Media Talking Points

[Work in Progress — DRAFT APRIL 10, 2008]

Please also check out helpful tips for media spokespeople.

To prep for a media interview with a rep from the Media Workgroup, please email  notimetocelebrate+media@gmail.com.

1- Who are we?

When possible, tell this as your own story- from an “I” perspective, with specifics about who you are, your connection to Jewish communities, and how/why you are a part of this.

  • No Time To Celebrate is an effort of North American Jews who stand together with Palestinians in mourning 60 years of the Nakba and in honoring 60 years of vibrant resistance.
  • As North American Jews, we refuse to celebrate the ongoing colonization and dispossession of Palestinian lives and communities funded by U.S. foreign aid.

  • As Jews committed to justice, we imagine an “independence” that does not depend on an ethnically or religiously exclusive state or on the displacement of indigenous people.

2-  Our analysis- why are we organizing?

  • This May, Israel will mark 60 years of statehood. In cities across the U.S. and Canada, major Jewish organizations will sponsor celebrations of “Israeli Independence Day.”
  • Meanwhile, Palestinians around the world will mourn 60 years since the Nakba – Arabic for “catastrophe” – of 1948.
  • Sixty years ago, Zionist militias destroyed over 530 Palestinian villages and made more than 800,000 Palestinian people refugees in order to create a Jewish state in a land where the majority was not Jewish. This does not deserve to be celebrated.
  • The Nakba of 60 years ago continues to have effect today. Israel continues to dispossess Palestinians, both from the occupied Palestinian territories and within the 1948 borders of Israel, of their homes and property in the ongoing effort to colonize the land for the Jewish population.
  • We support Palestinian people’s right to return, individually and collectively, to the homes and property they lost in 1948 and in the violent decades since then.
  • In addition to 60 years of occupation and dispossession, this anniversary marks decades of creative and powerful Palestinian resistance to Israel’s violence. We support this struggle, which is so often ignored or vilified in the U.S. media.
  • There has never been Jewish consensus around Israel: not in 1897, not in 1948, and not today. We reject the notion that we have been chosen to displace others.

3- Action – what are we asking people to do?

In response to these historical events and a call from Palestine to mark their significance, we invite members of the Jewish community to take action to make our shared position clear and visible.  People can get involved:

  • Sign the pledge
  • Refuse to celebrate “Israel 60″/participate in Israeli Independence Day activities and plan Peaceful disruption of these events
  • Support Nakba commemoration events and actions organized by Palestinians and the Palestine solidarity movement, including the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid policies.
  • Incorporate Nakba remembrance into your Passover seders (we have a hagadah supplement!)
  • To sign the pledge, and for more ideas, resources, and contact information of coordinators in each region of the US and Canada,  visit our website- http://notimetocelebrate.org

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