Simone Zimmerman fell for the anti-Israel propaganda at Berkley:Watch her on youtube. I am in shock that she has been brainwashed and used to turn against her people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
- Avi Abelow - On Palestinian terror and Jewish Sovereignty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6k1kvLUBxE
- Time to draw lines and defend them - by Caroline Glick http://fb.me/7G4xHZAMt
- The Animal Has Been Caught by Paula Stern http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Message.aspx/8150#.VtaBHPkrJdg
- Op-Ed: US and Canadian Jews’ Relationship to Israel http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/62435/op-ed-us-and-canadian-jews-relationship-to-israel-opinion/
- The Knife and the Message: The Roots of the New Palestinian Uprising - Hirsh Goodman and Yossi Kuperwasser http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.co.il/2016/03/the-knife-and-message-roots-of-new.html?m=1
- Evil and brutality as a way of life - Dr. Gabi Avital http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.co.il/2016/03/evil-and-brutality-as-way-of-life-dr.html?m=1
- http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/heavy-gunfire-in-kalandia-eastern-jerusalem/2016/03/01/ … IDF makes wrong turn and needs rescue.Simone, if I were you a Jewess, I wud be terrified in PA territory
- Today there was another terror attack, knifing in Eli....http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Initial-report-Stabbing-attempt-near-Eli-446607
The millions of Palestinians under "military occupation of Israel" are not in their true Ancestral Biblical Homeland. Jews are! They come from other places from various tribes, where they probably would feel much more comfortable. Just look at the map and see the size of Israel and the size of all the Muslim and Arab countries in comparison. If they are unhappy in Israel, let them emigrate elsewhere. Israel is the only Jewish State in the world. Arabs are welcome to reside in Israel. But while non Jews are living under Israel's Sovereignty they must accept Israel's Sovereignty and abide by Universal Morality and the 7 Noahide Laws. ...The organization IfNotNow is one big lie!!!
Maybe you guys should look at the source. The Bible. Universal Values and Morality come from the 7 Noahide laws. The Palestinians engage in stabbing, brutal terror attacks against innocent civilians while Israel engages in self defense. All the Palestinians killed were terrorists while the Jews were innocent civilians going about their business. The Palestinians are brought up on a hate culture which inculcates them with hate from Palestinian Sesame Street through the UNRWA camps who want to annihilate Tel Aviv, Haifa and Acco and the Jewish State along with all Jews. Little Arab kids, teenie boppers have been stabbing Israeli's in the name of a H-ly War aka Jihad. Watch videos of them learning to behead dolls at the age of 2. Watch their Imam on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the link above, training them on the techniques of stabbing most efficiently. This is the kind of society that you want to empower? Just try to visit their communities and see if you are safe as a Jew there in spite of your noble intentions to free them from "Israel's occupation".
American Jewish millennials aren't disengaged from Israel, we're angry
We don't need any more multi-million dollar ventures, like the 'Jewish Peace Corps' Ari Shavit suggests, to save us. We need the Jewish community to wake up to the disastrous reality of the occupation.
The latest edition in this ongoing category error is Ari Shavit's epiphany ('Only a 'Jewish Peace Corps' Can Save Zionism From Its Millennial Crisis') that, to save the Jewish future and Israel's public image, we need a "Jewish Peace Corps" which would be "a joint venture between Israel and the Diaspora," that will engage young people in "universal do-gooding," from Yerucham to Rahat to Ferguson.
Shavit dreams for the day that Israel will be identified with human rights and "the effort to make the world a better place," instead of with, "occupation, oppression, settlements, fanaticism and reactionary-ism."
The hypocrisy of expecting feel-good social justice projects to offset millennials' deep outrage at the grave injustices committed by the Jewish state is almost too much to bear.
Shavit blames the Israeli government because it, "refuses to understand and internalize," the crisis among Jewish millennials. Yet, it is Shavit himself, and every Jewish establishment leader peddling similar arguments, who refuse to understand and internalize this crisis.
My peers and I don't need any more multi-million dollar ventures to save us. What we need is for the community to wake up.
What we need is for the community to stop willfully blinding itself to the disastrous reality of holding millions of Palestinians under military occupation.
We need the community to stop justifying policies that deny Palestinians the ability to move freely, to sleep safely in their homes without the fear of a military raid, to access water and resources, to live without terror that their homes could be bombed to rubble, and to protest the unjust conditions of their lives nonviolently. None of these policies are moral, and none of these policies make Jews safer.
Moreover, we need the community to stop policing and demonizing those of us who say these truths in public and are fighting for change. We need the community to stop holing itself up behind walls and tanks and guns, as well as behind redlines and standards of partnership.
We are not too naive to understand what is going on or so selfish as to be lured away by more free programming. Listen to us when we say that the status quo is unbearable and untenable. The community as it stands today is a community we refuse to participate in.
No public relations trick can save Israel's image. The problem isn't with the hasbara. The problem is nearly 50 years of occupation. The problem is rampant racism in Israeli society. The problem is attacks on human rights defenders by extremists and by the state. The problem is a Jewish establishment that ignores or justifies all of this.
Sending young, mostly Ashkenazi Jews to do volunteer work with Bedouins in Rahat or African Americans in Ferguson to demonstrate solidarity with people of color is completely missing the point. We hear those people saying the same thing we hear from Palestinians: that band aids and kind words won't end state-sponsored racism and violence.
It is insulting to young Jews' intelligence, and to communities leading their own struggles against oppression, to expect that another "do-gooding" program can mask the violent abuse Israel inflicts upon the human beings living under its rule every day. No amount of so-called "social justice activism" around the world can distract or make us care less about that. Nothing, except actually addressing it.
Despite the panic about the disengagement of young people from the community, across the country I see principled, courageous, loving, and yes, incredibly angry young people calling on the establishment to change course, to actually do something to end the occupation instead of simply paying lip service to it.
I see J Street U demanding transparency from Jewish Federations to ensure their funding is not further entrenching the occupation. I see Open Hillel insisting Hillel allow a vibrant debate about Zionism and BDS inside its walls. I see Jewish Voice for Peace calling on international corporations to stop profiting off human rights abuses.
I see the Center for Jewish Nonviolence bringing American Jews to do civil resistance work in solidarity with West Bank Palestinians. I see IfNotNow building a mass movement to challenge our community to genuinely stand for freedom and dignity for all in Israel/Palestine.
We millennials have one simple question for our community's leaders: do you support equal rights for all people and if so, what are you going to do about it?
We are doing this out of love for our community and love for our neighbors. We know that Jewish liberation is inextricably tied to the liberation of all people.
My generation isn't disaffected; we're passionate and we're mobilizing. The question is not whether my generation will remain Jewish; it's whether our parents and grandparents will follow our lead as we build the kind of Jewish community that celebrates universal values and struggles for justice.
Those who truly want to help young Jews connect to the Jewish world should live out the values they profess. Fight for an end to the occupation and for freedom and dignity for all in Israel/Palestine. Commit to restoring the moral soul of the Jewish community. Prove to young people that this is a community worth believing in.
You have a choice.
Simone Zimmerman is an activist and organizer based in Brooklyn NY. She is a leader of IfNotNow, an emerging movement of young American Jews working to end their community's support for the occupation. Follow her on Twitter:@simonerzim
If Not Now is an emerging movement of young American Jews organizing to end the American Jewish community's support for the occupation. We are inspired by the sage Hillel's famous dictum: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"If Not Now is creating a mass movement around the principle that the project of Jewish liberation is inextricably bound to the freedom and dignity of the Palestinian people. We will be the generation to end our community's support for the occupation and create a Judaism that stands for the dignity of all people.Throughout the winter and spring, we are bringing this movement to cities across the country, running small, weekend-long orientation trainings on our movement DNA - our collective strategy, story, and structure - that will ensure unity for our movement as we grow to scale.Sign up now to get information about trainings happening in cities near you, or to bring a training to your city.IfNotNow welcomes and celebrates our community's vast diversity of identities and experiences. We are building a diverse, vibrant Jewish network -- across spectrums of race, class, culture (Mizrachi, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi), sexuality, gender identity, ability status, nation of origin, and age -- and are working to prioritize Jews who have identities that have been marginalized by the mainstream community.
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