There are good ways to talk about Israel and bad ways -- and I saw both on Shavuot at the JCC in Manhattan. And the question I dread the most.
This event was a success not only because it demonstrated the openness of the students in our community, but also because it challenged Brown RISD Hillel to reflect on its ability to facilitate and provide space for this openness. Ultimately, the process of planning this event forced our Hillel to recognize its own lack of openness and to begin reworking its guidelines on Israel/Palestine programming.
The vision of those who founded the state, as inscribed in the Declaration of Independence, was of a state based on the principles of freedom, justice and peace, as envisioned by Israel’s prophets. This Independence Day, alongside celebrations of our national freedom, we must ask ourselves if we have fulfilled the dream of our founding fathers, or whether the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian people prevents us from establishing a society based on freedom, justice and peace.
There isn’t any misunderstanding between us and them. We are proud of our heritage, but disappointed in our community’s support of the inhumane occupation.
Hillel's famous axiom, "if not now, when?" means American Jewry must condemn the occupation, writes arrested #LiberationSeder member Jonah Canner.
This week nearly 500 #IfNotNow members joined #LiberationSeder actions across the country calling on American Jewish institutions to end their support for the occupation.