Mayor Miner: Don’t Tour Apartheid Israel
Tell Stephanie Miner: Don’t Tour Apartheid Israel. Call her office (315) 448-8005 and join a teach-in in front of City Hall on Wednesday September 6 at 12:30
On September 9, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is going on trip to Israel sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The AJC is one of the organizations that also funds exchanges between US and Israeli law enforcement. Learn more about this Deadly Exchange program here: www.deadlyexchange.org/
Join us in condemning Mayor Miner’s all-expense-paid junket to Israel this month. This trip is the equivalent of crossing an international moral picket line.
On this trip she will no doubt be shielded from the checkpoints, the settlements, the separation wall, the refugee camps, the destroyed homes and schools, and all of the other elements that make up the apartheid, colonial state that continues to occupy Palestine.
The Mayor’s trip is a dangerous symbolic gesture of normalizing Israeli’s apartheid state…if you stand with oppressed people and against police brutality in the United States, you must stand with oppressed people and against state violence abroad.
Israel’s systematic violation of human rights parallels, on even larger scale, police brutality against communities of color in this country that claims the lives of one African American every twenty-eight hours.
While in the summer of 2014, US police murdered Eric Garner in Staten Island and Mike Brown in Ferguson, Israel massacred at least 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza (including more than 500 children).
Just as police violence in the U.S. reflects the ongoing system of racial injustice upon this country was founded, Israel’s crimes are rooted in more than a century of colonialism, ethnic cleansing and genocide, including Israel’s very establishment through the uprooting and displacement of more than 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba (Catastrophe).
For all these reasons and more, veteran South African freedom fighters report that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is “worse than apartheid.”
That is why around the world, people of conscience are echo earlier civil rights and anti-apartheid movements by calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) until Israel recognizes the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law by:
1) Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
2) Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3) Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.”
Call Mayor Miner’s office immediately (315) 448-8005 and urge her to cancel her tour of apartheid Israel. Join a “teach-in” in front of City Hall on Wednesday September 6 at 12:30.