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Jews Against Genocide protest at Yad Vashem.

Jews Against Genocide protest at Yad Vashem.

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.

Please email us reports of your actions to [email protected] and [email protected]com.

Like so many times before, the state of Israel is again unleashing its staggering capacity of lethal violence against the refugees and victims of its historical crimes. Palestinians in the Gaza strip, most of them refugees, already living under siege in what is effectively an open prison, are now being bombed and massacred. From South Africa to Turkey, London to France, Toronto to New York City, all across the world, people have taken to the streets and massively demonstrated their anger and their solidarity with the Palestinian people. But political leaders, from Obama in the US to Putin in Russia, from Hollande in France to Sisi in Egypt, are almost unanimously backing Israel’s violence, an expression of their commitment to continue buying the very weapons that are “battle-tested” on Palestinian civilians and in protection of their economic and political interests in the Middle East. They have once against extended to Israel the diplomatic shield that enables its ability to act with impunity and its exemption from international law.

The inhumanity of Israel’s murder and repression machine is continuously justified by the needs of so-called “Jewish safety” after the Nazi Holocaust. Since 2000, this machine has killed a Palestinian child every three days on average. If we, as descendants of multiple histories of genocide and persecution against Jewish peoples, accept that this is the “price of our safety,” we become complicit in what can only be described as a practice of human sacrifice. Less than two weeks ago, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, was horrifically set on fire and burned alive by a band of Israeli vigilantes. The perpetrator, however marginal themselves, were acting on the continuous drip of racist incitement against Arabs by the political and moral leaders of Israel. As Israeli fighter jet pilots set out once again on missions that will incinerate Palestinian children with the highest and most sophisticated technology of death, we have an obligation to make every effort, not just to say “not in our name”, but to help put an end to this.

Many of us have learned our family’s endurance of political violence, have heard from our parents and grandparents of being abandoned to their fates. Let that history resonate within us and move us to act. At this moment, when Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked calls publicly to kill Palestinian mothers, and Israeli general Oren Shachor justifies killing whole families “to frighten them,” let us remember that genocide begins with the indifference of the world.

The time to act is now. We call on our fellow Jewish people of conscience to bring support and solidarity to the Palestinian resistance and liberation struggle in earnest. We stand in our own histories of resistance to genocide – some of us the children and grandchildren of Warsaw and Vilna ghetto resistance fighters – when we stand with the Palestinian right to resist the latest brutal assault in 66 plus years of ethnic cleansing and colonization.

We call in particular for Jewish people, in whose name this violence occurs, to support the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and to participate in BDS campaigns, which have proven to be among the most effective civic tools to put pressure on those who enable Israel’s repression of Palestinians. We call on Jewish people to support efforts to end the complicity of our governments in Israel’s repression of Palestinians and our own governments attacks on Palestinian activists. We especially call for Jewish support of efforts to end US support for Israel, end Israel’s legal impunity, impose a military embargo against it, and to bring the perpetrator of Israel’s crimes to justice.

See this statement by Jews Against Genocide, a group of Jews in Israel who have taken action against the shameless exploitation of Jewish history and suffering to justify genocidal action against the Palestinian people. We join their call for others to engage in similar actions of civil disobedience and to support and broadcast their action. Let us help build a world where everyone is safe because we take care of each other, not a world in which some are safe when others burn to death.

IJAN and Jews Against Genocide 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.

Please email us reports of your actions to [email protected] and jewsagain[email protected].

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    July 21, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Things have come to a very sorry pass when there is a need for a group calling itself Jews Against Genocide .

    there are Jews against circumcision, prejudice, racism, war, Obama, human trafficking etc but Jews against Genocide is really saying something.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 22, 2014, 1:55 am

      Who would have thought it would come to this? I don’t like the sound of it because it doesn’t accept any responsibility. I’m at the point where I’m completely through with so much stuff prefaced by Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Atheists, what the fuck ever. Lets trying being Humanity Against Genocide – maybe that will attract all of humanity? Also, you can’t be part of the solution if you’re part of the problem. And, would us Jews get in the back of the line on this and not be a distraction, but GET IN THE DAMN LINE!

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    July 21, 2014, 5:03 pm

    I’m with Mooser on this. Israel is not Judaism’s responsibility. But it’s going to get the repercussions.

  3. michelle
    michelle
    July 21, 2014, 8:31 pm

    .
    this is a good reminder to
    value and treat each life as individual
    .
    something to ponder;
    are there any groups left who aren’t
    the descendants of multiple histories
    of genocide and persecution
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  4. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    July 21, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Maybe there are Jews out there that you are touching with your communication. It ain’t me, babe.

    The prolonged siege on Gaza in the aftermath of the withdrawal of troops and settlers, and the election of Hamas and the coup is a shame on Israel and on Egypt and on the United States and on Hamas and on Fatah. Ideally there would be a flow of people and goods into and out of Gaza, but at the very least there must be a flow of goods into and out of Gaza and an end to the siege from the sea and from the border of Egypt. If this requires some sort of international police force in Gaza, that is what I favor. The cease fire that would shape up under the aegis of John Kerry would probably not solve the problem, only delay it.

    [David Landau, in Haaretz, prefers a ground offensive to an aerial bombardment. Larry Derfner, 972, finds greater fault with the colonialist context than with the specific weapons that Israel is using, and the New Republic, declares the goal (stopping rockets from Gaza) as just, but the means (fighting in a civilian area) as unjust, creating a type of moral haiku.]

    • Jon66
      Jon66
      July 21, 2014, 11:31 pm

      I agree
      End the blockade, end the bombing, end the isolation
      End the rockets, end the tunnels, end the kidnapping

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 22, 2014, 2:12 am

      “The prolonged siege on Gaza in the aftermath of the withdrawal of troops and settlers, and the election of Hamas and the coup is a shame on Israel and on Egypt and on the United States and on Hamas and on Fatah.” I feel the same way about the election of Netanyahu. But it was a “democratic election” so am stuck with it. Next –

      “Ideally there would be a flow of people and goods into and out of Gaza, but at the very least there must be a flow of goods into and out of Gaza and an end to the siege from the sea and from the border of Egypt. If this requires some sort of international police force in Gaza, that is what I favor.”

      What people “flowing” in and out of Gaza – IDF kind of people – border patrol/settler types with an axe to grind? Carpetbaggers from Sderot, Hebron, Jerusalem, etc.?

      International police force sounds good – for Jerusalem too – it should under the jurisdiction of an international body because the locals need to be supervised.

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