Protest The Hebron Fund’s Banquet
Raising Money for Illegal Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land
The Marriott Marquis Hotel
Hebron Fund Uses US Tax Breaks to Support Settler Violence
On November 17th, the Marriott Marquis is hosting a fundraiser for the Hebron Fund, which provides financial support for the expansion of settlements by the most extreme, violent Israeli settlers. Hebron’s settlers regularly attack Palestinian schoolchildren who are on their way to school as well as the international supporters escorting them. Settlers use violence to seize more and more land and homes from Palestinians in order to build settlements in defiance of international law and formal US foreign policy. Because the Hebron Fund has non-profit status in the US - supposedly for educational, religious and medical purposes -taxpayers who contribute to the Fund get a tax exemption for supporting violence and defying international law.
A number of organizations sent a letterto the Marriott demanding it cancel the fundraiser. By allowing the Hebron Fund to fundraise on its premises, the Marriott Marquis is directly aiding activities that directly violate international law and US foreign policy, actively promote racial discrimination, and, at least indirectly, support brutal Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Hebron.
In response to the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, we call for all institutions and individuals to refuse to deal with the Hebron Fund, due to its support of violent lawbreaking and discrimination.
Hebron Photos (from top to bottom): Armed settlers , Market covered with fencing to catch objects thrown from settlers above, Settlers attacking Palestinian woman, Section of old city market no longer used due to settler violence and checkpoints