Attempts to prevent the Israeli government from deporting 38,000 Eritreans and Sudanese is one of the most remarkable campaigns in recent years.
It has really taken off in the USA and Israel. Here’s how it happened.
Dec. 11 – A webinar organized by Elliot Glassenberg, the Canadian-Israeli who has been trying to organize the North American Jewish community for several years through an American organization called Right Now . At this point it was a fringe movement, both in Israel and the U.S.
Dec. 13 – Hundreds of American Jews sign this letter to the Israeli Prime Minister. Here is the text of the letter, with only some of the signatories.
Jan. 2 (?) – The Israeli government formalized its expulsion order. Within a day it was all over the international news.
Jan. 5-8 – American Jewish philanthropist Joey Low had a series of meetings in Washington DC. Still seemed fringe, including because the only Congressional venue was with the Congressional Black Caucus (probably staff, no members of Congress).
Jan. 9 – ADL, a centrist and highly respected American Jewish organization which was previously on record as “no comment” on the issue, expressed concern to JTA in connection with JTA’s coverage of Joey Low’s event.