‘Jews Against Genocide’ take the blood bucket challenge at Yad Vashem

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Activists from Jews Against Genocide have released a video compilation depicting their version of the Blood Bucket Challenge, an extreme spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which flooded Facebook feeds for the last three months.

Originally conceived by Ohio University student senate president Megan Marzec, who received a barrage of death and rape threats following the release of her video, activists poured buckets of fake blood over themselves after reciting “we remember…,” statements in memorial of the more than 2,100 Palestinians killed in the last Israeli assault on Gaza. The activists filmed themselves in front of Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum in West Jerusalem, the US embassy in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, the Israeli military radio station in Tel Aviv, and the Knesset, Israel’s parliament building in Jerusalem.

“The recent massacre may be over for now, but most people here are keen on forgetting and are not doing anything to end the crimes committed by the Israeli government. Furthermore, a committed activist in the US has been the victim of a vicious campaign for carrying out a similar action. We also want to express our solidarity with her,” said activist Neta Golan, who recited JAG’s collective memorial statement before dousing herself in front of Yad Vashem.

JAG was inspired by Gaza’s civil society, calling on the international community to ‘intensify BDS against Israel in all fields,’ and follows another original revision of the meme, the Rubble Bucket Challenge by Palestinians in Gaza.

A JAG activist dumps fake blood on herself in front of the Israeli Supreme Court in West Jerusalem. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

A JAG activist dumps fake blood on herself in front of the Israeli Supreme Court in West Jerusalem. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

International chapters of JAG are planning for parallel actions at Israeli embassies across the world and hope the video will arouse participation of other Palestine solidarity communities.

JAG activist Ofer Neiman laments Israel’s current social climate;

“Unfortunately, most people seem to have buried the massacre perpetrated by the Israeli government, deep under their consciousness. We must keep shouting and acting.”

A JAG activist dumps fake blood on himself in front of Mount Herzl in West Jerusalem, Israel's National Cemetery and the location of the grave of Zionist founding father, Theodor Herzl. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

A JAG activist dumps fake blood on himself in front of Mount Herzl in West Jerusalem, Israel’s National Cemetery and the location of the grave of Zionist founding father, Theodor Herzl. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

JAG’s press release regarding the actions also cited the unfortunate recent developments in Israel’s relationship to the U.S. and the United Nations;

“Less than a month after Israel murdered 2137 women, men, and children in Gaza, the US senate rewarded Israel for its crimes. It unanimously passed a bill that increases Israeli access to weapons and encourages Israel’s entry into the US visa waiver program. The UN appointed the first military officer from Israel’s occupation force to an official UN position in a global peace keeping force.”

The Israeli participants in the video did not encounter obstacles when filming despite the sensitive nature of the locations.  They hope the visual will reach audiences that have yet to encounter the full spectrum of Israeli state sponsored violence inflicted upon Palestinians.

“If we stop and relax now, it’s just a matter of time before the next massacre, before the next genocide,” said Golan.

Children play in front of the Israeli Supreme Court with the ground splashed in fake blood after activists filmed their version of the Blood Bucket Challenge. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

Children play in front of the Israeli Supreme Court with the ground splashed in fake blood after activists filmed their version of the Blood Bucket Challenge. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

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  1. seafoid
    September 29, 2014, 10:56 am

    Yad Vashem is such a fraud. If they were any good they would have an outreach centre in Gaza and their headquarters in Poland.

    • jon s
      September 30, 2014, 3:27 pm

      Seafoid, How is Yad Vashem a fraud?
      Yad Vashem consists of:
      – a stunning museum, designed in its present form by the architect Moshe Safdie.
      – an educational center which attracts students and teachers from all over the country and from abroad.
      – a huge archive and research institute, arguably the foremost institute in the world for study of the Holocaust.
      -several memorials and monuments.
      -an excellent website.

      Where’s the fraud?

      Oh, and I like your idea of an outreach centre in Gaza. Not much chance of getting approval from Hamas, though.

      • seafoid
        October 1, 2014, 8:57 am

        Where’s the fraud ?

        Because it’s built on the ruins of a Palestinian village
        Because the Holocaust did not happen in Palestine
        Because never again applies to everyone, not just Jews
        Because it’s used to induct young Israelis into the IDF cult instead of having them learn the real lessons of the Shoah- that dehumanizing people is very fucking dangerous

      • seafoid
        October 1, 2014, 9:05 am

        Also Jon

        I have been to YVS and it doesn’t go anywhere near how awful Jewish leadership was in WW2.
        The people who were killed were not responsible for their fates but the behavior of leaders like the Satmar rebbe was sickening. It is such a gruesome story.
        I wouldn’t be surprised if it was behind a lot of the trauma that seems to run Israel at the moment.

      • Mooser
        October 1, 2014, 12:13 pm

        Man, I hope this trade, hophmi for Jon s, includes several top-round draft picks from the college Hasbara leagues, yet to be named. The system is supposed to ensure some kind of fairness.

  2. eljay
    September 29, 2014, 1:31 pm

    >> “Less than a month after Israel murdered 2137 women, men, and children in Gaza, the US senate rewarded Israel for its crimes. It unanimously passed a bill that increases Israeli access to weapons and encourages Israel’s entry into the US visa waiver program.”

    Israel and America: An unshakeable bond of shared common values with no light between.

    • jon s
      October 5, 2014, 5:07 pm

      Seafoid,
      “Built on the ruins of a Palestinian village ” -I’m not sure about that. In any case, lots of places in Israel were built on ruined , depopulated Palestinian villages, including both Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University at Givat Ram. That doesn’t make them frauds.

      “The Holocaust didn’t happen in Palestine. ” It also didn’t happen in the USA, which has a Holocaust museum in D.C. It’s entirely natural for Israel to seek to commemorate the Holocaust. It would have been strange if Israel had not established such an institute.

      I agree that never again applies to everyone.

      Young Israelis learn about the Holocaust. I don’t know about an “IDF cult”.

      The issue of Jewish leadership during the Shoah is controversial and way too complex to reduce to a brief MW comment. The Jewish leadership at the time was, above all, helpless.

  3. Kathleen
    September 29, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Megan’s brave actions have inspired more…. Hope folks share this with friends etc

  4. amigo
    September 29, 2014, 2:34 pm

    The first image outside Yad Vashem, which honours the Jews who died a more terrible death than anyone else , (Elie Weasel) is bound to get some vitriolic response from certain quarters.
    But that wont stop the Holocaust gravy train on it,s way to “Victim Central” or the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians done in the name of Holocaust victims.

  5. Neta Golan
    September 29, 2014, 2:53 pm

    you can fallow Jews against Genocide (JAG) on facebook.

    from the JAG press release: Blood bucket challenge at Yad Vashem

    Jews Against Genocide held memorials for the victims of Israel’s recent genocidal attack on Gaza during which the speakers poured buckets of blood like liquid over themselves at Yad Vashem holocaust museum in Jerusalem, the US embassy in Tel Aviv, The Israeli Supreme court in Jerusalem, The Israeli military radio station in Tel Aviv, and at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem.

    Inspired by the calls issued by Gazan civil society and by Ohio University student senate president Megan Merzak, Jews Against Genocide (JAG) have taken on the blood bucket challenge.

    “Until the price that Israel pays for its crimes is higher than the profit it is making from them, Israel’s genocide of Palestinians will continue.

    Less than a month after Israel murdered 2137 women, men, and children in Gaza, the US senate rewarded Israel for its crimes. It unanimously passed a bill that increases Israeli access to weapons and encourages Israel’s entry into the US visa waiver program. The UN appointed the first military officer from Israel’s occupation force to an official UN position in a global peace keeping force.

    European governments have not taken any steps against Israel and continue to do business with it as usual. The EU-Israel association agreement includes a Human rights clause that commits both sides to respecting human rights. Despite this, the EU has not suspended the agreement that gives Israel preferential trade conditions with the EU after Israel’s latest massacre. Arms dealers rushed to Israel’s drone expo to buy “field tested” weapons tested on the besieged people of Gaza. But people of conscience around the world are taking action.

    It is our responsibility to act in order to make the price of Israeli Apartheid higher than it’s benefits. What brought down Apartheid in south Africa will bring down Israeli Apartheid.” said JAG

    • just
      September 29, 2014, 3:15 pm

      thank you Neta.

      It’s eminently fitting.

    • ActivistGal
      September 30, 2014, 12:42 am

      Considering the vitriol that was on display on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during the attack on Gaza, please stay safe, Neta & the rest of the JAG crew.

      Will share this on Facebook and diaspora*. Thank you.

  6. StCuthbert
    September 29, 2014, 3:42 pm

    “Less than a month after Israel murdered 2137 women, men, and children in Gaza, the US senate rewarded Israel for its crimes.”

    I’m so grateful JAG is finally speaking truth to power and telling the world that all the Gazans killed by Israel were innocent civilians murdered by the despicable Likud regime. If only more people were like them.

    • Jackdaw
      October 2, 2014, 9:15 am

      How many of those 2137 were armed combatants? One thousand?

      • Mooser
        October 3, 2014, 12:14 pm

        “How many of those 2137 were armed combatants? One thousand?”

        Now I know what it sounds like when somebody steps square in the pile left by one of the giant breeds.

  7. catporn
    September 29, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Wow, wouldn’t it be great if Megan Merzak’s brave action was a kind of ‘Rosa Parks’ spark.
    After reading the feisty letter from the young Lutherans in today’s other article I feel a rare sense of hope for the future.

  8. NickJOCW
    September 30, 2014, 5:30 am

    Three Israeli soldiers who had taken part in Tel Aviv’s recent war on the Gaza Strip have taken their own lives due to psychological problems, a report says.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/30/380511/israeli-troops-in-gaza-war-take-own-lives/

  9. Accentitude
    September 30, 2014, 6:30 am

    I’m sure that Gene Shae and other brain-dead Zio-nuts that post here would call these people “self-hating Jews.” Prove me wrong. Kudos to JAG for their support of HR.

    • Jackdaw
      October 2, 2014, 9:17 am

      I think calling them ‘moral narcissists’ would be more appropriate.

  10. Vera Gottlieb
    September 30, 2014, 11:07 am

    Vilify the truth and sanctify the lie!

  11. Horizontal
    September 30, 2014, 2:03 pm

    A good protest should make those benefiting from the current situation uncomfortable. My guess is that this was a good protest;)

    Be safe.

  12. joer
    September 30, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Honestly, I like this better as a protest against stupid fads like the ice bucket challenge. And I think I know why-pouring a bucket of blood on yourself kind of fits into the whole Israeli wail that they aren’t to blame for the bombs being dropped on Gaza-the Palestinians are in essence dropping bombs on themselves-which I find kind of infuriating. Anyhow, it still keeps the message out there.

  13. jon s
    October 1, 2014, 4:40 am

    Actually , hundreds of Hamas rockets and mortars fell short of their intended targets in Israel and landed inside Gaza, so in that respect, they really were “dropping bombs on themselves”.

    Aside from that, the hamas strategy was to try to cause civilian casualties in Israel and also among their own people.

    • joer
      October 1, 2014, 5:08 am

      jon s was kind enough to give an example of the idiotic way “lovers of Israel” absolve Israel of responsibility for its crimes and blames its victims. Thank you Jon…the parroting of official propaganda, the complete lack of empathy, the total ignorance really captures the way Zionists can be so annoying.

      • Mooser
        October 1, 2014, 12:20 pm

        joer, it’s hard to believe it isn’t some kind of performance art by a bitter, pissed-off, ex-Israeli or ex-Zionist. Who else would have such a dogged interest in presenting such an opprobrious picture of a Zionist? Beats hell out of me, I can’t figure it out.

      • Mooser
        October 1, 2014, 12:22 pm

        Maybe fools rush in where “hophmi” fears to tread? Who knows?

      • jon s
        October 5, 2014, 7:55 am

        Joer,

        “Parroting official propaganda ” – of course I could accuse you of parroting Hamas propaganda. So please point out what, in my post, are you disputing? That many Hamas rockets fell inside Gaza? That their strategy was designed to cause civilian casualties on both sides?
        “Lack of empathy”? “total ignorance”? I’ve mentioned on several occasions the misery, the horrific casualties , the destruction , suffered by the people of Gaza. I’m sorry if my empathy wasn’t clearer. As to ignorance- what am I supposed to be ignorant of? Would you like to compete in knowledge?

  14. Marnie
    October 2, 2014, 12:13 am

    Do you feel the same way about benji leading the israelis to masada 2.0?

    • joer
      October 6, 2014, 6:53 am

      Jon s,
      You are parroting Israeli propaganda by ignoring the thousands of deaths caused by the IDF onslaught, and snickering at hypothetical Palestinian friendly fire incidents. Furthermore, you parroted the old canard that Palestinians kill their own children to make Israel look bad. The ratio of IDF casualties to Israeli civilian deaths speaks for itself, as far as your charge that Palestinians target civilians.

      And in terms of me parroting Hamas propaganda-first of all, I never read any Hamas propaganda. Second of all, my original post was a criticism of a very public protest against Israel. That is a very poor example, in my estimation, of someone who goes along with the crowd.

      I don’t remember reading any of your posts where you bemoaning the fate of Gazans. I just know what you posted here. And that post speaks for itself.

  15. jon s
    October 7, 2014, 4:59 am

    Joer,
    I never ignored civilian Palestinian casualties. I was horrified by the death and destruction in Gaza but I said that Hamas bears primary responsibility.

    “Hypothetical friendly fire…” First, I wasn’t snickering. Second, over 500 rockets and mortars fired by Hamas and the other terrorists landed in Gaza, on their own people , and that’s a conservative estimate.

    Hamas targets civilians (and I make a distinction between the Palestinians and Hamas). That’s not a “charge” I made, that’s a fact , proven by thousands of rockets and mortars fired at our civilian population, causing casualties and damage. What does “the ratio” have to do with it? It’s not for lack of trying, on Hamas’ part.

    You may have read Hamas propaganda in disguise, maybe even here on MW.

    • eljay
      October 7, 2014, 1:25 pm

      >> jon s: Hamas targets civilians … that’s a fact , proven by thousands of rockets and mortars fired at our civilian population, causing casualties and damage.

      That sounds like “shared common values” between Hamas and the IDF. I guess this means Hamas is also the world’s “most moral army”.

      That said, I think if we provide Hamas with more-accurate and -effective weapons and get the IDF to station itself far away from civilian centers, you’ll see a dramatic reduction in civilian casualties and damage in Israel.

      Surely the IDF love their own children more than they hate Hamas…yes?

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