Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
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Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
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Milwaukee, WI 53208

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

[Cageprisoners] British complicity in rendition and torture pre-dates 9/11


5th April 2009

British complicity in rendition and torture pre-dates 9/11

A new report by Cageprisoners into the involvement of British authorities in torture and rendition details alarming findings that are too recurrent to ignore. Today Cageprisoners publishes, Fabricating Terrorism II: British Complicity in Renditions and Torture, which highlights 29 cases of individuals who have been subjected to renditions or torture with recurrent allegations of the direct involvement of the British officials even before 9/11.

Strongly reminiscent of the case of former Guantanamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed, the report details the experiences of Farid Hilali, who in 1998, years prior to the start of the 'War on Terror', was first tortured in Dubai, UAE and then rendered to Morocco where he was further abused – all with the knowledge and collusion of British intelligence officials.

Spokesman for Cageprisoners, Moazzam Begg, said of the report,

"In the summer of 1998 I was visited by MI5 in my house in England. They told me it was regarding the case of man called Farid Hilali. Hilali had written to me from Dubai, telling me he had been detained there and horribly tortured and forced to sign confessions. He also asked me to find him a lawyer. That is how I first met Gareth Pierce. Three years later, I was abducted by the CIA in Pakistan and subsequently held and tortured in secret locations, Kandahar, Bagram and Guantanamo Bay. MI5 agents interrogated me at every leg of my ordeal – including one who had come to my house in 1998. I hope that the police investigation into Mr. Mohamed's case will finally demonstrate just how many of us suffered like this and, in my case, a result of my own government's policies. That is why we have taken them to court."

Officials making inquiries into the case of Mr Mohamed would do well to consider the statements of Mr Hilali in assessing the extent to which British government agencies have actively colluded with foreign governments in extracting confessions by torture. This new report should also make it clear that Britain's complicity in torture was systematic and was applied equally - and immorally - against both foreign and British nationals.


Cageprisoners is a human rights organisation that exists to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror. We aim to give a voice to the voiceless.


Contact: Asim Qureshi
Number: 0044 (0) 7973264197

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Little Richard I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me

Petition, articles--Recognise Resistance! Delist Hamas now

Recognise Resistance! Delist Hamas now

Posted: 04 Apr 2009 01:13 AM PDT

On the occasion of the June 2009 European elections, we are launching an urgent appeal to all candidates for the 736 seats in the European parliament.
We ask that they actively pursue the immediate and unconditional removal of Hamas and all other Palestinian liberation organizations from the European list of proscribed terrorist organizations. We further ask that they acknowledge the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and, by so doing, recognise, Hamas as a legitimate voice for the Palestinian people's aspirations for national liberation.

Initial Signatories:

275 personalities on March 30th 2009

Performance y poesía visual del Taller del Sol con el Grupo Entropia

El Grupo de arte contemporáneo ENTROPIA ha invitado al TALLER DEL SOL
a realizar la performance inaugural de la muestra CARTOGRAFIA DE ORIGEN

en la sala Xaudaró del Centro de Exposiciones y Congresos de la Consejalia de Cultura del Excmo.
Ayuntamiento del Monzón, Huesca, la exposición ecológica titulada "Cartografía del origen" .
La acción consistió en un una acción plástica titulada: …O DE CÓMO VENDER EL MEDITERRANEO PIEDRA A PIEDRA.
Un proyecto experimental de venta salvaje del Mediterráneo por el Sistema Piramidal de Muldorf.

El proyecto se presento en cinco fases

FASE I: desmonte total piedra por piedra del Mediterráneo

FASE II: Plastificado de las piedras

FASE III: Etiquetado, denominación de origen y presentación en estuche de lujo

FASE IV: Colación estratégica de las acciones en el mercado

FASE V ALTERNATIVA: Soluciones y propuestas


La poesía visual también estuvo presente de la mano de Isabel Jover y de Ja


Paco Muñoz Anglada presentó su proyecto titulado:
Un proyecto simbólico de hermanamiento entre Catalunya y Aragón.


Paco Muñoz también presentó su proyecto: SILLA PARA INDIFERENTES-
Una silla especialmente diseñada para que  todas aquellas almas que contemplan indiferentes las injusticias
y masacres fratricidas durante las comidas, no puedan disfrutar plácidamente de los manjares de la mesa durante los telediarios.

La poesía Visual estuvo también presente en varias obras,
pero especialmente en los trabajos de Isabel Jover y Javier Navarta. Isabel Jover presentó 
cuatro composiciones visuales basadas en los cuatro elementos (Tierra, aire, agua fuego)

La obra de Javier Navarta corresponde a un experimentalismo visual basado en la conjunción de lo matérico
y lo tipográfico, con predominio de las texturas y el espacialismo del conjunto.


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Media, Revolution, And The Legacy Of The Black Panther Party --An Interview With Kiilu Nyasha

By Hans Bennett
Media, Revolution, And The Legacy Of The Black Panther Party --An Interview With Kiilu Nyasha
I initiated a correspondence with George Jackson in early 1971, and months later, got a one-hour visit in the holding cell of San Quentin. I've met no one before or since more dedicated to revolutionary change....George was one of the three "Soledad Brothers," whose story began on January 13, 1970 when a tower guard at Soledad State Prison shot and killed 3 Black captives on the yard, leaving them unattended to bleed to death.

Brasschech TV: The assassination of Martin Luther King


Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King.

Had he not been murdered, he and his family
would have celebrated his 80th birthday today.

Who killed him?

A lone nut with a vague grudge?

Yeah, right.


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IJAN Bulletin: Support Delegation to WCAR

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April 2009

Email Bulletin



Contributions Needed!

International Campaigns:

Upcoming Events:

Recent Activities:

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News & Analysis:



IJAN is a growing international network of Jews whose Jewish identities are not based on Zionism but on a plurality of histories and experiences. We share a commitment to participation in the legacy of struggles against colonization and imperialism. As such, we struggle against Zionism and its manifestation in the State of Israel's historic and ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and the confiscation of their land.


We have received requests for this bulletin to be in various languages. We look forward to being able to accommodate this request. In the meantime, we will publish articles in the languages they are submitted, and translate into other languages as we are able. In this issue, we have articles available in French and Spanish. If you are interested in providing translation or technical (html) support to make versions of this bulletin available in multiple languages, please contact us at


Hemos recibido pedidos de que este boletín sea publicado en varias lenguas. Esperamos poder hacerlo próximamente. Por el momento, vamos a publicar los artículos en su lengua original; en este número hay artículos en francés y en español. Si puede ofrecer apoyo técnico y con la traducción (html) para poder proveer este boletín en varias lenguas, por favor contáctenos al


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In this bulletin, you will find various activities IJAN is organizing or collaborating on over the coming weeks in response to or in conjunction with the World Conference Against Racism, otherwise known as the Durban Review Conference (DRC). For example, IJAN is cooperating with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee in their sponsorship of the Israel Review Conference, a two-day conference in Geneva preceding the DRC. On April 18, there will a mass demonstration in Geneva against racism and xenophobia. IJAN is co-sponsoring this event and supporting coordinated demonstrations in cities around the world. IJAN's campaign to resist racism, apartheid and genocide will also be kicking off at this time in both London and Geneva and will develop through the year. This participation reflects IJAN's understanding of Zionism not only as a form of racism and colonialism in Palestine and the region, but as working hand in hand with racist policies and practices in the United States and Europe. We are therefore commited to working at the intersection of Palestine liberation and broader anti-racist and anti-colonial struggles. In this bulletin you will also find our last month's activities and information on the building of the network across different locations.




>> Contributions Needed

Please support us in sending delegations of anti-racist activists to the World Conference Against Racism. On April 20-24, Geneva will host the Durban Review Conference (DRC), an evaluation of the progress made in implementing the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) adopted by the World Conference against Racism in 2001.

The United States, Canada, and Israel have withdrawn from the Durban Review, despite the participation of all other UN member states as well as hundred's of advocacy and activist organizations. Their withdrawal is based a claim that it is "antisemitic" to challenge Israel on its undeniably racist policies – a central issue at the Durban Review. The US boycott is also based on a refusal to participate in conversations about reparations to African Americans for slavery. This highlights the relationships between the United States and Israel—one of a shared commitment to maintaining State exploitation and repression of people based on race for the purposes of continuing to secure economic, military and political dominance.

These false claims are an attempt to circumvent the growing criticism and condemnation of Israel's utter disregard for international law, human rights, and humanity. Furthermore, they allow the Canadian and United States' governments to avoid processes designed to hold them accountable. By not attending, they leave unanswered the demands made of them in 2001 for reparations and amends for their own histories of colonization of indigenous people and land, slavery and on-going discrimination against African Americans, and the targeting of immigrants.

We are supporting a delegation of eight organizers - anti-Zionist Jews, African Americans and Palestinians - to challenge the US boycott against the conference and expose the relationship between the US support for Israel and its own deep history and practice of racism. To challenge a strong Zionist presence being mobilized in Geneva, we are also supporting a European delegation of anti-Zionist Jews to protest the boycott of the conference based on the inclusion of Palestinian rights. This will also is an opportunity for us to further build IJAN's work in the region.

The Zionist protest of this conference and denial of Israel's accountability for its racist policies and practices is well resourced. Our resources are few but our voice and organizing is critical at this international forum and in this historic moment. Click here to support us in making these delegations possible.






In solidarity with the grassroots movements demonstrating at the World Conference Against Racism to demand accountability for the role of governments in racism, we are organizing a global day of action.

On April 18th, join with others across the globe in taking another step toward a united front against racism!

Join with the families of 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

Join with families of political prisoners and immigrants held in detention in the United States and Guantanamo.

Join with the international community gathering in Geneva for the World Conference Against Racism to demand international accountability for racism, anti-immigrant policies and colonization.

Organize a rally, demonstration or educational event in support of local struggles for racial and economic justice, immigrant and indigenous rights, and in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Palestine struggling against occupation.

For more information, contact or

For full call-to-action and background information:





From Warsaw to Gaza: International Day of Resistance to Genocide

Thursday April 16, at 6pm
Location TBA

IJAN UK will hold a public meeting to launch of a campaign challenging how Zionism has exceptionalised the Nazi genocide of Jewish people, and hidden the tragedies that other populations have endured. This use of the death of millions, most of them Jewish, to justify domination and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people and the theft of their land must be exposed.

We are asking others whose communities have suffered in similar ways to relate their communities' experience and the forms of resistance to it. We honour Jewish people who died resisting the Nazis by honouring others who have and are today resisting genocide including in Gaza and in Palestine generally.

Are there people you can suggest we invite to speak and/or other areas you think should be covered?

We are looking for organisations to endorse this event and would appreciate your suggestions and help with this.

We are planning to introduce an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament to welcome this campaign. For last year's EDM welcoming the launch of the IJAN Charter, click here.

To make suggestions or for more information contact

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United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation - Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People


Israel Review Conference


Geneva, 18-19 April 2009

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United Against Racism, Dignity & Justice for All - is the slogan of the United Nations' Durban Review Conference to be held in Geneva between 20 and 24 April 2009.

United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation, Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People - is the slogan of those who believe that international law can and should become relevant for the people and governments in the Middle East.


The Israel Review Conference

The Israel Review Conference will take place in Geneva on 18 – 19 April, two days before the United Nations' Durban Review Conference will examine the progress made in implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) adopted by the World Conference Against Racism (2001) and strengthen its

The Israel Review Conference will bring together internationally
renowned experts and actors for social and political justice who will:

  • examine how the UN anti-racism instruments apply to Israel's policies and practices regarding the Palestinian people; and,
  • develop practical recommendations on how to make Israel accountable to international law and protect the rights of the Palestinian people.

The second day of the conference will be reserved for self-organized workshops and planning meetings of the global Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law.

IJAN will be organizing a panel on the Jewish National Fund campaign with Habitat International Coalition, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Palestinian BNC as well as a panel with United Against Racism on building joint struggle across grassroots movements and Palestine liberation in the United States.

The Israel Review Conference is open to the public. It will be held at the Hotel Le Grenil, Avenue Sainte-Clotilde 7, 1205 Geneva.

For more information, updates, and a detailed program of the conference, please visit:

The Israel-Review Conference is sponsored by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)
in cooperation with the:

  • European Coordinating Committee on Palestine (ECCP)
  • International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)
  • International Coordinating Network on Palestine (ICNP)

To contact the organizers, please write to:

To register online, visit:

Note: The Israel Review Conference is open to the general public. The purpose of this registration is to help the organizers in planning for the conference.

To contact the organizers, please write to:

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From Warsaw to Gaza: Memory and Responsibility

Monday 20 April 2009, 7pm
Uni Mail Salle MS150

Presentations by and discussion with Eric Hazan and Marc Ellis

April 19 is the date commemorating the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943; on April 20, the World Conference Against Racism begins. In conjunction with these two events, we are organizing this public discussion in order to encourage, with the help of our panelists, a reflection on the exploitation of those Jews who were murdered in the Nazi genocide in service of the continued colonization of Palestine. This discussion will include reflections on our responsibilities towards this memory as well as to Palestinian resistance to the ethnic cleansing that is justified in the name of this memory.

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Germany and Benelux

IJAN introductory meetings will take place in Benelux and Germany in April. For more information, please contact

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Presentations in Europe

IJAN will make presentations to build relationships in Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt) Switzerland (Basil), Scotland (Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam) in April. For more information contact

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>> Recent Activities



demonstration photo

In early February, IJAN Canada joined with local activists from Toronto and Ottawa, including Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) to publicly read the names of Palestinian children murdered in Israel's brutal assault on Gaza. Activists walked in a silent procession and stood in front of the Canadian Parliament building, where the names were read. A banner proclaiming "Canada Has Blood On Its Hands" was held along with a SAIA banner and placards that screamed "Let Gaza Live." The group then marched through a pedestrian mall area, passing out fliers and collecting signatures on a petition from IJV and the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), asking the Canadian Government to hold Israel accountable for its actions. Watch video of the action.

IJAN Toronto members, working with other local Jewish activists in Toronto, put together and op-ed piece and collected 161 names of Jewish Canadians within a week, debunking the myth that criticism of the Israeli state is antisemitic, or that Israel acts out of self-defense. It also decries recent attacks on Israeli Apartheid week at several Canadian Universities. The statement, "Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel" speaks about the current climate as analogous to the Red Scare of the 1950s. Both the Toronto Star and the national Globe and Mail refused to publish it. The piece was then placed as an "advertisement" in one of the free weekly papers in Toronto, NOW Magazine. It is currently circulating on various lists and websites on the Internet, and may eventually be placed as an advertisement in either the Globe and Mail or the Ottawa Citizen, if more money can be raised. And names keep coming in.

On 24 February, IJAN helped organize and sponsor a presentation by Shachaf Polakow of Anarchists Against the Wall. There were almost 70 people in attendance, and the event raised close to $3,000 for the legal fund to help Palestinians and AATW folks who have numerous court cases from protests against the Annexation Wall. A lively Q&A followed.

IJAN members attending Israeli Apartheid Week helped to counter the presence of the JDL, who were present on the opening night, which was filled to capacity.

IJAN Toronto continues to collect signatures on a petition at the weekly vigils in front of the Israeli consulate building. The plan is to have the petition presented and read in the Canadian Parliament by one of the members.

Finally, IJAN Canada will be working on a Canadian-based cultural boycott of Israeli government-sponsored cultural events. More on that hopefully in the next bulletin.

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demonstration photo

The boycott action documented in this video was initiated by Europalestine. The action occurred at Carrefour supermarkets in Saint Denis, a popular neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Since then, similar actions have occurred at Carrefour locations in Gennevilliers, Aulnay sous Bois, and Drancy, all in the outskirts of Paris. At the event in St. Denis, the police came and closed the store for some time. Carrefour was chosen because it is one of the largest chain stores with locations across France and in other countries. They sell both products made by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well as products that are unlabeled, so it is impossible to know where they are produced. IJAN is announced at the end of the video. IJAN in France participates in all BDS actions that are organized according to the recommendations of the Palestinian BNC, Boycott National Committee. IJAN activists are regularly invited to speak on BDS, for example to the trade union and other activities organized by the Palestine solidarity movement.

Statement in Support of Global BDS Day
Click here to read the complete statement.


Speaking Engagements:

IJAN member Liliane Cordova-Kaczerginski spoke on Sunday, March 22, at an event about "What can we do" in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle? She spoke about both sanctions and boycott.

On Saturday, 21 March, Rudolf Bkouche, from French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP) and IJAN, and Nabil El Haggar, a Palestinian academic, spoke on Israeli refusal, the Gaza massacre and why was it was permitted by the West.

Spain: On January 11, during Israel's heinous attacks on Gaza, Galicia's official radio station interviewed a Palestinian and an IJAN participant about the situation in Gaza and their perspectives on it.

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United Kingdom

Anti-JNF organising

Representatives from IJAN, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Legal Action for Women met last month with movement lawyer Daniel Machover to discuss a legal campaign to challenge the charity status of the Jewish National Fund, as part of an international campaign in collaboration with the Palestinian Boycott National Committee.

Daniel Machover acted as attorney for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights when he issued a warrant for the arrest of Israeli General Almog for war crimes when he came to the UK in 2005.


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1 February: The struggle against poverty, war & occupation

At a series of international meetings organized by the Global Women's Strike, Sara Kershnar spoke in front of packed and enthusiastic audience. Her well-received speech placed IJAN in the anti-racist, anti-colonial and social justice movements and gave clear direction on the work of anti-Zionist organising (soon available online).


4 February: Meet the Founders of Matzpen and IJAN

The meeting heard from the distinguished Professor Moshé Machover, co-founder of Matzpen the socialist organization in Israel, and Sara Kershnar who gave an overview of IJAN. The lively discussion that followed focused on the role of anti-Zionist Jewish organising and how to work together across initiatives and organizations.

Meetings where IJAN was invited:

10 Feb, University College London (UCL): IJAN from London and San Francisco spoke about our work to UCL students. Earlier that day students had hoisted the Palestinian flag over the university portico, and raised £4000 in a cake sale for medical aid for Palestine.

21 Feb, What Malcolm X told us about Israel and Why we support the Palestinians: IJAN was invited by AJAMU (A Just African Movement for Unity). The event included information about the Zionist role in Africa.

4 March, Israeli Apartheid Week (organised by SOAS Palestine Society): Mike Marqusee spoke about Zionism, Jews and History, notably about the Zionist undermining of the Jewish-led boycott of Nazi Germany. Nimer Sultany in speaking about Between oppression and empowerment: The Palestinian Citizens of Israel described something of the daily life of Palestinian people under occupation. Selma James for IJAN chaired.


Meetings IJAN attended:

Ronnie Kasrils, until recently of the South African government, spoke in an Israeli Apartheid Week event, about campaigning against Israeli apartheid and for boycott, divestment and sanctions in support of Palestinian people.

Sir Gerald Kaufman MP spoke in the House of Commons about the fact that Irgun, the organisation of Tzipi Livni's father, had killed more Jewish people in one bombing (the King David Hotel) than all the rockets from Gaza aimed at Sdorot!!

Ilan Pappe promoted the boycott movement, especially in relation to the academic boycott and its affect on Israeli academia, which he characterized as being complicit in weapons production, including white phosphorus.

A press conference/picket outside the High Court where movement lawyer Phil Shiner spoke about the legal challenge that Al-Haq are making against the UK sale of arms to Israel.

Picket of the Science Museum against a Zionist Federation sponsored event. Despite police harassment over 2000 leaflets were distributed and well-received by people going into the museum.

And we met one of the Shministim, Tamara Katz, who has now won her right to refuse to serve in the Israeli army.


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United States


In Chicago, we are in the process of forming a local chapter of IJAN. Currently we are getting to know one another, building relationships with local organizers, and brainstorming exciting plans for future work. We are enthusiastic about plugging in to the Network.


Los Angeles

LA IJAN held an open house meeting where 22 people attended to learn about the work of IJAN and how to get involved. The response was quite positive with potential new members in attendance, sharing ideas and building toward future actions.

Members also co-sponsored a protest of the Batsheva dance troop, organized by the U.S. Academic and Cultural Boycott Against Israel Campaign.

Members organized a team of 10 people from diverse backgrounds to work on the Obama campaign. As a committee, we are reaching out to over 25 community organizations around the city to sign on to this letter. We have created a power point and fact sheet to be used in this process.

On Sunday, March 8th – members of LA IJAN helped to organize a protest (with an ad hoc group of Palestine activists), outside AIPAC's San Fernando Valley fundraiser. Media coverage refers to "peace activists" and AIPAC was condemend for its lack of response.

On March 10th, the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights hosted speaker Noura Erakat who discussed her findings from a recent lawyer delegation team that went toGaza. IJAN members were in attendance and collected information to share about the new national group that will focus solely on moving Congress.

On March 14th members attended a fundraiser for the Palestine American Womens Association of Southern California. Meetings were set up for future solidarity work with members of PAWA, in addition to a meeting with Cynthia McKinney, the keynote speaker, where IJAN's current work was shared.

The next general chapter meeting of IJAN will be on March 28, 2009.


San Francisco Bay Area


Bay Area IJAN's 40 members meet monthly, with workgroups such as education, action planning, and media/arts, meeting independently.

In our recent meetings, we have invested time into deepening our understanding of IJAN's strategic role and goals in relation to our location in the Bay Area, as well as our national and international network.

We will begin a second round of IJAN's "Study to Action" groups at the end of March with a revised curriculum.

Our current activity also includes continuing support of the Bay Area Coalition to End Israeli Apartheid (BACEIA). BACEIA is publicly launching a boycott campaign during Israeli Apartheid Week, and IJAN will be joining Break the Siege and other groups and individuals--we'll be tabling in front of stores, doing outreach and education about boycotting Israeli products.

In April, we will a host a Passover Liberation Seder, which will raise money to send to Gaza and to support our local organizing work. Last year 150 people attended our Seder, and we hope to exceed that number this year.


Twin Cities, MN

IJAN TC was integral in pulling together post-Gaza emergency response organizing which brought together a MN Gaza Coalition. Through that, we have participated in numerous events and teach-ins. A couple of those highlights include;

  • Gaza:The Real Story (a teach-in organized by the Coalition for Palestinian Rights and Al Madinah Cultural Center)
  • The Road Less Traveled: Twin Cities Jews talk about their journeys to anti-Zionism (organized by IJAN TC)
  • Batsheva Dance company boycott and protest

IJAN TC is also the convener of an ongoing Jewish anti-Zionist study group. The study group is an open, ongoing circle that focuses on Zionism; its historical context and current role in politics.

IJAN TC is also creating and will present a workshop at an upcoming Minnesota focused divestment conference. The workshop, entitled "JEWISHNESS does not equal ZIONISM", is an interactive situation that for this specific conference will be geared toward a non-Jewish, Palestine solidarity audience. IJAN TC's intent for the future of the workshop is create a "grab bag" of sorts that can allow a similar workshop for a myriad of audiences.

United Against Racism Coalition

A diverse group of grassroots organizations came together on March 7th and 8th to discuss a proposal for building a united front against racism and Zionism in the United States and in solidarity with the call for BDS from Palestine. This call came out of the US Palestinian Popular Conference and a workshop that IJAN co-organized with the national coordinator of the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), which emerged out of the conference.

The meeting was extremely successful in aligning on an analysis of the joint struggle we are in across grassroots movements in the US and the liberation of Palestine and region from US imperialism. We came out with three concrete goals for the long-term work of this formation:

1. End US aid to Israel

2. Support the call for BDS from Palestine

3. Confront Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism

We looked for goals that reflected the actual material as well as ideological connection between these struggles. Without a redirection of resources into communities most impacted by racism in the United States, these struggles cannot win their demands—BDS and ending US aid to Israel are part of redirecting these funds. The third goal recognizes the centrality of Islamophobia as a justification for repressive immigrant rights struggles and pushes for Palestinian and broader Arab and Muslim communities to see their struggle as intimately connected with those of other immigrants and visa versa. In these ways, the basis for joint struggle is moral, political, and material.

UAR's first initiative can be found here.




>> Network Updates


Political Education & Leadership Development (PELD)

The Political Education and Leadership Development work group (U.S.) is developing several projects as part of our base-building work in the United States.

In April, we will be co-facilitating a workshop at the White Privilege conference, a large anti-racism conference that occurs annually in the U.S. The workshop is part of a track on U.S. Imperialism, and is entitled, "Confronting Zionism as a form of Racism."

We are continuing to develop and evolve "Unlearning Zionism" workshops that will hopefully support Jewish Palestine solidarity activists in their work.

As part of the "Study to Action" program, we are working to support study groups in Oakland, San Francisco, and Minneopolis, with the goal of supporting the leadership development of IJAN activists and synthesizing political education tools for the network as a whole.

Organizationally, we are supporting the development of a U.S. Leadership team and incorporating political education and leadership development into the broad U.S. organizing strategy.


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IJAN now has relationships and is beginning to build in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. There is additional interest coming from Belgium and Italy. A group in Spain is already affiliated, and has applied to be a member of the Spanish Palestinian Solidarity network. IJAN formations and affiliations in France are beginning to take shape and are joining BDS actions. To get involved in organizing, translation, or other kinds of activities, contact

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Latin America

An anti-Zionist Jewish presence is appearing in Argentina. After a building process of several months, anti-Zionist Jews participated in a march commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the coup d'etat. They carried a banner with the IJAN web site address on it.

>> Click here to read their statement in English.

>> Click here to read the original in Spanish.

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United Kingdom

IJAN UK continues to meet & be active regularly!

Currently we are focusing on:

  • The International Day of Resistance to Genocide events – in London and Geneva (for Durban 2).
  • Anti-JNF organising.
  • Trade union organising against union collaboration with Histadrut.

You are welcome to join us! Contact us at


>> News & Analysis

Appeal to UNESCO

At the end of February 2009, an anti-colonialist Israeli citizen appealed to UNESCO to revoke Israel's membership and to join the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. Click here to read the Appeal, and please pass this link on to your networks.


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Israeli Elections

IJAN member Rudolf Bkouche recently published an article in both French and Spanish about the Israeli elections.

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Jewish Peace News: Videos, Articles-- IDF ends investigation into Gaza war crimes allegations

From: Jewish Peace News <>Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 1:05 AM
Subject: IDF ends investigation into Gaza war crimes allegations

Throughout the January war on Gaza, Palestinians in Gaza reported that the Israeli military was intentionally harming civilians, obstructing medical assistance, and destroying and vandalizing homes and property. Following the end of the active assault, human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others, gathered extensive testimonies from Palestinians describing these crimes in detail. (See these two sites for more information: and

On March 19th, Ha'aretz confirmed the Palestinians' claims in published testimonies given by soldiers who fought in Gaza. In news reported around the world, Ha'aretz published excerpts of testimonies by IDF soldiers who confessed that they'd knowingly shot civilians to death in Gaza, that they'd intentionally vandalized Palestinian homes, and that the rules of engagement in the war - rules handed down from above - were exceptionally permissive. Amos Harel, the reporter who broke the story in Ha'aretz, is known as a military correspondent and is not considered a critic of the IDF. You can read his articles on the soldiers' testimonies here:

- "IDF in Gaza: Killing civilians, vandalism, and lax rules of engagement" 3/19/2009

- 'Shooting and crying' 3/20/2009 (From Ha'aretz's Friday magazine, this article contains lengthy excerpts from the soldiers' testimonies)

- "Testimonies on IDF misconduct in Gaza keep rolling in" 3/22/2009

As Amira Hass explained on Democracy Now, the significance of the soldiers' testimonies is that "the soldiers actually confirm what Palestinians have been telling for the past three months, and journalists who listen to Palestinians and believe Palestinians and know their work of taking affidavits and testimonies from Palestinians have done so during the last three months. This is the main importance." ( Hearing from the soldiers is important because in Israel, Hass writes, the conventional wisdom is that "Palestinians lie, so their statements should not be taken seriously." (Amira Hass, "Time to Believe Gaza War Crimes Allegations, 3/24/2009,

The IDF responded by denying the soldiers' testimonies or claiming that, if some incidents were true, they were isolated ( The IDF also launched an investigation into the soldiers' testimonies (

On Monday, March 30th, Ha'aretz published this headline: "IDF ends Gaza probe, says misconduct claims are 'rumors' ". ( (The headline could have almost been straight out of The Onion, the satirical American newspaper.) Calling the soldiers' reports of grave misconduct "based in hearsay," the IDF concluded that it is, in fact, "the most moral army in the world." Defense Minister Ehud Barak went so far as to say that "'There is no other army in the world that is as introspective as the IDF'." ( One could be surprised that it took the IDF all of 11 days to draw such conclusions. Various international bodies haven't reaches such hasty conclusions and are gearing up to pursue war crimes allegations.

By ending the investigation, the IDF undermines the veracity of its soldiers and officers, whose testimonies it discounted; and foiled their attempts to report and discuss those crimes their country sent them to perpetrate. The IDF laid bare the double-speak of their military leaders, whose claims of introspection and morality fall flat in the face of the soldiers' testimonies,  the human rights reports and the reports about soldiers' horrific, racist t-shirts, which came out the same weekend as the testimonies (see here for JPN posts on the t-shirts: and here for pictures: The international media covered these stories about the IDF, including reports in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and Huffington Post, just to name a few.

And most of all, the IDF once again dismissed its Palestinian victims and their spokespeople as legitimate sources of information and advocates of their own needs.

A Ha'aretz article from yesterday, April 1, is a fitting coda to these events: "Sharp rise in number of reports of soldiers harming Palestinian civilians" ( The number of assaults - the number of assaults that were reported - in 2008 was double the number from 2007, which was itself double the number reported in 2006.

Sarah Anne Minkin

Rela Mazali adds:

Jewish society in Israel has repeatedly produced testimonial collections of this type (the first of which may have been Siyach Lochamim [Warriors' Discourse] published after the war of 1967). Invariably following this or that military campaign, these have been instituted by now as a cultural-social ritual. While providing important, and in fact potentially incriminating, knowledge, the individual agonizing enacted by these ritual testimonials has equally, I feel, worked to maintain a deceptive façade of morality and decency. The level of organized violence applied against Palestinians under the auspices of the state (by Israel's military and police, by Israeli settlers, through Israeli courts and legislature) has, it seems to me, increased severely over the decades of, and in parallel with, this recurrent personal agonizing. Apparently, the testimonies have not stemmed the use of violence by soldiers, settlers or state. Neither have they been transformed into incriminating evidence
courts. On the other hand, while failing to achieve such practical consequences, they may have actually reinforced the imperviousness with which state violence is deployed; in publicizing cases of soldiers' moral deliberation and sensitivity (although always after the violent facts), they have imparted and reiterated an image of Israel's army as, supposedly, highly moral. There is no doubt that some individual soldiers are deeply troubled by the decisions and actions they have taken and which they report in such testimonies. Overall, however, Israeli militarization has, I think, been served well by the ritual. Its substance has been coopted by the hegemony which, diffusing its critical import, has utilized it to both obscure and enable yet more actions of the kind originally called into question by the testimonies.

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Racheli Gai
Rela Mazali
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