On Tuesday, March 31st, Pitzer Students for Justice in Palestine will display a mock Israeli apartheid wall on campus to raise awareness about Palestinian suffering and the realities of the Israeli occupation, as well as to stimulate conversation around necessary changes in global and domestic human rights policy. SJP is continuing with this demonstration despite attempts by the administration to censor free speech.
Category Archives: Activism
As conservative Israelis push for a Greater Israel that pushes Palestinians off their land, now is the time for Americans to get vocal with their Democratic representatives. John Fearey shares his (frustrating) correspondence with Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT
The Missouri History Museum canceled a presentation on Ferguson and Palestine after being pressured by a local Jewish group to remove the Palestine part, emails released by Jewish Voice for Peace disclose.
“Massachusetts see the light. Water is a human right!” On Friday, March 20, more than 30 protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to protest the Israel-Massachusetts Innovative Water Partnership. Demonstrators urged the Commonwealth not to be complicit with Israel’s theft of Palestinian water and policies that have been widely denounced as ‘Water Apartheid.’
On March 19, representatives from Zochrot and BADIL, two groups working for Palestinian refugee rights, spoke at an Upper West Side church about the Nakba. It was the latest talk put on by the Nakba Education Project, a new initiative trying to bring the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict to Americans around the country. The speakers say the right of return is the most critical issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Executive Director of the Lincoln Square Synagogue has attempted to cancel an event scheduled to take place this evening featuring representatives from Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations discussing the Nakba. The event instead will take place a nearby church, but event organizer Julia Kessler of the Nakba Education Project says the episode points to a broader issue in the Jewish community: “Given the election results in Israel, in which it is clearer than ever that Israel is becoming increasingly anti-democratic and unapologetic in its occupation of the Palestinian people, it’s obvious that we have to do more talking, not less, about the crucial issues like the Nakba and what happened in 1948 and how its effects are being felt, even today. Shutting down discussions and closing the doors to differing views will not help us to arrive at justice for all peoples.”
Oberlin College was one of many schools to take part in Israeli Apartheid Week in March. But students at the Ohio liberal arts college put a creative twist on the week. Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine (SFP) created a giant rock installation in their university’s library, in order to raise awareness about the imprisonment of Lina Khattab, a teenage Palestinian college student and dancer in the prominent El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe who was arrested in December 2014 on charges of “throwing stones” and “participating in an unlawful demonstration.”
On March 13th, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) kicked off its national membership meeting in Baltimore. What followed over the next three days showcased JVP’s transformation from scrappy California-based group to national force in the American Jewish community and the Palestine solidarity movement.
Claire Paddock pens her impressions from the second day of the Jewish Voice for Peace national membership meeting. She writes that scholar Andrea Smith implored the crowd to think about creating a completely new system in Israel/Palestine, one that has nothing to do with colonialism, and relates Liat Rosenberg’s message that the international community needs to apply pressure to compel the Israelis to assume responsibility for Palestinian refugees.
On March 12, Maccabi Tel Aviv played against FC Barcelona at a Euroleague Basketball match. After four days of tension between Barcelona supporters and FC Barcelona authorities due to the prohibition by the Catalan club on exhibiting Palestine solidarity, Maccabi Tel Aviv was received by waving Palestinian flags at the Palau Blaugrana (FC Barcelona Stadium).
Amer Shurrab tells JVP’s national conference: IDF used toxic chemicals in the Gaza bombardment last summer. Many women in Gaza have been having miscarriages since then, possibly due to exposure to those chemicals.
When documentarian Tom Hayes had made a film about refugee camps on the Cambodian border, “No one threatened my funding or phoned in bomb threats to the theater or my house.” All that changed when he turned to Palestine.
It would be a grave injustice to imprison Rasmea Odeh, Rabbi Brant Rosen writes. As an elderly woman and a survivor of torture, the effects would be truly devastating on her. A prison sentence would most certainly deprive the Chicago community of a devoted and important leader.
Berkeley student senate candidate Sumayyah Din made up the campaign slogan Dintifada. Now one pro-Israel group demands an apology for making them feel unsafe, while another pro-Israel group has inspired calls for her death.
The president of a progressive Parisian school, University Paris 8, decided at the last minute to ban a conference, titled Israel apartheid is real, featuring Max Blumenthal and Bilal Afandi, set for March 9. Even as the school features We Are Charlie posters in solidarity with Islamophobic magazine victimized by terror attack.
Air Canada recently signed a maintenance agreement for its B787 jets with Israel Aerospace Industries IAI, a military defense company wholly owned by the government of Israel. IAI is the subject of boycotts across Europe and is well-known for its drone technology and production.
Addressing head-on the Nakba and the Palestinian right of return are integral to achieving justice for the Palestinian people. This March a speaking tour featuring Zochrot, an Israeli organization working to promote accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba and to address head-on the right of return as imperative to achieving justice, and BADIL, a Palestinian organization devoted to protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons, will visit four cities in the U.S. to discuss these important issues.
Dr. Cornel West has cancelled a high-profile lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in support of a boycott of the university over the firing of Professor Steven Salaita. In a statement West said, “My change of mind in regard to my cancellation of my lecture constitutes a line in the sand I could not cross,. The case of my dear brother Professor Steven Salaita is a moral scandal of great proportion and the suffering of precious Palestinians under a vicious Israeli occupation is a crime against humanity, even in a world in which ugly anti-Jewish hatred escalates.”
As NBC’s new action series ‘Dig’ premieres tonight on USA Network, human rights activists are again protesting the network for its complicity in whitewashing Israel’s military occupation and illegal colonization of East Jerusalem.
On March 3 after Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and as thousands of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) activists finished their visits with members of Congress, about 150 protesters gathered for the JVP-DC Metro’s “Netanyahu, You Don’t Speak for Me” rally in freezing rain on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Due to the overwhelming response and support to the “ONE WORD” campaign, Ads Against Apartheid has gone national as the Palestine Advocacy Project. They are currently running ads in public transit systems and on mobile billboard trucks in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and San Antonio.