I simply want to say that if this was a demonstration organized with the best of intentions it was poorly planned. There is no reason why the demonstration had to go on when there was a resolution being voted on regarding the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I am a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace and I was quite disappointed with your action.
I have several questions for the authors.
1. Do you respect Palestinians and Jews? (This question does not mean you have to respect bad actions of anybody.)
2. Was there an agenda posted for the Council Meeting in advance or on the same day?
3. Is there a reason the demonstration had to happen that day?
4. Did members of the coalition make any attempt to contact Council Members or their staff to see what might be happening at the meeting?
5. Where you aware of what was being discussed on the Council Floor when you began your demonstration? If not, why not? Why did you continue your demonstration?
6. Do you feel your conduct should not be subject to question because the Council Members are planning trips to Israel and they are the bad ones?
In San Francisco JVP I do not think this could happen. We have done work with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and we are very aware of what is going on during a session.
I should say that friends of my family have been leaning towards JVP and nonetheless were very upset by this action when they learned of it and that New York City JVP people where involved.
My family are Holocaust survivors and we do not use that to excuse Israel’s actions. Nonetheless we cannot accept a free for all attack on all Jewish concerns. We cannot even accept a nonchalant attitude about all Jewish concerns when it comes to protesting what needs to be protested.
I suggest you consider the questions above among many more in planning your next actions. If not I suggest you cease political activity.
The New York City Council trips to Israel needed to be protested and yet you chose the wrong way to do it. You confused your message.