As a member of the NY chapter of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), I helped pen the statement being circulated, below, against the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) attempt to provide a progressive veneer for their racist actions. Please read this brief statement and click on the link to sign it, if you agree. A protest is being organized in NYC for this Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.
No to JNF’s Pinkwashing of
Statement of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
This campaign is the latest addition to the Israeli state’s concerted efforts to portray Israel as a gay tourist destination based on its tolerance for diversity – despite the entire Israeli social fabric being woven to exclude and erase Palestinian culture, livelihood and lives. This includes the culture and history of LGBT Palestinians – who often face increased harassment at checkpoints from Israeli soldiers, due to their sexual identity. Clearly, any gains made by Jewish LGBT Israelis are not shared by Palestinians.
We stand in support of both LGBT rights and an end to Israeli apartheid. We therefore condemn the JNF’s tokenizing of the long fought for rights of LGBT communities for the purposes of erasing the ongoing struggle for the rights of Palestinians.
Click here to sign: http://www.ijsn.net/643/
Reading & Discussion – Gaza In Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians, by Ilan Pappé
Friday, December 10th, 7pm–Acclaimed Israeli New Historian
Free and open to the public
Described by a UN fact-finding mission as “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate, and terrorize a civilian population,” Israel’s Operation Cast Lead thrust the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip into the center of the debate about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Ilan Pappé surveys the fallout from Israel’s conduct in Gaza and places it in the context of Israel’s longstanding occupation of Palestine.
Ilan Pappé is professor of history at the University of Exeter in the UK, where he is also co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies, and director of the Palestine Studies Centre. He is author of the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge), The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge), and is a long-time political activist.
“Ilan Pappé is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.” —John Pilger