How do we take our values and our intuition regarding the ways in which oppression is perpetuated around us, and begin to actually mend the fissures and tears breaking apart the very worlds in which we inhabit?
Can Marcel Ophuls' 1969 documentary "The Sorrow and the Pity" about the French resistance in Occupied France (1940-1944) help us understand the occupation of Palestine (1967-present)?
"Sickened by the rising tide of hatred in the U.S. and Israel - in desperate search of catharsis and impact - a young advocate excavates the hard truths of her identity hoping to inspire others to re-examine their place in the ongoing struggle for peace."
For so many, so far away, this place and these people are caricatures and characters in a story with terrible dialogue, but outstanding set design.
By Aaron Steinberg-Madow
Following Odeh's visit to New York, progressive Jewish Americans have realized that they face a historic choice. We can continue, despite all evidence, to believe that liberal Israeli Jews will be able to wrestle the Knesset away from the right-wing and broker the peace deal that will decisively preserve Israel's Jewish demographic majority and end the settlement project. Or we can throw our full support behind Ayman Odeh and the leadership of Palestinian citizens of Israel.
The checkpoint is absolutely no place for a mezuzah. Whereas the checkpoint is a place which thrives off of and breeds a cycle of hatred, the mezuzah is an object whose purpose is to remind us to love. The presence of the mezuzah at the checkpoint is a stark manifestation of the exploitation of Jewish tradition that is used to justify institutionalized racism in Israel.
In reality, the checkpoints serve as an extension of the national mission to humiliate and dehumanize Palestinians—collective punishment against tens of thousands of Palestinians for the crimes of a few dozen people. Free Jerusalem's aim is to provide a sliver of security for the Palestinians by documenting instances of border police harassment and humiliation of Palestinians during searches and letting our presence be known.
by Yonit Friedman
We planned a protest to deliver a single demand: that within a month’s time, the Jewish Federations of North America state clearly and publicly that both the umbrella organization and all local Federations will not condition support for Jewish institutions and organizations on these institutions’ adherence to red lines around Israel, such as Hillel International’s Standards of Partnership.
In this episode, Humble Mumbles happens upon a really cool fellow in Hebron, a city in the West Bank. We talk about Israeli soldiers v. Israeli police, Chosen People attitudes of entitlement, intifadas, neighborhoods. Most melodious episode ever.
You were there to protect something: to protect a system and a state that protects you. I was there to protect something, too. I was there to protect the notion that all human beings—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, class, color, gender, sexuality and ability—deserve the right to live.
As much as I can intellectually unpack the history that led us to this moment I can’t emotionally comprehend how we arrived at a juncture where Jewish crypto-fascists roam the streets of Jerusalem hunting racialized others in the night.
Today when the Shofar blew, I imagined hundreds of Jews wearing Tallitot, blowing the Shofar at Qalandia checkpoint. And then thousands of Jews marching through Jerusalem, blowing Tekiah and Truah and Shvarim in protest of occupation.
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