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Announcement ::
STOP "ISRAEL!"
30 Apr 2004
This is an announcement about a protest at the shop "Israel" event on May 9.
***Please forward widely***

STOP ISRAEL !

The New England Committee to Defend Palestine invites you to participate in
an educational divestment event:

STOP ISRAEL !
May 9th in front of the "SHOP ISRAEL Fair"
Boston's Jewish Community Day School
57 Stanley Ave., Watertown

Exact time to be announced
(check
http://www.onepalestine.org <

in May for further details)

Boston supporters of Israel are organizing a series of events over the next
several weeks to honor Israel and celebrate its creation. The creation of
the
state of Israel was brought about through an intensive program of ethnic
cleansing by the Zionist movement to reduce a Palestinian majority to a
minority.
Most Palestinians were expelled from their homes, nearly 500 villages were
destroyed while massacres and rapes took place. Since then, a system of
state
sanctioned violence, apartheid, collective punishment, and targeted
assassination of resistance activists has been used against the indigenous
population
to expand the borders of the illegitimate ultra-nationalist apartheid state
of Israel.

This year's festivities in Boston demonstrate a shift to local activities
focused on families and children, apparently in an effort to neutralize
protests
of war crimes, colonialism, and ethnic cleansing. On May 9th, Mothers'
Day, Boston's Jewish Community Day School will host a "SHOP ISRAEL" fair. In
the
words of the organizers: "The three years-plus since the Intifada began
eroding the customer base for Israeli businesses have been especially hard
times
for those geared to tourists - their numbers have dipped by nearly half. So,
organizers, reasoned, why not bring Israel to Boston?" Chair Julie Altman,
now working on her fifth Shop Israel: "These events are important for the
Israelis to be able to stay afloat in these very difficult times." Hamutal
Gavish,
head of the Jewish Community Day School : "Shop Israel brings the flavor of
life in Israel to us and hosting it provides our students and their families
another opportunity to experience her vibrancy and diversity."

The racist nature of such statements becomes clear when one considers that
the "vibrancy and diversity" of life in Israel by definition excludes the
indigenous
people of Palestine. Given the escalation in attacks on the indigenous
population of Palestine over the past three years, including Israel's
bulldozing
of houses, attacking of ambulances, targeted assassination of resistance
leaders, theft of agricultural land, shooting of children, and an apartheid
policy
enforced by a system of checkpoints, bypass roads, and the Apartheid Wall,
"bringing the flavor of life in Israel" to a children's school is positively
chilling.

At this event, the New England Committee to Defend Palestine will provide
education regarding

*the racist nature of Israel and its system of apartheid

*our support for a single democratic Palestine on all the
historic land of Palestine

*the right of Palestinians to resist ethnic cleansing and
occupation of all their land

*$5 billion plus in American tax money given to Israel each
year - a third of our foreign aid given to .001% of the world's
population
- which provides Israel with the hardware for the ethnic cleansing of
indigenous Palestinians through the destruction of Palestinian society and
land and
the killing and injury of Palestinian people

*the importance of isolating Israel economically by measures
including the boycotting of American companies which prop up the Israeli
economy,
local and national divestment campaigns, and economic sanctions against a
state that practices apartheid and ethnic cleansing

We invite you to join us and /or to contribute information about US aid to
Israel, divestment and boycott campaigns, and information about Israeli
products
used for violation of human rights.

New England Committee to Defend Palestine
http://www.onepalestine.org
See also:
http://www.onepalestine.org

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