Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
As Jews of conscience, we call on all supporters of social justice to stand up for Palestinian Right of Return and a democratic state throughout historic Palestine -- "From the River to the Sea" -- with equal rights for all.
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Tell Quora: Stop Banning Palestinian Voices — Reinstate Dr. Rima Najjar Now!
U.S. question-and-answer website Quora has permanently banned Palestinian scholar-activist Dr. Rima Najjar for exposing, through her well-researched publications on the Quora site, the settler-colonial ideology of Zionism and the Israeli apartheid state. We demand Quora immediately reinstate Dr. Najjar, and respect free speech for human rights throughout historic Palestine, from the river to the sea. Co-sponsors: Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace - Central New Jersey, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Palestine, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) Background: Quora recently and permanently banned Palestinian scholar and activist Dr. Rima Najjar. Although the pretext for the ban was that Dr. Najjar violated the site’s “Be Nice, Be respectful” policy, the real reason is that she has rigorously, and with great clarity and insight, explained how Zionism is a racist settler-colonial ideology and the Israeli regime an apartheid state. Quora not only shut down Dr. Najjar’s account, but also erased from her profile hundreds of well-informed answers she had previously posted on Palestine and Zionism, answers it did not even claim violated any Quora policy. Quora’s deletion of the content from Dr. Najjar’s profile appears to be a deliberate targeting of the content itself; Quora did not delete the content of Jewish activist Dr. Benay Blend, who was also permanently banned from the site after she posted an article of Dr. Najjar’s. Meanwhile, pro-Israel advocates on Quora repeatedly trolled Dr. Najjar with vindictive personal attacks, often in flagrant violation of the “Be Nice” policy, but the site’s moderators did not ban them. This double-standard goes beyond Dr. Najjar’s case. Rather, it reflects mainstream suppression of indigenous narratives, histories, and knowledge in favor of the propaganda of the colonizer — in Palestine and globally. Dr. Najjar plans to sue the site. Among her demands are that Quora reinstate her content, reinstate her account and that of Dr. Benay Blend, publicly affirm that opposition to Zionism is not “hate speech,” and take steps to preempt discriminatory harassment of Quora users because of their national origin or advocacy on behalf of particular marginalized groups. She is also demanding Quora acknowledge that the underlying algorithms the site uses to flag violations, far from being value-neutral, reflect racist biases, and that Quora take real steps at reform. As Dr. Najjar explains, “Today, with the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ the Trump administration is implementing in order to liquidate Palestinian national claims, it is more important than ever to free Palestine speech in order to free Palestine.” We stand with her words, and call on Quora to immediately make good on all of Dr. Najjar’s demands.
Stop Ban of Palestine Children’s Book at Highland Park NJ Public Library!
Tell the Highland Park Public Library to rise up for what is right, reject this racist attack on free speech, and immediately reinstate the planned “P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book” event with author Dr. Golbarg Bashi. Co-sponsors: Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, American Muslims for Palestine - NJ, Council on American-Islamic Relations - NJ, Green Party - NJ, Occupy Bergen County, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Palestine, People's Organization for Progress, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, SOMA for Palestine, USACBI: US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Full petition text: To the Highland Park Public Library Director and Board of Trustees, It is inexcusable that the Highland Park, New Jersey, Public Library has bowed to pressure from Israel supporters to cancel its previously scheduled reading of the children’s alphabet book, “P is for Palestine” by Dr. Golbarg Bashi, an event originally sponsored by the library and Jewish Voice Peace-Central NJ. The book is “the world's first-ever English-language ABC story book about Palestine.” The pretext for this censorship is that the book's entry “I is for Intifada” is “hate speech” that promotes “violence and terror” against Jews. That is completely false. Intifada means “rebellion” or “resistance"; as the entry says, “Intifada is Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!” And Palestinians are certainly justified in rising up against the settler-colonial regime that occupies the West Bank, has enforced a barbaric siege on Gaza for over a decade, denies Palestinian refugees it forcibly expelled and dispossessed in the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) their right to return to their homeland, and practices systemic discrimination against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. As Dr. Bashi recently summarized, “Intifada is actually 71 years old. It is resistance to occupation of a people’s land. It is like Native American resistance to white settlers.” She also likened it to the Black Lives Matter movement. Furthermore, we denounce the racist characterizations of Palestinians as a “fake people” with “no history,” driven by anti-Semitic blood-lust, promoted in so many pro-censorship comments (see the book’s Facebook page for examples). The event cancellation is not an isolated case. As of April this year, 27 states have adopted anti-BDS laws designed to muzzle our constitutional right to boycott Israel. Elected officials who have the courage to speak up for Palestinian rights — mainly women of color like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — are slandered by Israel supporters as anti-Semitic. Just this past February, they similarly tried — and failed — to shut down a “Your Right to Boycott and the Campaign to Silence BDS” event at the Maplewood Public Library. Fortunately, this McCarthyite campaign has only boosted support for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). Moreover, mainstream media is finally giving voice to those, including a growing number of Jews, who challenge not only Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, but the entire Zionist regime. Indeed, the call to cancel the Highland Park book reading is a tacit concession that, having lost the moral argument, apartheid Israel’s enablers have no recourse but to silence pro-Palestinian voices — including authors of children’s books. We call on the Highland Park Public Library to rise up for what is right, reject this racist attack on free speech, and immediately reinstate the planned “P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book” event with author Dr. Golbarg Bashi. Further actions to take: Attend the Highland Park Library Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday 6/5/19 at 7:30pm, to show your support for the reinstatement of the “P is for Palestine” program. The venue for the meeting has not yet been announced. Call the library at (732) 572-2750 the day before the Board Meeting, or visit the website at https://www.hpplnj.org/ to find out the venue. Write a letter or statement to the Highland Park Library and the Trustees, urging them to reinstate the program: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com (Library Director and Children’s Reference); firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send a copy of your letter to: CentralNJ@JewishVoiceForPeace.org. For maximum impact, please keep your letter polite. Buy this book for yourself and for your local library: https://www.drbashi.com/books Write a letter to the editor thanking the Star-Ledger for printing the positive guest Op-Ed. See letter guidelines at: https://www.nj.com/opinion/2018/01/submit_an_op-ed.html
Tell Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Stand By Your Principles — Stand With Palestine!
Supporters of justice around the world were heartened when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently won the Bronx Democratic congressional primaries with a grassroots campaign that included a forceful condemnation of the ongoing Israeli massacre of Palestinian Great Return March protesters in Gaza. Now, under intense Zionist backlash, she has “walked back” her stand, saying she had not used “the right words” in calling out Israeli occupation, and endorsing Israel's “right to exist.” We fully embrace Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ original defense of Palestinian rights, and reiterate these essential facts: From day one, Israel has been a settler-colonial regime of occupation on stolen Palestinian land, a status it recently formalized. It has no more “right to exist” than Jim Crow or apartheid South Africa! The Great Return March demands an end to Israel's genocidal siege on Gaza, as well as refugees’ right, enshrined in UN Resolution 194, to return to homes from which they were expelled during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) that created that Israeli state. Since the Gaza protests began in March, Israel has murdered at least 146 Palestinians (including children, reporters, and first responders), while wounding another 16,496. Unconscionably, this massacre is made possible by $3.8 billion a year in bipartisan U.S. military aid to Israel. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), of which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a member, endorses the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel. Alexandria, your campaign is only as strong as its principles. Just as you speak truth to power for Abolish ICE, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and Puerto Rico, stand firm with justice for Palestine!
In the Spirit of Dr. King: Condemn the Land Day Massacre -- No Arms for Apartheid Israel!
April 4, 2018 "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963 On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courageously condemned the Vietnam War, declaring, “For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.” On this, the 50th anniversary Dr. King's assassination, we follow his example by condemning Israel's premeditated massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on March 30, 2018, which left at least 17 dead and 1,400 wounded -- some of them shot in the back by snipers while fleeing. They were among 30,000 participants in the Great Return March demanding their right, enshrined in UN Resolution 194, to return to homes from which they were expelled during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) that created the Israeli settler-colonial state. "I will not whitewash colonial violence by describing it with benign terminology," says Palestinian-American scholar Steven Salaita about the massacre. "It is cruel, depraved, gratuitous, racist, and genocidal.” The massacre took place on Land Day, which commemorates Israel's 1976 killing of six Palestinians during mass protests against land theft, and is part of Israel's crippling twelve-year siege on Gaza, including the military assault in 2014 that murdered 2,200 Palestinians, including 500 children. By weaponizing Israel to the tune of $3.8 billion a year, the U.S. government -- with virtually unanimous bipartisan support -- shares full responsibility for all these crimes. Evoking memories of racist violence at Sharpesville, South Africa in 1960 and Selma, Alabama in 1965, this latest massacre exposes the innate inhumanity of the entire Zionist project, while only strengthening refugees' resolve. "Being a Palestinian and standing up for our rights has meant sacrifice since our first displacement in 1948," explains Rana Shubair. "My family and I will not back down." More than ever, in solidarity with this popular resistance, we call on all people of conscience to support the full Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions platform, which demands an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid, full equality for Palestinians, and -- what BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti describes as "absolutely the most significant right in the BDS call" -- refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands.From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
We Stand With Palestinian Rights Activist Christoph Glanz Against Zionist Witch-Hunt
When signing, please: Write a personal message about why you support Christoph in the box at right Share on social media with the hashtag #StandWithChristoph Promote on Change.org Like on Facebook Update: Zionists are demanding that Christoph Glanz be fired from his teaching job. See also: From Israeli citizens, in Solidarity with Christoph Glanz, Against the Attempt to Silence BDS and Palestine Solidarity in Germany! ===== We Stand With Palestinian Rights Activist Christoph Glanz Against Zionist Witch-HuntJews for Palestinian Right of Return, October 13, 2016 On October 10, 2016, the Jerusalem Post published an article by anti-Palestinian propagandist Benjamin Weinthal under the screaming headline, “‘Antisemitic’ German teacher posed as a Jew to push anti-Israel agenda.” The designated target is Christoph Glanz, German activist, teacher, lifelong anti-fascist, and self-described former liberal Zionist. His supposed crime is having been listed as both a Jewish and non-Jewish endorser of Jews for Palestinian Right of Return (JPRR) in 2013. This is at least the seventh time in 2016 that Weinthal has falsely accused Glanz of anti-Semitism, and reflects a pattern of such smears by Weinthal against numerous other Palestinian rights advocates. In this case, as a simple inquiry would have revealed, Glanz’ double identification on JPRR’s statement was an inadvertent error on our part (now corrected), listing him among more than 700 other endorsers. In any case, just what is anti-Semitic about JPRR’s observation that, “[f]or more than a century, Zionists have sought to construct a ‘Jewish state’ through forced removal of the indigenous Palestinian people”? Or that “the Zionist regime officially denies the Nakba, the ethical equivalent of Holocaust denial”? Or that Palestinian refugees have the inalienable right to return? Readers are invited to read our full statement and decide for themselves. Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitic; it’s anti-racist, anti-apartheid, and anti-colonialist. And Weinthal’s bogus accusations reflect an increasingly desperate witch-hunt to stifle the surging worldwide support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement — many of whose supporters are Jewish. Christoph Glanz will not be silenced by such attacks, and neither will we.
Please sign and share! -- Salute Movement for Black Lives Solidarity with Palestine
*All* Signers Welcome Jews for Palestinian Right of Return Salutes Movement for Black LivesAugust 8, 2016 We salute the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) platform for courageously endorsing the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Rejecting false conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, M4BL defiantly speaks truth to power: BDS is necessary because Israel is a genocidal apartheid state armed by more than $3 billion each year from the same U.S. government that practices racialized state violence at home. This is graphically reflected in Israel's 2014 massacre of 2200 Palestinians -- including 500 children -- in Gaza, and countless other crimes since the ethnic cleansing of more than 750,000 Palestinians during the Nakba (Catastrophe) that created the "Jewish State" in 1948. Your internationalism echoes Malcolm X, SNCC, the Black Panther Party, Muhammad Ali, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, and other freedom fighters of the 1960s who stood in solidarity with Palestine. It recalls Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s opposition to the Vietnam war on the grounds that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," and the movement to divest from apartheid South Africa. M4BL's steadfastness in the face of attack is similarly inspiring, and we are proud to stand with you for "a world in which the full humanity and dignity of all people is recognized." ===== #M4BL #BDS #BLM #Vision4BlackLives #Jews4PRoR ===== Endorse M4BL Platform ===== Dream Defenders Statement on the Condemnation of M4BL Platform by Some Pro-Israel Groups ===== Black Solidarity with Palestine Black4Palestine ===== Black-Palestinian Solidarity Black-Palestinian Solidarity on Facebook ===== Palestinians Salute the Movement for Black Lives Emphasizing Common Struggle against Racial Oppression
Tell school superintendent you support NJ student who stood up for Palestinian rights!
On January 6, 2016, Bethany Koval, a 16-year-old Israeli Jewish student at Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey, was reprimanded by school administrators for posting tweets explicitly acknowledging Israel as an apartheid state responsible for terror attacks on Palestinians. As reported in Mondoweiss, Bethany was “called down to the principal’s office, intimidated, threatened with legal action, and coerced into signing a statement.” Koval tweeted on the incident in real-time. “I’m about to be exposed for being anti-Israel,” she said on her way to the principal. "Pray for me.” Koval is just the latest target in a growing nationwide campaign to silence those who demand justice for Palestinians. Unable to defend the indefensible in free and open debate, Israel’s enablers have resorted to smearing people of conscience — academics, students, and activists — with bogus charges, from anti-Semitism to, in Koval’s case, “bullying” (“because I wish for a Free Palestine,” she rebuts). “Zionists are now going after teenagers,” observed Palestinian-American Prof. Steven Salaita, himself a prominent victim of pro-Israel attacks. “No surprise. The state they adore has a long history of making children suffer.” This witch-hunt is a desperate response to the mushrooming international success of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which demands an end to Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return. We salute this courageous young activist, and stand with her in refusing to be silenced.
Free Speech for Students for Justice in Palestine -- Anti-Apartheid isn’t Anti-Semitic!
From Jews for Palestinian Right of Return and US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel On campuses throughout the United States, university administrators are attempting to silence Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and other student organizations that courageously speak out against Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. This witch-hunt is documented in The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US (September 2015), a comprehensive report by Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which also addresses violations of academic freedom in such cases as Prof. Steven Salaita at UIUC. In the months since this report was issued, attacks on student activists have escalated at CUNY, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, UT-Austin, and elsewhere. Unable to defend the indefensible in free and open debate, supporters of Israel have resorted to smearing SJP as "anti-Semitic." In reality, it is an anti-apartheid movement that champions the growing campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which demands an end to Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel; and implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return. We reaffirm that anti-Apartheid is not anti-Semitic, and call for an immediate end to the attack on SJP and other Palestine rights activists.
Tell Kanye West: Don't be "Heartless" — Don't Play Apartheid Israel!
Please "Like" the petition Facebook page Dear Kanye West, We most urgently ask you to respect the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) by canceling your September 30 concert in Israel, a racist regime that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other veteran freedom fighters have described as worse than apartheid South Africa. BDS demands an end to the occupation of Palestinian land, full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and right of return for refugees throughout historic Palestine. Roger Waters, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, Brian Eno, Carlos Santana, Gil Scott-Heron, Talib Kweli, and many other artists have honored BDS by refusing to perform for apartheid Israel. Hundreds of other cultural workers have endorsed the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The need is more urgent than ever. In 2014, 2,200 people (including 551 children) were murdered in Israel’s 51-day assault on Gaza. This past July, Ali Dawabsheh, 18-months old, was burnt alive in an arson attack on his home in Douma in the occupied West Bank. Hours later, 14-year-old Laith Khalidi died when Israeli occupation forces shot at civilians protesting baby Ali’s death. Such injustice is but the latest chapter in more than a century of Zionist colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleaning, and genocide—including Israel's very establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba (Catastrophe). Indeed, eighty percent of the 1.8 million people sealed into Gaza are refugees. For these reasons, more than 1,000 Black activists, artists, and scholars—including Angela Davis, Cornel West, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Talib Kweli, The Dream Defenders, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the Organization for Black Struggle-St. Louis—have signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, which embraces BDS and "urge[s] people of conscience to recognize the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a key matter of our time." You spoke truth to power in 2005 by declaring, "George Bush doesn’t care about black people." Won't you stand up for justice today by showing you care about the Palestinian people? Please “Like” US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel on Facebook Please "Like" Jews for Palestinian Right of Return on Facebook