New Yorkers to march on GE over its role in Gaza bombardments

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We got the following press release from Donna Nevel and Dorothy Zellner of Jews Say No!


Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 27th, at 8:30 a.m., at the corner of 49th St and Fifth Avenue, concerned New Yorkers will gather for a protest march at the GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Center, calling for divestment from war-profiteer General Electric. General Electric provides the Israeli military with the engines for the F-16s and Apache helicopters used in the recent aerial bombardments of Gaza. 

Riham Barghouti from Adalah-NY, one of the groups endorsing the action, explains: “Our protest against General Electric is a direct response to the call by Palestinian civil society to redouble our boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts in response to Israel’s latest attack on Gaza.  GE, and a number of other United States companies, are complicit in Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian human rights and as such must be held accountable by people of conscience.” 

General Electric is also in the portfolio of pension-fund provider TIAA-CREF, which the growing national We Divest campaign is calling on to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation. 

Rebecca Vilkomerson, the director of Jewish Voice for Peace, another of the protest’s endorsers, says about her organization’s participation, “As Jews, we want companies like GE to stop profiting from attacks like the one on Gaza in the past week. We want retirement funds like TIAA-CREF to stop investing in companies that make money by enabling Israel to indiscriminately kill large numbers of civilians in Gaza and to maintain the siege of Gaza, which continues even now after the ceasefire is still in place.” 

Israel still controls the air space, commerce, and water and electricity supplies in Gaza, as well as outlets to the Mediterranean Sea.  This siege of Gaza is condemned by a majority of the world’s nations. Notwithstandingthat the U.S. is obliged to uphold principles of international law, it contributes $3 billion from our tax money every year to support the Israeli military and to perpetuate the unlawful siege of Gaza.

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza left at least 162 Palestinians dead and 1000 injured, and six Israelis dead and dozens injured. Gaza’s infrastructure was extensively damaged.  

The marchers are demanding divestment from GE until it stops selling war matériel to the Israeli military. 

There will be visuals.

Endorsed by: Jewish Voice for Peace, Adalah-NY, Jews Say No!, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, Granny Peace Brigade, Women In Black Union Square, Peace Action of New York State

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  1. Les
    November 26, 2012, 3:02 pm

    GE doesn’t pay US taxes. And this sounds like they still get US contracts, some of which are subcontracted by Uncle Sam to Israel.

    • mondonut
      November 26, 2012, 5:59 pm

      Les says: GE doesn’t pay US taxes.
      That is simply not true. First of all, their tax returns are not public, so the NY Times article (I presume this is your source) was based on wild guesses from their financial statements. And they certainly pay local property and sales taxes.

      Andrew Williams, a spokesman for GE, has stated that GE paid $1 billion in federal, state and local taxes in the U.S. for 2010.

      • Theo
        November 27, 2012, 10:25 am

        In my opinion every publicly traded company should release its tax returns, that means GE, too.
        Just how much income tax did the company pay in the USA after making billions in profit?

  2. CitizenC
    November 26, 2012, 4:12 pm

    In New York City, JVP cannot find any deeper connection with Israel than GE, as if “war profiteering” drives US policy toward Israel.

  3. Western Sky
    November 26, 2012, 7:56 pm

    “General Electric provides the Israeli military with the engines for the F-16s and Apache helicopters used in the recent aerial bombardments of Gaza.”

    I think GE just provides the engines to General Dynamics, who build the F-16. Why not march on the mining company that mined the aluminum and titanium also used to build the aircraft?

  4. RoHa
    November 26, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Will we see any of these protests reported anyhwere but MW?

  5. chinese box
    November 26, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Is GE on the BDS list?

  6. crypticvalentin
    November 27, 2012, 12:55 am

    NYC for Gaza

  7. mikeo
    November 27, 2012, 7:57 am

    It is very difficult to hold any of the companies complicit in the occupation accountable, as powerful vested interests go to bat for them behind the scenes.

    Here’s what recently happened in my local borough in London:

    It really is an uphill battle…

  8. Walid
    November 27, 2012, 8:36 am

    Going after GE because Israel’s F16 are powered by GE engines is absurd. Israel itself should be boycotted for what it’s doing, not GE. Rather than boycotting GE, the US should be boycotted for having donated the F16s and the free aviation fuel to Israel that were used to kill Palestinians.

    • Theo
      November 27, 2012, 12:14 pm


      Every link of the chain that ties you up is guilty of oppression!!

      • Walid
        November 27, 2012, 3:42 pm

        Theo, you’d be right if the GE engines as well as the rest of the F16s were manufactured exclusively for Israel. But they’re not and picking on GE, especially at Rockefeller Center is more show business than about making points for BDS. BDS is barking up the wrong tree on that one.

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