For 7 hours it was not Jewish-Israelis against Palestinians, but rather the forces of occupation against those who are opposing it. This is something I knew before, thought I understood and truly believed in, but again had never felt or experienced.
Meanwhile, a cute family were posing for a photograph. They smiled as they basked in the joy of the Jewish conquest of Jerusalem 49 years ago. Their backdrop? A shuttered Palestinian coffee shop. It was an almost comically perfect portrait of the dual realities that coexist in space and time in this city.
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.
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