In San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami, IJANstudy groups have completed their first time round or are in progress. Theyhave been building relationships, shared analysis and strategic thinking towardbuilding a strategy for building the local work of the Network. Studygroups are a great tool for building new or strengthening already existinglocal groups!
To learn more about study groups, to organize a study groupin your home locale or to join the work of the study group coordination team, clickhere.
Divest from Israel:Support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)against Israel.
Download these stickers for the Month of Action, or create your own.
We, representatives ofPalestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizationsand people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts andimplement divestment initiatives against Israelsimilar to those applied to SouthAfrica in the apartheid era. We appeal toyou to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctionsagainst Israel.We also invite conscientious Israelis to… Read more »
6) Organize your union to divest from and enforce sanctions on Israel: http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/124
A trade union boycott of Israelmeans that trade unions cut economic, social and political ties with Israel andbuild ties with Palestinian unions. Trade unions should respond to the BDS callthat has, among others, been put forward by the major Palestinian trade unions.Palestinian workers are suffering under Israeli apartheid policies ofexploitation that aim to bring in the profits necessary to maintain theoccupation. Trade unions globally must transform workers solidarity intopractice and ensure that they are not indirectly providing financial support tothe Occupation by propping up the Israeli economy.
Do it Yourself! Go to the BDS Movementwebsite for the details on the following 3 ways to pressure your union to divestfrom and pass sanctions against Israel:http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/124
1. Motions, measures and resolutions
2. Form or join a "Friends of Palestine" group inside your union
3. Show the commitment of your union at national and internationallevel
The following two websites offer a vast selection of educationalmaterials, posters, toolkits, sticker templates and other materials to supportBDS efforts:
The BDS Movement: http://www.bdsmovement.net/
Stop the Wall Campaign: http://www.stopthewall.org/
6) Organize your union to divest from and enforce sanctions on Israel: http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/124 A trade union boycott of Israelmeans that trade unions cut economic, social and political ties with Israel andbuild ties with Palestinian unions. Trade unions should respond to the BDS callthat has, among others, been put forward by the major Palestinian trade unions.Palestinian… Read more »
IJSN attended, by invitation, the 6th Annual Conference on Liberation from US Imperialism and Zionism, held in Cairo, March 27-30, 2008.
About Us: The Cultural Network is dedicated to promoting and defending art and cultural work that express resistance to Zionism and Israel. This will include supporting and organizing events, exhibits, film and cultural festivals, concerts and performances of this cultural resistance.
In addition, this network will increase visibility of diverse Jewish anti-Zionist perspectives, politics and narratives through the use of multi-media and popular educational tools.
We will create and provide space for Jewish anti-Zionist poets, writers, musicians, performers, filmmakers, photographers and other artists to participate in IJAN through cultural offerings in support of and in conjunction with other Network projects, campaigns and activities.
Purpose and Goals: The cultural sector seeks to:
- Use diverse digital and print media to make visible anti-Zionist Jewish narratives of unlearning Zionism and visions of a world without Zionism;
- support the visibility of Mizrahi Jewish experience, history, tradition and politics through supporting the creation and sharing of Mizrahi art, media and culture [click here for learn more about Mizrahi organizing]
- promote and defend art and cultural work that express resistance to Zionism and Israel through supporting and organizing events, exhibits, film and cultural festivals, concerts and performances of this cultural resistance
- engage a network of artists and performers to contribute toward the IJAZ Network organizing and campaigns We hope to have conversations over email about the role and work of the Cultural Network.
About Us: We are a network of Mizrahi Jews (Jews of Arab and African descent), Jews from the global South, and Jews of Color living in Western countries. The IJAZ Network is committed to challenging the white racism within Jewish communities and the privileging of Ashkenazi Jewish traditions, history and culture.
As such, the JoC-Mizrahi Network seeks to promote the voices, cultural work, writing and activism of Jews of Color, Jews from the global South and Mizrahi Jews. IJAZ is committed to confronting the role of white anti-Zionist Jewish activists and activism in undermining alliances between Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians in their struggles against Zionism.
Purpose and goals: Some of the project ideas have included:
- Increase visibility of the voices, cultural work, writing and activism of Jews of Color, Jews from the global South and Mizrahi Jews
- Support the building of joint Mizrahi-Palestinian struggles against Zionist colonialism and racism
- Support the inclusion of Mizrahi anti-Zionist voices and perspectives in anti-imperialist movements
Current projects: Building of off interest from our Mizrahi Jewish organizers in Israel, there is interest in an international digital storytelling project to capture the histories and perspectives of Mizrahi anti-Zionists, anti-Zionist Jews of Color and anti-Zionist Jews from the global South.
Past projects: Mizrahim and Jews of Color DiscussionOn Sunday, July 27th, 2008, two IJSN (now IJAN) participants hosted a Mizrahi and Jew of Color event in San Francisco, CA that was attended by about 20 Mizrahi, JOC, and allied participants.
The speaker panel was composed of Reuven Abarjel, Arab Jewish co-founder of Israel’s Black Panther party and activist working in Mizrahi, prison and anti-occupation struggles and Marcelle Edery, Arab Jewish feminist activist and organizer of the Single Mother’s Tent to secure rights for single Jewish and Palestinian women in Israel. Both were in town for the first IJSN international meeting.
Reuven and Marcelle screened informational films about Jews of Mizrahi descent and the structural racism they encounter within the state of Israel, especially highlighted in the cases of Iraqi children being "treated" for ringworm with radiation.
The ensuing discussion treated the questions of the potential for joint Palestinian and Mizrahi struggles, connections to racism against Jews of Color in the U.S. and the implications for local organizing and strategy.
Who are we?
because we stand within and in solidarity with youth movements for social justice throughout the world;
because we refuse to be pawns in a colonial project that seeks to use "our future" to justify it’s atrocities;
because we will no longer remain invisible as Zionist student organizations speak for Jews on our schools and campuses and attack our fellow student groups struggle for justice in Palestine and critical of Israel.
because we seek to be a part of the movement for a free Palestine and want to build our capacity to work strategically, consciously and powerfully as we do so; and
because for some of us, using our Jewish identity to play a strategic part in an anti-imperialist, anti-racist movement is the only way we feel connected to jewishness; and for others of us, our Jewish identity, which is so important to us, is deeply intertwined in our commitment to anti-imperialist, anti-racist struggle; and for all us forging a positive and powerful relationship between our jewishness, political vision and the struggle for justice in Palestine, feels critical and important.
We hope to build a network of Jewish, anti-Zionist, anti-racist, anti-imperialist student activists to create opportunities for support, collaboration and development of the organizing work we are and wish to be engaged in for justice in Palestine and beyond.
Ideas for projects of the network:
- Increasing anti-Zionist Jewish participation in Boycott, Divestment and Sanction campaigns and Palestine Solidarity organizing more broadly
- Collaborating and lending an anti-Zionist Jewish voice and labor to the organizing of PSM groups on campuses
- Creating a youth/student track of the Network North American Convening
- Coordinating anti-Zionist Study into Action groups for academic credit
- Organizing spoken word/music/arts events that feature anti-Zionist Jewish and Palestinian voices
- Developing an anti-Zionist Jewish campus organizing toolkit
- Creating internship opportunities for college student with the Network
- Organizing a campus speaking tour of anti-Zionist voices
- Collaborate with the academic network on strategic defense and promotion of anti-Zionist thinkers and writers
- Holding an anti-Zionist Jewish arts and organizing camp for high school students
- Coordinating Unlearning Zionism workshops for college students and high-school age youth
More information about next steps coming soon!
IJAN in Toronto will participate in the Susan Nathan event on October 3, 2008 at 7pm at Steelworker’s Hall on 25 Cecil Street. Susan Nathan will present on her book The Other Side Of Israel: My Journey Across The Jewish-Arab Divide, a vivid portrait of herself encountering apartheid in her adopted country. Following her speaking tour in North America, she will testify in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Please join the Network to table at the event.
Other launch actions ideas may include:
• a boycott campaign to challenge a pro-Israel consumerism PR campaign being launched in Toronto
• an event connected to the Canadian elections on October 14th to combat Canadian alliances with Israel and Zionism
We believe IJAN will be useful in addressing the isolation of anti-Zionist Jews in Canada by connecting our work internationally. As the politics of Canada have been moving right, adopting and implementing the neo-liberal political and economic policies of the US and the Bush Administration, it is critical to counter Jewish conservatism with clear Jewish anti-Zionist politics.
IJAN will support the Canadian Palestinian solidarity movement and specifically, the campaigns in support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. With its clear articulation of the strategic role for Jews in the Palestine solidarity movement, the Network hopes to challenge Jewish privilege and exclusivity and promote anti-racist practice in the work.
Initiatives and Organizations with which we Work or Partner
Women in Solidarity with Palestine