British progressive rabbis have written an anti-annexation letter to the Israeli embassy in London that suggests they finally confronting the collective Jewish implications of the entire Zionist project. “The moral integrity of the Jewish people is at stake.”
Rabbi Michael Davis writes to Rabbi David Stern, a leader of Reform rabbis in America: A year has passed since you returned “shaken” from a visit to the “prison” of the West Bank. I have a collegial challenge. Invite a Palestinian to speak from the same Dallas pulpit from which you gave a sermon that has been widely circulated. And call on your congregants to oppose Congressional legislation that would punish advocacy for BDS.
Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of the New York Times, dares to say that the two-state solution looks like “a cruel joke,” that some Jews regard equality in one state as a possible solution, and that BDS is gaining traction in the U.S. His article on the schism between US and Israeli Jews goes along with Michelle Goldberg’s column saying anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Wendi Geffen, senior rabbi of one of Chicago’s leading Reform temples, says she does not invite pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions speakers to her temple because they support physical “violence,” equivalent to rightwingers who say Palestinians should die for opposing Israel. The issue is dividing her temple, Geffen acknowledges.