On July 12, a group calling themselves Jews Against Genocide (JAG) conducted a memorial service for the children of Gaza who have been killed by the Israeli Defense Force’s War on Gaza.
Civilians, particularly children, have been disproportionately killed over the course of this latest “mowing of the lawn,” as Israeli hawks call their nearly annual bombing of Gazan civilians.
The JAG set a pyramid of dolls on fire at the memorial, in a symbolic act of protest. The pile had first been doused in red paint.
The whole memorial service and effigy was conducted at Yad Vashem, the holocaust memorial museum in Israel.
JAG says that it is movement of Jews in Israel as well as globally, who oppose all Israeli killing of civilians.
A security guard at Yad Vashem rushed to the scene to disrupt the memorial. He took the JAG activists’ fire extinguisher and called the police. The JAG members were promptly arrested.
For their part, JAG later wrote about the memorial on social media, saying the following about their activities:
We, Jews Against Genocide, came to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial of the genocide committed against Jews, to honor the Palestinian children who are dying in a genocide committed by Jews.
We brought dolls to symbolise the children of Gaza, and tried to bring a glimpse of the horror that Gazan’s face, to Israel’s doorstep. We hope to show Israel, and the world, the absurd reality of using the memory of one genocide to justify another.
We invite compassionate people from across the globe to join the outcry by staging similar protests in front of Israeli embassies and consulates around the world on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th July, 2014.
Just as we honor the people who were murdered seven decades ago in Europe because they were Jews, we are here to honor the people who are being murdered at this very moment because they are the indigenous people of this land who are not Jews…
We express our support and solidarity for the Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with the three basic demands of:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
(Article by R. Abraham and M.A. Hussein; image via Jews Against Genocide)