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August 21, 2014

Anti-Zionist Group Targets Jewish Institutions

Over the past two weeks, demonstrators from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the largest Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States, have entered Jewish institution buildings to directly confront the leaders of major American Jewish organizations over their support for Operation Protective Edge.

On four separate occasions, members of JVP made their way into buildings belonging to Jewish institutions and began to protest inside. Their goal in getting inside the buildings was to hand deliver an open letter calling the institutional Jewish community’s support for Operation Protective Edge “painful” and “a betrayal of our [Jewish] history and values.”

1. New York City (August 20) – Members of JVP’s New York City chapter entered the UJA-Federation offices in Manhattan. One of the protesters, who live-tweeted from the demonstration, wrote “Occupying UJA federation office in NYC now.” The protesters eventually moved their demonstration to the sidewalk outside of the building.

2. Denver (August 19) – The Front Range JVP chapter led a group of protesters into the JEWISHcolorado building in Denver. Inside the building, protesters attempted to deliver their petition to JEWISHcolorado’s President and CEO Doug Seserman. After their request was denied, they moved the demonstration to the building’s lobby and then eventually outside of the building after 911 was reportedly called.

3. Durham (August 12) – A small group of protesters from JVP’s North Carolina chapter interrupted the “Community Gathering in Support of Israel and Peace,” which was sponsored by the Jewish Federations of Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill. While a speaker was delivering a presentation, members of the group interrupted his speech, unfolded a large banner and began to make demands from institutional Jewish leadership about their stance on Operation Protective Edge.

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JVP members at the Philadelphia Jewish Federation building

4. Philadelphia (August 8) – Protesters from JVP’s Philadelphia chapter made their way into the Jewish Federation offices in Philadelphia. After gaining entrance, they demanded to meet with the Federation’s CEO Naomi Adler. After being told that they would not receive an appointment, a small portion of the group refused to leave the building and continued to protest inside, reportedly leading to their arrest.

Six other protests have also taken place outside of Jewish institutions over the past month, although various groups such as Al-Awda and the newly-founded If Not Now, When?, have organized those. No attempts were made to enter the Jewish institutions in those cases, but like JVP, the protesters called on the Jewish community to condemn Operation Protective Edge.

At least 25 other protests have taken place outside of buildings affiliated with Israel or Israeli companies. At one of those demonstrations, members of JVP and Jews Say No! made their way into the offices of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF). Once inside, the demonstrators began to protest and conducted a “die-in.” Nine protestors were reportedly arrested.

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July 22, 2014

Anti-Israel Demonstrations Call for Boycott of Israel

On Monday, July 21, there were at least four anti-Israel demonstrations held throughout the U.S. At these protests, demonstrators held signs with slogans such as “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “Stop Israeli occupation and apartheid,” while other protesters spoke out at a local City Council meeting to call for a boycott of Israel.

Here’s a round-up of what took place:

Washington, D.C.

A demonstration against the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit, organized by CODEPINK and the Washington, D.C. Metro Jewish Voice for Peace chapter, brought out about 50 demonstrators holding signs with slogans such as “Who would Jesus bomb?,” “Rapture thru death of Palestinians???,” “Thou shalt not!! Kill #FreeGaza,” and “Netanyahu War Criminal.”

As attendees of the conference walked inside to attend the evening program featuring Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, the protesters chanted slogans and delivered speeches. One protester remarked to attendees, “Where in the Scriptures does Jesus say kill the children from the air? Where does he say bomb the hospital? Where does he say blow up entire families? Where does he say engage in torture? Cruelty has nothing to do with Christianity.”

In addition, some of the protesters made their way into the event and heckled Ambassador Dermer during his speech by screaming “free Palestine” five times. Those protesters were reportedly removed from the session.

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Portland, OR

Fewer than 50 protesters gathered outside the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden to conduct a “die-in.” Some of the participants laid on the ground with mock tombstones placed on top of them, while others held signs calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions and an end of aid to Israel.

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Ann Arbor, MI

Three people reportedly spoke to the City Council yesterday and urged them to hold a public hearing on a boycott of Israel. One of the speakers, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, reportedly told the City Council that Israel is an “outlaw state” and that they have been murdering Palestinians “since the beginning.” By the end of her comments, chants erupted to “Boycott Israel, Stop bombing Gaza!”

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