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Jews Opposed to Israeli State oppression barricade Israeli Consulate in San Francisco under the banner #JewishResistance.
San Francisco – A group of Jewish activists, responding to the call for #120 hours of direct action following Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, are celebrating the inauguration today by blockading the Israeli consulate in San Francisco’s financial District.
“We are here as Jews to resist the oppression of Palestinian people in our name. We are here to defend our right and everyone’s right to criticize oppressive Israeli policies. We are here to proclaim that criticizing the unjust actions of the Israeli state is not anti-Semitic, but rather a necessary prophetic project within Jewish tradition,” said Faryn Borella, an organizer with the #JewishResistance.
The protesters denounce the Trump administration’s support for Israel’s occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the Palestinian people. They reject the appointment of David Friedman as the ambassador to Israel and his plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and they reject the appointment of Jared Kushner to oversee the “Middle-East Peace Process.”
While Jews blockade the doors into the building housing the Israeli consulate, Palestinians speak nearby about their oppression at the hands of the Israeli state and its links to militarized policing of Black and brown bodies in the U.S.
They also call for an end to Urban Shield, the United States’ largest military-grade weapons expo, hosted annually by the Alameda County Sherriff’s Department. The Urban Shield program, which has received widespread public protest, has become a flashpoint revealing the interconnection between militarized policing in Palestine and militarized policing of communities in Alameda County and across the United States.
“Apartheid Israel plays an instrumental role in global policing and repression, which we expect will worsen after Trump. Israel provides the U.S. highly militarized and sophisticated weapons, tactics, and surveillance technology that it develops through its occupation of Palestine and that is then deployed against Black and brown people here,” said Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). “Our work to resist Zionism in the Bay Area includes fighting against and exposing Israel’s international role in policing. This is why we, as Arabs, are part of the effort to Stop Urban Shield, working to end the largest war games training and weapons expo in the world that invites repressive states like Israel to participate each year, and takes place in the Bay Area.”
The Jewish activists barricading the Israeli consulate urge other American Jews to refuse to comply with the Trump regime’s racist, misogynist, and xenophobic policies, especially a Muslim registry.
Photo credit: R Scott LaMorte