I am sick and tired of this constant focus of the left on Israel, and their inability to allow Zionists to just support the idea of Israel without involving politics. Below are two emails going out at the same time. The first, called Peace Begins with Justice, calls for people to “Come tell Israel’s supporter that peace begins where oppression, racism, theft and discrimination end. Come tell the U.S. government to stop funding Israel’s state violence. Come tell the U.S. government to support real peace with justice in the Middle East.” What, exactly would be real peace in their eyes? Could it be the absence of Israel? Read it for yourself:
Peace Begins With Justice: Protest the “Salute to Israel” Parade
When: Sunday, June 1st – 11am
Where: 59th Street and 5th Avenue (arrive from West Side)
Join us on Sunday, June 1st as thousands of people from diverse communities gather at the “Salute to Israel” Parade on 5th Avenue to voice our outrage at Israel’s massive violations of human rights in Occupied Palestine.
Come tell Israel’s supporters in the U.S. that “peace is not the absence of war: peace is the presence of justice” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Come tell Israel’s supporter that peace begins where oppression, racism, theft and discrimination end. Come tell the U.S. government to stop funding Israel’s state violence. Come tell the U.S. government to support real peace with justice in the Middle East.
Download the flyer and press release, and see current list of endorsers at: http://www.pafny.org/
This action is called by the Palestine Activist Forum of New York (PAFNY), an independent network of organizations and individuals in the New York City area committed to justice for the people of Palestine.
For endorsements and inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, do contact them and tell them how you feel.
This second one is even more infuriating, if and only because many of the groups are Jewish. As a left wing Jew, I do believe that Israel should eventually leave the West Bank and the Gaza Strip if and only if it cannot continue to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under its command. But, I would hope these people would also recognize the responsibility of the Palestinians for being stuck in their refugee camps. I’m too mad to be eloquent, so here it is:
The Network of Arab-American Professionals of NY; SUSTAIN; Direct Action Palestine; Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition; Jews Against the Occupation; and United for Peace and Justice invite you to:
Dear United for Peace and Justice supporters,
On June 5, 2003, the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, we at United for Peace and Justice call for linked actions by Palestinian, international, and Israeli peace groups to protest the escalating violence against the Palestinian community and international human rights workers in the occupied territories. We demand protection for Palestinian civilians and for internationals, a moratorium on construction of the apartheid wall and its associated land confiscations and home demolitions, and an end to the occupation.
Below is the schedule for the New York events we have endorsed for this day. Please come if you can.
Justice in Palestine-Events in NYC, Thursday, June 5th 2003 9:00AM – 9:00PM
9:00AM-1:00PM Forum at the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor conference room. Justice in Palestine: The Responsibility of the UN and the International Community Keynote address by professor Edward Said, Columbia University. Presentations by Cindy Corrie, Rabab Abdulhadi, Starhawk, Nadia Hijab and Simona Sharoni. RSVP: email@example.com
2:00–4:00PM Vigil in Solidarity with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in front of the United Nations. Contact: Simona Sharoni, SharoniS@evergreen.edu
5:30PM Women in Black Vigil & Rally, Union Square, Corner of 14th Street & Broadway
7:00PM Rhymes for Palestine: A Concert Benefitting Palestine Solidarity in NYC
I. Who is Initiating this Call?
United for Peace and Justice is initiating this call together with Palestinian based, Israeli, and other international peace groups. Committed convening groups include the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), the International Women’s Peace Service, and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which attempts to protect civilians and supports the nonviolent resistance within Palestine, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. We seek and welcome endorsements by all groups and individuals that support our points of unity. For more information contact: Website: http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/palestine.php, or: Starhawk at firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.starhawk.org. Also Simona Sharoni at email@example.com; 360-867-6196, ISM press office (Beit Sahour, Palestine): firstname.lastname@example.org 972-2-277-4602
Please, contact them too and tell them how you feel.