CODEPINK Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2014
Anna Kaminski, CODEPINK DC Coordinator, 608-397-8486, Anna@codepink.org
Alli McCracken, CODEPINK Press Coordinator, 860-575-5692, Alli@codepink.org
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine Richard Falk will join CODEPINK DC Protest Calling on RE/MAX to Stop Selling Israeli Settlements
When: 4:00 PM, Wednesday, November 20, 2014
Where: RE/MAX Allegiance Office, 220 7th Street SE Washington DC
Washington DC -- CODEPINK and the former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine Richard Falk will deliver a petition and stage a protest at the largest RE/MAX office in DC on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM. Activists call on RE/MAX to end the sale of illegal Jewish-only settlement properties in the Palestinian West Bank.
RE/MAX is a multinational corporation with franchises in over 90 countries, including Israel. RE/MAX Israel sells Jewish-only homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and operates a RE/MAX office in the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in the West Bank. Former UN Rapporteur Falk wrote a UN report on RE/MAX in 2013 showing that RE/MAX International was enabling and perpetuating the system of settler colonialism and occupation that continues to displace thousands of Palestinians and undermine just and sustainable peace.
This petition delivery and action are a part of the Boycott RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land campaign, launched by the peace group CODEPINK. This action is a part of the Global Week of Action targeting RE/MAX offices in over 20 cities across the country. The campaign targets RE/MAX offices, shareholders, and individual realtors. It is part of the broader international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a call by Palestinian civil society to engage in non-violent activism to end these injustices by boycotting companies and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s occupation and its discriminatory practices against Palestinians.
“RE/MAX should want to protect its brand name by making sure that RE/MAX Israel abides by international law, but it seems that profits have trumped ethics,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. “That’s something our campaign aims to change.”
Activists will be available for interview at the petition delivery and action.