PHOTOS: #IfNotNow says "Occupation isn't sweet"
See below for photos and video of IfNotNow #HeedTheCall actions from the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston.
“As we welcome the High Holidays, we must heed the call of the shofar to awaken our community’s soul and end its support for the occupation.” – IfNotNow Bay Area member Jeremy Oziel
“IfNotNow is gaining momentum across the country, as we press our community to choose a side: endless occupation or freedom and dignity for all.”
“The choice is ours to make. We can either choose to end this cycle of repentance during this new year or be complicit with an awful cycle of endless occupation.”
“We are determined to reclaim a Judaism of justice and liberation that does not rely on the oppression of Palestinians.”
“This year – as we reckon with the 50th year of the occupation – we recognize the need to repent for the sins of our community’s leadership, for the ways the Jewish establishment has supported the occupation for 50 years.” – IfNotNow member Yonah Lieberman
“We know that our institutional leaders are unwilling to do the deep reflection and hard work needed in order to move our community toward a vibrant future and stand for freedom and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis. But this won’t stop us from acting.”
“IfNotNow will take public action to make sure our community heeds the urgent call to action and ends its support for the occupation. Across the country, we’ll be delivering apples and honey with special #HeedTheCall messages to leaders of the out-of-touch establishment, waking our community up to the reality of the occupation with shofar blasts and tashlich rituals.”
“With 50 years of support for the occupation behind us, there is so much to repent for.”
“As we welcome Rosh Hashanah and the 50th Year of Occupation, we must heed the call. We must heed the call of the shofar — to awake our community’s souls. We must heed the call of urgency. We must heed the call of Israelis and Palestinians being denied freedom and dignity. We must heed the call to end our community’s support for the occupation. And we must heed the call now, so we don’t have to continue the cycle of repentance again next year.” – IfNotNow Boston
“In our community’s tradition, the sound of the shofar is supposed to be a wake-up call for our souls and help us move forward toward the New Year.” – IfNowNow