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Jewish Challenges To Zionism Grow In The US - Group

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Jewish Challenges To Zionism Grow In The US - Group

On June 19-22, just before the United States Social Forum, North American Jews will gather in Detroit for the first national anti-Zionist Jewish Assembly.

Over 200 American Jewish participants and political partners will meet to focus on efforts for divestment from Israel and boycott campaigns, and share strategies for anti-Zionist Jewish organizing in the US.

"We are anti-Zionist because Zionism established and maintains a Jewish-only homeland in the land of Palestine, resulting in the removal of the indigenous people of Palestine from their land and property," says Sara Kershnar an organizer of the assembly who is a founder of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN).

"Safety for Jews, Palestinians, and all people comes from having fair access to resources and political power, not through military aggression and apartheid."

Coincidentally, this event is taking place while the Congress of World Zionist Organizations meets in Israel.

Two opposite ends of the Jewish political spectrum are organizing; and while Zionism is losing legitimacy in hearts and minds around the world, a Jewish anti-Zionist tide is growing to confront the power Israel wields in Palestine and the broader Mid-East region, and its interconnection with the forces of war, imperial domination and reaction everywhere in the world.

The Assembly takes place not long after the flotilla murders in defence of the Gaza blockade and, significantly, in the United States whose government funds Israel's military occupation of Palestine.

Selma James of London, one of IJAN's international co-ordinators, says "Despite Zionist intentions to hide Jewish people's long tradition of participation in broad social movements, we are delighted that almost 50 organizations have endorsed this event. Palestinian, Jewish, anti-war, anti-racist, women's, queer, and trade union organizations are seizing the chance to work together to confront Zionist apartheid and to build a stronger movement for change around the world."

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