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Susan Talve

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A meme created by the activist group HandsUp United is causing an uproar in St. Louis activist circles. An image circulated on social media bears the photo of Rabbi Susan Talve, the leader of St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation and a well known figure in the Ferguson protest movement, and refers to her as a “Real Terrorist” for her support of Israeli apartheid and its oppression of Palestinians. Sandra Tamari writes, “Talve is at the center of social justice movements in St. Louis. For that, she should be commended. But her hypocrisy of fighting against racial injustice in St. Louis while supporting it in Israel is what HandsUp United was calling out. Zionism has no place in liberation spaces led by people of color. I am so grateful to my family at HandsUp United for understanding that none of us are free until all of us are free.”