Israel-Hamas war: Jewish activists occupy the Statue of Liberty to demand a ceasefire

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 6: Activists from Jewish Voice for Peace occupy the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on November 6, 2023 in New York City.  The group has been occupying high profile New York City locations calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.  Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
STEPHANIE KEITH/Getty Images via AFP NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 6: Activists from Jewish Voice for Peace occupy the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on November 6, 2023 in New York City. The group has been occupying high profile New York City locations calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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Israel-Hamas war: Jewish activists occupy the Statue of Liberty to demand a ceasefire

INTERNATIONAL – “the whole world is watching”. A few hundred peacefully occupied the Statue of Liberty in New York on Monday, November 6 for and the end of the “genocidal bombing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza”.

Dressed in black t-shirts with slogans ” Jews Or “not in our name”a few hundred young people unfurled banners “the whole world is watching” And “Palestinians should be free” at the foot of the base of the emblematic monument symbol of New York.

“The famous words of our Jewish ancestor (the 19th century American poet, editor’s note) Emma Lazarus engraved on this monument compel us to act to support the Palestinians of Gaza who aspire to live free”said Jay Saper of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) organization in a statement.

We need to scream louder”

A press release from the Institute for Middle East Understanding (Imeu) group demands “an end to Israel’s genocidal bombing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza”.

500 Jews and allies took control of the island to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. Just like the Palestinians, many of our ancestors yearned to breathe free – and we took possession of the Statue of Liberty to say never again, for anyone. “, we can read in this tweet from Jewish Voice for Peace NYC.

“As long as the people of Gaza are screaming, we must scream louder, regardless of attempts to silence us”exclaimed the American photographer Nancy Goldin, also in the presence of local elected officials from New York, some of whom are very anchored on the left.

The American megalopolis, a mythical world city for immigration and multiculturalism, has been shaken for a month by demonstrations in favor of Israel and pro-Palestinians.

“Genocide” Palestinians in Gaza

Populated by some two million Jews and hundreds of thousands of Muslims, New York has so far escaped violence but tensions are palpable, particularly on university campuses like Columbia.

In addition, a part of very progressive American Jewish youth – Jews overwhelmingly voting for the Democratic Party – is up in arms against Israel, which they accuse of perpetrating a “genocide” Palestinians in Gaza. They also denounce President Joe Biden’s military and diplomatic support for the Jewish state.

Organizations like JVP gathered tens of thousands of demonstrators in the federal capital Washington on Saturday to demand an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and criticizing the American policy of support for Israel.

The immense Grand Central station in Manhattan was also occupied by a giant sit-in of thousands of people at the end of October with the same demands and the gigantic multicultural and fashionable borough of Brooklyn saw thousands surge ten days ago of pro-Palestinian activists, including American Jewish organizations.

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