American Jews Demand Sec. Blinken Respond to Israeli Actions Against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Over the past few days, people around the world have been horrified and heartbroken while witnessing dozens of videos and photos of Israeli police brutalizing Palestinians for resisting the forced eviction of Palestinian families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

While everyone should be making their voices heard against this injustice, American Jews have a unique responsibility to speak out in solidarity with the Palestinian people living in East Jerusalem and demand action from American political leaders. The Israeli policies of displacement are happening in the name of Jewish supremacy and this brutality is likely being funded with American money.

The significance of this violence happening in Jerusalem, which is holy to our community — as well as our Muslim and Christian allies — is not lost on us. Jerusalem should be a city of coexistence, but Israeli policy has turned it into a city of cruelty.

As American Jews, we’re keenly aware of how American politicians and leaders use us as a narrative device. Israel hawks on both sides of the aisle use our identity to justify their support for indefensible Israeli policies.

Let’s send a collective message to Secretary of State Antony Blinken: American Jews stand in solidarity with the Palestinians against the violence and forced dispossession happening in East Jerusalem — We demand that you take action by publicly condemning Israeli actions and investigating if American military funds are being used to commit these acts of violence.


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To: Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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Secretary Blinken, American Jews stand in solidarity with the Palestinians against the violence and forced dispossession happening in East Jerusalem. We demand that you take action by publicly condemning Israeli actions and immediately investigating if American military funds are being used to commit these acts of violence.