FIDF is a multimillion dollar 501c3 not-for-profit organization that collects funds to send to the Israeli military. In 2014 at their last gala dinner, they raised $20 million for what they call “the wellbeing of IDF soldiers”. But this is NOT a humanitarian organization. The Israeli military, (the Israel Defense Forces), has been a violator of human rights and international law as seen in the recent massacre in Gaza, the 2008-9 massacre in Gaza, the 2006 attack on Lebanon, the 60+ year assault on and dispossession of the Palestinian people.
In fact, the primary duties of the Israel Defense Forces have been “to protect Israel’s illegal settlements, demolish Palestinian homes, make the lives of ordinary Palestinians miserable, and suppress Palestinian resistance to its ongoing ethnic cleansing by whatever means necessary.”
The Israeli military also enforces a discriminatory, apartheid system. In the West Bank, the army is directly involved in seizure of Palestinian land to build colonial settlements for Jews only, all in violation of international law. Palestinian communities which have maintained nonviolent campaigns to prevent seizure of their land, like Bil’in, Budrus, Biddu, Beit Libya, Al Zawiyya, Jayyous and Um Salomona, have endured deaths and injuries at the hands of the military.
Finally, the Israel Defense Force’s ongoing use of US weapons to enforce an illegal military occupation and to commit human rights abuses puts it in violation of US law, specifically the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act.
The Friends of the IDF is not welcome in New York City to get more money, at a minimum cost of $1,000 a seat, to perpetuate its war against the Palestinian people and the system of apartheid the army upholds.
WAR CRIMES WE MUST PROTEST, BOYCOTT, SANCTION, AND DIVEST.
WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015, 5:30 - 7 PM
WHERE: WALDORF ASTORIA, PARK AVE. @ 50TH ST.