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IJAN protest the Jewish Community Relations Council's "solidarity gathering for Israel."
by M.
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
IJAN protest the Jewish Community Relations Council's "solidarity gathering for Israel."
The International Jewish anti-Zionist Network has come to express our outrage at the Jewish Community Relations Council's "solidarity gathering for Israel." We represent the voices of Jews in the Bay Area and across the world who condemn Israel's current massacre of the people of Gaza, and who stand against Israel's ongoing conquest of Palestine. The Zionists gather today to pray in solidarity with Israel, for a bloody victory over the Palestinian people. They pray for the returned "stability" of an oppressive military occupation that they speciously call "peace." As anti-Zionist Jews, we condemn any prayer, indeed, any action taken in support of the criminal and genocidal state of Israel. In this tragic moment, we pray, hope, and work for the self-determination of the Palestinian people and their right to a just peace in their land, and we support the international call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

The Israeli government claims to speak for Jews worldwide. As Jews, we cannot stand silent while Israel murders innocent civilians in our name. As Jews, we condemn the unspeakable savagery of the Israeli army against Palestinian people taking place in Gaza. As of the morning of January 8th, 2009, 750 Palestinians have been killed during the last thirteen days of Israeli assault—including 219 children. More than 3000 Palestinians have been seriously injured. The Gaza strip is the most densely populated area in the world, half the population is children, and 80 percent live below the UN poverty line. Israel is bombing civilians from the sky, and attacking them on the ground. Tens of thousands of internal refugees are running from the Israeli army that has targeted homes, mosques, hospitals, ambulances, refugee camps, and just yesterday killed forty people who were taking refuge in a UN school. The humanitarian crisis mounts: food, water, and electricity are scarce in Gaza. Overflowing hospitals are running on emergency generators for power; the Red Cross said today, "the Israeli military has failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded."

The world will not stand for Israel 's complete disregard for human life and their massacre of innocents. This week, voices worldwide have criticized Israel's actions--the Pope's Justice Minister has likened Gaza to "a big concentration camp." And, prior to the attacks on Gaza, UN General Assembly President Miguel D'escoto Brockmann likened Israel's policies to South Africa's treatment of blacks under apartheid, urging the UN to support civil society's "non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations."

We came to this so-called “gathering” on January 8th, holding signs against the massacre and colonial occupation of Gaza. Although we are Jewish, we were not allowed to enter the synagogue. Synagogues (in Hebrew bait-Knesset) come from the verb “hitcansot”, meaning “gathering,” or the place where the Jewish community comes together. The denial of our presence in this so-called Jewish gathering is another example of how our Jewish communities and identities are hijacked by Zionists who claim that Jewishness is a euphemism for militarism, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid. Furthermore, this demonstration comes a day after many of us took to the streets with the people of Oakland to condemn the killing of Oscar Grant by the police. Many people held signs saying, “stop the killing from Gaza to Oakland.” We share the sentiment of those calling for an end to state violence worldwide, and we support the joint struggle of people of color in their right to fight against all forms of racial oppression.
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
§"get out, or i will get you out!"
by M. Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
I, too, have declared war:
you’ll need to divert part of the force
deployed to wipe out the Arabs-
to drive them out of their homes
and expropriate their land-
and set it against me.
You’ve got tanks and plains,
and soldiers by the battalion;
you’ve got the rams’ horns in your hands
with which to rouse the masses;
you’ve got men to interrogate and torture;
you’ve got cells for detention.
I have only this heart
with which I give shelter
to an Arab child.
Aim your weapon at it:
even if you blow it apart
it will always
always mock you.

Aharon Shabtai, J’accuse. (translated by Peter Cole)

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by Mike Novack
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 1:11 PM
As you demonstrate, not each and every last one.

But, and this is a big but, depending on how you define "support Israel", they do represent the overwhelming majority. That's actually a very tricky problem of definition. Oppose this or that policy of an Israeli government --- plenty of Jews do that. But if it's a question of survival for one side or the other, no, then you don't need a very large hall to gather together the Jews that "oppose Israel" (oppose the existence of Israel).
by better to do?
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 1:29 PM
Mike, I never understand your comments on this site, nor do I understand your pseudo-philosophical writings. The question is not “survival” for one side or another, but the ending of an occupation and genocide in Palestine. The above article targets Zionism, not the state of Israel, and survival has nothing to do with that. Unless you believe the lies manufactured by the Jewish state that Palestinians are a bunch of animals (and all people who disagree with the policies of Israel) who just want to kill Jews.
Do you really need to bring your liberal BS, and “sophisticated” thinking to every post on this site?
by scottish
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 1:43 PM
Mike one might enquire how murdering over 50 Palestinian children in 2008 is anything other that a Zionist attempt to continue taking land while blaming the victim

one might enquire wither zionism ever wants peace......

or just wants all the land

hey guys......I have total total respect for all jews who are willing to try and look at the problem from the other side......

I totally understand why you needed a state to feel safe.......and I respect you for having so much guts to speak out.......

by Joel Kabakov PhD
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 2:08 PM
No country, ethnicity, religion or institution may claim an exception for itself to the Nuremburg and Geneva principles.
Shooting and bombing Palestinians in a "barrel" known as Gaza preceeded by flagrant provocations such as embargos of vital necessities for life and health and self determination has nothing to do with so-called self defense. The IDF has outspent Hamas a thousand to one in weaponry resulting in about that lop sided a ratio of the injured and dead in the present conflict. On the symbolic level we must initiate a petition to remove the title "Apache" from the gunships of doom
that rain their incendiaries, bullets and bombs upon the innocent. Cochise and Geronimo were no cowards.
by antonia rojas
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 2:25 PM
If the ghosts of the poor dead who were horrifically murdered by the Nazis could look from wherever they may be upon what their decendents are currently doing to the people of Palestine, the earth that the Israelis have soaked in the blood of the Palestinians would be mixed equally with the tears of the ones who perished in concentration camps. I try to imagine the grief that one would feel, realizing how these Israelis have learned nothing since Hitler's reign except how to act like Hitler. what will it take for a human to discover that killing men women and children is wrong? that it is goes against all decency, that it is primitive, hopeless, hideous and cruel? Apparently experiencing such injustices does not prevent one from wanting to perform those very injustices against another group. Shame, shame shame on the misguided fools who support these unspeakable atrocities. My compassion extends itself to all the oppressed and also to the Jewish people who are against this despicable behavior.May all love surround them, and a true healing begin in Israel and Palestine. Now. This minute. Before another drop of blood is shed by an innocent or another child is burned by white phosphorous. Now.
by Tevye
Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 4:21 PM
Israel has become a DISGRACE to Jews worldwide.
How DARE you do this in our name!
by deanosor
(deanosor [at] Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 4:56 PM
At this point in time, folks, like in the time of the Holocaust against the Jewish people and others by the Nazis, it is not time to mince words. The Israeli government is committing the vilest atrocities against the poople in Palestine and everything that can be done to stop these atrocities and support the victims, must be done. Anybody who supports the Israeli government in any way and does not COMPLETELY [yes i am shouting] condemn these genocidal activities are guilty of complicity with genocide and maybe even worse crimes. When the Nuremberg-type trials occur, and they will, no can say they didn't know. Only active resistance against these Crimes Against Humanity will get you off.

Now, how does one join the Internatioanal Jewish AntiZionist Nework? It doesn't say.

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