Several Israeli and International Jews Injured ​on Jerusalem Day After Delaying Police from “Sterilizing” the Muslim Quarter On the Eve of the 50th Year of Occupation

Diaspora Jews and Israelis demonstrated to highlight the way the Israeli state uses violence on Palestinians and to protest right-wing extremists FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2017 Contact: Leanne Gale 054-387-0905 press@ifnotnowmovement.org Jerusalem — More than 50 Jewish anti-Occupation activists from around the world joined with Israelis on Wednesday in a non-violent demonstration in opposition to the […]

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On Eve of Trump Visit, Diaspora Jews and Israelis Join Together to Confront March of the Flags

Diaspora Jews and Israelis will confront the violence of 50 years of Occupation with civil disobedience On Eve of Trump Visit, Diaspora Jews and Israelis Join Together to Confront March of the Flags MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Leanne Gale Phone: 054-387-0905 Email:leanne.rebecca.gale@gmail.com One day after President Trump completes his visit to the region, Jews from around […]

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American Jews Protest Pro-Israel Conference on Eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation

American Jews Protest Pro-Israel Conference on Eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation More than 1,000 demonstrate outside annual AIPAC policy conference in protest of group’s support for occupation PHOTOS OF THE PROTEST ARE BELOW.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2017Contact: Yonah Lieberman yonah.lieberman@gmail.com 202-277-6602 WASHINGTON, DC – More than 1,000 Jews and […]

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Over 1,000 Young American Jews will Descend on AIPAC, Demand End to American Jewish Support for the Occupation

MEDIA ADVISORY March 24, 2017 CONTACT: Yonah Lieberman yonah.lieberman@gmail.com 202-277-6602 On Sunday, Over 1,000 Young American Jews will Descend on AIPAC, Demand End to American Jewish Support for the Occupation Washington, D.C, — Thousands of IfNotNow members and allies from across the country will converge on the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public […]

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Young Jews Arrested After Interrupting David Friedman Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2017 Alina Butareva alina.butareva(at)gmail.com 301-957-0208 Activists with IfNotNow Stand Against Friedman’s Nomination as Ambassador to Israel Washington, DC – Three members of IfNotNow were arrested this morning as they interrupted the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Israel. These young Jewish Americans […]

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Jewish Activists Across the Country ‘Draw the Line’ Against Stephen Bannon as Part of National Day of Jewish Resistance

Media Advisory November 29, 2016 Contact: Ethan Miller, Ethan99(at)gmail.com, 301-741-6674 Yonah Lieberman, Yonah.lieberman(at)gmail.com, 202-277-6602 IfNotNow, a movement of American Jews working to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation and gain freedom and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis, is hosting a national day of Jewish Resistance on Wednesday, Nov. 30th against the […]

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STATEMENT: Meetings Won’t End The Occupation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 22, 2016

Contact: Ethan Miller, info@ifnot.net

On April 20, 2016, 17 members of IfNotNow were arrested while leading a nonviolent #LiberationSeder in the lobby of the Anti-Defamation League’s New York offices. The event was part of a national week of action, calling on American Jewish institutions to end their support for the ongoing Israeli occupation, a daily nightmare for the Palestinians who live under it and a moral crisis for those who support and administer it.

In response, the ADL invited IfNotNow to a meeting to discuss “our shared goals.” We appreciate the ADL’s offer for a meeting and recognition that we are, in fact, part of the Jewish community. However, we are looking for meaningful action and real moral leadership from our communal institutions – not just opportunities for dialogue or empty rhetoric. We are committed to building a Jewish community that acts in accordance with the fundamental values of freedom and equality we were taught to admire. We can no longer stomach endless conversations and negotiations with establishment leaders about what we are allowed to say about Israel’s denial of Palestinian civil, economic, and political rights. We will continue taking action until the leaders of the American Jewish establishment admit what we know to be true: the occupation is a moral crisis for our community and we must take steps to address it.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Young Jews Say You Can’t Silence A Generation: No Liberation with Occupation Passover Protest Actions Happening Across the Country This Week

CONTACT:
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 yonah.lieberman@gmail.com for specific locations.

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Statement: IfNotNow Stands With Simone in Fighting for Freedom and Dignity for All

As we bring in Shabbat, many of us in the Jewish community will pause what we’re doing and rest to separate from the mundane of the week. This Shabbat, we invite the the American Jewish establishment to rest and refrain from the cycle of demonization that has played out against one of our own this week.

Yesterday the Bernie Sanders’ Campaign suspended its Jewish Outreach Coordinator, Simone Zimmerman. Simone is a powerful, respected leader in IfNotNow. The smear campaign waged against her is just the most blatant example of the American Jewish establishment trying to intimidate and silence young people acting on the very same Jewish values of Tzedek (Justice) and Tikkun Olam (reparing the world) that were taught to us by our community.

The suspension came in response to public statements from various out-touch-leaders of the American Jewish Establishment including Abe Foxman, former director of the Anti-Defamation League and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

For years we’ve known that there was a crisis of leadership within the American Jewish establishment – and now we’ve been shown again that when young Jews call for freedom and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis, the establishment can only respond with intimidation and fear. The past few days have simply forced that crisis into the public eye.

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