The Campaign to Stop the JNF is growing in participation,visibility, and momentum. This spring, Jonah Aline Daniel represented the Stopthe JNF campaign in many cities across the Midwest and East coast of the United States to bring areport back from the Plant-a-Tree in Palestine delegation. The tour was a success indrawing crowds of various sizes, recruiting new campaign activists andprompting many helpful questions to further the strategic development of theCampaign.
At each event most people signed postcards bombardingthe IRS with demands to revoke the charity status of the JNF. Many peoplesigned up to stay in contact with the campaign moving forward. There was muchinterest in increasing knowledge about the JNF across environmental movements andin a legal campaign against the JNF. Here is the Stop the JNF Campaign presentation thatwas used on the tour and is available for use by Stop the JNF activists.
The Stop the JNF Campaign created this shortvideo as an introduction to the true purpose of the JewishNational Fund. It was screened at every location on the Report Back Tour and isavailable to share with all of your networks.
Additionally, the Stop the JNF Campaign was invited to submit adocumentary film this fall about the Jewish National Fund and theresistance to it at the Zochrot Film Festival, Nakba and Return, in Tel Aviv.This film will be made available to Campaign activists to use in our educationwork and to expose the historical and ongoing role of the JNF in thecolonization of Palestine.
The statementbelow is being endorsed by a number of organizations that are part of the solidaritymovement with Palestine in Catalonia, including the BDS coalition, the GazaFlotilla (now called Gaza’s Ark), a number of NGOs active both here and there,and Junts/IJAN.
We the social movements organise to fight against a system that throws us on the dole, thatevicts a family every 15 minutes, that persecutes immigrants, that imposesworse working conditions on us, that exploits us. We want a dignified and just life for all, and against us the Stateorganises to repress us, and responds to our desire for change withintimidation and violence.
We condemn the growing repression and violence used against thesocial movements in Catalonia. We protest that this strategy violates democracyand aims to maintain the current injustices.
We condemn the fact that the repression we are experiencing in Cataloniais strongly interconnected with the global repression suffered by the socialmovements and specifically, with the Israeli military and securityinfrastructure. The army itself, and private security and military companiesthat maintain Palestine under occupation, have used the Palestinian people as amassive training and research ground that has enabled them to create companies,industries , products and services that our governments buy and use to controland repress the social movements. These products are sold with the "guarantee"of having been tested in real situations in the Occupied PalestinianTerritories.
The WorldSocial Forum (WSF) in Tunis, Tunisia March 26th – 30th, 2013,is just around the corner and promises to be a critical organizing opportunityfor our growing movements.
The forumwill serve as the launch of a series of international popular tribunals againstIsrael entitled: "The Case against Israel: Exposing Israel’s role in StateRepression and Violence Worldwide" and organized by the Malcolm XGrassroots Movement (MXGM), the United States Palestinian Community Network(USPCN), and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN). Growing outof an assembly hosted at the World Social Forum Free Palestine inPorto Alegre, Brazil, in December of 2012, these tribunals seek toexpose the role Israel and the Zionist movement play in repressing progressivesocial movements and attacking communities throughout the world.
Researched, written and edited by members of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, the newexposé, "Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression," focuses on the role ofIsrael’s government military, and related corporations and organizations in aglobal industry of violence and repression.
IJAN’s 28-pagebooklet was officially released at the World Social Forum Free Palestine inPorto Alegre, Brazil, and has received widespread attention in recent weeks; ithas been featured in Al Jazeera, Jacobin, La Rebelión and Jadaliyya among otherpublications.
The pamphletis being used as part of a broader organizing project with the Malcolm XGrassroots Movement and the US Palestinian Community Network to highlight therole Israel plays in the arms industry and political repression around theglobe. The information in the pamphlet is not widely known, and givenstate-secrecy, censorship and limited organizational resources, the informationwe have gathered thus far is merely the tip of the iceberg in the push foraccountability. We seek to continue to build awareness and gather testimonyleading to populartribunals in various locations impacted by the work of Israel and itsrelated corporations and organizations.
The pamphletis availableon-line and print copies can be ordered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.We welcome translation of the pamphlet into other languages. We also urge theorganizing of actions, campaigns or popular tribunals in the places whereIsrael, often with the United States, plays a role in the repression of ourmovements or in attacks on communities.
The pamphlets, source documents, research, waysto get involved and video from our first People’s Assembly at the World SocialForum Free Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil, are available on-line at: http://israelglobalrepression.wordpress.com/.
by Charlotte Silver That Israeli militarism is rarely discussed beyond the parameters of the “Arab-Israeli conflict” may seem perfectly natural. When the Israeli army is not engaged in an all-out assault on the Palestinian territories, it’s busy conducting lethal raids into the West Bank or sending surveillance drones to fly over eternally terrorized Gaza. So it’s… Read more »
Planta Tree for Palestine by JOSIE SHIELDS-STOMSNESS For 112 years, the Jewish National Fund has played a central role in the on-going displacement and dispossession of Palestinians from their land and homes. The JNF was instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and continues to play a central role in maintaining Israel’s regime of… Read more »
Jadaliyya features "Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression"
[Researched, written, and edited by members of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, this twenty-eight-page exposé focuses on the role of Israel’s government, military, and related corporations and organizations in a global industry of violence and repression. The states most involved with this industry profit from perpetual war and occupation across the globe while maintaining vastly unequal societies of their own. Click here to learn more about this booklet and an associated project to build global testimony towards popular tribunals.]
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