Thirty-seven American Jews have been arrested across the United States protesting outside of major Jewish institutions and the offices of elected officials. The demonstrations were in protest of the violence towards the Palestinians at the hands of Israel.
The Jewish-American group IfNotNow organized protests in Boston, New York, Twin Cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC. The protesters condemned violence against the unarmed protesters taking part in the "Great Return March."
The group have been protesting since the morning of April 3rd. Activists chained themselves to the Israeli Consulate of New England and read the Mourner's Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for family or community members who have passed on. They demanded Consul General Yehuda Yaakov to condemn the violence at the Gaza border. Eight activists in all were arrested.
After the Boston protest, IfNotNow showed up in force outside of New York Senator Chuck Schumer's New York City office. Seven protesters were arrested for blocking the doors of Schumer's offices.
April 10th in Minnesota, a group of IfNotNow activists locked arms in front of the Jewish Community Relations Council building. The next day, five more Jewish activists were arrested for blocking the doors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. April 13, a group of 20 from IfNotNow Bay Area protested outside of California Senator Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco. Feinstein tweeted later that afternoon how the situation was “exceptionally destructive for both the Palestinians and the state of Israel. It must end. Violence is not the pathway to reconciliation.”
Five more IfNotNow activists were arrested outside of Maryland Senator Ben Cardin's office on Capitol Hill on Monday.