FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2017
Boston MA – While AIPAC New England supporters attended an annual $300 per plate fundraiser, members of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston and local racial justice organizations demonstrated outside against AIPAC’s promotion and coordination of US-Israel police partnerships. Over 40 community members turned out to call for an end to racist policing practices perpetuated by this “deadly exchange”.
JVP’s national campaign to End the Deadly Exchange highlights how intentional partnerships and cross-training of US and Israeli police forces promote tactics such as racial profiling, deportations, police brutality, shoot-to-kill policies, mass spying and surveillance against marginalized populations in the US and Palestine/Israel. Demonstrators in Boston acted out the exchange through street theatre and took the #SaltWaterChallenge to call attention to the ongoing hunger strike against inhumane conditions in Israel’s prisons.
Speaking at the demonstration, Boston resident and activist Elizabeth Rucker said: “Why does Israel have such a great weapon selling market and industry? Because they can say that all of their weaponry, all of their counterinsurgency tactics. and all of their training programs are battle-tested against Palestinians. And then we saw these tactics over the last few years, in Ferguson, in Baltimore, in New York, and in Boston. These counterinsurgency tactics, this massive surveillance, racial profiling, shoot-to-kill, and attacks on our ability to organize [ … ] these were all things that were tested first on Palestinians and then on communities of color, and I swear to God, they’re not going to stop there. So let’s end the deadly exchange.”
Photos of demonstration:
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston Members Susan Etscovitz (on the right, wearing the Israeli Defense Force log) and Melisa Nussbaum (on the left, wearing the Boston Police Department logo) use street performance to show the deadly exchange currently taking place between the two forces.
Demonstration attendees pose for a group photo prior to taking the #SaltWaterChallenge, to show solidarity with 1,500 Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike.
Boston resident and Palestinian Tala Berro speaks to the crowd.
Protest attendees pose with a banner reading “End the Deadly Exchanges”.