TakeDownTheIsraeliFlag
Take Down the Israeli Flag

 

We Jewish people internationally appeal to Jews and Jewish organizations around the world to remove Israel flags from communal spaces, whether at Jewish schools, Jewish Federation offices or synagogues. It is clear to us - and much of the world - as the reports of B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch have demonstrated - that the Israeli State is an Apartheid regime and therefore, as international law correctly confirms, it is an ongoing crime against humanity.

 

The government of Israel, since its start, has been determined to totally subjugate or remove the indigenous Palestinians from the land they’ve lived in for centuries. The Jewish supremacist state of Israel is deeply discriminatory and necessarily violent towards Palestinians who naturally resist oppression and expulsion. Israel logically allies itself with Far Right and Anti-Semitic forces even though this endangers Jews worldwide. That may seem astounding, but these noxious alliances have long been the practice of the Zionist organizations that worked to create Israel.

 

It is increasingly important for Jews to distinguish between Judaism and the State of Israel and its policies. By featuring an Israeli flag prominently in our communal institutions we permit anti-Semites to believe that our interests are inextricably linked to those of a state whose policies we abhor.

 

The Israeli flag has the status of the Confederate flag.

 

We are appalled at the idea that it represents us.

 

It should be taken down.

 

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Initial Signers
(college or organizational mention for identification purposes only)

 

Elizabeth Aaronsohn
retired professor of Teacher Education, Central CT State University

 

Benjamin Balthaser
member of Jewish Voice for Peace

 

Marcia Bernstein
retired social worker
MSW from Hunter College, NYC 

 

 

Daniel Boyarin
Taubmann Professor of Talmudic Culture, UC Berkeley

 

Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Professorial Research Associate
SOAS University of London
Author of: An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defence Forces Made a Nation

 

Judith Butler
Professor and author
UC Berkeley

 

David Cannon
Chair of Jewish Network for Palestine

 

Robert Cohen
Jewish writer on Israel/Palestine
MA student at Lancaster University

 

S. Cooper
Translator of Yiddish
Massachusetts

 

Judith Cravitz
London

 

Merav Devere

 

Dr. Harry Feldman
Cobargo, Australia

 

 

Sid Frankel

University of Manitoba

 

 

Judith Fieldstone

Chevy Chase. MD

retired

 

 

Joseph C. Gerson (PhD)
President
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security, Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Sue Goldstein
Artist and activist, Toronto
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Canada

 

Tony Greenstein

Vice President, Brighton & Hove Trades Council/Unit
Brighton UK

 

Stanley Heller
Host of "The Struggle" Video News
Connecticut

 

Henry Herskovitz
Biological Jew
anti-Israel activist; member, "Witness for Peace"
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

 

 

Steve Krevisky 

CT Peace and Solidarity Coalition 

 

Bernice Laschinger
Psychotherapist
Wembley

 

David Letwin
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Rutgers PTLFC AAUP-AFT, Local 6324

 

Michael Letwin
Former President, Assn. of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

 

Rabbi David Mivasair

Hamilton, Ontario

 

 

Seth Morrison

Jewish Voice for Peace

 

 

Sarah Plant
Composer, Activist with immigrants' organization NYC

 

 

Susan Pashkoff

London, GB

 

 

Vivienne Porzsolt

Jews against the Occupation Sydney

 

Karen Pomer
co-founder, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, and
granddaughter of anti-Zionist Bergen Belsen survivor.

 

Roland Rance
London

 

Ned Rosch
Recently returned from working in Gaza

 

Margaret Ratner Kunstler
Human Rights Attorney

 

David Rothstein
Stamford, CT

 

Richard Silverstein
Journalist
Publisher, Tikun Olam

 

Michael Steven Smith
Co-host, Law And Disorder Radio

Inbar Tamari
London

 

Norman Traub

Leigh on Sea, Essex

retired NHS (National Health Service) Consultant

 

 

Dr Philip Ward
Retired - Sheffield

 

Dr Rodney Watts member JNP/JVP,
signatory JJP chairman www.campain.org
Lives near Gateshead, NE England

 

Julie Wornan
Retired computer professional
climate activist living in France

 

b.h. Yael
Artist/Professor, Toronto
OCAD University 

 

 

If you are Jewish [religiously, culturally, by birth, heritage, etc. ] and you'd like to sign on as a supporter of this statement:
1) send an email to mail@thestruggle.org with message
"I want to sign on the 'Take Down the Flag' statement".
2) Add your full name and a line of identification (profession, or activist group, or college, or general geographic location, etc.)

 

More Signers:

Wendy Brown

UC Berkeley 

 

Alex Nissen
Specialist Trauma Counsellor 

Feminist Lesbian Human Rights Activist 

Israel Australia

 

Miranda Pinch

Hampshire UK

 

Dr Jo Tulloch

Retired Social Worker & PSC member

Brighton, UK

 

Diana Neslen

Retired

Ilford Essex England

 

Helen Martins
Retired editor, UK
Second generation 

 

 Shlomo Dowen

Active Citizen 

(Nottinghamshire, England) 

 

Ron Mendel

retired senior lecturer in International Relations and Politics

Bristol, UK

 

Elizabeth Morley

Aberystwyth , Wales

 

Wieland Hoban

Composer and translator

Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Germany)

 

Andrew K. Liberman
Social services case manager

California

 

Judy Favish

retiree

 

Simon Korner

Labour Party 

 

Jonathan Bellos 

Brighton UK 

 

Rosalind Levy

South London, UK

 

Sylvia Finzi

Artist

London, UK 

 

Iris Hefets 

Psychoanalyst

Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East

 Germany

 

Justin Dobbins

Marxist-Leninist & Communist Activist

Queens, New York 

 

Gabriel Hagai

Orthodox Rabbi

 Paris, France 

Peace Activist, and Member of many International Interfaith Dialog Organizations 

 

Yosefa Loshitzky

Professorial Research Associate,

SOAS, University of Lonodn 

 

 Richard A. Levy, 

founding attorney of Levy Ratner

a P.C, labor and civil rights law firm

 

Nirit Sommerfeld

Israeli-German actress, singer, writer, activist  

 

 Sonya Levene

Member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians 

Member of Na'amod

Member of Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign 

 

Dr. Hadas Leonov

Board member of the "Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost"

 (Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East)

Germany

 

Ana Ratner

Hudson Valley, Sculptor, Creator of The Other Almanac

 

Fran Bartkowski

professor, Rutgers University-Newark, 

and/or Montclair, New Jersey

 

David L. Mandel,

Sacramento, 

human rights attorney

Active member of Jewish Voice for Peace, 

Democratic Socialists of America, 

California Democratic Party Central Committee

 

Sam Weinstein

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network 

UK

 

Michael Kalmanovitz

signing on behalf of the 

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network UK

 

Robert Rosenthal

Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

 

Suzanne Nobel
Master's Student Hispanic Studies, McGill University 

 

Laura Schielfer
Co-Founder, Plant the Land Team
Total Liberation Campaign Director, Institute for Critical Animal Studies 

 

Bernard Spiegal

London

UK

 

David Mario Comedi, 

Physicist, Professor, 

National University of Tucumán and CONICET, 

Argentina

 

Caroline Finkelstein

International civil servant, Retired

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Switzerland

 

Nathan Finkelstein

Director, Research and  development, Retired

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Switzerland

 

Elizabeth Berger MD

Child Psychiatrist

New York, NY

 

Roger Tucker

Editor/Publisher One Democratic State 

Born Jewish but not tribal

Mexico

 

Robert Kirchner, PhD
Associate Professor

Dept. of Linguistics, University of Alberta (retired)

 

Wolfe Erlichman

Independent Jewish Voices 

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

 

Stuart Soloway

member Jewish Voice for Peace

Somerville, Ma

 

Lucía Pizarro

Rabbi at the Jewish Liberation Theology Institute

Hamilton, Ontario. 

 

Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Health Policy and Management

York University

Toronto, Canada

 

Cathy Gulkin

Documentary filmmaker

Toronto, Canada

 

Noam Perry

Researcher at   investigate.afsc.org 

American Friends Service Committee

Jewish Voice for Peace

 

Karen Platt

JVP member
Albany CA

 

Henry N. Lowi
lawyer, law professor, anti-Zionist

 

Mark Cramer

France and USA

Author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist

 

Mitch Bollag

Concord, North Carolina

 

Ruth Fruchtman

Writer

Berlin

 

Rae Abileah, Kohenet
Ordained Jewish Clergy
Beautiful Trouble
Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

 

Jan Galkowski

retired statistician, test engineer
active quantitative ecologist and amateur bryologist

 

Miriam Meir

Human Rights Activist. 

Calgary, Canada

 

Dr. Sheila Delany

Emerita, Simon Fraser University

Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Elizabeth Block

Toronto, Canada

Member of Independent Jewish Voices

 

Tracy S. Feldman

Associate Professor of Biology

St. Andrews University

Laurinburg, NC

 

Marty Rosenbluth

Immigration and Human Rights Attorney

Jim Haber

Unceded Ohlone territory 

aka San Francisco Bay Area 

 

Tanya Ury
Jewish by birth, artist and writer, 

allied to The Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, 

Germany

 

Harold Shuster

Independent Jewish Voices - Winnipeg

Winnipeg, MB Canada

 

Cheryl Gaster, LL.B., C. Med

Human Rights Lawyer (Retired)

 

 

Sylvia Cohen

Jewish Network for Palestine  (JNP)

 

Ellen Isaacs

retired physician,

 member JVP NYC, co-editor multiracialunity.org 

 

Ellen Cantarow

New York City

journalist and longtime writer on Palestine

 

Helga Mankovitz

Member of Independent Jewish Voices

Kingston, Canada

 

David Skulski

General Manager

Peretz Centre for Jewish Culture

 

Elsa Auerbach 

Professor Emerita

University of Massachusetts Boston

 

Marty Roth

Emeritus professor, 

University of Minnesota and IJV-Vancouver

 

Ruth Matilsky

Highland Park NJ

Member of Jewish Voice for Peace

Member of an egalitarian havurah

 

Leon Pulsinelle 

Jewish Voice for Peace, 

Central NJ 

 

Marion Munk

Piscataway, NJ

Retired Visual Arts Professor, Middlesex College

 

Elias B. Trout
Brandeis University Class of ‘21

 

Michael Levin  

Musician 

 

Rabbi Brant Rosen

Tzedek 

Chicago

 

Mika Wisnefsky
student Connecticut/London

 

Jamie Pagirsky, MPA

Homeless Outreach Worker,

NYC

 

Andrew Shapiro

New York, NY

Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Alan Meyers

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics

Boston University School of Medicine

Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council

Palestine Advocacy Project

Cambridge MA USA

 

Ronda Cooperstein

Retired prison librarian 

Maryland 

 

Zach Kerner

Attorney, New York

 

Marc Siegel

Professor of Film Studies

Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

 

Mocha Jean Herrup

Jewish Voice for Peace Boston 

 

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Editor, Tikkun Magazine   

Chair,  The Network of Spiritual Progressives  g

Rabbi,  Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in S.F. and Berkeley, CA

 

Sarah Plant

Immigrant rights activist, Composer

NYC

Zachary Sklar

Writer, New York

 

Deidre Radford

Vice President

Red Rock Democratic Club

Las Vegas, NV 

 

Nancy Stern

Associate Professor

The City College of New York, CUNY

 

Leslie Goldberg

Henderson, NV, USA

 

Michael Sappir,

Leipzig, Germany

 

Noel Hamel

New Malden, England

 

Jonathan M. Lohnes

PhD Candidate 

Cornell University

Cornell Collective for Justice in Palestine

 

 Ann Jungman 

author, London

 

Sylvia Cohen

London

 

Jenny Kassman
Retired
Labour Party
London, UK

 

Riva Joffe
Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility
Jews for Justice for Palestine

 

Micah Bazant

Artist

Berkeley, CA

 

Judith Cravitz 

Jews for Justice for Palestinians

Jordan Reznick, Ph.D.
Faculty, California College of the Arts
Member, Standing Up for Racial Justice, Bay Area

 

Richard Wagman
Honorary President,
French Jewish Peace Union
(UJFP - Union Juive Française pour la Paix)

 

Jacques Bude
Professor emeritus
University of Brussels

 

Jeremiah M. Gelles, MD FACC

Brooklyn, NY

 

Didier Samain
University Professor (Paris, France)
 

 Michael Nagler
The Metta Center for Nonviolence, Founder and President 

 

Robert E. Lerner

Professor Emeritus of History; Northwestern University