NEW: Protests Highlight U.S. Non-Profits Driving Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine
Palestinian Homes Stolen; Theft Abetted by U.S.-Based Settler Organizations…
On July 27th, Palestinians & allies held protests in East Meadow, Long Island & Brooklyn as part of the Defund Racism campaign targeting US settler orgs that support the theft of Palestinian land.…
The Long Island protest was outside the home of Yaakov Fauci, an American settler currently living in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem. He told Muna El-Kurd, whose home he non-consensually occupies, that if he did not steal her house, then “someone else” would.
The Brooklyn protest targeted New York Attorney General Tish James, who has the authority to investigate US organizations which claim to be charities, but fund and support land theft in Palestine.
A large number of Jews also attended in support of Palestine. “We are opposed to the occupation of Palestine. Because we are Jews, we oppose the occupation. Because we are Jews, we oppose the existence of the state of Israel,” said Rabbi Yisrael Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta.
VIDEO: Protest against Yaakov Fauci and U.S. Settler Orgs Committing Ethnic Cleansing
On July 27th, Palestinians & allies protested in East Meadow, Long Island & Brooklyn, NYC as part of the Defund Racism campaign targeting US settler orgs that support theft of Palestinian land.
Fauci is a documented extremist and a supporter of former President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly shared Kahanist content – Kahanism is a far-right ideology named after Rabbi Meir Kahane which openly preaches violence, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians.
A large crowd gathered in July in downtown Brooklyn to picket New York State Attorney General Letitia James to demand she “revoke the charitable status of Zionist settler organizations abusing nonprofit law to fund Israel’s war crimes of ethnic cleansing and illegal settlement.”
Over 200 orgs have endorsed the Campaign to Defund Racism. Lead organizers of the coalition: The Hebron Defense Committee, Human Rights Defenders, Youth of Sumud, Good Shepherd Collective, activists from the Bilin, Jordan Valley, Bethlehem, & residents of Silwan & Sheikh Jarrah.
The idea for the Campaign to Defund Racism began around 3 years ago during discussions between Palestinians living in South Hebron Hills and the occupied West Bank facing violent efforts to remove them from their land, primarily from the right-wing Israeli settler NGO Regavim.
Regavim: "Israel-based NGO that works to expand Jewish control of land across Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories by pushing Israeli administrative, judicial, legislative, and military bodies to dispossess Palestinian and other non-Jewish communities of their land.”
The #DefundRacism campaign (quoted above) has included protests at the front lines in the West Bank including in South Hebron, as reported by the Good Shepherd Collective
Protesters focused on five US 501c3 sponsors of the organizations that are actively stealing land and engaging in ethnic cleansing in Palestine: American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, Friends of Ir David, the Hebron Fund, the Central Fund of Israel, and Israel Independence Fund.
According to the Campaign to Defund Racism site: “Revoking the charitable status of these orgs will help to defund their work by halting a large portion of the tax-exempt money sent to them via US orgs. From 2014 to 2019, these orgs had $319,921,483.00 in gross receipts [...].”
Israeli settlements being built on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law, as are the house demolitions that Israel regularly conducts against Palestinian homes.
A June 2020 map from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs documents Israel’s extensive network of settlements in the West Bank occupied since 1967.
“Charities should be organizations that abide by international law, human rights, and international humanitarian law. Charities should be organizations that promote human values. Regavim promotes war crimes and therefore," (1/2)
"[...] it is extremely [not] understandable to me how it manages to continue to be a charity and to receive charitable money,” said Munir Nuseibah, Director of the Community Action Center at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem.
Cody O’Rourke from the Good Shepherd Collective spoke about the importance of American solidarity with Palestinians. The Good Shepherd Collective is a member of the Campaign to Defund Racism.
Full report here: Protests Highlight U.S. Non-Profits Driving Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine…
This article about the #DefundRacism campaign contributed by @andyratto

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