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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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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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.

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