Stop Repression Against the Social Movements
Sunday, May 12, 2013
below is being endorsed by a number of organizations that are part of the solidarity
movement with Palestine in Catalonia, including the BDS coalition, the Gaza
Flotilla (now called Gaza's Ark), a number of NGOs active both here and there,
We the social movements organise to fight against a system that throws us on the dole, that
evicts a family every 15 minutes, that persecutes immigrants, that imposes
worse working conditions on us, that exploits us. We want a dignified and just life for all, and against us the State
organises to repress us, and responds to our desire for change with
intimidation and violence.
We condemn the growing repression and violence used against the
social movements in Catalonia. We protest that this strategy violates democracy
and aims to maintain the current injustices.
We condemn the fact that the repression we are experiencing in Catalonia
is strongly interconnected with the global repression suffered by the social
movements and specifically, with the Israeli military and security
infrastructure. The army itself, and private security and military companies
that maintain Palestine under occupation, have used the Palestinian people as a
massive training and research ground that has enabled them to create companies,
industries , products and services that our governments buy and use to control
and repress the social movements. These products are sold with the "guarantee"
of having been tested in real situations in the Occupied Palestinian
Thank You Stephen Hawking
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Dear Prof. Stephen Hawking,
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) thanks you for
taking the principled course of action: publicly refusing to participate
in Israel's presidential conference, chaired by the notorious war
criminal Shimon Peres. Our own recent history as Jews vividly presents
to us the culpable role of those who merely stay silent in the
face of state-organized racism and violence.
We further commend your decision to publicize the reasons for your
withdrawal in a form that conveys your understanding that the primary
obligation of people of conscience everywhere is to listen to
Palestinians who suffer Israel's oppression and act in solidarity based
on their analysis and demands. Your actions set an example for
conscientious engagement as a scientist and as a public figure. We hope
that your example will inform and in turn move more scientists, intellectuals, and artists to action.
As with others who followed the same course, in the coming
days many powerful people will subject you to a barrage of abuse. The
primary purpose of this barrage is to frighten others who might want to
emulate you but do not feel as confident in their ability to withstand
the public attempts of character assassination. We therefore also write to
you to encourage others. While those who appreciate what you did do
not hold high office nor own newspapers and TV channels, we are the
majority of humanity and we deeply appreciate you.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Stop the Criminalization of the Black Liberation Movement
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
IJAN joins with the
National Lawyers Guild, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and National Conference
of Black Lawyers in rejecting
the U.S. government's
attempt to smear Assata Shakur as a "terrorist." The outrageous FBI designation
of Shakur as a "most wanted terrorist" further lays bare the blatant
politicization of the term.
Statement in support of Professor Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur
the National Lawyers Guild in expressing support for the UN Special Rapporteur,
Richard Falk, in his statement on the need for the U.S. to examine its foreign
in an editorial in Foreign Policy Journal titled "A Commentary on the Marathon Murders," appealed
for the U.S. to be self-critical and examine the effects of "irresponsible and
unlawful warfare [as the] centerpiece of American foreign policy." He lists
some of the more egregious actions of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
including Abu Ghraib, drone attacks, torture, and rendition and says: "The
American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance
in the post-colonial world. In some respects, the United States has been
fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks..." Dr. Falk continues the essay with
discussion of Barack Obama's abandonment of the Palestinians and any
involvement in bringing about a just peace. Obama's recent visit to Israel,
says Falk, was a "love letter to the Israeli public" and "obsequious diplomacy"
rather than a serious attempt at achieving justice.
Hugo Chavez: President of the poor and ally to all the oppressed has died
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network sends solidarity to the Bolivarian Revolution
Sunday, April 14, 2013
It was with
great sadness that we received the news of the passing of President Hugo Chávez
of Venezuela. As citizens of the world, we
continue to draw hope and inspiration from the Bolivarian Revolution.
It is a point of reference in the global resistance to the suffering imposed by
governments, corporations and ruling classes - beginning with those of the
United States and its massive military.
closing days of 2012, three members of IJAN had the privilege of visiting the
Bolivarian Republic. They witnessed a people
engaged in building a more just society and standing up to imperial domination. They saw the coming to fruition of a project
of building nearly one thousand
apartments for victims of natural disasters.
This was in sharp contrast to the US experience in the aftermath of
Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, when the government left the victims to fend for
themselves, and treated as criminals those trying to escape the floods, even shooting refugees dead.
Support Popular Tribunal at World Social Forum Tunisia
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, Tunisia March 26th - 30th, 2013,
is just around the corner and promises to be a critical organizing opportunity
for our growing movements.
will serve as the launch of a series of international popular tribunals against
Israel entitled: "The Case against Israel: Exposing Israel's role in State
Repression and Violence Worldwide" and organized by the Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement (MXGM), the United States Palestinian Community Network
(USPCN), and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN). Growing out
of an assembly hosted at the World Social Forum Free Palestine in
Porto Alegre, Brazil, in December of 2012, these tribunals seek to
expose the role Israel and the Zionist movement play in repressing progressive
social movements and attacking communities throughout the world.
IJAN Releases “Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression”
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Researched, written and edited by members of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, the new
exposé, "Israel's Worldwide Role in Repression," focuses on the role of
Israel's government military, and related corporations and organizations in a
global industry of violence and repression.
booklet was officially released at the World Social Forum Free Palestine in
Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has received widespread attention in recent weeks; it
has been featured in Al Jazeera, Jacobin, La Rebelión and Jadaliyya among other
is being used as part of a broader organizing project with the Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement and the US Palestinian Community Network to highlight the
role Israel plays in the arms industry and political repression around the
globe. The information in the pamphlet is not widely known, and given
state-secrecy, censorship and limited organizational resources, the information
we have gathered thus far is merely the tip of the iceberg in the push for
accountability. We seek to continue to build awareness and gather testimony
leading to popular
tribunals in various locations impacted by the work of Israel and its
related corporations and organizations.
on-line and print copies can be ordered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
We welcome translation of the pamphlet into other languages. We also urge the
organizing of actions, campaigns or popular tribunals in the places where
Israel, often with the United States, plays a role in the repression of our
movements or in attacks on communities.
The pamphlets, source documents, research, ways
to get involved and video from our first People's Assembly at the World Social
Forum Free Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil, are available on-line at: http://israelglobalrepression.wordpress.com/.
IJAN Statement of Support for Idle No More
Monday, January 28, 2013
"There is no mystery why Canada acts almost blindly without critique or question in support of the State of Israel's colonial policies in Palestine: Canada and Israel's policies are marching in lock step because both Canada and Israel are colonial states."
-Robert Lovelace Address to Amnesty International, Toronto, November 01, 2011
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) supports Idle No More in its struggle for indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection. IJAN is an international network of Jews who reject the premise that our own histories of forced displacement and ethnic cleansing justify the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. We are uncompromisingly committed to struggles for human emancipation, of which the liberation of all colonized people and land is an indispensable part. We understand the destruction of indigenous people, land and ways of life as a threat to the survival of all people, living things and the planet. We extend solidarity and continue our fight against colonization in the lands that we live and in Palestine.
Please also see the excellent statement: "Palestinians in Solidarity with Idle No More and Indigenous Rights"
Comments on current events: Gaza, UN observer status and the WSFFP
Monday, December 31, 2012
World Social Forum Free Palestine (WSFFP) took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at
exactly the moment that Palestine was on the front page of every newspaper
around the world. The United Nations had just voted (138-9) to grant
Palestinians limited statehood observer status at the United Nations. Meanwhile, people in Gaza had also just
survived another brutal Israeli onslaught.
our grief and rage at the latest attack on Gaza, the perseverance of the
Palestinian people continues to be an inspiration. As has been true for almost
a century, Palestine and the Palestinian people are in the stranglehold of a
global negotiation for power and resources. And now, popular movements and
uprisings throughout the region threaten the colonial hold of US, Europe,
Israel and its collaborators with struggles against repression and mass
exploitation of resources, land and people and for basic survival and freedom. In
Syria, the death toll has risen to an estimated 40,000-57,000 over the past
two-years as people's fights against repression are suffocated and infiltrated
by the interests of these same forces.
IJAN and MXGM Delegation to Argentina and Venezuela
Argentina, IJAN presented with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement at
the Universidad Popular Madres Plaza de Mayo. The university was
founded by those involved in the movement of mothers to identify and
hold the government accountable for the "disappearance" of their
loved ones during the military dictatorship of the late 70s and early
80s. In spite of a subway strike and the plumbing in the building not
working, we had an audience of 50 who listened with rapt attention.
We presented with and were hosted by the Department
of Genocide and Social Forces.
Venezuela IJAN and MXGM had the opportunity to learn from and share
information with grassroots activists that are part of the
revolution. Participants witnessed the opening day of apartments for
almost a thousand people, spoke at a university in the heart of the Afro-Venezuelan communities, were interviewed on national and local radio, and spoke with social movement activists from a number of different organizations.
World Social Forum Free Palestine Report Back
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Porto Alegre, Brazil
The first thematic
Social Forum to focus on Palestine took
place in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 28 November - 1 December 2012.
The Forum featured over 125 workshops and a large march and rally in
support of Palestine. It was an important gathering of Palestinian
and solidarity activists to continue to strengthen the movement for
Palestinian liberation and self-determination.
IJAN sent a
delegation of six to the forum including members from Canada,
Argentina and the U.S. Most of us attended as part of the U.S.-Canada
Joint Struggle Delegation - a
delegation of 25 activists working in grassroots struggles for the
liberation of people and land, which IJAN played a central role in
Support the Plant-a-Tree in Palestine Delegation
Last year we sent a delegation to Palestine
to document evidence and learn about the role of the Jewish National Fund in
the on-going theft of Palestinian land and property land and cover-up of the
displacement of the Palestinian people.
Per the request of the Palestinian Farmers
Union, Stop the Wall Anti-Apartheid Committee, the Palestinian BDS National
Committee and the villages who have lost trees, agricultural plots, farms and
homes to the Israeli military, this year we are sending another delegation to
plant trees in villages that are welcoming the effort to replant a fraction of
what they have lost.
We are writing to ask you for your support
for the January 5-14, 2013 Plant-a-Tree in Palestine delegation to build
support for the Campaign to stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF). We
are sending two delegates from the United States who will be planting trees and
documenting the trip - taking photos and capturing video footage to create
media and political education materials which we will use to grow the
The delegation will be planting 112 trees in
3 villages, one tree for each year the JNF has been colonizing
Palestine. Many Palestinians have lost fruit bearing trees to JNF
bulldozers- olive trees that had been tended for up to 1,000
years and citrus trees tended for generations. Members of the Palestinian
Farmers Union and other local farmers will choose which kinds of trees they
want to plant. Delegation participants will be actively
participating alongside Palestinian farmers in resisting the goals of
making a contribution to the delegation and/or planting a tree in Palestine. Each tree planted will go
directly to one of the three villages and will contribute toward the
IJAN’s Participation in the World Social Forum Free Palestine
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Social Forum Free Palestine is approaching fast. In just a couple of weeks, more than 10,000 Palestinian
and solidarity activists from at least 36 different countries will arrive in Porto
Alegre to learn from each other and organize together to build a strong
movement to confront Israel and Zionism and the broader injustices they
represent and support.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network has been
building with activists in the US, Canada and around the world to build and bring
a joint struggle
framework to the WSF FP. Thanks to
the support from everyone who has donated, we have been able to organize a
delegation more than 15 strong. We were honored as a delegation to be invited
to have a representative on a major panel.
The US-Canada Joint Struggle Delegation is in the process of
workshop offerings covering a wide range of topics including Israel's role
in repression in the US and around the world, mass incarceration, environmental
injustice, labor alliances with Palestine, and asserting an anti-colonial
feminism and combating anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism.
In addition to working on many of the delegation workshops,
IJAN is organizing a workshop on the Case
of Jews Against Zionism and participating in workshops focused on Zionist
backlash and the Campaign to Stop the Jewish National Fund.
There are opportunities for participation in the exciting momentum and
building happening at the WSF FP from your locations!
The organizing committee of the World Social Forum Free Palestine has called
for international actions and media initiatives aligned with the social
Finally, please continue to support IJAN's participation with your donations.
False story about IJAN in Iranian media
Friday, October 26, 2012
On September 27, the Iranian Republic News Agency (IRNA) published an article involving the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), claiming that the organization met with Iranian president Ahmadinejad. It references ‘Spokesman for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, David Weiss.’ Other Iranian on-line websites have reprinted similar stories.
There is not and has never been a member of or a spokesman for IJAN by the name of David Weiss. IJAN has not met with Ahmadinejad. We do not know who is responsible for the misrepresentation, whether the journalist or someone impersonating a member or spokesman of IJAN, but the claim of IJAN having met with Ahmadinejad is false.
Support Joint Struggle at the World Social Forum Free Palestine
Thursday, August 02, 2012
November, 2012, social movements from around the globe will gather in
Porto Alegre, Brazil to demand and organize for a free Palestine. The World Social Forum (WSF) Free Palestine is an expression of global social movements’ opposition to capitalism, colonialism, war, occupation and racism.
IJAN is part of organizing a US-Canada cross-movement delegation to the WSF Free Palestine. And we need your help to get there.
The delegation, initiated by the US Social Forum, includes
Project South, the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Black Alliance for
Just Immigration, and the Muslim Defense Project among other leaders at
the forefront of grassroots movements. Click here to see the growing list of endorsing organizations.
Our aim is to promote joint struggle
for Palestinian liberation, indigenous self-determination, the rights
of refugees and migrants, economic justice and labor rights, queer
liberation and gender justice, the sustainability of the land and
natural resources and the creation of a people’s economy.
together in Brazil will provide an opportunity to organize for
Palestinian liberation in ways that strengthen all our struggles for
justice. Donate now to support the Joint Struggle Delegation’s travel expenses to Porto Alegre.
more information on why confronting Israel and Zionism is so central to
our struggles for justice, freedom from repression and war, ecological
preservation and indigenous sovereignty, watch a presentation
by members of IJAN, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Center for
Constitutional Rights (all members of the Joint Struggle Delegation).
Please contribute what you can to this unique opportunity to broaden the movement for Palestinian liberation. Click here for other ways to get involved.
Center for Asian American Media Urged to End Partnership with Israeli Consulate
Saturday, June 30, 2012
San Francisco Bay Area
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI),
Palestinian and Arab community members and organizations - including
the Arab Film Festival - prominent organizations and individuals in
the Asian American and Pacific Islander community as well as
progressive Jewish activists and academics call on the Center for
Asian American Media to respect the boycott called for by Palestinian
civil society and end
their collaboration with the Israeli consulate and Zionist
organizations on the China-Israel film fest.
outpouring of support from the Asian American community for this
initiative reveals the growing understanding of the
interconnectedness of our struggles against racism, oppression and
efforts to use progressive issues and organizations to advance
reactionary agendas. The
China-Israel film festival is part of an effort by the Israeli
Ambassador Michael Oren, the Israeli consulate and Zionist
organizations to build support for the growing political and economic
alliance between China and Israel and is part of the multi-million
dollar effort to "brand Israel" and counteract the growing outcry
against Israeli violations of human rights, international law and
an email to Stephen Gong, the Director of CAAM, (
- ask CAAM to refuse participation in the China-Israel cultural
read letters from Asian American community organizations, USACBI, the
Arab Film Festival and progressive Jewish activists and academics.
Thank You Alice Walker
Prize winning author and human rights activist Alice Walker has made
a profound statement consistent with her life-long anti-racist
commitment: she finds human rights abuses against Palestinians and
violations of international law by the State of Israel intolerable.
Thus Ms. Walker has refused to allow her book The Color Purple
to be translated into Hebrew by the Israeli publisher, Yediot Books.
Walker has worked for several years in support of Palestinian human
rights. She participated in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla - attempting to
break the illegal siege of Gaza, she has written and spoken up
against the human rights abuses that Palestinians experience daily,
and recently was a jurist on the Russell Tribunal for Palestine in
South Africa. The
Tribunal found Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid.
to the publisher Ms. Walker compared Israeli apartheid with that of
both South Africa and the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.
“Indeed,” she writes, “many
South Africans who attended [the Russell Tribunal], including Desmond
Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than
what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated
South Africa for so long.”
the same tools of international solidarity that contributed to the
struggle that ended Apartheid in south Africa, Alice Walker advocates
BDS against Israel as a method of international pressure to compel
Israel to comply with international law. She therefore refuses to
allow her book to be translated into Hebrew by an Israeli publisher.
the several recent successes of the BDS movement, Ms Walker's action
is particularly worrisome to Israel as it frantically tries to brand
itself as a beacon of democracy and upholder of human rights. In
particular, Israel and organizations in the United States that
support it have poured vast resources into courting African Americans
to support its false projection of itself as an equal and democratic
society. Recent deportation of and race riots against Africans in Tel
Aviv dispel that myth. Refugees from Africa were violently attacked
by mobs incited by the Israeli government, including comments from
Minister Eli Yishai that Israel “belongs to the White Man.”
Israel is proceeding with deportation and detention of thousands of
refugees from Sub Saharan Africa because they “threaten the Jewish
identity of the Israeli state.”
apologists can’t allow such a prominent figure in American culture
to speak the truth about Israel without challenge. Alan Dershowitz
a piece in the Jerusalem
accusing Ms. Walker of being a “bigot” who enforces “censorship”
against Hebrew speakers, comparing her to the neo-Nazi David Duke.
The venomous absurdity of his piece only serves to give greater
prominence and credibility to Alice Walker’s ethical and moral
stance. His attack is a tribute to the successes of the BDS movement.
Walker ended her letter of refusal to Yediot Books with the
statement, “In faith that a just future can be fashioned from small
acts.” We, who believe in justice, in human rights, and in equal
rights, applaud her for her courageous and moral actions. We will
continue to make small acts of solidarity with the knowledge that
together we will create a better and more just world.
Petition in support of BDS
Jews respond to Horowitz's slander
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Recently the David Horowitz Freedom Foundation published a dangerous and slanderous ad in the New York Times. The ad invokes the Nazi holocaust in order to attack supporters of BDS including several professors. Jews of conscience and others who share a similar commitment to justice must speak out in defense of justice for Palestinians and against such defilement and misuse of the holocaust.
David Horowitz and his money have been involved in attempts to undermine the Palestinian struggle and promote hatred against Muslims and Arabs throughout the country. Whether through funding the campaign to oppose the Park51 Islamic Community Center in Manhattan or through alleging that the Muslim Student Association is an extremist group, Horowitz took upon himself to foster the climate of intolerance and fear that leads to dehumanization and ends in persecution, apartheid and racism across history.
We are alarmed that New York Times, in breach of its own decency guidelines, would promote such open bigotry and character assassination.
This slanderous attack on proponents of BDS reveals that our movement is gaining strength, and that the opposition to BDS recognizes this.
Help us reach out to the broadest possible audience with a clear statement that draws the true moral lessons of the holocaust, “Never again for anyone!”, and asserts our commitment to justice for Palestinians and all targets of racism.
Please sign the petition below.
Text of Petition
Statement of Solidarity on Land Day 2012 and the Global March on Jerusalem
Friday, March 30, 2012
Yesterday, March 30th, was land day, a day on which we remember the six Palestinian martyrs murdered by the Israeli forces in 1976, while protesting peacefully against the confiscation of land and the Judaization of the Galilee.
Land day is a signpost in the struggle against the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that happens every day. Since 1976, over 50 Palestinians protesters were killed on Land Day alone. The confiscation of land and the effort to drive Palestinians out of Palestine and out of their homes and neighborhoods continue very day, and are particularly intense in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, Palestinians suffer brutal oppression, their homes are subject to demolitions and confiscation, their right to live in their city is denied and the apartheid wall strangles their neighborhoods. The wall is another way in which Israel assaults life every day.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network salutes the courage and steadfastness of the Palestinian people and stands in solidarity with the grassroots Palestinian struggle for land, liberty and selfdetermination. Yesterday was a day of unity, protest, anger, and resistance throughout Palestine. We stand in solidarity with the protesters. We condemn utterly the illegitimate use force by the Israeli army and police against unarmed protesters.
It is a Palestinian Call: A response to Finkelstein and Beinart on BDS
by Noah Lepawsky Emily Katz Kishawi and Mich Levy
In response to the recent debate regarding the Palestinian
civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions, we offer a view from a Jewish anti-Zionist perspective. We
welcome debate as a part of the growth and success of an international
movement deploying BDS against Israeli occupation, apartheid and
A claim has been made by
Dr. Norman Finkelstein (known for his condemnation of Israel’s use of
the Holocaust to justify and perpetuate Israeli atrocities both historic
and current) that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign
will not win over public opinion towards support of Palestinian rights
because its goals imply destruction of Israel. This claim contradicts
his own eloquent evocation of humanitarian and human rights law – which
is precisely the basis for the Palestinian call for BDS.
South Africa was not ‘destroyed’ or ‘dismantled’ when apartheid
ended; rather, the illegal nature of the state was
transformed. BDS does not call for the ‘destruction of Israel’; it
calls for the enforcement of international law.
Meanwhile, a call has been made to
Zionist American Jews to implement a “Zionist BDS” that isolates and
condemns Israeli expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in
order to “save Israel.” The Zionist “left” argues that Israel is a
“flawed but genuine democracy” with an “ethnically-based non-democracy”
beyond the green line (the land occupied in 1967), and that the latter
threatens the existence of the former.