“We will not be silent”:

“We will not be silent”:

“We will not be silent”: American Jews hit the streets during Hanukkah to fight Islamophobia and racism.Jewish Voice for Peace condemns "state-sanctioned Islamophobia & racism" and anti-refugee xenophobia this Hanukkah.

This Hanukkah, Jews across the U.S. are taking to the street to rally against the Islamophobia and racism rampant in their communities.

On each night in the eight-day-long religious holiday, Jewish activists are participating in protests against various forms of injustice in a campaign initiated by the Network Against Islamophobia, a project called for by national peace organization Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry, along with Jews Against Islamophobia, a coalition of JVP-New York and the activist group Jews Say No!

The demonstrations are being held in 15 cities throughout the country, including Chicago, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Atlanta. The first demonstration was held at New York City’s Rockefeller Center on Sunday, Dec. 6, the first night of Hanukkah.

Activists are conveying their commitments through signs in the shape of eight candles, which together comprise a symbolic menorah. A ninth sign, modeled after the shamash, or “helper” candle, reads “Jews against Islamophobia and racism — rekindling our commitment to justice.” The eight pledges listed on the other candles are:

  1. We will not be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes;
  2. We condemn state surveillance of the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities;
  3. We challenge, through our words and actions, institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned anti-Black violence;
  4. We protest the use of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism to justify Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians;
  5. We fight anti-Muslim profiling and racial profiling in all its forms;
  6. We call for an end to racist policing #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter;
  7. We stand against U.S. policies driven by the “war on terror” that demonize Islam and devalue, target, and kill Muslims; and
  8. We welcome Syrian refugees and stand strong for immigrants’ rights and refugee rights.

“Our goal in creating this action during Hanukkah and in creating the eight statements — which mark a rekindling of our commitments to justice — was to make visible the extent and multiple manifestations of Islamophobia and racism and to re-commit ourselves fully to this work,” JVP activist Donna Nevel told Salon. “Intersections and connections are being made, not to create sameness but to strengthen the distinct, yet overlapping struggles for justice.”

Nevel is a founding member of both the Network Against Islamophobia and Jews Against Islamophobia. She was involved in the rallies in New York and Miami.

“I believe that our role as members of the Jewish community is to continue to speak out as Jews opposed to Islamophobia; to continue in our work to expose the underlying issues and links related to Islamophobia and the politics of both Israel and the U.S.; to meaningfully engage with those who are living and experiencing racism and Islamophobia; and to be principled, consistent partners in this work,” Nevel added.

The nationwide protests vary in type. At the more traditional New York demonstration, there were readings from the rabbinical council and other statements, along with candle-lighting and singing.

JVP activists outside NYC's Rockefeller Center on the first night of Hanukkah (Credit: JVP-NY)

JVP activists outside NYC’s Rockefeller Center on the first night of Hanukkah (Credit: JVP-NY)

In Milwaukee, activists protested right-wing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was invited by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation to be honored by lighting the menorah. Rachel Buff, co-coordinator of Milwaukee JVP, told Salon that she and fellow members of the groups Jews for Refugee Relief thought his participation at the event was “wrong” and “ironic.”

“Gov. Walker has been among state governors opposing the resettlement of refugees from the Middle East in the United States,” Buff said. “Grounded in a vicious Islamophobia, this anti-­refugee sentiment fosters oppression and tyranny, the very things routed by the Maccabees in the Hanukkah story.”

Milwaukee JVP Co-Coordinator Rachel Buff protesting Gov. Scott Walker's anti-refugee policies (Credit: Milwaukee JVP)

Milwaukee JVP Co-Coordinator Jodi Melamed protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-refugee policies (Credit: Milwaukee JVP)

750,000 people flood Barcelona demanding release of Catalan leaders

750,000 people flood Barcelona demanding release of Catalan leaders

Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from th Devamı...

Hariri's party denounces attacks on Saudi Arabia and Iranian intervention in region

Hariri's party denounces attacks on Saudi Arabia and Iranian intervention in region

The party of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who unexpectedly quit a week ago while in Saudi Arabia, denounced o Devamı...

Yes, Erdoğan can

Yes, Erdoğan can

Rsian fighter jets violated Turkish airspace on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. Turkish authorities responded to both violations with Devamı...

The Erdoğan stance, rising Turkey, the new ‘One Minute’

The Erdoğan stance, rising Turkey, the new ‘One Minute’

Wtever anyone says, the plane crisis between Turkey and Russia is the deepest crisis since the Cold War, and can lead to Devamı...

Refugee girl's body washed up on Turkey's western coast

Refugee girl's body washed up on Turkey's western coast

Image of drowned Syrian girl stirs memories of Aylan Kurdi, found on beach in September Devamı...

YAZARLAR

Dr.Zülkarneyn VARDAR

Çağımızın Yeni Dini “TERÖRİZM” Devamı...

Prof.Dr.Abdullah KAHRAMAN

Saf olmak, ağır vebal getirir Devamı...

Mustafa KASADAR

Arkadaşlarıma deki o açlıktan öldü Devamı...

Arslan ATEŞ

Kurtuldun Erbakan Hocam Devamı...

Şahmettin BALAHORLI

PROJE İHO VE İHL OKULLARI Devamı...

Ali İmran BOSTANCIOĞLU

Beşeri Sermayeden Etkin İstifadeye Dair Devamı...

H.Fehmi ÇİÇEK

“Yok mu bir kurtarıcı” Devamı...

Av.Mustafa Karakaş

Anayasa Değişikliği, Yargı Tarafsızlığı Devamı...

Beytullah DEMİRCİOĞLU

Ortadoğu-Batı Dünyası Arasındaki Yaklaşım Farkı Devamı...

FOTO GALERİ

ENGLİSH

ARABIC

TÜRKİYE

İSLAM ALEMİ

DÜNYA

VAHİY KÜLTÜRÜ

KÜLTÜR SANAT

STORE

RÖPORTAJ

ANALİZ

TARİH DOSYASI

EĞİTİM

SPOR

VİDEO

EKONOMİ

Comprar Cialis Cialis Cialis Daily Cialis Generico Cialis Original comprar Kamagra Cialis Super Active Cialis Professional Comprar Cialis Daily Comprar Cialis Comprar Levitra Viagra generico Comprar Cialis Generico Cialis Generico Comprar Cialis Original Comprar Cialis Professional Comprar Cialis Super Active

Time Alem © 2015 Yasal uyarı : Sitemizdeki tüm yazı, resim ve haberlerin her hakkı saklıdır. İzinsiz ve kaynak gösterilmeden kullanılması kesinlikle yasaktır.

viagra naturel viagra homme viagra pour homme viagra wirkung viagra wirkstoff
Comprar Cialis Cialis Cialis Daily Cialis Generico Cialis Original Comprar Cialis Daily Cialis Professional comprar Kamagra Cialis Super Active Comprar Levitra Comprar Cialis Comprar Cialis Super Active Viagra generico Sildenafil generico Comprar Cialis Generico Cialis Generico Comprar Levitra Comprar Cialis Original Comprar Cialis Professional Comprar Cialis
Scarpe nike air force Reebok Adidas Scarpe nike sb air jordan adidas nike shox hogan Scarpe scarpe calcio Tiffany christian louboutin Scarpe Adidas superstar