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If Not Now Rallies Against Annexation

American Jews playing klezmer in front of House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi’s home in San Francisco to demand she take action against annexation.

Over the past few weeks, IfNotNow has organized a series of coordinated, powerful actions to tell our elected officials at both the local and national levels that words alone cannot stop annexation. We are tired of the blank check that the US gives to the Israeli government every year and we are ready to ramp up the fight.

IfNotNow members gathered together and held rallies in front of the homes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Congressman Brad Sherman. We showed the Jewish community’s support for bold action on annexation, like the letter put forward on June 30th by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pramila Jayapal and nearly a dozen others that advocates for conditioning military funding should the Israeli government move forward with annexation. We did so with shofars, homemade instruments; with stirring, emotional speeches, and with, of course, lots of singing and chutzpah.

See below for some of our favorite photos from these actions!

Young Jews rallying in front of Jared Kushner’s home in Washington, DC to hold him accountable for giving a green light to Netanyahu to move forward with annexation without regard for Palestinian rights.

Jewish IfNotNow leaders marching towards Rep. Brad Sherman’s home in Los Angeles to demand that he support conditioning US military funding to the Israeli government.

American Jews in Detroit making their way to their local Jewish Federation to demand that it stop upholding the occupation and support real action against annexation.

This is just the beginning. We know that getting our government to take real political action to end the occupation will require a movement of American Jews raising our voices for the freedom of both Palestinians and Israelis. In order to do that, we need your help so that we can give more support to the volunteers who made these protests happen and pay for all the materials we use at these rallies.

I am so proud of these actions. I am so proud of our community. I’m so hopeful about what we can do together. Please consider joining me in sustaining our push for justice.