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Saturday, January 17th, 2009
2:16 pm
American Jews Condemn Gaza Massacre Petition
Go here to add your name. It looks like it may be published if The Nation if they get enough signatures...
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
9:18 am
I'm an Israeli Jew and I've been writing extensively on what's been going on.

I know not everyone will agree with me on what I write and how I view the situation, but I think it's important to have as many voices as possible heard and read and spoken about this.
So here are my posts linked:

Gaza War: "Cast Lead"

I ask you, if you're going to comment please be civil.
This means no ad hominem attacks, no racism, sexism, or any other derogatory language.
Monday, December 29th, 2008
10:11 am
TODAY: Protest the Massacre in Gaza!
Join Adalah-NY Monday, Dec 29th as we raise awareness of and protest Israel’s attacks against Gaza and ongoing war crimes.

Adalah-NY will be leafleting on Monday, from 5:00 to 6:00 at Union Square and 2 blocks south of Herald Square. We will then meet up at 32nd St. for a funeral procession up 6th Ave to Bryant Park.

* The flyer can be found here. Please print and distribute widely as organizations and individuals. If you would like a version of the flyer with your group's name on it, please e-mail info@adalahny.org
* Adalah-NY is organizing two meeting locations for fliering on Monday at 5:00:

1. The south end of Union Square, near the corner of 14th St and 5th Ave.
2. The triangular park at 6th Av. & 32nd Street.

We welcome you to join us and we encourage other organizations to choose their own flyering locations and then to join the procession.

* We will all meet-up for the procession up 6th Ave at 6:30. We will be meeting at the triangular park at 6th Av. & 32nd Street. Look for the Palestinian Flag.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
1:45 pm
On Obama as a "Friend to Israel" and his selection of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff
(X-posted to antizionistjews and free_palestine)

Edna Canetti, MachsomWatch / Obama, please do me a personal favour

Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz / Let's hope Obama won't be a 'friend of Israel'

Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada / Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post

Michael Lerner, Tikkun / Rahm Emanuel is no Reason for Hope or Celebration
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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
4:55 pm
Tisha B'Av
My friend R introduced me to The Magnes Zionist, which is the blog of "Jeremiah Haber" - the pen name of an orthodox Jew who teaches (Jewish history, I think) at the Hebrew University. The title of the blog is a reference to Judah Magnes, who was a minority among Zionist leaders in the late 19th and early 20th century - a proponent of a binational Jewish-Arab Palestine.

One particular critique I have of this entry is the reference by "The Magnes Zionist" to the destruction of Jerusalem by greedy developers today, without mention of the planned judaization of the Palestinian East Jerusalem that has been going on since 1967. Also, I'm curious to know more about what he means when he says, about Israeli prime ministerial candidates, that "Mofaz is preferable to Livni" because "it will be more difficult to pressure an Israel led by a woman than by an obtuse general who represents all that is wrong about the IDF." There are some interesting and problematic gender assumptions in that statement (which is not to say that I would support Livni - obviously, femaleness is no guarantee of social justice orientation).

That said, I really like these thoughts on Tisha B'Av. And the tribute to Mahmoud Darwish, who died on Erev Tisha B'Av, at the end.

The Magnes Zionist: Nine Comments on the Ninth of Av, 5768Collapse )
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
10:38 am
Remembering 1948
I'm really excited about this event. If anyone happens to be in the Bay Area, we'd love to see you there.

It's the first time our group, Jewish Voice for Peace, has had an event of this magnitude sponsored by and located in a synagogue.
Friday, May 9th, 2008
2:20 pm
Schlockettes @ Radio City!!!
Apologies for crossposting




A small group of anti-Zionist Jews calling themselves "Schlockettes" and their giant Handala puppet provoked stares, anger and intense conversations at Israel's 60th Anniversary Celebration at Radio City Music Hall last night with a high-kicking musical protest. The group of fifteen sang, danced and performed a cheerleading routine in front and at times in the midst of crowds of attendees waiting in line to enter the event while across the street a separate Palestinian solidarity rally was held. The event was the beginning of two weeks of events through out New York City that Jewish activists have pledged to disrupt under the banner of "It's No Time To Celebrate."

"People forget that there was no consensus among Jews that ethno-nationalism would save them in 1897, there was no consensus in 1948, and there sure as hell isn't a consensus now," said Louisa Solomon, one of the organizers.

"A shonda! A shame! No occupation in our name!" shouted the activists, dressed in matching black, as they led a banner reading "Jews Honor Palestinian Resistance" and an 8-foot tall puppet of Handala through sometimes hostile crowds. Handala is a cartoon character representing Palestinian refugee children created by cartoonist Najy al-Ali, and shonda is Yiddish for shame.

The New York protests mirror other events taking place across the nation. Hundreds of Jews and allies have signed an on-line pledge called "No Time To Celebrate" calling for peaceful demonstrations and alternative events demonstrating opposition to Zionism and solidarity with Palestinian communities.

"Sixty years ago, Zionist militias destroyed over 500 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," reads the on-line pledge, which has over 500 signatures. "This does not deserve to be celebrated."

Or as the New York activists cheered as part of a choreographed dance routine:

"We're gonna shake off, shake off this racist occupation!
All people deserve self-determination"

Photos and video available on request. For more information, visit: http://www.notimetocelebrate.org


Photos and video are also available RIGHT HERE!

photos by Bran Ali Fenner

Monday, May 5th, 2008
12:28 am
NYC Actions!
Please excuse xposting

Jews Remember the Nakba:

This upcoming Wednesday 5/7 at Radio City Music Hall will be the kickoff to many "Israel at 60 celebrations". This event showcases Israeli and American performers as a "celebration of 60 years of Israel's achievements."

Join us to tell New York this is No Time to Celebrate!
We need as many people there as possible!

The action will be outside of Radio City Music Hall at 7pm (the show starts at 8pm) on Wed. 5/7. Radio City is located at 1260 6th Ave between 50th street and 51st street. PLEASE WEAR ALL BLACK!!!

We will be coordinating actions at several upcoming Israel at 60 "celebrations". There will be a planning meeting this Monday night 5/5 at 7pm (Location TBA) to review plans for Wednesday's action. If you are interested in being a part of the planning of this event and/or upcoming events, please contact Louisa at louie.ludwig@gmail.com


The Palestinian and Arab Communities of New York and New Jersey call upon all supporters and solidarity groups to join us in Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakbah (Palestinian Catastrophe)

May 16th at Dag Hammarskjöld Park 1:00 PM

Jewish contingent details TBA

Organized by the Steering Committee of the 60th Commemoration of al-Nakbah

at Dag Hammarskjold Park 47th between 1st and 2nd ave

4,5,6,7 to grand central

Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakbah (Palestinian Catastrophe) in solidarity with Palestinian people everywhere

More information:


Organized by the Steering Committee for the 60th Commemoration of Al Nakba

This event is free and open to the public

Confirmed Speakers/Performers:

Cynthia McKinney
Abdallah Abdallah
Rabab Abdelhadi
Father Luis Barrios
Tiokasan Ghosthorse
Phylis Bennis
Sabreena Da Witch (Abeer)
Remi Kanazi
Ora Wise


1:00 -2:00 PM Prayer
2:00- 4:00 PM Rally
4:00 PM March
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
2:01 pm
Sorry for cross-posting
Happy Passover!

From No Time to Celebrate:

Blog Campaign

Do you have a blog or online journal? Use it to help educate others about the anniversary of the Nakba as part of a month-long “Blog about the Nakba” campaign kicking off this Passover. You can participate in this whether or not you are hooked in with a local group, all you have to do if post Nakba commemoration related content during this time as little or often as you’d like–history, news, links, reflections, or just the text of the “No time to celebrate” statement. Please tag posts with “Nakba” and “no time to celebrate”. Graphics and other materials will be available soon.

While this campaign is targeted towards generating Jewish action, all supporters can spread the word about this campaign online and are encouraged to write their own Naba-related posts as well. If you have friends or acquaintances in the blogosphere that we should talk to, or that you’d like to talk to about participating, please let as know! If you post something, we’d also love it if you’d send us the link. Email all this and any questions to notimetocelebrate (AT) gmail.com with “Blog campaign” in the subject line.


It would be really, really awesome if people in this community could participate...
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
4:56 pm
NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba
Please excuse cross posting

Calling all Jews of Conscience!
Join "NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba"

"NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba" is a campaign organized by anti-Zionist Jews from around the U.S. and Canada to coordinate and make visible Jewish response to Israeli Independence Day celebrations and Jewish participation in commemoration of the Nakba. We invite you to join us in this effort:

1. Sign the NO TIME TO CELEBRATE statement and pledge of action (text below). Click here to sign! All signatories will be sent additional information about how to get involved in the campaign.
2. Participate in NO TIME TO CELEBRATE's call for coordinated actions across North America by organizing an action or event in your city, such as peaceful disruption of Israel celebration events or Jewish participation in Nakba events and actions organized by Palestinians and the Palestine solidarity movement. Please contact notimetocelebrate+localaction@gmail.com to let us know what you are planning and to request resources/ideas for action compiled by the campaign.
3. Incorporate the Nakba remembrance Haggadah supplement into your Passover Seders. E-mail notimetocelebrate+haggadahsupplement@gmail.com to request the supplement be sent to you once finalized.
4. Take action in other ways to challenge the perceived Zionist consensus among American Jews through education of Jewish and broader communities about the Nakba; about the colonial nature of Zionism; and about the history of Jewish dissent and Palestinian resistance.
5. Spread the word about "NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba"! Pass this call on to your organizations, friends and family.

In solidarity with 60+ Years of Palestinian Resistance to Zionism,
NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: Jews Remember the Nakba
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Friday, January 25th, 2008
11:19 am
excuse xposts pls thx


A Call to Action:

Protest the Assault on Gaza

Support the Arab and Muslim Communities in Their Call to End the Siege of Gaza
Join the protest at the Israeli Consulate/Mission to the UN

Friday, January 25, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Across from the Israeli Consulate and Mission to the United Nations
800 2nd Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd), Manhattan

After two years, Israel's punitive siege of Gaza has reached new lows. Gaza is out of fuel and is suffering a humanitarian crisis like it has never seen before. At the same time, Israel's military assaults on Gaza kill dozens of Palestinians. The Arab and Muslim communities of New York and New Jersey have called upon all supporters of human rights to join them in their protest against the atrocities.
The protest will include poetry by Remi Kanazi, dance performance by the Stars Dabkeh Troupe and music by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra

Join the New York Palestinian community to demand:
An immediate end to the siege of Gaza.
An end to all Israeli war crimes.
An end to "targeted assassinations" and other killings of Palestinians.
An end to Israeli occupation and Apartheid.
Holding Israel accountable for its crimes.
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
4:19 am
Tonight - Benefit for Birthright Unplugged
Hey all - sorry for repeat and cross-posts, but we're hoping NY people in this community will make it out! All information is below - please spread the word and hope to see you there. For more information - visit www.shondes.com or email info@shondes.com.


A Benefit for Birthright Unplugged*
Saturday, September 29th
doors at 7:00 show at 8:00
The Lucky Cat (245 Grand Street, Brooklyn)
$10 suggested or pay-what-you-can

-Mystery Family (myspace.com/mysteryfamilymusic)
-The Shondes (www.shondes.com)
-Looker ( www.lookernyc.com)
+DJ and dancing!

Free beer with any pizza order from 7:00 – 8:00 – come early!

For more information, visit www.shondes.com or www.theluckycat.com .

*Birthright Unplugged is an education and movement-building project that
challenges the concept of a Jewish birthright to a land that Palestinian
people were displaced from, and supports Palestinian people's rights to this
land. For more information, visit www.birthrightunplugged.org
Friday, September 14th, 2007
11:08 pm
9/29: A Benefit for Birthright Unplugged
Hey New Yorkers-

This is a benefit for an awesome organization - Birthright Unplugged (www.birthrightunplugged.org) - an education and movement-building project that challenges the concept of a Jewish birthright to a land that Palestinian people were displaced from, and supports Palestinian people's rights to this
land. For more information, visit www.birthrightunplugged.org

Also, it's gonna be good, fun rock n' roll and pizza - to support an excellent cause. Please come - and forward widely!

A Benefit for Birthright Unplugged*
Saturday, September 29th
8:00 pm
at The Lucky Cat (245 Grand Street, Brooklyn)

-Mystery Family (myspace.com/mysteryfamilymusic)
-The Shondes (www.shondes.com)
-Looker ( www.lookernyc.com)
+DJ and dancing!

Free beer with any pizza order from 7:00 – 8:00 – come early!

For more information, visit www.shondes.com or www.theluckycat.com .

*Birthright Unplugged is an education and movement-building project that
challenges the concept of a Jewish birthright to a land that Palestinian
people were displaced from, and supports Palestinian people's rights to this
land. For more information, visit www.birthrightunplugged.org
Friday, September 7th, 2007
9:37 am
Support youth mural artists
Please Excuse xposting

This was fwded to me:

Dear friends and allies,

As you may know, the Anti-Defamation League and the
Jewish Community Relations Council are asking that the San Francisco Arts
Commission force the youth artists of H.O.M.E.Y. to alter or remove the
section of their mural that depicts Palestinian experience and resistance.
The mural is called: "Solidarity-Breaking Down Barriers" and is located in
San Francisco's Mission District on 24th and Capp St.

We are writing to ask for Jewish signatures on a petition that:
1) Supports the mural in its entirety,
2) Clearly states that the JCRC and ADL do not speak for all Jews, and
3) As Jews, we support struggles for self-determination and expression.

If you are receiving this and are not Jewish, we ask that you please forward
to progressive Jews you may know.

To read and sign the petition:

To view images of the mural and JCRC's Letter to the Art Commission:

If you feel so moved (Jewish or not) please write your own letter to the
Arts Commission! Details on petition site.

Many thanks!

In solidarity

Friday, August 31st, 2007
8:31 pm
Zochrot, or "remembering" in the English language, is an organization working to engage the Israeli and Palestinian populations in a the recounting of historical facts to both acknowledge and honor the painful histories of the Jewish and Palestinian people.

We met with Zochrot member Tamara Avraham and human rights activist, Yacoub Odeh for tea at the Jerusalem hotel. Both work to raise awareness that the Israeli narrative of its history is not entirely accurate. Currently underway, is a deliberate attempt by the Israeli government to erase the sins of its past.

One such example is the story of Canada Park.


Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
6:42 am
Oppose (U.S.) Military Aid to the Middle East!
Action alert from Jewish Voice for Peace:

Last week, the Bush Administration announced that it would be increasing military aid to Israel 25% to $30 billion, would be guaranteeing $13 billion in military aid to Egypt and would sell $20 billion to the Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, all over the next ten years. The Middle East is lacking for many things, but the one thing that every Middle Eastern country is awash in is weapons. This is a time for the United States to be promoting diplomacy, not more violence. For more information about the proposed military aid and sales, click here.

US law states that military aid is only to be used for defense, and is not to be provided to countries which engage in a "consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." None of the recipient countries, including Israel, meet this standard. Click here to demand that our leaders uphold US law and that they promote justice, peace and diplomacy, not more war in the Middle East.

To take action, click here.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
5:30 am
Givat Haviva

What do you guys know about Givat Haviva?
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
12:31 pm
Hi all,

Among my summer projects is to start work on a ashkenazish, pro-diaspora zine called 'i heart golus'. So, to that end i'm beginning the process by calling (mmm...more like begging) for submissions (textual and/or visual). For more information see http://iheartgoles.blogspot.com or email i.heart.goles [at] gmail
(yeah, i'm having an internal transliteration struggle between 'goles' and 'golus'...it'll be resolved eventually)

Please spread the word to anyone you think would be interested

crossposted everywhere i could think of...
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
5:57 pm
Birthright Unplugged!
Fowarded from free_palestine

Birthright Unplugged summer dates!

******************PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY*******************

Are you thinking of going to Palestine/Israel this summer?

Are you interested in meeting Palestinian families, activists,
community leaders, and political figures, and learning about life
under occupation?

Are you committed to turning education into action and working for justice?

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
8:06 pm
A Jewish Plea, by Sara Roy
CounterPunch, Weekend Edition
April 7 / 8, 2007

A Jewish Plea


We have nothing to lose except everything. - Albert Camus

During the summer my husband and I had a conversion ceremony for our adopted daughter, Jess. We took her to the mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath where she was totally submerged in a pool of living water -- living because it is fed in part by heavenly rain -- and momentarily suspended as we are in the womb, emerging the same yet transformed. This ritual of purification, transformation and rebirth is central to Judaism and it signifies renewal and possibility.

The day of Jess's conversion was also the day that Israel began its pitiless bombing of Lebanon and nearly three weeks into Israel's violent assault on Gaza, a place that has been my second home for the last two decades. This painful juxtaposition of rebirth and destruction remains with me, weighing heavily, without respite. Yet, the link deeply forged in our construction of self as Jews, between my daughter's acceptance into Judaism and Israel's actions-between Judaism and Zionism -- a link that I never accepted uncritically but understood as historically inevitable and understandable, is one that for me, at least, has now been broken.
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