Thursday, April 20, 2006
A Passover Demonstration in Boston
Well, this looks like a good place to start:
This article was just published by the Boston Independent Media Center Young Jews Support Palestinian Rights, they held a Seder outside of the offices of the AIPAC and JCRC.
Man, that picture just about says it all...
Is it just me or does there seem to be a building movement of Jews who see being 'Jewish' and 'supporting Israel' as being two different things?
Now, I'm not only talking about the Neturei Karta Orthodox Jews, who are so often marginalized by other Jews and in the media as being 'crazy'. Below is a picture of such a demonstration right here in Montreal.
The majority of my friends are Jewish, yeah, a 'Palestinian' friendly with Jews... who would have thought that was possible?? (*sarcasm*) And I've had conversations with them about the situation and they seem to feel that if they don't support Israel they are turning their back on their religion. The problem is that they can't spiritually support what Israel is doing in the name of Judaism! It's a tough position to be in especially as the media here in North America is starting to actually report what Israelis are doing!
Even before the creation of the state of Israel in Palestine there were questions from well known Jews...like Albert Einstein:
"I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish State. Apart from practical considerations, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish State,with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain"’...
And not just scientists but Jewish spiritual leaders:
"A Jewish Home in Palestine built up on bayonets and oppression [is] not worth having, even though it succeed, whereas the very attempt to build it up peacefully, cooperatively, with understanding, education, and good will, [is] worth a great deal even though the attempt should fail."” Rabbi Judah L. Magnes, first president of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, quoted in "Like All The Nations?"
And Jewish actors:
"“For me, this business called the state of Israel is finished...I canÂ’t bear to see it anymore, the injustice that is done to the Arabs, to the Beduins. All kinds of scum coming from America and as soon as they get off the plane taking over lands in the territories and claiming it for their own...I canÂ’t do anything to change it. I can only go away and let the whole lot go to hell without me."” Israeli actress Rivka Mitchell, quoted in Israeli peace movement periodical, "“The Other Israel"”, August 1998.
I feel that if enough opposition within the worldwide Jewish population is created Palestine can eventually be re-united and peace restored to the Middle East and subsequently to the world.
After all, peace is what we all really want, isn't it.