Israelis Protest Maccabiah Games
At the opening ceremony of the 16th Maccabiah Games 8 brave women, divided into
two groups and dressed in black took action to protest Israeli policies. When
Minister Ariel Sharon started speaking, one group of women stood with a large
"War Criminals." When this first group was dragged and beaten by other
and then brutally removed from the stadium by Israeli police, the second group
women stood with a large sign, "Stop Ethnic Cleansing." Again, Israeli
and grabbed the women, and again, Israeli police came and dragged away the
peaceful, nonviolent protesters. The women were detained outside the stadium
then taken to Talpiyot Prison, where they were being held. The group was
after being charged with improper behavior.
The group released the following statement by circulating flyers at the
To the Jewish Communities:
We citizens of Israel want to warn you that you have been duped!
The Israeli government invited you to come as a show of support for the State
And yet, your presence here does the exact opposite.
Any support for the State of Israel today, is a rubber stamp for
bombings of civilian cities, ethnic cleanings, forced impoverishment,
apartheid of millions of Palestinians. These were the warning signs in the
Olympics. The whole world turned away then, and look what happened. Are you
to do the same?
We, who have been living this nightmare day in and out, want to tell you the
you will not hear from the Israeli Maccabiah officials who brought you over.
government does not act in self-defense, but purely on an offensive basis. The
military is occupying a foreign land and the struggle to end this occupation
Palestinian refugees is a struggle for liberation from oppression like in South
Just look at the facts. In the last 10 months, the Israeli government
Palestinians (31% children), shot and injured over 16,000 Palestinians, beat up
journalists, damaged over 4000 Palestinian buildings, uprooted 25,000 olive and
trees, bulldozed 42,000 dunams of Palestinian land, closed 41 schools (20,000
students) and caused $2 billion in losses to the Palestinian economy.
The entire world human rights community including Israeli organizations, have
denounced Israel's killings and excessive use of force against the 3 million
Palestinians under Israeli occupation and the 1 million Palestinian citizens of
And while you sit here in Teddy Stadium, built on the destroyed Palestinian
Malha, and celebrate a Jewish ("white-only") sports event, know that those same
indigenous Malha residents are just a few miles from here, barely surviving in
refugee camps inside Jerusalem and in the West Bank. Just last week, Jerusalem
Mayor Olmert destroyed 13 homes of these same refugees rendering these
Palestinians homeless and destitute once again. Is this the Jewish dream?
Your presence here for the Maccabiah supports Ariel Sharon, under indictment
crimes and who at the very moment together with the security forces, is
next round of bombings, assassinations, destruction and atrocities. Most of
actions have and will be carried out with US made weapons, financed by US tax
We citizens of Israel cannot sit silent, when the writing is on the wall for
atrocity against the Palestinian people. We plead with you to get up and leave
withdraw your support for the Israeli government's horrific policies against
They kept silent, and millions of Jews suffered. It's your chance to speak up.
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