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

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Jews Against Genocide protest at Yad Vashem.

Jews Against Genocide protest at Yad Vashem.

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.

The Yad Vashem security guard attempted to disrupt the memorial, confiscated JAG’s fire extinguisher, and called the Israeli police to arrest the participants.

We, Jews Against Genocide, came to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial of the genocide committed against Jews, to honor the Palestinian children who are dying in a genocide committed by Jews.


We brought dolls to symbolise the children of Gaza, and tried to bring a glimpse of the horror that Gazan’s face, to Israel’s doorstep. We hope to show Israel, and the world, the absurd reality of using the memory of one genocide to justify another.

We invite compassionate people from across the globe to join the outcry by staging similar protests in front of Israeli embassies and consulates around the world on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th July, 2014.

Just as we honor the people who were murdered seven decades ago in Europe because they were Jews, we are here to honor the people who are being murdered at this very moment because they are the indigenous people of this land who are not Jews.

The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines Genocide as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; […]”

The children of Gaza, who are being systematically murdered as we write this article, constitute 52% percent of the population under siege in the strip. The vast majority of these children are descendants of refugees from historical Palestine.

In the current round of atrocities committed by the Israel occupation army, so far dozens of children have been murdered in their homes, with Israel’s war-making leadership vowing “much higher costs” on the Palestinian side as the bombing and shelling continues.

The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza today are the latest stage of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the indigenous people of this land.

The Jewish State was founded on the Zionist principle of “maximum Jews on maximum land, and minimum Arabs on minimum land”, which was made reality through sixty-six years of continued assault against Palestinians, denying them the right to live freely and peacefully in their historical homeland.

The Israeli regime has turned the beautiful Gaza strip into a densely populated ghetto, with unsafe water, untreated sewage, and insufficient resources and electricity. This ghetto has become a concentration camp, through repeated Israeli massacres in what the Goldstone Report described as an effort to, “humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish[ing] its local economic capacity.”

We express our support and solidarity for the Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with the three basic demands of:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Jews Against Genocide (JAG)


United Nations, preventing Genocide:

Palestinian civil society call for BDS:

United Nations, human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories:

Neta Golan

Neta Golan is a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. She lives in the occupied West Bank with her Palestinian husband and their three beautiful daughters- an illegal act under Israeli apartheid law.

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  1. seafoid on July 13, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Well done. Yad Vashem is a key part of the ideology of Zionism and every visiting statesperson has to pay homage there while the occupation continues and nothing is done.

    • Mooser on July 13, 2014, 1:28 pm

      Seafoid, watch out for the one who calls himself “Mondonut”. He’s a blackmailer.
      You don’t want to fool around with somebody like that.

    • Walid on July 13, 2014, 1:33 pm

      WOW! Jews Against Genocide took it to the fountainhead.

  2. traintosiberia on July 13, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Thank you for bringing the news of the event to us. With a lot of gratitude to these activist , we thank them for the devotion to the cause that defines us as human.

  3. Spring Renouncer on July 13, 2014, 12:44 pm

    It is strange that when Natali Cohen Vaxberg preformed her enlightening piece at the same place she needed a body guard, and was instantly vilified by various mainstream media outlets. The extremists on the other hand, committed this atrocious symbolic act unimpeded, and have not yet been reported on by any major paper.

    • tree on July 13, 2014, 2:58 pm

      Protesting genocide is “extremist” and “atrocious”?

    • Spring Renouncer on July 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

      OMG my prior comment should be disregarded or deleted. I saw the picture and did not read the rest of the article, and so I assumed that this was some sort of far-right act mocking the death of Gazans. But it was in fact a protest against the bombardment. So sorry for my mistake, and bravo activists.

      • Mooser on July 14, 2014, 11:04 am

        Spring Renouncer, getting mixed up like that it is very possible when things are moving so fast. It’s happened to me, more than once.
        I’m glad you went back and took a second look.

      • mwill192 on July 14, 2014, 11:19 am

        Woops! You still got it wrong Spring Renouncer, both this Natali Cohen Vaxberg and the protestors burning dolls are both terrible people.

        I agree with Mooser that it is easy to get mixed up. Everyone makes mistakes, but you need to go back and take a third look!

  4. Citizen on July 13, 2014, 1:01 pm

    Nobody influential is paying attention. Anne Frank has no competition. Bernays/Goebbels rule. Patty Cake Rachel Corrie is nothing. 99.9% of all Americans never heard of her. Sheldon Adelson is doing fine, and so is Schumer.

  5. American on July 13, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Should do it in front of the WH too.

  6. AlGhorear on July 13, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Brilliant act of conscience by Jews Against Genocide and great reporting by the indomitable Neta Golan. She conducted the ISM training I attended in Beit Sahour, all while carrying her new baby around with her in a sling. I’ll never forget her definition of a closed military zone. It’s “wherever you happen to be”.

  7. Nevada Ned on July 13, 2014, 7:15 pm

    Daring tactics by JAG.

    There are two reasons for typical Israeli Jews to hate Neta Golan: she denounces Israeli oppression of Palestinians as (actual or potential) genocide, and she is Jewish, and intermarried to a Palestinian. Dennis Ross is now employed by the Jewish National Fund to combat this alleged plague of intermarriage.

  8. seafoid on July 14, 2014, 5:13 am

    Yad Vashem is a fraud. The name means “a name and a place” but the place is a couple of thousand miles in the wrong direction. It should have been built in a forest in Poland, not on the ruins of a palestinian village that was ethnically cleansed by the Israelis.

    • Walid on July 14, 2014, 6:37 am

      It’s a question of over-selling and not knowing when to shut up before the customer flips the wrong way without buying or actually turning vicious against the product.

      There are now museum or memorials in many major cities and in some there are more than simply one. In France since the many regular war museums contain sections about horrors committed on Jews, there are 54. Germany and Canada each have 4 , Brazil 6, Israel 10, 7 in Poland, 44 in the US and so on. In the latest blackmailing effort against the French Railways, Jewish groups are asking in addition to the cash compensation that a separate memorial museum be built.

      This excessive exposure is bound to backfire at some point in the future.

      Full list:

      • jon s on July 14, 2014, 7:11 am

        Yad Vashem is not only a very impressive and unforgettable museum , but also includes a memorial and what is probably the most important Holocaust research center in the world. It also has an excellent website.

      • seafoid on July 14, 2014, 7:59 am

        I’ve been there too and it`s a site of hypocrisy – “never again” is bullshit if Palestinians don`t have rights. It doesn’t matter who gets shafted at the end of the day.

        Remembering the Shoah while cheering on the persecution of the Palestinian people is insane.

  9. Talkback on July 14, 2014, 9:02 am

    What does it say about Jews in Israel, if some of them have to explicitly call themselves Jews “against” genocide?

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