Jewish 'Schlockettes' Denounce Zionism At Radio City Israel Gala
Human rights activists and their giant puppet perform for lines of attendees.
"A shonda! A shame! No occupation in our name!" shouted the activists, dressed in matching black, as they led a banner reading "Jews Honor Palestinian Resistance" and an 8-foot tall puppet of Handala through sometimes hostile crowds. Handala is a cartoon character representing Palestinian refugee children created by cartoonist Najy al-Ali, and shonda is Yiddish for shame.
The New York protests mirror other events taking place across the nation. Hundreds of Jews and allies have signed an on-line pledge called "No Time To Celebrate" calling for peaceful demonstrations and alternative events demonstrating opposition to Zionism and solidarity with Palestinian communities.
"Sixty years ago, Zionist militias destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages and made more than 800,000 Palestinian people refugees in order to create a Jewish state in a land where the majority was not Jewish," reads the on-line pledge, which has over 500 signatures. "This does not deserve to be celebrated."
Or as the New York activists cheered as part of a choreographed dance routine:
"We're gonna shake off, shake off this racist occupation!
All people deserve self-determination"
For more information, visit: www.notimetocelebrate.org
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All photos credit: Bran Ali Fenner