On the 26-28.6.2012 Sadaka Reut activists will launch a three day campaign against racism: “Fighting Racism- Resisting Separation”. Youth, university students, activists, program graduates and staff members will travel between different cities, and together with the residents, partake in political actions opposing racism, separation and structural racism.
In the past year there has been an ever growing trend of racism in Israel, targeting various groups, among them Palestinians, Ethiopian newcomers, refugees, asylum seekers and others. The Knesset (Israeli Parliament) has been leading an aggressive policy against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, through initiating and passing a long list of racist legislation. Furthermore, the government and the Knesset rarely oppose racist attacks, whether they take place in the city streets, in the educational system or in the sports fields, and as a result they act as collaborators to such actions. Blunt racist incitements targeting Palestinians, refugees and immigrants has become a public norm, and its violent implications are evident in the recent attacks that took place in cities in Israel. Moreover, the government is active in redistributing the public resources in an unequal manner, thereby impairing the rights of vast groups in society to enjoy equal rights to housing, education, medical services and welfare.
We, Palestinian and Jewish activists, are about to embark on a journey that seeks to connect between different communities that are struggling against racism. The route of the journey will pass through Kfar Kassem, Natanya, Jaffa, Jerusalem – East and West, and Bat Yam. In each of the cities we will join forces with the local residents and partners in our struggle against racism and separation between Palestinians and Jews, black and white people, ‘fellaheen’ (farmers) and Bedouins, Ashkenazim and Mizrachim, immigrants and those born here.
We will call out to the establishment:
We choose partnership not separation!
We choose solidarity not hatred!
We choose a joint struggle for a just and equal society!