End the Violence: End the Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem

November 20, 2014

For Immediate Release

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The Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights joins many others in calling for an end to the unfolding tragedies in Jerusalem and invites other groups and individuals to join this call. We demand that our government stop its business-as-usual lip service to the need for a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while it continues the same policies that enable Israel’s domination, repression and displacement of the Palestinian people and its violations of international law and human rights.

Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem, its detention, imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, including children, its attacks on Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa mosque, and its emboldening of Jewish extremists have led to the most recent tragic death of a Palestinian bus driver, apparently lynched by Jewish extremists, which may have spawned the fatal attack on Jewish worshipers. The Israeli government immediately retaliated by announcing it would demolish the homes of the Palestinians involved in the synagogue attack. This collective punishment is a violation of international law and it is never inflicted on Israeli Jews who murder Palestinians, only on the extended families and even neighbors of Palestinians who are primarily Muslims and Christians.

The grief that the families and friends of these most recent victims must suffer is all in vain if Israel continues its policies of ethnically cleansing Jerusalem of its indigenous Palestinian population, who now live a precarious existence in which they face daily often vicious discrimination as well as the very real threat to their ability to remain in their homes. As noted in a statement issued on November 18 by Jewish Voice for Peace:

“The Israeli government continues to escalate state violence against Palestinians, as well as enabling increasingly aggressive actions of settlers. … Last week a mosque and holy Qur’ans were torched in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayir by Jewish individuals. The Israeli government continues to declare its intention to build more settlements; the Third Temple Movement, backed by government ministers, continues its provocations at the Temple Mount; laws that mandate 20-year sentences for stone-throwing and to declare Israel a Jewish nation-state, and threats to withdraw the citizenship of Palestinian citizens who protest are being proposed at the highest levels.”

Violent attacks on civilians anywhere are unacceptable, in houses of prayer but also in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, in other West Bank communities and farmer’s fields, and in Gaza refugee camps, where far more Palestinian civilians – both historically and recently – have been killed.  Palestinian efforts at non-violent resistance are met with brutal violence from the Israeli military and Jewish extremists and settlers. Palestinians engage in many types of non-violent resistance, including tactics used by those seeking civil rights for African Americans, and they have been subjected to the same types of repression that white supremacists have and still inflict on black Americans.  Much of the world sees the mistreatment of Palestinians very clearly, and increasingly, so do people in this country. Yet Congress continues to give Israel financial and political support that allows the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians to continue.

We remain shocked by Israel’s barbaric attacks on Gaza last summer, when it dropped the equivalent of an atomic bomb on the 1.9 million people it has trapped in the Gaza ghetto. Congress and the administration should use the significant leverage that the United States has to pressure Israel to end the crushing blockade of Gaza and end its occupation and remove its illegal settlements from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights members include 19 organizations as well as individuals who advocate for human rights, civil rights, equality and dignity of the Palestinian people living in occupied Palestine, Israel, the United States and elsewhere in the diaspora. We call for full implementation of international law regarding Palestine and the Palestinian people, along with respect for their rights and dignity.

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Join the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights in demanding that our government end its support for Israel’s war crimes and other violations of human rights and international law.

Your calls & actions are needed now to end Israel’s siege and blockade that is killing the people of Gaza.

Donate to emergency relief for Gaza through UNRWA: As the largest humanitarian organization in Gaza, UNRWA will do everything possible to support and protect these desperate and traumatized refugees. 100% of donations to UNRWA’s Gaza Emergency Program go directly to Gaza: Click for online.  Checks can be written to American Friends of UNRWA and mail to SAPA, 909 12th St. #118, Sacramento, CA. 95814 – put “Gaza Fund” in the memo line.

Sign and forward petitions for Palestine -  new petitions are added regularly.

The Coalition is now on Facebook – please “like” our page.

For upcoming events:  www.sacpeace.org - www.sacbds.org

More Actions you can take:

1. Tell Congress NO more U.S. aid to Israel:  Call 202-224-3121 and/or www.house.govwww.senate.gov 

2. Don’t buy Israeli products or invest in companies that profit from Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestine.  Check out:  9 Brands you can boycott to hold Israel accountable for its violations of International Law

3. Talk to people about what is going on in Gaza and the West Bank!

4. Join Sacramento BDS on Saturdays for boycott SodaStream bannering and Leafleting. Email Sacramentobds@gmail.com for locations.

5. Sign up to receive notices of upcoming events: SacReg4PalestinianRights@gmail.com

6. Spread the word to your friends, colleagues, community members.

7.  Be your own billboard: Wear a t-shirt or carry a tote bag that says: “Got Human Rights? Palestinians don’t” and put a “I support a Palestinian Rights” bumper sticker on your call. To order, use this form or contact: sacpeace@dcn.org

Contact info: White House:  202-456-1111; http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
State Department: http://www.state.gov/contact/ Congress: 202-224-3121; www.house.govwww.senate.gov
Senator Barbara Boxer: Sacramento (916) 448-2787; Wash. D.C. 202-224-3553https://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm
Senator Dianne Feinstein: San Francisco  (415) 393-0707  Wash DC  (202) 224-3841https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Rep. Doris Matsui Sacramento (916) 498-5600; Wash DC (202) 225-7163 https://matsui.house.gov/email-representative-matsui
Rep. Ami Bera: Rancho Cordova: (916) 635-0505; Wash. DC (202) 225-5716; http://bera.house.gov/contact
Rep. John Garamendi: Davis: 530-753-5301; Wash. DC (202) 225-1880; https://garamendi.house.gov/contact-me
Rep. Tom McClintock: Granite Bay (916) 786-5560; Wash. DC (202) 225-2511; https://mcclintockforms.house.gov/forms/contact-form.shtml
Rep. Jerry McNerney: Stockton (209) 476-8552; Wash. D.C. (202) 225-1947 http://mcnerney.house.gov/contact

California Legislature: To find out your state elected officials:  http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov – Assemblymember Roger Dickinson: 916-319-2007; assemblymember.dickinson@assembly.ca.gov – Assemblymember Ken Cooley: (916) 319-2008; assemblymember.cooley@assembly.ca.gov – Assemblymember Richard Pan: (916) 319-2009; assemblymember.pan@assembly.ca.gov – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada: (916) 319-2004; assemblymember.yamada@assembly.ca.gov

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The Boycott of Israeli Apartheid is Working

 The global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement started by Palestinian civil society in 2005 has had significant victories, including divestment and product, cultural and academic boycotts.  BDS’s success has Israeli ministers discussing using lawyers and the Mossad (Israeli secret service with a history of violence) to fight it (Middle East Monitor (2/13/14).
semblymembers and Senators Inside the U.S., the Israel-right-or-wrong lobby has supported the introduction of anti-BDS legislation, HR 4009, in Congress as well as bills in the New York and Maryland state legislatures.

 ►Take Action:  Contact your Representatives and Senators and ask them to oppose HR 4009, the Orwellian so-called “Protect Academic Freedom” Act that is intended to stop the use of the non-violent tool of institutional boycott when used to pressure Israel.  Click for more info .  Also contact your State Senators and Assembly members and tell them you oppose any California legislation like HR 4009.
(Note: State Legislatures in New York and Maryland have introduced anti-boycott legislation also.)  Text of HR 4009 is available at: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/4009/text?q={%22search%22:[%22HR%204009%22]}

Stop Destruction of Palestinian Homes: Contact Congress about your tax dollars being used to support Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes, including those of 27 families last week in the Jordan Valley. Call: 202-224-3121 or email Reps: Matsui; Bera; Garamendi; McClintock; other reps. Senators Boxer and Feinstein

Take Action: Ask the Sacramento City Council to rebuke malicious and baseless charges that members of the Coalition “have a propensity to engage in violence against people or property”.This accusation was made by the Chair of the Ashkelon Sister City Committee, who also is the President of the Jewish Federation of Sacramento – an organization which uncritically promotes Israel and its policies. Contact Mayor and City Council at: www.cityofsacramento.org/mayorClick for more info.

►Saturdays: join Sacramento BDS in boycott SodaStream bannering and leafleting, email Sacramentobds@gmail.com for more info.

► Take Action:  Click for 7 things you can do for Palestine this week.

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