Jewish Voice for Peace has started a petition following up on the last minute cancellation of a youth-led workshop on Palestinian nonviolent movements at New York's 14th Street Y. The video above shows what went down over the weekend, and the petition reads:
Dear Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Executive Director of the 14th Street Y:
I am concerned about your decision to cancel Young Jewish and Proud’s “Go & Learn” event that was to take place at the 14th Street Y this past Sunday, May 27th. I hope you will reconsider and allow the event to be rescheduled at the 14th Street Y.
No matter what one believes about Palestinian non-violent movements and the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, we must allow these conversations in Jewish communities. Open, honest critical debate strengthens the Jewish community. Let’s talk about what our real questions are; and if people disagree, let’s respectfully hear each other out. The 14th Street Y—a Jewish community center—should not shut out young Jews eager to gather for learning and discussion. To the contrary, in a time when the Jewish community is deeply concerned about keeping younger generations engaged with Jewish life, we should celebrate a new generation of Jewish leaders trying to wrestle with the hard issues that are facing our community. We should do all we can to widen the circle of young Jews engaging in that conversation. Please open your doors to these young Jews.
You can sign the petition here.