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‘Visit Palestine’–My personal message to Mayor Bill de Blasio

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CUNY Staten Island College Students for Justice in Palestine hold a public action on campus for Israeli Apartheid Week.

CUNY Brooklyn Students for Justice in Palestine hold a public action on campus for Israeli Apartheid Week.

Two nights ago at a Brooklyn restaurant I ran into my neighbor Mayor Bill de Blasio. As he was leaving his table with his wife, I caught his attention, and let him know he was in the presence of three of the many New Yorkers who stand in solidarity with Palestine. I told him that the Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism recently sent him a letter inviting him to visit Palestine and civil society groups there, and urged him to accept the invitation. He gave no response, shook my hand and left.

Bill de Blasio’s promise to defend Israel made to AIPAC behind closed doors is inflammatory and an affront to all people who defend human rights for the Palestinian people.

On the tenth year of Israeli Apartheid Week we will continue to send this message to Mayor de Blasio March 10th at 3pm at City Hall.

Stand together in NYC and let de Blasio know we will not be silent:

Here’s the Facebook event page for the March 10th protest.

And here’s the full schedule for Israeli Apartheid Week in New York City.

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  1. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    March 6, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Or else — one might get DeBlasio and so many others to agree that “protecting Israel” does NOT mean granting Israel immunity or impunity w.r.t. international law, conventions, and human-righs norms.

    Get them to say “YES, I protect Israel and I also protect Palestine” and “NO, I don’t support Israel’s settlements, occupation, discrimination, or continuing refusal to re-admit exiles from the 1948 war.”

    (This gives a person a way to say that he supports Israel’s security without also agreeing to a lot of bad stuff.)

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      March 6, 2014, 6:39 pm

      @pabelmont

      does NOT mean granting Israel immunity or impunity w.r.t. international law, conventions, and human-righs norms.

      What makes you think they would agree to all that? Example “We take inspiration from Israel for how it has stared down terrorism and kept moving forward” or “City Hall will always be open to Aipac. When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call, and I will answer it happily, because that’s my job.” de Blasio is a Zionist. He doesn’t agree with the UN he doesn’t support what you are calling international law. He does believe that Israel is doing the right thing. And he doesn’t support RoR.

  2. Chu
    Chu
    March 6, 2014, 1:51 pm

    DeBlasio looks like a fake with his positions. If Palestinians had deeper pockets he would be singing for them. He can’t afford to anger Zionists because they have a lot of financial backing and they hold a superior grudge.

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 7, 2014, 5:13 am

    geniehw – 01:29pm Jun 18, 2007 GMT (#520 of 527)

    The logic of the zionist argument is that if you cannot do everything and preferably all at the same time, you must not do anything.

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