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Report on Beth Israel vigil 09-10-11

Posted on September 19th, 2011 at 6:26 am by

Eight Years and Going Strong

Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends will celebrate its eighth anniversary of bringing its messages of justice and peace in Palestine to the streets of Ann Arbor. We’re hoping to have a larger than usual turnout for Saturday, October 8th, so if you’ve ever considered joining one of the longest-lasting, consistent, peaceful vigils, aka “the only game in town”, please do so on October 8. Looking forward to (re)meeting you! Please join us from 9:30 -10:45 AM, in front of 2000 Washtenaw 48104 (cross street Austin).

Protest the “Main (Zionist) Event”

JWPF is calling on all people of conscience to join with us as we oppose the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor’s annual fund-raiser, called the “Main Event”. Typically, the Federation raises over one million dollars in a single evening, at least 28% of which gets sent directly to Apartheid Israel to maintain its ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people. The rest is used to support the Jewish community and to polish its image in an attempt to obscure the blood on the community’s collective hands.

The event will be held in the Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 on Sunday, October 30, 2011. JWPF plans to start our protest at 4:00 pm. More details in future reports, so stay tuned.

Astonishingly, the keynote speaker’s presentation is entitled “[Dis] Honesty: How people cheat a little bit and feel good about it”. Perhaps Jews attending this talk will come away recognizing the dishonesty inherent in supporting a fascist, racist country while claiming to be enlightened, humane people. We suppose it’s more likely they will re-learn an already-practiced method of feeling good about supporting ethnic cleansing.

Jews in Palestine Still Trying to Call the Shots

Zionist-led Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) has issued a statement concerning the Palestinian statehood initiative at the United Nations. Contained within the statement is a revealing caution: ” Believing that it is the Palestinian people’s right to determine what they consider a just peace and it is our role as their Israeli partners to support them – with one caveat: that any solution be inclusive of all the people residing in Palestine/Israel …” In other words, we Jews will demand that the land already stolen and colonized by European and American Jews will remain stolen and occupied. Any possibility that Palestinians might not automatically grant citizenship to European and American Jewish colonizers will be met with Zionist resistance. No, ICAHD, if you truly support Palestinian liberation, you will let them make their own decisions about a “just peace” and their own future and not insist that colonizers get to keep the fruits of their crimes.

Seven Vigilers
The PLO is to “liberate”, not legalize partition
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends


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