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|Sunday, March 15th, 2009|
|Saturday, January 17th, 2009|
|Friday, January 16th, 2009|
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 16, 2009
NYC Jews Call for an Immediate End to Israel's War on Gaza
Banner Drop at U.S.S. Intrepid Marks Spread of U.S. Jewish Solidarity With Palestinians
A banner drop over New York City's West Side Highway, carried out by members of Jews Against the Occupation/NYC, declared “Jews Say: End Israel's War on Gaza NOW!” This action by Jewish New Yorkers continued the wave of increasingly public Jewish solidarity with the Palestinians targeted by the Israeli government's ongoing attack on the Gaza Strip, which has killed over 1,000 people, nearly 1/3 of them children.
The banner, which was seen by thousands of commuters during morning rush hour on Friday, January 16th, 2009, expanded the public presence of the many New York Jews who strongly disagree with the self-appointed community spokespeople who have repeatedly expressed support for the bombing and invasion of Gaza. “We are standing up for justice,” said Niuta Teitelboim, one of the JATO/NYC activists, “which is a Jewish tradition that many Jewish organizations seem to have abandoned. Too many have vocally endorsed a war which has involved a continuous string of Israeli war crimes: the mass killings of children and families at UN schools designated as places of refuge; the targeting with bombs and artillery fire of hospitals and ambulances; and most recently the destruction of food and medical aid supplies in a UN facility.”
JATO/NYC placed the banner at the U.S.S. Intrepid to highlight the role of U.S. aid to Israel in the current war and massacres. “Palestinian doctors, ambulance drivers, and children are being killed by bombs paid for with U.S. taxpayers’ money, dropped from planes paid for with U.S. taxpayers’ money, sent by an Israeli administration that could not maintain one of the world's largest militaries without a constant flow of cash from the U.S. treasury,” elaborated R. Rosenthal, another JATO/NYC member involved in the action. “That means all of us are involved in this bloody war. Even if foreclosures and unemployment weren’t decimating our neighborhoods, surely there are better uses for $3 billion a year than helping the Israeli government commit war crimes.”
Over the past week, Jews across North America and Europe have shown their opposition to Israel's latest war, as well as its ongoing military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem and denial of Palestinian refugees right to return home. Jewish groups have held sit-ins at Israeli consulates in Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; taken it upon themselves to declare the cancellation of a London rally in support of the war; participated actively in the many demonstrations calling for an immediate end to the bombing and invasion of Gaza; and joined the worldwide campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel until Palestinian rights under international law are respected. “Today’s action is one small contribution to the growing movement in solidarity with the 1.5 million Palestinians being bombed, shelled, and shot by the Israeli army," JATO-NYC member Sholom Schwartzbard explained. "We know from our own history what being sealed behind barbed wire and checkpoints is like, and we know that ‘Never Again’ means not anyone, not anywhere - or it means nothing at all."
Pseudonyms explained here
|Tuesday, November 11th, 2008|
|Sunday, August 10th, 2008|
My friend R introduced me to The Magnes Zionist
, which is the blog of "Jeremiah Haber" - the pen name of an orthodox Jew who teaches (Jewish history, I think) at the Hebrew University. The title of the blog is a reference to Judah Magnes
, who was a minority among Zionist leaders in the late 19th and early 20th century - a proponent of a binational Jewish-Arab Palestine.
One particular critique I have of this entry is the reference by "The Magnes Zionist" to the destruction of Jerusalem by greedy developers today, without mention of the planned judaization of the Palestinian East Jerusalem that has been going on since 1967. Also, I'm curious to know more about what he means when he says, about Israeli prime ministerial candidates, that "Mofaz is preferable to Livni" because "it will be more difficult to pressure an Israel led by a woman than by an obtuse general who represents all that is wrong about the IDF." There are some interesting and problematic gender assumptions in that statement (which is not to say that I would support Livni - obviously, femaleness is no guarantee of social justice orientation).
That said, I really like these thoughts on Tisha B'Av. And the tribute to Mahmoud Darwish, who died on Erev Tisha B'Av, at the end.( The Magnes Zionist: Nine Comments on the Ninth of Av, 5768Collapse )
|Friday, May 9th, 2008|
Schlockettes @ Radio City!!!
Apologies for crosspostingJEWISH 'SCHLOCKETTES' DENOUNCE ZIONISM
WITH SONG AND DANCE AT RADIO CITY
SALUTE TO ISRAEL
A small group of anti-Zionist Jews calling themselves "Schlockettes" and their giant Handala puppet provoked stares, anger and intense conversations at Israel's 60th Anniversary Celebration at Radio City Music Hall last night with a high-kicking musical protest. The group of fifteen sang, danced and performed a cheerleading routine in front and at times in the midst of crowds of attendees waiting in line to enter the event while across the street a separate Palestinian solidarity rally was held. The event was the beginning of two weeks of events through out New York City that Jewish activists have pledged to disrupt under the banner of "It's No Time To Celebrate."
"People forget that there was no consensus among Jews that ethno-nationalism would save them in 1897, there was no consensus in 1948, and there sure as hell isn't a consensus now," said Louisa Solomon, one of the organizers.
"A shonda! A shame! No occupation in our name!" shouted the activists, dressed in matching black, as they led a banner reading "Jews Honor Palestinian Resistance" and an 8-foot tall puppet of Handala through sometimes hostile crowds. Handala is a cartoon character representing Palestinian refugee children created by cartoonist Najy al-Ali, and shonda is Yiddish for shame.
The New York protests mirror other events taking place across the nation. Hundreds of Jews and allies have signed an on-line pledge called "No Time To Celebrate" calling for peaceful demonstrations and alternative events demonstrating opposition to Zionism and solidarity with Palestinian communities.
"Sixty years ago, Zionist militias destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages and made more than 800,000 Palestinian people refugees in order to create a Jewish state in a land where the majority was not Jewish," reads the on-line pledge, which has over 500 signatures. "This does not deserve to be celebrated."
Or as the New York activists cheered as part of a choreographed dance routine:
"We're gonna shake off, shake off this racist occupation!
All people deserve self-determination"
Photos and video available on request. For more information, visit: http://www.notimetocelebrate.org
Photos and video are also available RIGHT HERE!
photos by Bran Ali Fenner
|Saturday, May 3rd, 2008|
NYC Nakba Commemoration Events
This upcoming Wednesday 5/7 at Radio City Music Hall will be the kickoff to many "Israel at 60 celebrations". This event showcases Israeli and American performers as a "celebration of 60 years of Israel's achievements."
Join us to tell New York this is No Time to Celebrate!
We need as many people there as possible!
The action will be outside of Radio City Music Hall at 7pm (the show starts at 8pm) on Wed. 5/7. Radio City is located at 1260 6th Ave between 50th street and 51st street. PLEASE WEAR ALL BLACK!!!
We will be coordinating actions at several upcoming Israel at 60 "celebrations". There will be a planning meeting this Monday night 5/5 at 7pm (Location TBA) to review plans for Wednesday's action. If you are interested in being a part of the planning of this event and/or upcoming events, please contact Louisa at firstname.lastname@example.orgPLEASE ALSO SHOW UP ON 5/16:
The Palestinian and Arab Communities of New York and New Jersey call upon all supporters and solidarity groups to join us in Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakbah (Palestinian Catastrophe)
May 16th at Dag Hammarskjöld Park 1:00 PM
Jewish contingent details TBA
Organized by the Steering Committee of the 60th Commemoration of al-Nakbah
at Dag Hammarskjold Park 47th between 1st and 2nd ave
4,5,6,7 to grand central
Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakbah (Palestinian Catastrophe) in solidarity with Palestinian people everywhere
Organized by the Steering Committee for the 60th Commemoration of Al Nakba
This event is free and open to the public
Father Luis Barrios
Sabreena Da Witch (Abeer)
1:00 -2:00 PM Prayer
2:00- 4:00 PM Rally
4:00 PM March
|Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008|
Please excuse cross posting
From No Time to Celebrate
Do you have a blog or online journal? Use it to help educate others about the anniversary of the Nakba as part of a month-long “Blog about the Nakba” campaign kicking off this Passover. You can participate in this whether or not you are hooked in with a local group, all you have to do if post Nakba commemoration related content during this time as little or often as you’d like–history, news, links, reflections, or just the text of the “No time to celebrate” statement. Please tag posts with “Nakba” and “no time to celebrate”. Graphics and other materials will be available soon.
While this campaign is targeted towards generating Jewish action, all supporters can spread the word about this campaign online and are encouraged to write their own Naba-related posts as well. If you have friends or acquaintances in the blogosphere that we should talk to, or that you’d like to talk to about participating, please let as know! If you post something, we’d also love it if you’d send us the link. Email all this and any questions to notimetocelebrate (AT) gmail.com with “Blog campaign” in the subject line.
It would be really, really awesome if people in this community could participate...
|Tuesday, March 25th, 2008|
NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba
Please excuse cross posting
Calling all Jews of Conscience!
Join "NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba"
"NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba" is a campaign organized by anti-Zionist Jews from around the U.S. and Canada to coordinate and make visible Jewish response to Israeli Independence Day celebrations and Jewish participation in commemoration of the Nakba. We invite you to join us in this effort:
1. Sign the NO TIME TO CELEBRATE statement and pledge of action (text below). Click here to sign! All signatories will be sent additional information about how to get involved in the campaign.
2. Participate in NO TIME TO CELEBRATE's call for coordinated actions across North America by organizing an action or event in your city, such as peaceful disruption of Israel celebration events or Jewish participation in Nakba events and actions organized by Palestinians and the Palestine solidarity movement. Please contact email@example.com to let us know what you are planning and to request resources/ideas for action compiled by the campaign.
3. Incorporate the Nakba remembrance Haggadah supplement into your Passover Seders. E-mail notimetocelebrate+haggadahsupplement@gma
il.com to request the supplement be sent to you once finalized.
4. Take action in other ways to challenge the perceived Zionist consensus among American Jews through education of Jewish and broader communities about the Nakba; about the colonial nature of Zionism; and about the history of Jewish dissent and Palestinian resistance.
5. Spread the word about "NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba"! Pass this call on to your organizations, friends and family.
In solidarity with 60+ Years of Palestinian Resistance to Zionism,
NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba
firstname.lastname@example.org://www.ipetitions.com/petition/notimetocelebrate/( Statement TextCollapse )
|Friday, January 25th, 2008|
excuse xposts pls thx
A Call to Action:
Protest the Assault on Gaza
Support the Arab and Muslim Communities in Their Call to End the Siege of Gaza
Join the protest at the Israeli Consulate/Mission to the UN
Friday, January 25, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Across from the Israeli Consulate and Mission to the United Nations
800 2nd Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd), Manhattan
After two years, Israel's punitive siege of Gaza has reached new lows. Gaza is out of fuel and is suffering a humanitarian crisis like it has never seen before. At the same time, Israel's military assaults on Gaza kill dozens of Palestinians. The Arab and Muslim communities of New York and New Jersey have called upon all supporters of human rights to join them in their protest against the atrocities.
The protest will include poetry by Remi Kanazi, dance performance by the Stars Dabkeh Troupe and music by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra
Join the New York Palestinian community to demand:
An immediate end to the siege of Gaza.
An end to all Israeli war crimes.
An end to "targeted assassinations" and other killings of Palestinians.
An end to Israeli occupation and Apartheid.
Holding Israel accountable for its crimes.
|Wednesday, August 8th, 2007|
Oppose (U.S.) Military Aid to the Middle East!
Action alert from Jewish Voice for Peace:
Last week, the Bush Administration announced that it would be increasing military aid to Israel 25% to $30 billion, would be guaranteeing $13 billion in military aid to Egypt and would sell $20 billion to the Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, all over the next ten years. The Middle East is lacking for many things, but the one thing that every Middle Eastern country is awash in is weapons. This is a time for the United States to be promoting diplomacy, not more violence. For more information about the proposed military aid and sales, click here
US law states that military aid is only to be used for defense, and is not to be provided to countries which engage in a "consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." None of the recipient countries, including Israel, meet this standard. Click here
to demand that our leaders uphold US law and that they promote justice, peace and diplomacy, not more war in the Middle East.
To take action, click here
|Saturday, April 14th, 2007|
Fowarded from free_palestine
Birthright Unplugged summer dates!
******************PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY*******************
Are you thinking of going to Palestine/Israel this summer?
Are you interested in meeting Palestinian families, activists,
community leaders, and political figures, and learning about life
Are you committed to turning education into action and working for justice?
Then BIRTHRIGHT UNPLUGGED is for you!( Read more...Collapse )
|Wednesday, April 11th, 2007|
A Jewish Plea, by Sara Roy
CounterPunch, Weekend Edition
April 7 / 8, 2007http://www.counterpunch.org/roy04072007.html
A Jewish Plea
By SARA ROY
We have nothing to lose except everything. - Albert Camus
During the summer my husband and I had a conversion ceremony for our adopted daughter, Jess. We took her to the mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath where she was totally submerged in a pool of living water -- living because it is fed in part by heavenly rain -- and momentarily suspended as we are in the womb, emerging the same yet transformed. This ritual of purification, transformation and rebirth is central to Judaism and it signifies renewal and possibility.
The day of Jess's conversion was also the day that Israel began its pitiless bombing of Lebanon and nearly three weeks into Israel's violent assault on Gaza, a place that has been my second home for the last two decades. This painful juxtaposition of rebirth and destruction remains with me, weighing heavily, without respite. Yet, the link deeply forged in our construction of self as Jews, between my daughter's acceptance into Judaism and Israel's actions-between Judaism and Zionism -- a link that I never accepted uncritically but understood as historically inevitable and understandable, is one that for me, at least, has now been broken.( Read more...Collapse )
|Tuesday, April 10th, 2007|
Support a Fair Tenure Process for Dr. Norman Finkelstein!
Norman Finkelstein, author of The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering
, Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
, and Beyond Chutzpah: The Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
, is up for tenure at DePaul University. Finkelstein's nemesis Alan Dershowitz (who Finkelstein has accused of plagiarism and shoddy scholarship) is making ethically questionable attempts to interfere with Finkelstein's tenure process. Below is an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education
about the situation.
To support a fair tenure process for Finkelstein:
*Visit the website for a solidarity campaign for Finkelstein: http://normanfinkelstein.wordpress.com/
*Sign this petition in support of Finkelstein, and pass the word on to others to sign it: http://www.petitiononline.com/nf200704/petition
*Send letters in support of Finkelstein to:
Dean Prof. Charles Suchar: csuchar at depaul dot edu
President The Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM: president at depaul dot edu
*Pass this information on to others.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U.
By JENNIFER HOWARDhttp://chronicle.com/daily/2007/04/2007040504n.htm( Read more...Collapse )
|Sunday, April 1st, 2007|
Non-Israeli Judaica source?
We want to get a kiddush cup, traditional design, that is not made in Israel. Ideas on where to look (online is fine)?
|Tuesday, March 20th, 2007|
In memory of Israeli linguist and peace activist Tanya Reinhart
Tanya Reinhart died of a stroke a few days ago. She was a linguist and critic of Israel, following in the footsteps of her teacher Noam Chomsky in both activities. She wrote an anti-occupation column in Yediot Ahronot, one of Israel's leading newspapers, and she wrote two very useful books on the Palestine-Israel conflict: The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003
and Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948.
Here is what Noam Chomsky wrote in memory of her: http://www.counterpunch.org/reinhart03192007.html
|Monday, February 5th, 2007|
Speech by Israeli mother of 13 year old killed in suicide bombing
Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan is the mother of Smadar Elhanan, 13 years old
when killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in September 1997. Below
is Nurit's Address to the European Parliament
By Nurit Peled-Elhanan
04/08/05 -- Thank you for inviting me to this today. It is always an
honour and a pleasure to be here, among you (at the European
However, I must admit I believe you should have invited a Palestinian
woman at my stead, because the women who suffer most from violence in
my county are the Palestinian women. And I would like to dedicate my
speech to Miriam R'aban and her husband Kamal, from Bet Lahiya in the
Gaza Strip, whose five small children were killed by Israeli soldiers
while picking strawberries at the family's strawberry field. No one
will ever stand trial for this murder.( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, February 2nd, 2007|
From Jewish Voice for Peace:
As you know, just 2 weeks ago we launched Muzzlewatch.org
, our new blog charting efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy.
In its first week, it received thousands of visitors from around the world; was featured by the editors at Buzzfeed, one of the web's top blog aggregators; and was mentioned in 2 different media stories. More importantly, we broke our first story about Joel Beinin's talk getting cancelled at the Harker School, which was subsequently picked up by the San Jose Mercury News, directly from our blog. In addition to emails from many readers, we've heard from reporters who read the blog and have requested tips in the future.
And that was all before doing an official press launch.
This was exactly why we created Muzzlewatch, to make groups accountable for silencing open debate.
Go to Muzzlewatch
now to get information about:
* The furor over the American Jewish Committee's recent attack on liberal Jews, including JVP advisory board members Adrienne Rich and Tony Kushner
* The Bay Area Anti-Defamation League's unsuccessful efforts to paint their anti-Semitism conference as representative of the progressive Jewish community
* The secret Israeli foreign ministry memo calling for a crackdown on refusenik groups and the US Jewish peace groups that support them
* Video of poet Adrienne Rich on Jewish dissent and JVP getting barred from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
* Law professor George Bisharat's Houston Chronicle op-ed on silencing
We've just added an email subscription button so you can get the blog stories delivered to you fresh daily.
And don't forget to spread the word. Send a http://www.muzzlewatch.org
link to your local reporters and columnists, or send the link out to your email lists and friends.
|Friday, December 8th, 2006|
TAKE ACTION: House Passes S. 2370 by Voice Vote! Tell President to Veto!
TAKE ACTION: House Passes S. 2370 by Voice Vote! Tell President to Veto!
Earlier this year, HR 4681, the "Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006" passed the House overwhelmingly. A milder version, S. 2370 passed the Senate as well. Because the two bills were different, they did not become law. Today, however, the House passed the Senate version of the bill by voice vote.
Only the President's signature remains. Click here
to urge the President not to sign this bill into law. Also, you can magnify the impact of this message by calling the White House or faxing directly at the following numbers:
Fax 202-456-2461( Read more...Collapse )
x-posted to free_palestine
|Friday, November 3rd, 2006|
Gaza: Stop the Siege! Stop the War!
Gaza: Stop the Siege! Stop the War!
A month of protest: November 4 – December 2, 2006
The situation in Gaza has reached emergency levels – inadequate water, electricity, and medicine; widespread hunger, poverty, and unemployment; schools and other services out of operation; and constant bombardments and attacks by the Israeli military. The problem is the siege of the Gaza Strip by Israel and the sanctions imposed by the international community, made worse by ongoing IDF attacks. If this siege continues, we will see spreading disease, malnutrition, and anarchy.
Join Our International Campaign
The community of peace organizations in Israel has joined together in a coordinated, major campaign to end the siege of Gaza and call upon Israel to embark upon negotiations with the Palestinian legitimate representative. Israel and the international community must respect the political choice of the Palestinian people.( Read more...Collapse )