No Celebrations of Genocide, Theft, & Racism
This August, the Jewish community "will have exclusive use of the State Fairgrounds" to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is calling it "A Fair to Remember" (see announcement below). We think it's a fair to be ashamed of. Following the lead of Palestinian civil society organizations and in view of the multi-faceted oppression that is the reality of Israel, we regard participation in "celebrations" of the Nakba/Israel's establishment as collusion in the perpetuation of the dispossession and uprooting of refugees, the prolongation of occupation, and the deepening of Israeli apartheid. We call upon all supporters of justice and peace to nonviolently protest the "Israelization," as the Jewish Federation puts it, of the Michigan State Fairgrounds.
When: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Where: Michigan State Fair & Exposition Center, 1120 W. State Fair Ave. (at Woodward) in Detroit. Meet in the grassy area just north of the SmartBus State Fair Transit Center off Woodward Ave.
To co-sponsor or get more info, send an e-mail to fairofshame[at]yahoo(dot)com
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