Isaac Flegel-Mishlove is an activist in the IfNotNow movement. He has lived in Quito, Ecuador where he studied marginalized Jewish communities, and in Tel Aviv where he worked with African asylum-seekers. Isaac now lives in Washington, D.C.
Scores of JCCs received bombs threats. We need to build a Jewish movement that stands against anti-Jewish oppression -- and in solidarity with others too.
I have always felt a love for Israel and a deep compassion for the struggle of Palestinians, but in the past, I had found it difficult to find a space where I could stand in solidarity and bring my fully Jewish identity to my activism. In the IfNotNow movement we show up for ourselves by addressing anti-Semitism and working to liberate ourselves from personal and communal traumas. But our liberation is deeply bound up with the liberation of others, including the Palestinian people. Monday’s protest vehemently affirmed the last of IfNotNow’s principles, which says, “We believe that we will win.”