This post is a bit of a departure for the website. While our focus is generally
on what is happening in Israel and Palestine, we want to also occasionally
draw the connections between the political culture here in the U.S. and in
Israel and Palestine, and how they influence one another.
Protesters at the Museum of Tolerance in LA
Yesterday in Manhattan and LA, protests were held at the Museum of Tolerance
in each city. The occasion was an event to honor the Freedom Riders, brave civil
rights activists who put their bodies on the line in the 1960′s in the struggle for
equality for African-Americans in the U.S.
The Museum of Tolerance has taken a position against the Park 51 mosque near
Ground Zero, has helped foment Islamophobia in the U.S., and is building its
museum–for tolerance!– on the site of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. While the
Museum is celebrating the work of those fighting for civil rights decades ago, why
does it not speak out for the equal rights of Muslim Americans today?
This is the question asked at today’s protests, sponsored by Jews Against Islamoph-
obia in New York (whose members include JVP-NY, Jews Say No!, Jews for Racial
and Economic Justice, and American Jews for a Just Peace) and JVP-LA and Code
Pink in LA.