Today, June 11th marks the second anniversary of the murder of East Jerusalem Palestinian, Ziad Jilani. He was killed execution-style by Maxim Vinogradov of the Israeli Border Police on June 11, 2010 as he was driving home from Friday prayers to treat his American-born wife, Moira and his three children to dinner out. I’ve written extensively about Jilani’s murder in a number of posts here.
An East Jerusalem memorial took place a few hours ago attended by nearly 300 people. There will be a memorial tonight at the Israeli consulate in New York City at 800 2nd Avenue, near 42nd Street from 5-7PM (local time). In Los Angeles, there will be a memorial organized by the local Jewish Voice for Peace chapter and Ziad’s sister, Iman at the Israeli consulate, 11766 Wilshire Boulevard from 5-7PM. There was an event at the Israeli consulate in Toronto on June 9th. There will also be a memorial at the Israeli consulate in Helsinki.
Organizers are also seeking 3,000 signatures on a petition intended for Israel’s attorney general, asking him to reopen the criminal case against Vinogradov which was closed by a regional court “for lack of evidence.” It is urgent that you participate, as AG Weinstein will make his decision in the next nine days. Also, visit the website launched to memorialize Jilani and demand justice on his behalf at Killing Without Consequence. If you’re on Twitter, tweet #EndIsraeliImpunity as often as you can today to see if we can get it trending in memory of Ziad.
As I write this, Channel 2 news is airing a 2 1/2 minute segment on the murder.
The only IDF soldiers who’s ever been held accountable for killing a Palestinian have been non-Jewish (Druze in particular). No Jewish soldier has ever been charged in such crimes. We aim to change that and make all Israeli soldiers accountable.