Lesley Williams


When I was searching for news stories for my family to explain what was happening in Palestine, Mondoweiss was the perfect solution: concise, well-written and authoritative stories that brought home the tragedy of home demolitions, and the unspeakable brutality and inhumanity of the occupation. That’s why I support Mondoweiss, and why I am asking you today to support it as well. We need that voice, that relentless spotlight on injustice to keep us all sane, and to keep us focused on justice.

Lesley Williams has seen the despair and terror in the Jewish community since the attack in Pittsburgh and wonders as a Jew of Color where this response was following other recent racist attacks. “I have a message for all of you, my white Jewish friends,” Williams writes, “I feel no more fear, no more rage, no more terror than I did two days ago. No more than I have felt every day as a black person in this country.”

“As both a Jew and an African American, I recoil from the white supremacy and anti-Semitism on display this week. I have been gratified to hear Jewish leaders and organizations call for the destruction of racism, speaking eloquently about the shared history of oppression Jews and African Americans have faced. Yet, I confess to a certain discomfort in the many appeals to recognize the twin evils of anti-Semitism and anti-black racism in Charlottesville. I’ve thought about this a lot over the past week, and here’s  what I’ve realized: for Jews, Nazi symbols evoke a terrifying, traumatic past. For African Americans, they evoke a terrifying, traumatic, unending present,” writes Lesley Williams.