Yonah Lieberman, 202-277-6602, yonah.lieberman(at)gmail.com (primary)
Rebecca Hornstein, 612-508-2385, rebecca.z.hornstein(at)gmail.com (secondary)
WHAT: Young Jews across the country will hold liberation seders outside various American Jewish institutions the week before Passover, saying “Dayenu – enough!” They will demand that the institutions they are protesting: 1) join us in demanding an end to the occupation 2) commit to working toward freedom and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis, and 3) recognize that the occupation does not protect the Jewish community nor reflect its values.
WHO: IfNotNow is a diverse movement of American Jews working to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation and gain freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.
WHEN and WHERE: Washington, DC (April 19th, 8am EST), Boston (April 19, 4pm EST), NYC (April 20, 4pm EST), Chicago (April 20, 4pm CST), Bay Area (April 21, 4pm PST). Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for specific locations.
WHY: Every year, Jewish tradition teaches us to remember both the bitterness of slavery and the joy of liberation during the holiday of Passover. For too long, many Jews around the world have celebrated their own freedom at Passover while actively denying freedom and dignity to the Palestinian people.This year, IfNotNow says dayenu, enough — you cannot silence a generation that knows its liberation cannot be based on an occupation.
The smear campaign waged against Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Outreach Coordinator and IfNotNow leader Simone Zimmerman is just the most recent example of the American Jewish establishment trying to intimidate and silence young people acting on the very Jewish values we were taught by our community. Despite this intimidation, but we will continue speaking out about freedom and dignity for Palestinians until the institutional jewish community upholds our values and opposes the occupation. The occupation is a daily nightmare for Palestinians who live it and a moral disaster for Jews who support and administer it. We are determined to reclaim a Judaism of justice and liberation that does not rely on the oppression of Palestinians. IfNotNow is gaining momentum across the country. Our community must choose a side: endless occupation or freedom and dignity for all. IfNotNow, When?
PHOTO/VIDEO: Groups of young American Jews marching through downtowns, holding signs and gathering outside local Jewish institutions, engaging in civil disobedience.
IfNotNow is a movement to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation and gain freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians. IfNotNow has chapters in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
For more information, visit www.ifnotnowmovement.org