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Announcement :: International
06 May 2004
This is an announcement of a demonstration to protest a Shop "Israel" event, meant to educate on why one shouldn't do business with an apartheid racist state.
***Please forward widely***


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

May 9th, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Watertown Square
Intersection of Mt. Auburn St. and Main St.
Watertown, MA
(take the 71 bus from Harvard Square)

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, Jewish Community Day School
will host a "SHOP ISRAEL" fair in Watertown. 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

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.

While Israel-supporters hold their "Shop Israel" fair in a remote
corner of Watertown, the New England Committee to Defend Palestine
will be holding a STOP ISRAEL! event in the central intersection of
Watertown Square. We will provide education regarding

*the racist nature of Israel and its system of

*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
necdp (at)
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