our state’s business to a country that allocates water on the basis of ethnic privilege, lavishing it on Jewish settlers in the West Bank while their Palestinian counterparts receive a fraction of the settlers’ quota, or are left dependent on rainwater alone.
As Californians who value our state’s proud history of recognizing and protecting the human rights of all people, we call on Governor Brown to reject any agreement granting Israel preferential treatment as long as it continues its brutal occupation of the Palestinian territories and its oppression of the Palestinian people.