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Announcement :: Organizing
STOP ISRAEL; An educational divestment event in Watertown Square
05 May 2004
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.
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**NOTE NEW LOCATION**

STOP ISRAEL !

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

STOP ISRAEL !
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 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.

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 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
necdp (at) onepalestine.org
See also:
http://www.onepalestine.org/

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Palestine Never Is, Never Was, and Never Will Be
06 May 2004
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Just Say NO to Palestine
06 May 2004
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Re: STOP ISRAEL; An educational divestment event in Watertown Square
09 May 2004
saw you guys out there in the rain, it didn't look like there was much of a point. or like it was much fun.
Re: STOP ISRAEL; An educational divestment event in Watertown Square
25 May 2004
stop yourself! ur IQ is too low