American Jews launch campaign to ‘break the law of return’

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A new campaign has been announced on Facebook by American Jews rejecting the "Law of Return," which allows me to move to Israel tomorrow, while a Palestinian who was born in the ’48 territories/Israel can’t go near his or her ancestral village. Writes one of the organizers, Amy Kaplan, an English prof at U of Pennsylvania: "Given that Israel sees itself as the Jewish homeland, which it claims to defend on the part of Jewish people everywhere, I feel personally implicated in the violence it perpetrates in our name." From the facebook page:

We are Jews from the United States, who, like Jewish people throughout the world, have an automatic right to Israeli citizenship under Israel’s "law of return."

Today there are more than seven million Palestinian refugees around the world. Israel denies their right to return to their homes and land—a right recognized and undisputed by UN Resolution 194, the Geneva Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Meanwhile, we are invited to live on that same land simply because we are Jewish.

We renounce this "right" to "return" offered to us by Israeli law. It is not right that we may "return" to a state that is not ours while Palestinians are excluded and continuously dispossessed.

In 1947-49, Zionist militias destroyed more than 500 Palestinian villages and made more than 800,000 Palestinian people refugees in order to create a Jewish state on land where the majority was not Jewish. It is Palestinians who have the right to return to their own land. Now in Gaza, where more than three quarters of the people are refugees, the State of Israel not only denies the population its right of return, but also incarcerates the entire Gaza Strip under illegal and inhumane siege conditions.

9 Responses

  1. MRW
    February 10, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Give Amy Kaplan the Humanitarian Award of 2010. She also has the smarts to realize this will end the 51st state-ish quality of Israel in American political life.

    • Psychopathic god
      February 10, 2010, 6:56 pm

      good for Kaplan, but no, don’t give her any award.
      what did she do that took any degree of courage? Nothing untoward will happen to her, she is protected and secure, just like us keyboard warriors in all our righteous –but warm and comfortable — rage.

      Instead, give the award to those students at UCI who genuinely spoke truth to power from a position of powerlessness and profound insecurity, aware that their words in protest against Michael Oren would result in something very unpleasant, and possibly future-shattering, happening to them.

      • JSC
        February 10, 2010, 8:46 pm

        True, did you see the (Jewish) guy who said to the MSU people “You’re failing all your final exams!” as they walked out near the end of the video?

      • Chu
        February 11, 2010, 6:28 pm

        He should be fired. He has no basis to make these threats. I guess that often Zionists believe they control so much, they can do anything. What a rotten schlub.

  2. Cliff
    February 10, 2010, 6:30 pm

    Cheers to them, for speaking out and on behalf of justice.

  3. Rehmat
    February 10, 2010, 8:30 pm

    It always amuses me to hear these ignorants or bigots when they call Zionist occupation of an Arab land as the “Jewish state of Israel”. Interestingly, according to a 1948 document in the Congress Library clearly shows the the US President crossed the word “Jewish” from Israeli request for American support to get membership in the UN. He corrected it to be called “State of Israel” and that’s how the occupation is recognized by UNSC to this day.

    Furthermore, the great majority of Israeli leaders are Atheists in their daily practice but religiously they have the right to call themselves “Jews” due to be born to a Jewish mother.

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    • Citizen
      February 11, 2010, 10:14 am

      Clark Clifford got Eliahu Eilat (Epstein) who was representing the Jewish state, to send a note informing President Truman that a Jewish state had been declared and asking for recognition.
      Truman signed the letter, giving de facto recognition to the new state and its government. In the prepared statement, written before the name of the state was announced, Truman crossed  out the words “the Jewish State” and wrote “Israel.” Likewise, he inserted the word “provisional” before the word “government.”
      Here’s the whole context:
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      • Citizen
        February 11, 2010, 10:22 am

        Here’s the actual document showing Truman’s edits deleting “Jewish” and recognizing instead a new state of Israel and its provisional government.

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  4. Poya Pakzad
    February 11, 2010, 8:29 am

    How would this influence the Palestinian right of return?

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