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Not In My Name
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Evanston IL 60201

Not In My Name to Sponsor Vigil to Protest the Israeli Separation Wall

At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 22, 2004, Not In My Name (NIMN) will host a special vigil at Water Tower Park (830 N Michigan Avenue), in downtown Chicago.  We do this in conjunction with the international protests against the Israeli Separation Wall, which are being held around the world this weekend.  The protests aim to focus public attention on the legal action against the Wall, which will be presented to the International Court of Justice, in the Hague, on Monday.

We recognize that the construction of this Wall, which has already completely surround the Palestinian city of Qalqilya, is a major obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  While Israel has announced that it will not even to defend itself in front of this international body, and while Alan Dershowitz has declared it to be a kangaroo court, NIMN considers the development of international law to be an important advance in the history of human societies. 

“If I were to build a fence between my neighbor and me, I would have every right to build it on my own property,” explained NIMN’s Joel Finkel.  “But I have no right to build it in my neighbor’s backyard.”  Finkel continued, “I do not believe that Israel is building this Wall to improve the security of anyone.  And it won’t.  It is simply using that argument to justify its construction.  Its real purpose it to acquire more land and, primarily, to separate the Palestinian people from each other, placing them under permanent control of the Israeli military.  It is to create disparate economically depressed regions into which the Palestinians are ghettoized and surrounded.”

Not In My Name, which is a predominantly, though not exclusive, Jewish organization, opposes the construction of this Wall because it is part of a process that makes the Occupation permanent and that increases inter-communal hatred.  It cannot possibly lead to justice and, therefore, will only prolong the horrific conflict and suffering of the two societies.

This is why NIMN opposes the entire Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.  Among our activities, we hold a weekly vigil each Sunday from Noon to 1:00pm at the Water Tower Park, 830 N.  Michigan.  These vigils began on March 20, 2001, and we will soon be entering our fourth year.  We welcome the participation of all people of good will.

We hope to be joined by several other groups and this week’s special vigil.

[February 20, 2021]