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SF: Palestinian and Jewish activists organize visual disruption of Israel in the Gardens festival

No peace in apartheid

Hundreds of people, including many involved in No Time To Celebrate, demonstrated against the celebration of the Israeli apartheid state at the June 1st Israeli in the Gardens Festival in San Francisco . Creative actions took place throughout the day, including the release of 1,000 red, green and black balloons during the event’s ceremonial tribute to the universal desire for world peace

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For Flashpoints Radio’s coverage of the action visit, click here (click the June 5th link, the 8 minute story is 52 minutes in).

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News report from SF action

Below is a news report from the May 8 action at the JCRC — we’re “breaking news” about 40 seconds into the segment:

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San Francisco: Video from action at JCRC

Below is a short video about Thursday’s action in San Francisco, the No Time To Celebrate Campaign, and why we do this work.

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San Francisco: 20 Jews Arrested in protest of 60th Anniversary Event

Yesterday 20 of us were arrested in the lobby of the San Francisco Jewish Community Center at an event organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council’s “Israel @ 60” Educational Symposium. Many other Jews and allies joined us inside as well as outside to voice our opposition to an organization that continually claims to speak in our name as it supports the continued project of Israeli colonialism. By staging the action inside the lobby, we hoped to move our action from a binary of Jews/inside and protestors/outside, to recognize that indeed we are dissent from within the Jewish community

Below is our press release (click here to download PDF), as well as some links to photos and media gathered so far. Check back for more.

20 Jewish Activists Arrested, Disrupting Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) 60th Anniversary of Israel Celebration
Jewish Activists Draw Attention to 60 years of Palestinian Forced Exile and Dispossession

San Francisco—In response to Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations, 20 Jewish activists were arrested, demonstrating Jewish opposition to Israel’s 60-year-old policy of dispossession, and highlighting the often-silenced struggle of Palestinian refugees. For over two hours, 30 Jewish activists and supporters disrupted San Francisco’s anniversary event, bunkering against the main atrium of the Jewish Community Center (JCC). In conjunction, over thirty Jewish and Palestinian supporters held a rally outside the center to call attention to ongoing Israeli policy of apartheid against the Palestinian population. With banners reading, “Jews in Solidarity with 60+ years of Palestinian Resistance,” activists declared anniversary, “No Time to Celebrate.”

“As Jews of conscience, acting in solidarity with 60-plus years of Palestinian resistance, we’re here today to promote an “Independence” that does not depend on an ethnically or religiously exclusive state or on the displacement of indigenous people,” said Eric Romann, International Jewish Solidarity Network (IJSN) organizer. “We want is joint liberation, not isolation.”

The action in San Francisco, organized by the local IJSN, is part of “No Time to Celebrate,” a national Jewish campaign opposing Israel’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, while simultaneously amplifying the American Jewish community’s critique of Israeli policy. The Israeli Consulate and the Jewish Community and Relations Council (JCRC), who have attempted to silence any and all criticism of Israeli policy, were the sponsors of this event.

The activists presented the JCRC with a statement, with the following demands:

  • To stop the targeting of non-Jewish organizations, particularly of organizations serving communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, that criticize Israel and/or express solidarity with Palestine
  • To stop claiming that anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel are anti-Semitic
  • To acknowledge that they do not speak for the full organized Jewish community—that Jewish voices that criticize Israel and Zionism are legitimate voices of dissent within Jewish communities
  • To criticize Israeli Deputy Defense Minister, Matan Vilnai threat of a “shoah” against the people of Gaza and demand a public apology for the exploitation of the Nazi genocide against the Jewish people for the continued ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Click here to download the complete statement and demands!

Some coverage generated so far (support our work by leaving comments!):

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Bay Area Liberation Seder a success!

Over 100 Jews, Palestinians, and other allies came together on April 20, 2008 for the International Jewish Solidarity Network’s Bay Area Liberation Seder in Solidarity with 60 Years of Palestinian Resistence, held at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church. The event served as a benefit for IJSN’s 1st North American Anti-Zionist Jewish Forum (scheduled for Winter ’08 ) and the Palestinian Popular Conference (Aug 8-10, 2008 in Chicago).

In addition to great food and a warm sense of community, the IJSN haggadah (incorporating the NTTC haggadah supplement) provided a structure for thoughtful reflection on Jewish histories of resistance and liberation, alongside the histories and stories of current struggles of Palestinian resistance. It also provided an opportunity for bringing new (and returning) folks into the struggle, and a platform for announcing upcoming actions.

The haggadah supplement offers the following answer to the question of “why is this passover different from all other passovers?”:

Tonight we acknowledge al-Nakba as part of Jewish history, and fuse our history of struggle and liberation with the histories of Palestinian struggle and liberation. We also acknowledge that it is our responsibility as Jews to work for justice and to be in solidarity with Palestinian liberation struggles. Just as our history of Jewish culture has been shaped by our experience of oppression, it is now also shaped by experience as oppressors. Through this seder, we continue the Jewish tradition of standing against injustice and commit to ending the recent legacy of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

This seder, following in the footsteps of similar seders organized by Jews For a Free Palestine and others, was another step in continuing this work.

Check out the flyer of the event after the jump.

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Bay Area: FREE PALESTINE PEACE AND SOLIDARITY FESTIVAL, May 10

Bay Area No Time to Celebrate and IJSN members will be supporting this Palestinian-organized event. Local folks can get involved by contacting notimetocelebrate+bayarea@gmail.com. Anyone can donate by following the link below for more information

The Local Nakba Committee and the Palestine Right to Return Coalition Present:

FREE PALESTINE PEACE AND SOLIDARITY FESTIVAL

May 10, 2008
Civic Center

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL DAY OF RESISTANCE MUSIC, YOUTH & CULTURAL PROGRAMS, NAKBA TENTS & ART, LOCAL SOLIDARITY GROUPS, ARTISTS AND MORE!

Our vision is to use resistance music to issue a rallying call to activists, youth and other allies, to stand in solidarity, build a mass popular movement-and support the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and the right of return.

In order to reach out beyond our existing allies, the event will serve as an opportunity to outreach broadly, and educate young people and other communities who are unaware, and interested in understanding the historical context through artistic expression.

Organized by the Local Nakba Committee and the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

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