Climate group refuses to attend voting rights rally due to pro-Israel attendees

Climate group refuses to attend voting rights rally due to pro-Israel attendees
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An environmental activism group will not attend Saturday's Freedom to Vote rally because pro-Israel groups will be in attendance, it announced.

The presence of a number of "Zionist organizations" is too much for Sunrise DC to attend the rally, given the group's "commitment to racial justice, self-governance, and indigenous sovereignty," according to a statement.

"We oppose Zionism and any state that enforces its ideology," Sunrise DC said. "Israel, in its occupation of the land of Palestine and its people, has and continues to engage in violent oppressive tactics that go against the values we advocate for as a hub."


The pro-Israel groups that would disturb the presence of Sunrise DC include the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and the National Council of Jewish Women.

These groups are "all in alignment with and in support of Zionism and the State of Israel," the organization said.

Israel, through oppressive policies and construction of settlements, treats Palestinians and Jewish people of color as voiceless, second-class citizens, Sunrise DC claimed.

"We stand with the people of Palestine and not with those who defend Israeli violence against them," the group said. "We also believe that the fight for statehood and sovereignty are incompatible with Zionism and the political erasure of Palestinians that the ideology calls for."

Sunrise DC's decision not to attend the rally because of pro-Israel attendees has received bipartisan criticism, including from Democratic leaders.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, called the choice offensive Wednesday in a Twitter post.


"Refusing to participate in civic life with Jewish groups — especially those groups who are committed to social justice here in the US, in Israel and around the world — is misguided, unproductive, offensive and wrong," Nadler wrote.

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Original Author: Luke Gentile

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