MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Michael Deheeger; 847-494-0356, Michael@jewishvoiceforpeace.org
Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago and Coalition for Justice in Palestine Picket Jewish National Fund Conference
JNF separate, unequal policies a root cause of escalating violence against Palestinians.
WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, October 25, 2015. 12:00 pm: Participants gather on Southeast corner Michigan and Randolph
12:45 pm: March to Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus
1:15 pm: Speaking program outside Fairmont Hotel
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1667899630120547/
For updates from the action: follow @ChicagoJVP and #NoJNF on Twitter.
WHAT: Chicago-area members of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national human rights organization advocating for justice and equality for Palestinians; and the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, which represents all major Chicago Palestinian, Arab and Muslim organizations advocating for Palestinian human rights; will protest the Jewish National Fund’s Annual Conference at Chicago’s Fairmont Hotel. Speakers: Ex- JNF D.C. board member/current JVP National Board member Seth Morrison; Young Chicago-area American Jews; U.S. Palestinian Community Network; other Palestinians
200 Chicago-area American Jews and Palestinians and partners
Signs including: “JNF: Ethnic Cleansing is Not a Jewish Value,” “Time for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” and “End the Occupation”
Giant mock JNF Tzedakah (charity) box reading “Land Theft is Not Tzedakah”
WHY: The Jewish National Fund is deeply complicit in the ongoing dispossession of Palestinian land, the destruction of Palestinian homes and the theft of Palestinian resources that has continued unabated since 1948. These practices are among the root causes of the anger fueling the escalating violence in the region today.
JVP-Chicago is calling on fellow American Jews to disassociate themselves from the separate and unequal policies toward Palestinians the JNF implements in our name. We are uniting in this action with all major Palestinian organizations in the Chicago-area (Coalition for Justice in Palestine) to also condemn today’s Israeli state and settler violence against Palestinians, which has led to the killing of close to 50 Palestinians, and the injuring of over 2,000, since October 1.
The JNF racially segregates the 13% of Israeli public land it controls in “Israel Proper,” prohibiting its use by Palestinians. JNF asserts it “does not have a duty to practice equality towards all citizens of the state.” JNF’s control of 10 of 22 seats on the Israel Land Council, governing the Israel Land Authority, empowers it to pursue its discriminatory ideology throughout 93% of land within the Green Line. JNF collaborates with the Israeli government to replace Palestinian communities it destroys with Jewish-only settlements or manicured forests that erase any trace of Palestinian presence, including the Ambassador Forest planned to replace the village of al-Arakib within Israel’s Green Line (1948 Palestine).
Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 65 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists. The Coalition for Justice in Palestine represents all major Palestinian, Arab and Muslim organizations advocating for Palestinian human rights in Chicago.