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Two Protests at RE/MAX

Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Boston-area activists initiated a new Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions project at RE/MAX real estate agency.

Protests were held at the RE/MAX offices in Davis Square, Somerville and in Jamaica Plain in Boston.  RE/MAX is selling homes in settlements that are widely accepted as violating international law.  Israeli settlements have displaced thousands of Palestinian families.  The settlements have been built on land that belongs to the Palestinian people.

The chairman of the Board of RE/MAX, Dave Liniger has been asked by the BDS campaign to halt the selling of these properties by RE/MAX's franchise in Israel, but thus far the company has failed to take action.  

The Jamaica Plain protest was particularly successful.  The group made an appointment with RE/MAX to make sure there would be someone at the realty office, they organized a delegation to deliver a letter on the issue that included people who had just been to Palestine.  They were not adversarial, which led to a fruitful discussion with the JP office of RE/MAX.  

Future actions are being considered, such as:  leafleting/standing out once a month at the JP RE/MAX, organizing a boycott, getting churches to support, among other ideas.

The actions were organized by CODEPINK Greater Boston, the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, United for Justice with Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, American Friends Service Commitee - Northeast Regional Office, and Dorchester People for Peace in response to a national call from CODEPINK.  

 

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