Jews Protest At AIPAC Conference: #DumpTrump and #DumpAIPAC, Neither Represents Jewish Values

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Press Contact: Sharon Rose Goldtzvik, 202.500.6362 / sharon(at)uprisecommunications.com

Who: Jewish activists from IfNotNow, a movement of American Jews working for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians and an end to Jewish community support for the occupation, together with progressive allies urging all Americans to #DumpTrump. More details at IfNotNowMovement.org

When: Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:00pm, to coincide with Donald Trump’s speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference.

Where: 7th St. NW and F St. NW, outside the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (Protesters will assemble at 5th and F St, NW starting at 4:00 pm.)

What:

Hundreds of Jewish activists will protest AIPAC and its tacit approval of Trump’s politics of hate with a civil, nonviolent action outside the speech. IfNotNow activists call on everyone attending the AIPAC conference to walk out when Trump stands up to speak. Protesters will be waiting outside with signs, songs, and Jewish ritual to welcome conference attendees to the side of freedom and dignity for all.

Why:

Donald Trump has terrified Americans across the political spectrum who recognize he is a threat to democracy. He’s been condemned for his refusal to disavow white supremacists, his willingness to threaten violence against the press and political opponents, his open racism towards Mexicans and Muslims, and his admiration for authoritarians abroad. He has evenrepeatedly made anti-Semitic remarks, going so far as to compare Jewish Federations to white supremacist groups.

By inviting Donald Trump to address its conference, AIPAC tacitly condones Trump’s beliefs. Trump is a peddler of hate, racism, and violence who doesn’t deserve another platform.

For years, AIPAC has asked American Jews to check their values at the door to the Israel conversation. For years, AIPAC has bullied anyone in the community and in Congress who refuses to toe the Israeli government line, or who believe Jewish values demand that we speak out against Israel’s immoral occupation. By welcoming Trump, AIPAC has proven the danger of a narrow, single-issue “pro-Israel at any cost” ideology. Donald Trump is running a campaign rooted in the politics of hate; now AIPAC’s invitation reveals that it is more invested in the politics of hate than in a vision of a peaceful Middle East.

Donald Trump and AIPAC deserve each other. The American Jewish community deserves better.

IfNotNow calls on all Jews attending the AIPAC conference who believe our community should stand up against all forms of hatred and walk out when Trump gets up to speak.

Trump’s abhorrent values — the rampant Islamophobia, support of building big walls, indifference to human rights, bullying of opponents — are the same values that have been celebrated for years at AIPAC. It’s time to walk out on AIPAC for good.

IfNotNow invites conference attendees to join the protest outside and help build a new Jewish community, one that unequivocally stands for the dignity of all people, in the United States, Israel and Palestine.

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