WE’RE BRITISH JEWS MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD

Annexation and Occupation must be opposed with #ActionsNotWords

On the evening of the 15th July @NaamodUK projected slogans at three symbolic locations to demand action on the Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank and it’s ongoing occupation.

The projections,  at the Foreign Office, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish National Fund (JNF), are part of Na’amod’s ongoing #ActionsNotWords campaign demanding that British Jewish institutions take action to oppose annexation.

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Our Current Campaign

Annexation will permanently entrench a system of segregation for millions of Palestinians. Condemnation is simply not enough. We’re calling on our community to respond with #ActionsNotWords.

Faced with annexation we must stand for freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis. Silence is complicity with injustice, in the face of annexation we demand:

1. Jewish institutions must suspend their membership of the Zionist Federation until it speaks out against annexation.
2. Our Israel education must confront annexation.
3. All philanthropy to Israel must go to charities opposing annexation.
4. We need to end our community’s uncritical relationship with Israeli officials. 
1. Jewish institutions must suspend their membership of the Zionist Federation until it speaks out against annexation.

Almost every denomination and youth movement is a member of the ZF, but unlike the Board of Deputies it makes no pretense of representing its members. It is purely a voice for the most right-wing, pro-occupation voices in our community.

Last year it held an event defending the demolition of Palestinian villages in the West Bank, and now its Chair is speaking out in supoport of annexation.

Members give it legitimacy through their affiliation and must force it to change by suspending their membership until it does.

2. Our Israel education must confront annexation.

It has failed to address the moral crisis of occupation for generations, with young Jews being taught to defend Israel instead of grappling with its reality, and this has partially contributed to the situation we’re in now.

That is why, going forward, all schools, cheders and youth movements must only deliver Israel education and programming which opposes annexation, and only work with organisations which explicitly oppose it.

3. All philanthropy to Israel must go to charities opposing annexation.

Our community sends millions of pounds to Israeli NGOs every year, and that now either needs to be redirected towards human rights NGOs or it needs to be conditional on other NGOs publicly condemning annexation.

There can be no justification for staying silent about this issue, in Israel or the diaspora, and we need to make that clear with how we our donate our money.

4. We need to end our community’s uncritical relationship with Israeli officials. 

It is common for communal organisations to host informal events with the Israeli ambassador, or invite him to celebratory galas. It is understandable for various reasons why communal leaders may need to meet with Israeli officials, but these meetings must now always have annexation on the agenda and informal invitations must stop in order to send a message that the diaspora will not legitimise the Israeli government’s actions in the Palestinian territories. 

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We welcome all those who share our mission to stand with us on the right side of history in building an inclusive and powerful movement within the British Jewish community.

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