Solemn march in NY commemorates Gaza victims, calls for GE boycott

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New York protest at GE (photo: DesertPeace/Bud Korotzer)
Protesters outside GE (photo: DesertPeace/Bud Korotzer)
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Protesters holding names of killed Gazans (photo: DesertPeace/Bud Korotzer)

Editor: We received the following release from Jews Say No!


New York, NY, November 26, 2012: This morning, over 50 New Yorkers braved the chilly rain for a solemn march in front of the iconic General Electric Building at the heart of Rockefeller Plaza in commemoration of those killed by the assault on Gaza that ended in a cease fire on November 21st.  Surrounded by preparations for the holiday season, the protesters, accompanied by the haunting music of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, read the names and ages of all the people killed in the assault in the mic check style popularized by the Occupy Movement.  The protesters called for divestment from General Electric, which 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, 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, said, “It was very moving to read the name of each person killed in the assault on Gaza and thus highlight the human cost of Israel’s policies.” 

“GE engines have been used in Israeli Helicopters and F16s to inflict indiscriminate violence against Palestinians in Gaza, resulting in death and destruction. As American Jews, we believe it is critically important to participate in the movement for justice in Palestine/Israel and join in the boycott of all GE products,” asserted Ray Wofsy of Jews Say No! 

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. Notwithstanding that 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 170 Palestinians dead and 1000 injured, and six Israelis dead and dozens injured. Gaza’s infrastructure was extensively damaged.   

The protest was cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-NY, Adalah-NY, Jews Say No!, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Granny Peace Brigade, Women In Black Union Square, Peace Action of New York State.

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6 Responses

  1. pabelmont
    November 27, 2012, 7:15 pm

    USA used to have, and probably still has, laws making it a crime to boycott businesses which do business with Israel. This law was made (and used) in the days of the Arab boycott of Israel, long ago. So consult a lawyer before pursuing this line too far.

    If the lawyers confirm that there is such a law, we should work to overturn it. Like a lot of anti-Nazi provisions amazingly still on the statute books, these pro-Israel laws were made long ago before our movement became so strong. But the USA’s DoJ is very vindictive, at least against Muslims. So be careful.

    • American
      November 28, 2012, 10:43 am

      No it’s not a crime to boycott a business doing business with Israel.
      The US anti boycott bill written for Israel makes it punishable for a ‘US company’ to do business with an ‘Arab company’ who makes a condition of that transaction that no Israeli good/products can be used in whatever they are buying or selling.

      And it’s basically worthless…I’ve only found two cases since 1977 where it was ever applied.
      And what makes it even more of a joke and ridiculous is the fact the US and plenty of US companies do business with all the Arab League countries who still boycott Israel.
      Arab League Boycott of Israel
      Martin A. Weiss
      Specialist in International Trade and Finance
      December 29, 2011

  2. RoHa
    November 27, 2012, 8:23 pm

    And this was reported on Fox, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and made headlines in the NYT, the Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Miami Herald, etc., etc.

    Didn’t it?

  3. Walid
    November 28, 2012, 1:28 am

    After this valiant demonstration at Rockefeller Center, are any of these good people going to protest about the thousands of Libyan civilians killed by NATO’s F16s?

  4. Citizen
    November 28, 2012, 8:38 am

    Yeah, the protest was just all over the US TV News.

  5. mikelevinson
    November 28, 2012, 12:55 pm


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