On Saturday evening 2 November,protestors gathered outside as the Tricycle opened an Israeli-sponsored Jewishfilm festival.
The livelyand colourful protest was called by the International Jewish Anti-ZionistNetwork, in response to the Israeli Embassy’s sponsorship of the Tricycle’sFestival. People from different faiths, including an Israeli activist,Palestinian solidarity activists, and campaigners from the KentishTown-based Global Women’s Strike, came together to remind the Tricycle that atthe very same time that they hosted the festival last year, Israel was bombingGaza, killing 158 Palestinians; including 30 children.
Protestors, who have valued theTricycle for decades through its vitally informative and entertaining playsabout Afghanistan, Ireland’s Bloody Sunday, US Guantanamo, the Stephen LawrenceInquiry, and more, are appalled at the Tricycle hosting a film festivalsponsored by a government whose major industry is repression, not only ofPalestinians but around the world.
With placards and a loudspeaker theyhighlighted that Israel had broken the international boycott of apartheid South Africa – supplying itwith military hardware and training, and helping build its nuclear industry;had armed the Argentinean junta even as it killed thousands, including manyJews; had helped arm and train the Rwandan military and Hutu militia whichcommitted genocide against the Tutsis; and helped arm the Sri Lankan governmentwith warfare technology, including drones, enabling it to massacre tensof thousands of Tamils.*
Protestors were shocked that theTricycle was not only using security guards who refused to identify themselves,but also that a vanload of police had been called on an entirely peacefulprotest. The protestors, who are mainly local residents and theTricycle’s most loyal audience, have written to the new artistic director ofthe Tricycle, Indhu Rubasingham, to say: "Given that Israeli apartheid is not loved, especially inmulti-racial Kilburn . . . Is this who the Tricycle wants to be associatedwith?
Stop the JNF and Prawer Plan IJAN UK is a founding member of the Stop the JNF Campaign and helped to prepare a submission (in consultation with lawyers working pro-bono) to the Charity Commissioners in the UK and making the case for the commission to investigate the Jewish National Fund’s charitable status in the UK…. Read more »
On 20 November 2012, under the shadow of the Israeli bombing of Gaza, a Jewish anti-Zionist panel spoke about Confronting Zionism at the London School of Economics (LSE) – organised by LSE Student Union Palestine Society.
Yael Kahn & Michael Kalmanovitz (both IJAN) spoke about their rejection of, and campaigning against, Zionism; also speaking was John Rose from the British Committee for Universities for Palestine (BRICUP). Thepredominatly student audience was transfixed when Yael spoke about her discovery that her family home was on stolen land. The meeting was chaired by Emeritus Professor Jonathan Rosenhead (BRICUP).
On4 February 2013, at the Crossroads Women’s Centre, six activists described their campaign against the multinational Veolia which profits from and supports the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and withdrew froma £4.7 billion contract with the North London Waste Authority.
Telling us how it was done, in spite of opposition, sabotage and interference, first of all from Zionist organisations, was Yael Kahn, Chair, No To Veolia Action Group (No2VAG), Irfan Akhtar, Spokesperson, Waltham Forest Council of Mosques, Caroline Day, Spokesperson, No2VAG, Ann Dyas, Vice Chair, No2VAG, Rob Langlands, Engineer & Secretary, No2VAG, and Izzat Ismail, Internet Comms, No2VAG (right to left in the photo).
Inspiredby the Palestinian struggle, already it has encouraged similar campaigns in South Wales (which won a £1.1 billion victory) and Davis, California (which won a $325 million victory).
Selma James (Global Women’s Strike & IJAN) chaired the meeting (centre in the photo). The meeting was hosted by the Global Women’s Strike and Payday men’s network.
On April 20, Michael Letwin addressed a London forum cosponsored by IJAN, Laborfor Palestine-U.S. and the British Committee for Universities of Palestine(BRICUP). Topics included the Irish Congress of Trade Unions BDS conference(above), and the role of Labor-Zionism and the Histadrut in spearheading andcamouflaging racism, apartheid, dispossession and ethnic cleansing againstPalestinians.
International Resistance to Zionism
In solidarity with 60-plus years of Palestinian resistance to the founding of Israel