Israel ambassador to U.S. speaks at Milwaukee Rotary Club

Bill Glauber and Amed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2018

Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said America’s recent move to relocate its embassy to Israel will help advance the cause of Middle East peace.

During an address Tuesday at the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Dermer called President Donald Trump’s decision to open the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem “historic” and “one of the greatest decisions in the history of Zionism.”

“I know some people are concerned that this decision will set back the cause of peace. I disagree,” he said.

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A Woman Dedicated to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence


Razan al-Najjar, 20, was trying to help an injured protester near the border fence
when she was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers, witnesses say. Last month, she spoke
to The Times about the challenges she faced as a female medical volunteer.
(June 1, 2018, Yousur Al-Hlou)

Iyad Abuheweila and Isabel Kershner, New York Times, June 2, 2018

KHUZAA, Gaza Strip — She had become a fixture at the weekly protests along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel, a young woman in a white paramedic’s uniform rushing into harm’s way to help treat the wounded.

As a volunteer emergency medical worker, she said she wanted to prove that women had a role to play in the conservative Palestinian society of Gaza.

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As daughter of Holocaust survivors, I decry occupation of Gaza

The Warsaw Ghetto was liquidated and burned to the ground by Nazi soldiers in May 1943 in response to Jewish resistance to the mass extermination of the Jews of Warsaw. (PHOTO BY STANISLAW PAWELEK)
 
Jenny Pressman, The Cap Times, May 30, 2018

Let Gaza live.

The bitterly ironic confluence of the personal and political, of past and present, is pressing down on me so hard I cannot stop shaking in grief and anger. Whatever you think about the right of the State of Israel to exist or the long horrible history of hatred and violence in the Middle East, what is happening in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis. Israel and the United States are on the wrong side of history and humanity. It is painful to acknowledge but, with the occupation of Gaza and current violence against Palestinians by the Israeli army, Jews have shifted from being oppressed freedom fighters to military occupiers and I have to say NOT IN MY NAME.

I usually think about my family history and being Jewish on May 16 because most of my mother’s and father’s extended family lived in Warsaw, Poland, during World War II. May 16, 1943, was the day the Nazis slaughtered the remaining Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto after their desperate attempt at resistance failed.

May 16 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a still-not-widely-known act of Jewish resistance in German-occupied Poland. In 1939, when the Nazis began to force Poland’s population of over 3 million Jews into crowded ghettos, my parents and their families were among the 300,000–400,000 people packed into a small walled-off area of Warsaw guarded by soldiers and surrounded by barbed wire.

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June 5, 2018
Protest Israel’s Ambassador in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Progressives No Palestine Exception
Jewish Voice for Peace – Milwaukee

Tuesday, June 5, 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM
Milwaukee County War Memorial
750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI   [Map]

Since March 30th, Israeli snipers and military have killed at least 113 unarmed Palestinian in Gaza, and wounded more than 12,000. On May 14 alone, 19 medics were shot. Now one of Netanyahu’s closest allies, Ron Dermer, is coming to Milwaukee!

Dermer is also close to Trump relative Jared Kushner, who withheld his role in funding illegal settlements on the West Bank when Trump put him in charge of bringing “peace” to the Middle East. Our taxes are paying for these murders. We cannot be silent.

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WPR and a Pro-Palestinian Take On The Israel-Gaza Violence

Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops near the border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israel faced a growing backlash Tuesday and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza. Adel Hana/AP Photo

On Thursday, May 17, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” program featured an interview with Playgrounds for Palestine’s Susan Abulhawa as a counterweight to earlier pro-Israel coverage of current events in Gaza.

This is significant: for years WPR and NPR have avoided this type of coverage. Lately NPR has been running a few mildly sympathetic stories about Palestine and Gaza, and this is the first time WPR has ventured into the fray.

Apparently WPR is now receiving significant criticism from pro-Zionist sources, and we are asking you to let them know that you appreciate this kind of coverage and hope it continues.

Besides her role with Playgrounds for Palestine, Susan Abulhawa is an acclaimed author of two novels and has been featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival. MRSCP has worked with Playgrounds for Palestine nationally and locally for many years, including the installation of a PfP playground in the Tel Al Sultan neighborhood of Rafah.

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Donate for Gaza Now

I know you’re horrified by the news from Gaza—the slaughter of unarmed protesters who are simply demanding freedom; the deliberate targeting of medical staff and journalists; The murder and maiming of women, children and so many young men.

Families in Gaza desperately need medical aid and food. With your help now, MECA can provide them:

  • MECA Gaza staff can purchase medicine and medical supplies in Gaza and deliver immediately to hospitals and clinics.
  • There is terrible poverty and hunger in Gaza due to the Israeli siege. MECA will distribute emergency food parcels to more than 1,000 families in greatest need.

I ask you, please, just to give, as much as you can. People are desperate in Gaza and they need your help now.

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