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The Road Less Traveled: Twin Cities Jews Discuss Their Journeys to anti-Zionism

Posted by Administrator on February 18, 2009

International Jewish anti-Zionist Network – Twin Cities Presents:
The Road Less Traveled:
Twin Cities Jews Discuss Their Journeys to anti-Zionism
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 3-5 pm
Bedlam Theatre, 1501 South 6th Street, Mpls
Featuring: Anya Achtenberg, Ricardo Levins Morales (invited), Josina
Manu Maltzman, Karen Redleaf and Raphi Rechitsky.
Our speakers will tell their personal stories. What does anti-Zionism
mean to them and how did they come to identify as anti-Zionist Jews?
Lots of time allotted for dialogue with the audience. There will be
great snacks and drinks and plenty of lively conversation! FREE.
FFI: Karen Redleaf, or 651-283-3495.


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Posted by Administrator on February 17, 2009

Join Us at 6:15 to greet the attendees

Performance: 7:30 PM Wednesday February 18, 2009
Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, University of Minnesota


The University of Minnesota is bringing the Batsheva Dance Company of Tel Aviv to Minneapolis for one performance. This is a violation of the 2004 Palestinian call to “comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions”and the 2005 call of 171 Palestinian civil society organizations for broad boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. This Dance Company is funded by the Israeli government and is considered a “leading ambassador” of the Israeli government. Particularly in the aftermath of the recent invasion of the Gaza Strip, and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian land, it is time to honor the call for a boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society and solidarity groups around the world, including South Africa. The challenge posed to us today in ending the apartheid like policies of the State of Israel is no different than the challenge that people of good faith faced in the 1980s in responding to calls to boycott the white supremacist government in South Africa. We urge you to join us as we nonviolently oppose this performance as part of building a sustained BDS campaign.

“The latest Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) – supported by a large majority of Palestinian civil society – does not target Jews or Israelis qua Jews; on the contrary, it actually addresses conscientious Israeli Jews, urging them to support efforts to bring about Israel’s compliance with international law and fundamental human rights, both necessary elements in reaching true peace based on justice. Many around the world recognize the extent of Israel’s breach of international law. The real challenge now is to do something about it. Only by applying effective international pressure against Israel similar in scope and comprehensiveness to that successfully used to end apartheid in South Africa will intellectuals and academics be fulfilling their moral obligation to stand up for right, for justice, for equality and for a chance to validate the prevalence of universal ethical principles. By doing so, they will also serve in the most effective manner the cause of coexistence and real peace.” by Omar Barghouti (a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel)


What you can do:
1. Call, write, or send an e-letter to Ben Johnson, Director of Concerts and Lectures, asking him to cancel the show and honor the boycott against Israel: phone 612-624-4473, fax 612-626-1750, email,
Department of Concerts and Lectures, 109 Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
2. Write letters to the editor of the Minnesota Daily and local media
3. Don’t buy tickets to the Batsheva performance. If you already have tickets then exchange them for another show
4. Please join us in nonviolently protesting the Batsheva perform


The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee’s call to boycott is supported by The Middle East Committee of WAMM, Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Middle East Peace Now, Jewish anti-Zionist Network-Twin Cities (IJAN-TC), the Palestinian Institute of Minnesota, the Anti-War Committee and other people of conscience who are taking a moral stand against Israel’s oppressive policies
More info:


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Palestine Week

Posted by Administrator on February 14, 2009

Monday 2/16: Silent Demonstration For the People of Palestine, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Coffman Memorial Union Plaza.

Tuesday 2/17: Understanding Palestine, a panel with Hillel, 7:00 pm, Coffman Theater.

A Candle Light Vigil for those lost in the Gaza War, 9:00pm, Coffman Plaza.

Wednesday 2/18: A showing of Occupation 101 at 3:30 pm, Coffman Room 217.

Thursday 2/19: “Beats for Peace” benefit concert for Gaza, The Whole (In the basement of Coffman), Doors 6:30, Show 7:00pm.

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Posted by Administrator on February 12, 2009






SAMADAR LAVIE will speak about the intra-dynamics of Israel which has a direct relationship with the Gaza carnage.  As a cultural anthropologist, she will discuss the Arab origins of the Mizrahim and how their politics affects Israel’s left and right political parties. Come to hear and meet a dynamic Israeli feminist.  Dr. Lavie earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Studies at Macalester College.


SATURDAY, February 14, 2009

9:30 a.m. Refreshments, 10:00 a.m. Presentation and Discussion



Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer

55th St. and Penn Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN

For information call Florence Steichen, 651-696-1642

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Posted by Administrator on February 4, 2009



***Protest outside of the Minnesota Trade Office***

THIS Friday, February 6th, 3pm

332 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul

bring signs, banners, bullhorns

Outside of the Minnesota Trade Office

Demand the Immediate End to All Trade with Israel


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Café Intifada, An Intellectual Salon

Posted by Administrator on January 28, 2009

Café Intifada, An Intellectual Salon
Where the audience becomes the occupied and the occupier
Bedlam Theatre
January 30, 31 and February 5,6,7
Doors 7pm, Show 7.30
$10+ Sliding Scale, No one turned away

Meet Ghassan, A Palestinian man imprisoned on a regular basis by the Israeli military, attempt to dine in what would be a 5 star hotel if it weren’t located in the Gaza Strip, and lose your access to water for ‘military security’ reasons.

Join us for this unique evening of interactive political theater relaying the situation of life on the ground under Israeli occupation.

Taken from personal narratives, news broadcasts and one on one dialogue, the story unfolds amongst and with the audience, leaving no one unaffected.

Written and directed by Flo Razowsky with stage production by Josina Manu Maltzman, the Café speaks from the voice of the outsider allowed in for a glimpse.

For directions to the theater or more information, visit

Artist Statement:
As a Jewish person raised in the United States, I embraced my relationship with Israel from an early age as one of support for my ‘homeland’.
In my early 20s I was challenged to see the other side.
The first time I visited, I went to see for myself this reality of Israeli security needs and Palestinian terrorists. What I saw forced me to never be able to close my eyes again.
Since, I have spent years speaking, writing, presenting on my experiences in Palestine.
Café Intifada is a result of those years, a result of trauma accumulated from time of being an outsider accepted in, a witness to occupation, a Jewish ally to Palestinian resistance. Living with an accumulation of being a local ‘expert’ of the Palestine question and years of standing before an audience of those wishing to do well and myself, running out of a way to articulate it all.
My answer of how to stand at the head of that room and relive an experience that spanned years and tore my heart is Café Intifada, a safe exhibition of a serious matter, a fun glimpse into a deadly situation, a night to learn and be moved to act, a night I hope none of us will be the same for.
Art to me is something that brings up emotion, the more intense the better. I want to tear at the heart of the bystander, to affect as if one wears the shoes of those represented. I feel no need for neutrality, and believe it cannot exist in this situation. As a Jew grown in the US, I feel no need to be unbiased in presentation of my experience in Palestine. I believe there is no unbiased and the mainstream has presented the other side long enough. I am here to be a part of the balance simply by presenting the other side.

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Women and Children’s Vigil for Peace and Justice in Palestine

Posted by Administrator on January 18, 2009

Start: Jan 19 2009 – 3:30pm


 WHERE: Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Mpls

Stop Israel’s War Crimes Against Palestinians in Gaza
Bring your children, or signs about and pictures of what children in Gaza are facing.

National Day of Actions in Honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stand in solidarity with Palestinian families

Approximately 1070 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli attacks on Gaza began 21 days ago, with over 4,900 injured. More than 335 of the dead are children, 93 are women, and 49% of the injured are women or children. (Statistics from UN and Ministry of Health in Gaza)


On January 19th, people across the United States will celebrate the life, legacy, and birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In one speech, Dr. King called the U.S. government and military the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” This is still true today, as the U.S. government continues its unequivocal support of the Israeli military’s criminal bombardment and massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Do justice to Dr. King’s memory, and the memories of others like him, by demanding an end to Israel’s war on the Palestinian people.

·      Stop the Killing of the Palestinian People!

·      Stop the War and Siege on Gaza!

·      End All U.S. Aid to Israel!

·      End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine!

Sponsored by Coalition for Palestinian Rights, WAMM, Anti-War Committee, and Al Aqsa Institute. For information: 612-437-0222.


End: Jan 19 2009 – 4:30pm

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Rally & March for Gaza

Posted by Administrator on January 15, 2009

Rally & March for Gaza
Saturday, 1/17 @ 2pm @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

Stage on Hennepin/94 side of park across from the Walker Art Center

2:30 March   Closing rally at Loring Park

Say no to US military aid to Israel, and demand an immediate cease-fire.  Please encourage your friends, colleagues, and family members to come!  Organized by the MN Coalition for Gaza. 
If you can be a marshall or peacekeeper, please meet at 1:15 @ Dunn Brothers next to Loring Park (329 W 15th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403).  We will need folks with experience so please help out if you can!

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Jews of Conscience & Our Allies Against the Israeli Government’s War on Gaza–SUNDAY‏

Posted by Administrator on January 11, 2009

Please see the press release/flyer  below for the Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 demonstation outside the Sabes Jewish Community Center, organized  by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

We all know that protesting outside the Jewish Community Center at an event that is very pro-Israel poses risks. In planning this event, we’ve decided to ask you to respect these guidelines:

1. Please no banners that reference Hitler or the Nazis. We totally support Palestinian and Muslim visibility at this event.
2. We will have marshals to line people up along the street before the entrance to the center. We are not allowed on their property, and there will be police present.
3. There will be hundreds of cars driving past us. There will be hostile comments. We ask you to refrain from engaging with people in the cars. It’s a set-up for escalation. If you feel threatened
at any point, please look for a marshal.
4. Please show up by 2 pm, so we can line the streets before the cars start showing up. Our press conference starts at 2:30 PM.
5. Our event ends at 3 pm when their event starts. What you decide to do at 3 pm is up to you.

THANK YOU!!!! salaam/shalom.









Contact:  Lisa Albrecht – 612 202 8994

Josina Manu – 612 803 3432


THERE ARE MANY JEWISH VOICES: Jews of Conscience & Our Allies Against the Israeli Government’s War on Gaza


Sunday, Jan. 11th, 2009

Outside the Sabes Jewish Community Center

4330 Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis

Gather at 2 pm

Press Conference at 2:30 pm


Minneapolis, MN – January 11, 2009 – Hundreds will converge outside the Sabes Jewish Community Center  at 2 pm on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 to protest the Israeli government’s two week old brutal strike against Palestinians in Gaza.


At 2:30 pm, a press conference will be held, featuring brief statements by:  Lisa Albrecht, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network -Twin Cities (IJAN-TC);  Ilana Lerman, Jews for an End to the Occupation; Ziad Amra, Minnesota Coalition for Gaza; and a representative from the Council on American Islamic Relations-Minnesota.


Lisa Albrecht of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network says, “Just as it is not Anti-American to criticize the U.S. government, it does not signify hatred of Jews to criticize Israeli government policy. We believe that there is not one monolithic Jewish community or voice in the world, the U.S. or Minnesota. By our presence here today, we are affirming the diversity of voices in our community. No one Jewish organization speaks for all Jews.”


IJAN recognizes Zionism as a political belief that has shaped Israeli policy from its inception. As a Zionist state, Israel legally privileges Jews over Arabs.  Over the past two weeks, we have seen the Israeli military conduct an air and ground war that has killed more than 800 people in Gaza and wounded over 3,000 – most of whom are civilians and not Hamas soldiers.


Israel is carrying out these attacks with F16 fighter jets and missiles provided by U.S. tax dollars. The state of Minnesota invests in Israel, and holds Israeli bonds. Governor Pawlenty has recently met with Israeli trade representatives to further the Minnesota-Israeli economic partnership. In light of this economic alliance and the moral responsibility that comes along, we demand Governor Pawlenty cut our trade and investment ties with Israel instead of financing this humanitarian crisis. We also demand that our elected officials call for an immediate cease fire and an end to the blockade of Gaza.


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Events this week

Posted by Administrator on January 9, 2009

Rally for Gaza

Friday, 1/9 @ 2pm rally @ Loring Park, followed by a march to downtown

GAZA IS UNDER ATTACK! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT? STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK FOR HUMANITY!  As the situation in Gaza worsens we need to continue to condemn Israel’s military action and to support the innocent Muslims and Christians who are suffering in Palestine. We will meet in LORING PARK and start marching at 2:00 sharp. The march will take us through downtown and then we will head back to Loring Park for a speech. Please come help us speak out against the indiscriminate killings and apartheid in Palestine! Spread the word!  We need to voice our disapproval of Israel’s actions and America’s aid to them!  Organized by students at the U of M.  Endorsed by the MN Coalition for Gaza.


Vigil for Palestine

Friday, 1/9 @ 4:15 @ Snelling & Summit, St. Paul

There is a weekly Vigil to End the Occupation of Palestine every Friday.  This week’s events make this vigil even more important.  The weekly protesters are  expecting counter protesters and would like more supporters to stand with them against the massacre in Gaza.  Organized by WAMM.  Endorsed by the MN Coalition of Gaza.  FFI: 612-827-5364.

Counter protest and press conference

Sunday, 1/11 @ 2:30 @ Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S Cedar lake Road, St Louis Park

A pro-Israel solidarity event is scheduled at the Sabes Jewish Community Center.  We are expecting many politicians to attend this rally and to defend the current massacre in Gaza.  The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network will be holding a press conference and counter protest outside the gates at 2:30.   The goal of the event is to show that the Jewish community doesn’t speak with one voice and to encourage our politicians and community to be critical of Israel.  Organized by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.  Endorsed by the MN Coalition for Gaza.

Rally for Gaza

Saturday, 1/17 @ 2pm @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

Our hope is to organize a large community demonstration to show our support for the people of Gaza, to say no to US military aid to Israel, and to demand a cease-fire.  Please encourage your friends, colleagues, and family members to come!  Organized by the MN Coalition for Gaza.  Endorsed by the Anti-War Committee.

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