Protesters in D.C. send open message to federations

Protesters in Washington, D.C. photos/david a.m. wilensky

A group of demonstrators saying there are still too many communal restrictions on dialogue around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict held a rally on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C., across the street from where the first plenary of the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly was underway.

The goal of the Jewish People’s Assembly, as the action was titled, was “to demand that the federations stop conditioning their support for Jewish institutions on these institutions’ adherence to political red lines around Israel/Palestine,” according to a Facebook posting for the event.

Though 100 people had indicated on Facebook they would attend, the event’s attendance peaked at about 50.

Many of the demonstrators were from the Open Hillel movement, which wants to end Hillel International guidelines that bar local Hillels from hosting or working with organizations or speakers that “delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel” or support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. — j. staff