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Today, Solidarity is arguably the largest, most vibrant Bank transfers can be made to:t Haaretz senior political analyst Akiva Eldar:
and influential group in Israel arguing for democratic Democracy Defense Fund Ltd. (cc)
“the struggle over Sheikh Jarrah has become the

renewal and peace. Many commentators in Israel and Bank Hapoalim (#12) f

around the world view Solidarity as the one chance to Branch 574 way to revive the Israeli left and build a bridge
rejuvenate the Israeli left. 38 apalmach Street, Jerusalem, Israel

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connecting Jews and Arabs.” Haaretz, 12/31/10
IBAN: IL56-0125-7400-0000-0254-781 The Solidarity Movement, which has grown from weekly
SWIFT: POALILIT protests in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, is a
grassroots organization working towards civil equality within
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Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. With

hundreds of activists, and a record of consistent, principled
resistance to violations of democratic values, Solidarity is the
Israeli left’s new voice.c
Peter Beinart: “For several months now, a group

Background Activism of Israeli students has been traveling every

Friday to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of
Sheikh Jarrah... Although repeatedly arrested for
Sheikh Jarrah
The immediate context for Solidarity’s emergence was the forced protesting without a permit, and called traitors
eviction of four Palestinian families from their East Jerusalem The struggle against injustice in Sheikh Jarrah quickly turned
homes in 2009, along with the imminent threat of eviction of
and self-haters by the Israeli right, the students
into a vibrant political movement. Each Friday, hundreds of
additional families. These Palestinians are all former refugees who protesters from all over Israel congregate in the small
keep coming, their numbers now swelling into the
The distortions of four decades of occupation have
escaped their erstwhile houses during the 1948 war. Arriving in neighborhood, standing shoulder to shoulder with local thousands. What if American Jewish organizations
thoroughly pervaded Israeli society. Solidarity fights
then Jordanian ruled East Jerusalem, they waived their UN refugee Palestinians. Trying to suppress the protest, Israeli authorities brought these young people to speak at Hillel? oppression and discrimination on both sides on the
cards in exchange for the right to build houses on a vacant lot in arrested more than 160 activists; yet the demonstrations only What if this was the face of Zionism shown to Green Line. We believe that democracy cannot coexist
the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. f grew in numbers and influence. F America’s Jewish young?” D

with ethnic privilege. Solidarity activists work in both East

‘The Failure of the American Jewish Jerusalem and Israeli-Arab towns and villages where
After Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Jewish organi- In addition to hundreds of young activists, these

Establishment’, NYRB, May 2010 residents face evictions, house demolitions, and system-
zations claimed ownership over these houses by virtue of Ottoman demonstrations have drawn leading Israeli public figures such atic discrimination. In addition to the Friday demonstra-
deeds dating back to the 19th century. The families, however, as author David Grossman, former Speaker of the Knesset tions in East Jerusalem, weekly demonstrations are held
were not allowed to regain ownership over their former properties Avrum Burg, and Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman as well in the city of Lod, where demolition orders threaten more
in Israel, though backed by similar Ottoman deeds. Indeed, while as international luminaries such as President Jimmy Carter and than 1,500 Arab families. f
Israel’s “Absentee Properties Law” officially strips Palestinians of author Mario Vargas Llosa. On March 6th, more than 4,000
ownership rights over their pre-1948 properties, Jews are free to people descended on the neighborhood for one of the largest Solidarity also struggles for housing rights in the Arab city
reclaim possession of prewar assets. This inequality before the law and most inspiring Israeli-Palestinian rallies in recent history. of Taybeh, and in the Jewish city of Beit She’an, where
is responsible for the current crisis in Sheikh Jarrah. f Sheikh Jarrah subsequently became a symbol and rallying call Jewish public housing tenants fight to hold on to their
Novelist David Grossman: “We have something to Fight for
for the struggle against occupation, discrimination and and something to struggle for. People have to understand apartments. The Movement’s student groups (in four
Bernard Avishai: “Solidarity is poised to become dispossession in Israel and Palestine. D
this and come here, because this is the place, more than any university and college campuses) focus on exposing
a transformative movement. Its young leadership other place today, to protest and confront the root of the students to local struggles by initiating talks and discus-
instructs and inspires me. Here are the future occupation, where you can identify with the motives and with sions, and, most importantly, field excursions.f

leaders of Israel’s global democracy.” a just cause that can hardly be questioned.”F

Speech at Sheikh Jarrah, 4/9/2010