Category Archives: Activism

Critical Ethnic Studies Association and the African Literature Association endorse the academic boycott of Israel

The US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) congratulates both the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) and theAfrican Literature Association (ALA) following their recent, respective announcements to heed the call from Palestinian civil society and endorse the academic boycott of Israel.

As Palestinians residing in Gaza are faced with yet another brutal Israeli war that has killed than 500 Palestinians dead, and amidst the ongoing dispossession and erasure of the Palestinian people within historic Palestine and the Shatat, the international community must raise their voices and take action to pressure Israel.

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Speaking to the Deaf: Activists attempt to talk with the Israeli public about Gaza

A group of feminist anti-occupation activists issued a petition calling on Israel to engage in immediate negotiations with Hamas based on the organization’s demands. They created the petition because they felt the complete absence of any voice speaking to the Israeli public. There was no one, absolutely nobody, telling them that their government is playing with their lives, while there are alternative much less bloody routes. And while they fully support international pressure, and have been calling for it on any available stage, they believe intervention gains further legitimacy and is reinforced by attempts, ineffective as they may be, to address the Israeli public directly.

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Something you can do, wherever you are

It appears to Henry Norr that the horrific images we’re all seeing from Gaza are starting to have an effect, and more and more people are seeing through the politicians’ rhetoric about “Israel’s right to defend itself” and coming to understand the sheer viciousness of the Israeli onslaught – and the racism that underlies it.

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Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office

Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an hour, holding a banner, singing songs in Hebrew and English and reading the names of the more than 600 dead who have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack. The act of civil disobedience came amidst a wave of global protests against the Israeli attack.

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You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014

A speech given to the Chicago Rally for Palestine on July 20, 2014.

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Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp

Video of an Israeli raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3 young men and assaulted several others. They confiscated footage from that night’s clashes in Bethlehem from journalist Mohammed Al Azza, briefly detained him and assaulted him and his two younger brothers. A father in the camp attempts twice to visit his brother’s home being raided by soldiers in an effort to see his son, and is denied violently by IDF. Screams can be heard in the streets as gunfire and sound bombs from the Israel military go off while youth throw stones toward the soldiers.

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The fascists wanted to murder us: An eyewitness account of Haifa’s anti-war protest

Israeli peace activist Rann Bar-On provides an account of the weekend’s violence and demonstrations in Haifa. Palestinians and Israeli Jews gathered to demonstrate against Israel’s attack on Gaza, and were greeted by right-wing protesters who chanted, ” Death to Arabs”, “Death to traitors” and “Death to leftists.” The right-wing demonstrators also threw stones at the peace activists.

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Jews must take action against Israeli brutality

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) and Jews Against Genocide (JAG) call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.

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This Jew can’t support Israel

Ellen Davidson writes: “Growing up in my Jewish family, it was a given that Jews supported civil rights, opposed the Vietnam War and believed in education, science and progress. Israel was a distant place where survivors of the brutal European Holocaust struggled to live in peace, occasionally beset by terrorists and attacking armies from the surrounding countries….[But] the more I learned about Israel, the more I realized that what I had been taught growing up was a lie.”

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Nobel peace laureates and celebrities call for military embargo on Israel

A letter calling for the UN and governments to impose a military embargo on Israel was published in the Guardian on July 19 2014. It is signed by six Nobel peace laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Peres Esquivel, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú and Betty Williams. Other signatories include Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, playwright Caryl Churchill, US rapper Boots Riley, João Antonio Felicio, the president of the International Trade Union Confederation, and Zwelinzima Vavi, the general secretary of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions.

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Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack

When Senator Chris Murphy invited his Connecticut constituents to a hike up East Rock Park this morning, he did not expect to be met by activists from the Middle East Crisis Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace. The activists had gathered to express outrage at Murphy’s support for Israel’s ongoing massacre of over 300 Gazans. Captured on video, Senator Murphy denied knowledge of the Senate’s recent Resolution 498–a greenlight for Israel’s war–despite the fact that Murphy himself co-sponsored it.

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International activists risk lives to protect Gaza’s ambulances under fire

A team of international activists in Gaza acted as “human shields” this afternoon to secure medications for injured and disabled Palestinians by accompanying Red Crescent ambulances into a firing zone in Gaza City. The activists are all foreign nationals, hailing from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden.

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‘Jews Against Genocide’ hold memorials for killed Palestinian children in front of Israeli govt buildings around the world

Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service in front of the Knesset for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. A pile of bloody dolls was placed at the Israeli Parliament and at other locations around the world. In addition to Jerusalem, memorials were held at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, in front of the Israeli Consulates and embassies in Madrid, San Francisco, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Other memorials will be held in different locations around the world in the coming days. JAG set aflame to the pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum, on July 12th.

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Activists occupy UK govt office demanding end to arms trade with Israel

More than 30 pro-Palestine campaigners occupied the Cabinet Office this afternoon demanding an end to the UK’s flourishing arms trade and military cooperation with Israel. Campaigners from the London Palestine Action group occupied the building for more than 45 minutes. 3 people locked themselves to railings in the building while others chanted slogans calling on the UK government to impose a military embargo on Israel.

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Activists stage die-in at HP headquarters to protest complicity with Israeli attack on Gaza

Yesterday, a group of Jewish activists and people of conscience staged a die-in organized by Jewish Voice for Peace at the Hewlett Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, California. This action was a response to the Palestinian civil society call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against companies that profit from the Israeli occupation and siege of Gaza. Hewlett Packard provides biometric ID cards for Israel’s population registry, which includes the occupied Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. Just two days ago, four boys were killed playing on the beach in Gaza by the HP-powered Israeli navy.

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‘Are you a fucking leftist?’ –Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv

Jewish-Israeli pro-Palestinian activists are being attacked on the streets and in the cafes of downtown Tel Aviv. Bekah Wolf interviews one who was assaulted and hospitalized and who says the level of violence directed at left-wingers is unprecedented.

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Watch: New Yorkers pierce through pro-war gathering with chants of ‘stop bombing Gaza now’

New Yorkers fed up with the political class’ support for Israeli assaults on Gaza protested outside City Hall this week. Their target was a press conference featuring New York politicians who support Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge,” which has killed over 200 people, the vast majority of them civilians.

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Projecting Palestinian liberation at Israeli sponsored film festival

Attendees at Frameline LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco one Saturday night were treated to an extra screening outside the theater. As people lined up for the 9:30 film, activists from Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) projected the statements “Frameline Supports Apartheid,” “Israel Is An Apartheid State/Frameline Doesn’t Care” onto the theater wall, to music from the Brass Liberation Orchestra. Frameline has refused to sever its partnership with the Israeli government, despite five years of protests and calls by well-known queer artists, activists and filmmakers such as Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Barbara Hammer and Susan Stryker.

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Jewish activists light children’s dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack

Saturday, 12th July, a group called Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. JAG set aflame to a pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum. Jews Against Genocide (JAG) is a movement of Jews from all over the world, including Israelis, who are protesting against Israel’s intent to commit genocide against the non-Jewish indigenous people of Palestine.

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Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!

URGENT CALL FROM GAZA CIVIL SOCIETY: ACT NOW! 13.7.2014 Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine–We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world, to act, protest, and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions … Continue reading

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Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank

Kelly Lynn reports from Bethlehem where protests have raged since July 3rd in response to the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and have continued with the Israeli government’s current operation in Gaza. Hundreds have been injured by Israeli forces in this latest bout of clashes across the West Bank. In the last week the use of live ammunition has been reported in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, Tulkarem, Kufr Qaddoum, Ramallah, Al Ram, Yatta, Al Arroub Refugee Camp and multiple villages in the districts of Ramallah and Hebron.

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Protest the Israeli onslaught: Demonstrations planned worldwide against Israeli attack on Gaza

Activists around the nation and the world are taking to the streets to demand an end to the Israeli assault on Gaza. In New York City, Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel has called an emergency vigil and flyering event tonight – Friday, July 6, at 6 p.m. on the south side of Union Squate, near Broadway. Know of other rallies, vigils, etc., in other cities? Please add details in the comments sections below, or send to [email protected] and we’ll try to get it posted as soon as possible.

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Caught in a lie: E-mails prove right-wing pro-Israel donor Adam Milstein gave money to California student candidates

Last week, philanthropist Adam Milstein denied that he gave money to student government candidates at UCLA to help the election campaigns of those who were pro-Israel. But documents published by a student news outlet reveal that Milstein, contrary to his denials, did fund the elections of members of the Bruins United slate at UCLA–proving that outside pro-Israel money is being injected into student politics. The revelations have sparked a controversy that threatens to derail the appointment of Avi Oved, one of the student government members aligned with Milstein, to a seat on the powerful UC Regents, which oversees the UC system.

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We say ‘No More!’ to the racism, apartheid, and occupation being committed by the Israeli state in our name

A speech was given by Jews for Justice in Palestine, a Chicago-based collective working in solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli occupation, at an emergency protest on Saturday. The demonstration was held to protest Israeli escalation in the West Bank and Gaza and the international media’s biased reporting on the events on the ground.

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After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge

Just before noon today Tarek Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old American-Palestinian who was brutally beaten by Israeli police earlier in the week, walked into court wearing the same clothes he had on when arrested. After a brief closed deliberation, with media corralling in the narrow hallway of the Jerusalem District Court, he was released under the condition of nine days of home arrest and a $880 (3,000 NIS) fine, despite not being charged of any crime. During arraignment prosecutors for the police originally requested Abu Khdeir remain in Israel for 15 days, an additional six days past his scheduled flight, during which time an investigation against him will continue. Police have sealed the details of the on-going inquiry. Above, Abu Khdeir speaks moments after his release about his beating and arrest.

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