This Just In!!! -A great example of guerrilla theater! Sorry, no contact information. It wasn’t provided in the press release, which is copied below.
-Emma Rosenthal_Cafe Intifada
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<>Die In at South Station- Young Jews Denounce Israeli Attacks on Civilians!
Boston, MA – August 1, 2006 – A group of young American Jews staged a
“Die In” this morning at South Station, and on the corner of Atlantic
Avenue and Summer Street in downtown Boston to demonstrate their
opposition to recent actions by the Israeli government in Lebanon and
“We want to break the false consensus of unequivocal support for Israel
and make it known that many American Jews disagree with our
government’s support of Israeli aggression. We also want to call
attention to the human rights crisis occurring in Gaza and Lebanon,”
commented group member Matt Soycher, of Jamaica Plain. “As young
American Jews, we are outraged and frightened. Recent rallies called by
Jewish organizations in support of Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and Gaza
have not spoken for us. Now, we are speaking for ourselves.”
Participants wore black clothing with stickers that read “Not all U.S.
Jews support Israel’s actions!” They fell to the ground in dead-like
positions among the morning commuters to re-create the devastating
effects of violent attacks on civilian populations.
Distinguishing themselves from other recent protests led by Jewish
groups in the Greater Boston region, these American Jews take the
position that Israel’s attacks on civilians, UN observers,
infrastructure, and refugees is unethical, counterproductive, and
contrary to the Jewish tradition of respect for human rights. Since
Israeli bombing began on July 12, more than 750 Lebanese and 51
Israelis have died in the violence. Over one third of the Lebanese
casualties have been children.
Liz Jackson, of Cambridge, explained her motivation to initiate the
action, “We mourn the Israeli dead, and our thoughts are with the
people of northern Israel, Lebanon, and Gaza alike. Our concern for all
people of the region moves us to question the utility of Israel’s
horrific aggression towards its own neighbors. If Israel is willing to
kill UN observers, civilians, and especially children, how will the
Participants began the action at 8:00 am, on Tuesday August 1st, inside
the South Station commuter station, and ended on the corner of Atlantic
Avenue and Summer Street.