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Palestinian leaders in the Gaza Strip called for a “day of popular rage” on Wednesday, July 1 – when Israel’s cabinet was to vote to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. A similar protest held in the West Bank earlier in June failed to draw a large crowd.
Pro-Palestinian organizations in the U.S. planned solidarity “Day of Rage” protests in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego for July 1 – whether or not Israel held its sovereignty vote that day or not. One of the groups calling for American demonstrations, Al-Awda – The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, tied Day of Rage protests to those against systemic racism in the U.S.: “We demand the defunding and dismantling of US police alongside the defunding and dismantling of Zionist colonialism and racist Israeli apartheid,” the group’s website states.
- The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by 25 countries and used by all U.S. executive departments and agencies, explains what constitutes an antisemitic offense and why – including examples that cross the line into delegitimization, demonization or double standards of Israel. It makes clear that “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.” Familiarizing yourself with the definition and its examples may help you recognize or dismiss potentially antisemitic incidents more accurately.
- Just as using the phrase “all lives matter” attempts to hijack the message of dismantling systemic racial injustice in America, so does introducing outside issues – such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the concept of Jewish self-determination in their ancestral homeland, known as Zionism. The concept of “intersectionality,” highlighting linkages among all oppressions to identify discrimination and privilege, becomes contaminated if it includes all persecuted peoples –
- except for Jews. Banning Zionists from social justice events amounts to fighting bigotry with more bigotry.
In other news:
- Florida approved legislation mandating Holocaust education and Black history.
- More than 30 New Jersey municipalities have passed anti-BDS legislation.
- Georgia enacted a hate crimes law, which includes harsher penalties for those who target someone based on their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
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The UN Human Rights Council continued its antisemitic practice of singling Israel out in “Agenda Item 7” during its main session. 5 anti-Israel resolutions were passed — compared to one each for the dictatorships of Iran, Syria, and North Korea. To the UNHRC: if you want to make real change in the world, you need to fix yourself first! #ReformTheUNHRC #EndIsraelHateAtUN
Anti-Israel organizations in the U.S. are planning “Day of Rage” protests around the country on July 1. In case you aren’t aware: Palestinians use the term, “Day of Rage,” to protest Israel and often call for its destruction. In the Middle East, effigies of American and Israeli leaders have been burned. This is not how we achieve peace. https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/palestinian-factions-call-for-day-of-rage-to-foil-annexation-633099
Israel and the UAE announced this week that they would join scientific efforts to combat Covid-19. This is a huge breakthrough in relations between Israel and the Gulf and is a beacon for the direction things are heading in the region. Don’t forget to use #IsraelFights4Humanity on social media when highlighting Israel’s efforts to end the pandemic.