American Jews Fighting To End Establishment Support for Israel

American Jews Fighting To End Establishment Support for IsraelA series of protests across the United States has resulted in the arrests of over twenty Jewish anti-occupation activists.

Last week’s demonstrations in Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, New York City, and Berkeley coincided with the Jewish festival of Passover and saw hundreds of young Jews demonstrating outside major institutions.

Across the country, they demanded an end to the American-Jewish establishment’s support of Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

Following a similar format in each region, a series of “Liberation Seders” was part of a national week of actions that expressed increasing frustration with Israel’s brutal human rights violations.

The Passover Seder feast is an important ritual in the Jewish calendar that celebrates the liberation of the ancient Hebrews in Egypt.

Ironically, during a festival celebrating freedom from slavery, the acts of civil disobedience demanding liberation for all saw 23 of the protesters handcuffed for their troubles.

Seventeen activists were arrested at the New York office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after preparing a Seder feast on the floor and singing Hebrew songs of resistance.

Another six were arrested after chaining themselves to a symbolic Seder table at AIPAC’s Boston office.

The protests were organised by IfNotNow, an emerging movement of young American Jews demanding freedom and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians.

Founded by Simone Zimmerman — recently suspended by the Sanders campaign two days after being hired as a Jewish outreach coordinator — the movement is awakening the consciences of American Jews and mobilizing them to fight systemic, unquestioning support for Israel.

Birthed during Operation Protective Edge — Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2014 that claimed over 2000 Palestinian lives — IfNotNow began when young American Jews united in horror at the offensive.

Organising sit-ins and protests in a dozen cities across the U.S., their demands at the time included a halt to the war in Gaza, an end to the occupation, and freedom and dignity for all.

See also: The Worlds Top 15 Conspiracy Theories of All Time

Since then, the vibrant and diverse community has grown rapidly and is open to anyone who seeks an end to American-Jewish support for the occupation.

With no unified stance on Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS), Zionism — or the question of  statehood — the relatively diverse members claim they prefer to focus on issues that unite them.

The IfNotNow website states:

We will be the generation that ends our community’s support for the occupation. Today the Jewish community is faced with a choice.

Will we leave our tradition in the hands of out-of-touch leaders or will we fight for a vibrant, liberated Jewish community that supports freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians?”

Also pushing for a long overdue shift in public opinion, the movement encourages the examination of frequently touted narratives on Palestine — where one group’s theology has become another group’s bondage.

A refrain used by activists and often seen at demonstrations is “Dayenu,” meaning “that’s enough.”

The group’s logo is inspired by the burning bush, which they claim symbolizes their generation’s call to leadership in the Jewish community.

According to the volunteers, just as Moses was commanded to return to Egypt to fight for the liberation of his people, so they are called to take responsibility for the future of their community.

“We know the liberation of our Jewish community is bound up in the liberation of all people, particularly those in Israel and Palestine,” the emerging movement writes.

As a response to the demonstration, the activists were invited to a meeting with the ADL to discuss “shared goals.”

In a press statement responding to the invitation, the activists were frank. With a polite ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ they said they can no longer stomach endless negotiations with the establishment about what they are allowed to say about Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.

They added:

“We appreciate the ADL’s offer for a meeting and recognition that we are, in fact, part of the Jewish community. However, we are looking for meaningful action and real moral leadership from our communal institutions – not just opportunities for dialogue or empty rhetoric. We are committed to building a Jewish community that acts in accordance with the fundamental values of freedom and equality we were taught to admire.”

In addition, the Jewish activists were adamant they will continue taking action until Jewish establishment leaders admit Israel’s occupation of Palestine is a moral crisis for the Jewish community — and takes steps to address it.

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

14 African Countries Who Still Pay Colonial Tax To France

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%),...

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation After Baron David De Rothschild Indictment

Last year, Baron David de Rothschild was indicted by the French government after he was accused of fraud in a scheme that allegedly embezzled...

14 African Countries Who Still Pay Colonial Tax To France

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%),...

How Some Hotels are Creating ‘Rooftop Bee Sanctuaries’ to Help Bee Populations

The world’s honeybees are in rapid decline. Due to pesticide exposure, disease, and more, there are 70% fewer of them now than there were just...

Bureau of Land Management to Slaughter 44,000 Wild Horses to Make Room for Beef Cattle

Profit has become so desired by some people, that it may even lead to the eradication of over 44.000 animal lives. In order to achieve...

Fearless kids and their extreme journeys to school

These Fearless Kids Won’t Let Anything Stop Them From Getting to School What's back to school like around the globe? This is a selection of their...

Scrapping this crappy jet could provide the entire country with 23 years of free college

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is possibly one of the most useless jets and biggest waste of taxpayer money ever conceived by the US...

Warning: Ebola could mutate and become airborne

Doomsday warning: UN Ebola chief raises 'nightmare' prospect that virus could mutate and become airborne - making it much more infectious The longer the Ebola...

Iceland Boycotts Israel – No More Israeli Goods In The Capital

A city from Iceland has recently taken a game-changing decision: from now on they will not allow any Israeli-made products in their city. Why?...

The Discovery Of This Stone Doll Could Literally Rewrite The History Books

In 1889, workers digging a well in Nampo, Idaho found a strange doll that could shatter how we perceive the timeline of human evolution. Because...