ON THE DAY TRUMP MOVES AMERICAN EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM, YOUNG JEWS AND RABBINICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS PLAN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, 50 PREPARED TO RISK ARREST
Just an hour before Trump’s Embassy opens in Jerusalem, hundreds of young Jews will disrupt the morning commute in the nation’s capital and build their own Embassy of Freedom.
May 9, 2018
Ethan Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 750-1485
Lila Weintraub, email@example.com, (202) 750-1485
WASHINGTON, DC: On May 14, the same day top American officials will be in Jerusalem to officially move the US embassy to the city, hundreds of young Jews from across the country — 50 of whom are prepared to risk arrest — will gather in Washington, DC to raise their voices against the move, which only serves to entrench the Israeli occupation in a city that is already divided by violence and separation.
This demonstration — and Trump moving the American Embassy — comes after weeks of Palestinian protests, where more than 40 Palestinian protesters in the Gaza strip were killed by the Israeli military and thousands more were injured. In response, American Jewish activists with IfNotNow protested in over 30 cities, demanding that the political leadership of our community speak up against the escalation of violence. More than 37 IfNotNow members were arrested during these recent protests.
WHO: Young Jews and Rabbinical school students that are part of IfNotNow.
WHAT: An historic, moral civil disobedience of anti-Occupation young Jews, on the day that Trump moves the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Young Jews and Rabbinical school students will march through the streets near the White House and eventually build our own embassy: an Embassy of Freedom.
WHERE: All press should meet at Peets Coffee, 12th and G (601 13th St, NW).
WHEN: Monday, May 14th, 2018. Press will meet at 7:45 a.m. for a briefing, and the general public will gather at 8 a.m. at Metro Center.
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IfNotNow is a movement led by young Jews to transform the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation into a call for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians. IfNotNow has chapters in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the San Francisco-Bay Area, Toronto, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
You can learn more about IfNotNow at www.ifnotnowmovement.org