Fiesta Shalom, in celebration of Israel’s 61 years of colonialism, will take place on Sunday at the restored Breed Street Shul in East Los Angeles. It promises to be a celebration of Jewish and Latino culture.
This event includes students from LAUSD, involved in LAUSD programs, such as the Roosevelt HS mariachis!!! (With all the insistence that UTLA members exercise “balance” when discussing the issue of Palestinian human rights, one has to ask: what balance is there when school children are encouraged to participate in a propagandistic event as part of a school sanctioned activity!!!!)
What follows are links for more information.
So far Quetzal has pulled out of the program, citing misinformation when it was first invited.
here is their letter:
Richard Montoya from Culture Clash (isn’t THAT ironic!) is master of ceremonies.
Self Help Graphics, Arte Calidad and Plaza de la Raza will be providing a workshop!!!!
Danza Floricanto will be performing
Contact info to encourage them to boycott:
Arte Calidad Cultural Institute
519 S. Hewett St.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90013
To Contact Danza Floricanto/USA:
Please send email to:
Plaza de la Raza:
Self Help Graphics:
I could not find contact info for Culture Clash.
I am very disappointed that you will be participating in the upcoming event “Fiesta Shalom” which celebrates Israeli “Independence” and is sponsored by the Israeli Consulate.
Israel is a colonial settler state, with an apartheid system of segregation, with specific privileges granted on the basis of religious/ethnic identity. Israeli brutality against the indigenous Palestinian population has been well documented.
Currently Palestinian cultural, community, educational and labor groups have called for a cultural boycott of Israel.
Joining in this celebration gives legitimacy to Israeli brutality and supremacy.
Already, Quetzal, who was originally scheduled to perform at this event, has pulled out.
As they state in the letter, improved relations between Jewish and Latino communities is a wonderful idea, but co-opting the Latino community in complicity with Israeli war crimes has little to do with improved community relations.
As a Jewish human rights activist, I encourage you to follow Quetzal’s example and withdraw from this event.
the event leaflet: