Highlights of 2013
LEV LEVIEV – Adalah-NY continued its campaign, begun in 2007, against the Israeli diamond magnate and settlement builder Lev Leviev. This campaign has had a number of successes, with governments, investment banks, celebrities, and international aid agencies distancing themselves from Leviev and his company Africa Israel. In 2013, we continued to place pressure on Leviev to end his settlement construction activities in the occupied West Bank:
- December 14, 2013: 7th Annual Anti-Apartheid Holiday Caroling at the Leviev jewelry store in New York City.
- September 4, 2013: Signed letter with Palestinian civil society organizations urging the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global to reinstate their ban on investment in Africa Israel.
- January 2013: Continued a campaign begun in 2012 asking City Harvest to end their connection with Lev Leviev.
Adalah-NY’s advocacy in 2013 with both the Norwegian Government and City Harvest to end relations with Leviev’s companies ultimately proved successful in early 2014.
TIAA-CREF – In 2013, Adalah-NY continued its support for the We Divest campaign against the pension giant TIAA-CREF, which was originally begun by Jewish Voice for Peace and endorsed by numerous human rights groups across the globe. The campaign calls for TIAA-CREF to divest from companies supporting and profiting from Israeli apartheid, violations of international law, and human rights abuses. These companies include SodaStream, Elbit Systems, Caterpillar, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Veolia and Hewlett-Packard.
In the Fall of 2013, a focus began on boycotting SodaStream, which manufactures and distributes home carbonation devices and flavoring for soft drinks. SodaStream’s main production site is in Mishor Edomin, the industrial park of Ma’aleh Adumim, an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
- December 17, 2013: SodaStream Singalong protest where activists from Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace-NY, Park Slope Food Coop Members for BDS, and other groups protested outside Target at Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn as part of the National Days of Action against SodaStream.
- July 17, 2013: Organized a demonstration − featuring the Anti-Apartheid Mime Troupe − in front of TIAA-CREF headquarters for the 2013 Annual Shareholders meeting as part of the We Divest TIAA-CREF National Day of Action.
- May 13, 2013: Participated in a demonstration organized by New York City-based chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine for the TIAA-CREF Student Day of Action.
- February 7, 2013: Demonstrated with fellow We Divest coalition members and TIAA-CREF shareholders in support for a shareholder resolution asking trustees to end investments in companies that contribute to or enable serious human rights violations, including companies whose products support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.
CULTURAL and ACADEMIC BOYCOTT – The cultural boycott against Israel aims to counteract Israel’s use of cultural events and performers to normalize its illegal occupation of Palestine and whitewash its violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. As part of this movement, Adalah-NY participates in actions aimed at isolating Israeli cultural institutions complicit in their government’s actions.
Adalah-NY is also in support of the academic boycott as called for by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, PACBI. This is based on the fact that Despite the efforts of a handful of principled academics, the Israeli academy is profoundly implicated in supporting and perpetuating Israel’s systematic denial of Palestinian rights and is complicit in the Israeli system of oppression that has denied Palestinians those basic rights guaranteed by international law, including academic freedom and the right to education.
- In December 2013, in response to the the American Studies Association (ASA) vote to endorse the academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Adalah-NY issued an action alert, Defend Scholars under Attack for Supporting BDS, asking supporters to sign petitions, use social media, monitor the media, write op-eds and contact elected representatives to combat the backlash by university officials and politicians.
- October 23, 2013: “Militarization, Domestic Spying, and the Boycott of Israel.” Participated in panel presented by New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT).
- October 29, 2013: Organized a protest of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Lincoln Center Fundraiser with musical support from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.
- October 27, 2013: Organized a protest of Israeli musician Idan Raichel at the Beacon Theater.
- October, 22, 2013: Helped expose Hollywood anti-BDS “peace” group Creative Community for Peace’s ties to right-wing LA nonprofit Stand With Us.
OTHER BDS ACTIONS
- June 2, 2013: Participated in a protest during an Israel-Honduras football match at New York City’s Citi Field.
- April 9, 2013: Organized protest on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day in support of the Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) campaign urging Ben & Jerry’s, a leader of the socially responsible business community, to stop marketing, catering and selling ice cream in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
BDS MOVEMENT BUILDING – Adalah-NY organized panels, took part in a number of conferences and events, and carried out workshops to present our work and participate in an ongoing discussion to further develop the BDS movement in the United States and internationally. Activities included:
- September 20-22: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 12th Annual National Organizers Conference. Organized “The Art of BDS Protest” workshop and presented in “TIAA-CREF a Target for Divestment: Looking back...Moving Forward” workshop and “Building Solidarity Across Black, Native American, and Palestinian Struggles” panel.
- June 8, 2013: “From Occupy to Occupied: Palestinians on the Front Line of Popular Protest.” Panel featuring Abir Kopty and Amin Hussain at Alwan for the Arts, New York, NY.
- June 7-9, 2013: Left Forum tabling and presentations, New York City.
- June 4, 2013: “Israel/Palestine Is an LGBT Issue.” Panel discussion featuring Sarah Schulman and Pauline Park at Queens Pride House.
- May 21, 2013: “Calls to Conscience: Prison Resistance in Palestine, Guantánamo, the U.S. and Iran.” Panel featuring Sahar Francis, Leili Kashani, Victoria Law, Asoo, and Darryl Li at the Brecht Forum, New York, NY.
- April 6-7, 2013: NYC Anarchist Book Fair tabling and workshop, New York City.
- March 16, 2013: Organized “Building Solidarity across Black, Native American, and Palestinian Struggles,” an evening of discussion and music, with Aaron Dixon, Janene Yazzie, Riham Barghouti, Dave Zirin, L. Mixashawn Rozie, composer Alia Ahmed, Courtnee Roze, Farrah Burns, and the Columbia Palestinian Dabke Brigade, at St Mary’s Church as part of 2013 Israeli Apartheid Week in New York City, co-presented with Scientific Soul Sessions.
- March 6, 2013: “From The Roots: Building Resistance Across Colonized Lands.” Presented in Israeli Apartheid Week panel in Toronto, Canada.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Adalah-NY maintained a dedicated social media team to amplify our presence on Facebook and Twitter. Over the course of the year we saw our Facebook page grow to over 1,200 “likes”, and our Twitter following grew to over 2,200.
- We used both social media platforms to disseminate information about our campaigns and events, and also worked in coalition with other groups to organize Twitter actions in support of various campaigns.
In 2013, WESPAC Foundation continued to act as our fiscal sponsor.
- Grant from the the Sparkplug Foundation: $5,000
- Donations from individuals: $7,340
Total 2013 revenue: $12,340
- Web site hosting, design, and maintenance: $3,800
- Demonstrations: $310
- Special events: $593
- Meetings and conferences: $453
- Advertising: $500
- Organizational dues: $103
- We Divest campaign: $200
- Educational materials and projects: $932
- Administrative fees: $907
Total 2013 expenditures: $7,798