Kayla Blau writes a powerful reflection on attending a Birthright trip and then visiting her Palestinian childhood friend Aseel in East Jerusalem. She writes: “I am spinning, reciting how much propaganda we received, how my gut cringed at the irony of every IDF memorial. Aseel’s mother, Fatima, nods solemnly. Her brother, Noor, jumps up, “See! They have Holocaust museums and memorials at every corner, yet we are the victims of a modern day Holocaust! Where are the Palestinian memorials? Where do our tears go? Where are our bodies buried?” Noor’s question lingers like the stunned silence after the car bomb that night, definite and deflating. In the wake of hate crimes, Palestinians held hostage by the occupation, and unwarranted jailing, Aseel’s uncle sits with his five year old child and prays. He is forced to explain to his child why his brother was killed by Israeli soldiers at the same time my rabbi explains Jews must stay righteously committed to Israel.”
Category Archives: Personal Journeys
Dr. Uri Horesh writes about an exchange he had with an Israeli academic that led him to reconsider who he would boycott as part of the academic boycott of Israel.
Human rights lawyer Michael Ratner bares his soul to Paul Jay of the Real News, explaining how he grew up in a strong Jewish community with a romantic ideal of Israel, till the Six Day War disturbed him. But it took years to speak out, till he knew enough, met Palestinians, and found a supportive community.
Daphna Baram, an Israeli anti-Zionist essentially exiled to London, helped convince Wayne Myers that Israel was not a democratic state — at the Independent, Myers abandons Zionism
The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has come and gone. But in the commemoration of those attacks, under the radar of the inevitable jingoism and cynical emotional appeals, a more disturbing phenomenon lurks still: the neoconservatives, new to public attention, if not to power, in the wake of the attacks, have used the anniversary […]
Roger Waters discussing BDS and the separation wall on Al Jazeera’s Riz Khan Show. In 1980, a song I wrote, “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by Black South African children to advocate their right to equal education. That apartheid government […]
by David Samel In one sense, I owe my life to Zionism. My parents met in a Zionist youth group in New York in 1946. As a boy, I naturally absorbed the prevailing view portraying Israel as a lonely outpost of Jewish modernism heroically fighting for its very existence in a sea of irrational Arab […]