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Spring Tour 2016 Announcement
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Dear Community,

We are excited to announce that we are kicking off the year with an IJAN tour of the United States and Canada!

From February through May of 2016, we will be visiting schools and cities across the country to offer presentations as well as support local organizing efforts. This is a great opportunity for people interested in learning more about IJAN’s work, anti-Zionist organizing, and about joining IJAN or forming a new chapter in your location.

IJAN is an international network of Jews committed to struggles for human survival and emancipation of which we see the liberation of the Palestinian people and land as an indispensable part. We challenge Zionism first and foremost because of its impact on the people of Palestine and the broader region. Also because it implicates Jews not only in the colonization of Palestine, but in the ways that Zionism, Islamophobia, and other forms of racism it supports attack communities and movements in the places we organize.

If you are interested, please contact us at info@ijan.org to schedule a presentation or meeting with one of our organizers. Our two speaker bios as well as presentation descriptions are included below. You can also visit our website for more information at www.ijan.org.
 
Presentation Descriptions
The Business of Backlash: The Interests and Funding Behind the Backlash against the Palestinian and Palestine Solidarity Movements
Drawing on IJAN’s extensive report by the same title, this workshop focuses on exposing the role of multi-million and billion dollar funders in repressing pro-Palestine activism and Islamophobia in the United States. These funders exist in tight relationships with both the Israeli and US governments, working in tandem to censor and otherwise suppress the Palestinian narrative and pro-Palestine organizing, both on and off campus. They also fund a wide array of conservative and neoliberal causes, from homophobia to climate change denial to the dismantling of public education, welfare and other social protections. This presentation maps some of the 1% and key foundations to which they contribute and the driving logic behind this backlash. It argues that joint struggle is not only important on principle but strategy. As the report demonstrates – our movements and the justice they seek are threatened by the same enemies. The workshop concludes with a brainstorm of ways our movements have creatively and strategically responded to backlash and ways to build joint struggle against it.

Joint Struggle against Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression

Through the ongoing colonization of Palestine, Israel has developed an expertise in surveillance and repression that it markets and sells across the globe. Since its founding Israel has collaborated with repressive regimes and governments from the United States to Southern Africa to South America and is now involved in the global production and sales of surveillance, repression and drone technology while also training police forces across the U.S. and around the world. Our movements need to address the ways the Israeli government and corporations, often in collaboration with the U.S., contribute to the violence and repression targeting our movements, communities and countries of origin. The presentation provides the evidence and argument for joint struggle between those working toward Palestinian self-determination and against the repression of movements and policing of communities across the United States and around the globe.

 
Greenwashing Apartheid: The Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign

Posing as an environmental organization, the JNF has played a central role in the on-going displacement of Palestinians since 1901. This workshop exposes Israel and the JNF’s “green-washing” – using the guise of environmentalism to perpetrate land theft, ethnic cleansing, environmental destruction and colonization, and introduces the international Stop the JNF Campaign.
Pinkwashing Apartheid: Hands off Queer Liberation

Building off of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism and stereotypes, Israel claims to be a safe haven for Palestinians queers and other Arabs. In contrast, Israel is a great threat to Palestinian queers and other queers in the region who are subjected to occupation, military attacks, a siege and other consequences of Israeli colonization and militarization. This workshop provides an overview of the history and use of pinkwashing, an argument of the importance of challenging pinkwashing for the movement for justice in Palestine as well as for queer liberation, and provides examples of challenges to pinkwashing by queer activists in Palestine, the larger region and across the globe.

The Case of Jews against Zionism

While many Jews, particularly those in the West, support Israel, since the birth of the Zionist movement there have always been Jews who reject the premise and politics of Zionism. In claiming to speak for all Jews, Zionism denies this history and tries to hide the growing number of Jews who reject Zionism and the State of Israel’s policies and practices. This workshop addresses the following questions: What is Zionism? What is anti-Zionism and the history of Zionism? What is anti-Semitism and how is it misused and manipulated by Zionism? What is the role of anti-Zionist Jews in supporting the struggle for Palestinian liberation? What is the role of anti-Zionist Jewish organizing and perspectives in broader anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggles?

IJAN Tour Speaker Bios

Eliana is a queer Ashkenazi jew and anti-zionist organizer born and raised in San Francisco, and a core organizer with IJAN Bay Area chapter. They came up through anti-racist and reproductive justice organizing including their work as a doula – advocating for comprehensive and consensual sexual/reproductive health care for homeless teens, queer&trans folks, and incarcerated women. Through their political education and direct experience doing anti-racist organizing, they knew they had a role to play in defeating Zionism and resisting U.S. imperialism in joint struggle with Palestine. They understand Zionism as a threat to us all; and that when we join together to fight such dehumanization, we begin to restore our dignity and collective power.

Max Geller is an organizer with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) and a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine steering committee and led Northeastern University SJP through their suspension. Max specializes in Palestine solidarity opposition research and has studied the tax returns of over 90 active Zionist groups in America.
 
We hope this tour will be a catalyst for stronger anti-Zionist organizing across the country. Let us know if we can be a support at your school or in your city!

Sincerely,

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

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