Open Conference: Israelis In The Us For Ending The Occupation Sunday Oct 19, 2014

Like many others, we followed the events in Gaza this past summer in shock and horror. Frustrated with being physically far away and with our inability to participate in political action in Israel, we got together and thought about possible ways to act in the US, taking our identity as Israelis and our objection to the war into consideration. We organized a counter protest opposing the killings in Gaza in front of an Israel support rally. We wrote a letter addressed to the American Jewish community calling on them to act to end the occupation. The letter was signed by hundreds of people, mostly Israelis who live in the US, and was posted widely on social media networks and websites.

What’s next? The Israeli military may not be bombing Gaza for now, and in cities of Israel life is back on track. But we are not willing to go back to normal. . The purpose of this open conference is to build a network of Israelis in the US, who want to act in order to end the occupation and to plan actions with this goal in mind. Should we demonstrate in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C.? Participate in events organized by the Jewish community? Speak to the US media? Work with existing groups?

We do not know what a long term solution looks like yet, but we are certain in one thing: the status quo is unbearable. As long as there are no equal rights among Palestinians and Israelis between the river and the sea, it is our responsibility to fight for change.

We are holding an open conference. Unlike traditional conferences, in an open conference the participants set the agenda at the beginning of the day. The agenda is set quickly, followed by dividing to working groups with each person choosing to participate in a group they are interested in.

The plan for the day:

 1.     Everyone gathers together.
2.     Introduction and an explanation about the open conference format.
3.     Whoever has an idea for an action presents it. We combine similar ideas.
4.     We divide to working groups, with each group discussing one of the ideas that were presented. The groups talk and develop the action together (switching groups in the middle is totally fine).
5.     Everybody comes back together and each group reports back to everyone.
6.     After hearing about the different actions, people who are going to work together exchange emails and plan the next steps.
7.     That’s it! Whoever wants to can go for a walk, get a snack, a drink, or get to work. 

Please RSVP and share this with whoever you think might be interested.

*NOTE: This event will be in Hebrew. Get in touch at israelisforasustainablefuture@gmail.com if you want to hear about other opportunities to get involved.

כמו רבים אחרים, גם אנחנו עקבנו בחרדה ובזעזוע אחרי האירועים בעזה בקיץ שעבר. מתוך תיסכול עז מהריחוק הפיזי שלנו מהארץ ומחוסר היכולת לפעול במסגרת פוליטית ישראלית, התכנסנו לחשוב על פעולות אפשריות בארה״ב שיביעו את התנגדותנו למלחמה מתוך הזהות הישראלית שלנו. ארגנו הפגנה נגד ההרג בעזה מול עצרת התמיכה בישראל. כתבנו מכתב לקהילה היהודית, שבו קראנו לקהילה היהודית בארה"ב לפעול לסיום הכיבוש. חתמו על המכתב מאות אנשים, רובם ישראלים שחיים בארה"ב, והוא הופץ באופן נרחב ברשתות החברתיות ובאתרי אינטרנט: 

http://972mag.com/israelis-in-the-u-s-urge-the-jewish-community-to-take-a-closer-look-at-gaza/95791/

מה הלאה? צה"ל לא מפציץ בעזה, לעת עתה, ובערי ישראל החיים שבו למסלולם. אבל אנחנו לא מוכנים לחזור לשגרה. המטרה של הכנס הזה היא להקים רשת של ישראלים וישראליות בארה"ב שמעוניינים לפעול למען סיום הכיבוש, ולחשוב על פעולות שמסגרת פוליטית כזאת יכולה לקיים. האם אנחנו צריכים לנסוע להפגין מול שגרירות ישראל בוושינגטון? להשתתף באירועים של הקהילה היהודית? להתראיין בתקשורת האמריקאית? לשתף פעולה עם קבוצות אחרות?

אנחנו עוד לא יודעים איך בדיוק צריך להיראות הפתרון ארוך הטווח. אבל בדבר אחד כולנו בטוחים: הסטטוס קוו הוא בלתי נסבל. כל עוד אין שוויון זכויות מלא בין יהודים ופלסטינים בין הי לירדן, מחובתנו להיאבק לשנות את המצב.

המפגש מתוכנן במתכונת של כנס פתוח. בניגוד לכנסים רגילים, בכנס פתוח מחליטים על התוכנית בתחילת המפגש. זה קורה מאוד מהר, ואז מתחלקים לקבוצות דיון וכל אחת משתתפת בדיונים שמעניינים אותה. 

סדר יום מתוכנן:

  1. התאספות.
  2. הקדמה והסבר על הפורמט.
  3. כל מי שיש לה הצעה לפעולה פוליטית מציגה אותה. אם אפשר, מצרפים יחד רעיונות דומים.
  4. מתחלקים לקבוצות לפי הנושאים, מדברים ומפתחים את הרעיון (אפשר לעבור בין הקבוצות אם רוצים).
  5. מתאספים שוב וכל קבוצה מדווחת בקצרה על מה דובר.
  6. מתחלקים שוב כדי לקבוע את הצעדים הבאים, להחליף כתובות אימייל, וכדומה.
  7. הולכים לטייל או לשתות או לאכול או לישון או לעבוד. 

אנא אשרו את השתתפותכם והפיצו את האירוע לכל מי שעשוי להיות מעוניין!

302 5th Ave. Floor 11 New York, NY 10001
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Adam Kurgan

Guy Shaham

Misha Shulman

Tamara Levy

Serge Gee

Avital Burg

Hana Mezei

Tamar Ettun

Peter Darnell

Assaf Oron

Leeor Kaufman

Noga Bernstein

Leanne Gale

Shelly Oria

Gil Talmi

Abraham Gutman

Anat Heffetz

Alona Weiss

Daniel Kressel

Gili Getz

Ira Eduardovna

Sonya Hinich

Noa Egozi

Neta Alexander

Keren Rosenbaum

Gila Hashkes-Ha

Devorah Tradburks

Nirit Ben-Ari

Aya Rosen

Alma Liebl Beck

Rachel Shkedy

Noa Yachot

Nir Bitton

Tali Herskowitz

Ami Dar

Jennifer Navva Milliken

Libby Lenkinski

Tamar Behar Meidan

Alexandra Ben-Abba

Ronit Muszkatblit

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May Pundak

Tom Pnini

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Udi Pladott

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Proposals

I would like to work on an online platform for translating and republishing texts written by progressive voices in Israel. We can translate opinion pieces that don't have an English version as well as anything else we see fit: facebook posts, twitter updates, etc. This way these voices be heard by a wider audience in the US.

promoting peace among Palestinian and Israeli youth

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the open conference, but I would like to suggest an item for discussion. With all the negativity and condemnation of Israel following the recent destruction in Gaza, Israel needs to take steps to demonstrate its commitment to the two state solution. One way to do so would be for Israel to break ground on a construction project to create a corridor between Gaza and the West Bank. This would show the Palestinians, the Israeli people, and the international community, that Israel is taking steps to help build the future Palestinian state. You can read more about this idea on my recent blogpost in the Times of Israel (in English) http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/we-can-rebuild-truest-we-can-rebuild-hope/

Get in touch with the many Israeli-American Artists. Plan small and large theater or studio, or street events with Israeli-American artists.

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