Monday, November 15, 2010

Young, Jewish, Proud - Loud and Clear in New Orleans

A group of young leaders from within Jewish Voice for Peace has formed, and has published a Declaration.

Here is the first paragraph:

I. we exist.

We exist. We are everywhere. We speak and love and dream in every language. We pray three times a day or only during the high holidays or when we feel like we really need to or not at all. We are punks and students and parents and janitors and Rabbis and freedom fighters. We are your children, your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren. We embrace diaspora, even when it causes us a great deal of pain. We are the rubble of tangled fear, the deliverance of values. We are human. We are born perfect. We assimilate, or we do not. We are not apathetic. We know and name persecution when we see it. Occupation has constricted our throats and fattened our tongues. We are feeding each other new words. We have family, we build family, we are family. We re-negotiate. We atone. We re-draw the map every single day. We travel between worlds. This is not our birthright, it is our necessity.

Members of this group spoke up loudly during a speech by Benjamin Netanyahu at a Jewish General Assembly in New Orleans.

The disruption is documented on the website.

I posted the video on my facebook profile, also because I agree with these statements.

The Loyalty Oath delegitimizes Israel.

Silencing Dissent delegitimizes Israel.

Occupation delegitimizes Israel.

The Siege on Gaza delegitimizes Israel.

The Settlements betray Jewish values.

I recommend visiting the site and viewing the videos and the articles explaining the action in detail some by the participants and supporters, and others from national and international media.

"legitimizes" is an acceptable word, according to the blogging program, but not "delegitimizes".


The Declaration says:

We will not call this liberation.

My question: What is wrong with "liberation" ? For me it is very much within Jewish values . . . and a very good thing...

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