A man holds an Israeli national flag in Washington, DC

U.S. climate group refuses to rally with 'Zionist organizations'

Sunrise DC hit with accusations of anti-Semitism after pulling out of voting rights protest featuring number of groups supporting Israel, which it calls a 'colonial project'

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Published: 10.21.21, 10:44
The Washington DC chapter of a national climate activist group is being accused of anti-Semitism after turning down participation at a voting rights rally because a “number of Zionist organizations” will be taking part in the event.
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  • “Given our commitment to racial justice, self-governance, and indigenous sovereignty, we oppose Zionism and any state that enforces its ideology,” Sunrise DC said in a statement it posted Tuesday on Twitter.
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    A man holds an Israeli national flag during a rally on 'No Fear: a Rally in Solidarity With the Jewish People' on the National Mall in Washington, DC on July 11, 2021.
    A man holds an Israeli national flag during a rally on 'No Fear: a Rally in Solidarity With the Jewish People' on the National Mall in Washington, DC on July 11, 2021.
    A man holds an Israeli national flag in Washington, DC
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    The group named the National Council of Jewish Women, the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs as groups supporting Israel, which it calls a "colonial project."
    The Freedom to Vote Relay-Rally on Saturday features a bike ride to the U.S. Capitol from West Virginia, the home state of Senate Democrat Joe Manchin, who is sponsoring a voting rights act named “Freedom to Vote.”
    Sunrise DC called for one of the rally’s main organizers, Declaration for American Democracy, to remove the three pro-Israel Jewish groups from a coalition it has put together.
    The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism posted a response on Twitter, calling it "unfortunate that any organization would refuse to join together to protect voting rights."
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    Pro-Israel demonstrators attend a rally denouncing anti-Semitism in Manhattan, May 23, 2021
    Pro-Israel demonstrators attend a rally denouncing anti-Semitism in Manhattan, May 23, 2021
    Pro-Israel demonstrators
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    Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives and a leading voting rights advocate in Congress, also weighed in. “Refusing to participate in civic life with Jewish groups — especially those groups who are committed to social justice here in the U.S., in Israel and around the world — is misguided, unproductive, offensive, and wrong,” he said on Twitter.
    Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted that the action by Sunrise DC is "the vilification of Jewish nationhood and a litmus test for all who support it. This is antisemitic – plain and simple."
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