Protestors march from Boston Common to Anti-Defamation League (ADL) offices demanding end to the ADL-funded Deadly Exchange between Boston law enforcement officials and Israeli security apparatus.
Boston, Dec 23, 2019- Chanting “From Palestine to Mexico, the Deadly Exchange has got to go” and “Police training in an Apartheid State will only increase racist hate,” seveny-five demonstrators, representing eleven organizations, marched through downtown Boston to the offices of the Anti-Defamation League. The exchange of “worst practices” between Boston Police and Israeli security personnel target Arabs, Palestinians, Muslims, immigrants, Black and Brown communities as suspect. These exchanges include techniques to manage media coverage to justify the wounding and murder of civilians.
Speakers included Gabe Camacho of the American Friends Service Committee’s immigrant task force, Ayman Nijim of Grassroots International (a Palestinian who grew up in a West Bank refugee camp), Fatema Ahmad from the Muslim Justice League, Reverend Ashlee Wiest-Laird of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, and several other community activists and artists.
Protestors condemned the self-proclaimed “civil rights” organizations and Jewish communal institutions like the ADL, saying they have no business participating in endangering those in Trump’s and Netanyahu’s crosshairs by promoting and funding police, ICE, FBI and other law enforcement individuals and agencies to trade tips with an occupying army and security apparatus. They also condemned Trump’s ADL-supported Executive Order, saying that it tries to shut down campus activism for Palestinian justice by calling it antisemitic.
One of the lead organizers of the Hannukah action, Marc Gurvitch of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, said, “U.S. police with a long history of violence towards communities of color, swapping ‘worst practices’ with an Israeli security apparatus whose primary focus is to maintain the occupation of millions of Palestinians will do nothing to make us safer..”
Cosponsoring groups include Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, American Friends Sevice Committee, BU Students for Justice in Palestine, Cambridge-Bethlehem People to People, Council on American Islamic Relations(Massachusetts), Grassroots International, Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston, Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine, Palestine Advocacy, Researching the American/Israeli Alliance, United for Justice with Peace.