Jewish Voice for Peace: “U.S. Jews are tired of this”

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

by Rebecca Vilkomerson
Executive Director

Last week, Trump and Kushner made clear, yet again, that the real goal of their economic plan for the Middle East is not political solutions and peace, but land acquisition for Israel and control of Palestinian lives and futures.

And right before the Bahrain workshop, David Friedman, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, effectively gave a thumbs up to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to annex the West Bank.

This is just the latest effort in a decades-long strategy to exert control over Palestinians and their land. We see it with Israeli soldiers and bulldozers razing Palestinian homes, the expansion of the Apartheid Wall, and the growth of still more Israeli settlements.

As Palestinian land is shrinking, the global movement that has arisen in protest is getting stronger. But the attempts to silence us are also growing in intensity and number in the U.S. and worldwide.

Israel has honed a strategy of insisting that if you are critical of Israel you are anti-Jewish, rather than anti-apartheid and for human rights and equality. To be clear: this has nothing to do with the scourge of actual antisemitism that is frighteningly resurgent.

I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond tired of Jewish identity and history being used against the humanity of Palestinians. I refuse to be silenced.

Join me in taking this pledge, cosponsored by Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD), to #ReclaimYourSpace, support Palestinian freedom and rights and fight all forms of hate, discrimination and racism.

Scurrilous attacks on advocates for Palestinian rights are commonplace and frightening. You can be a Holocaust survivor, long-time civil rights activist, teacher, journalist, or person in any walk of life and be branded as antisemitic for speaking up for Palestine.
And yet what we SHOULD be talking about is what is happening on that map and what it means for the people living there.

The obstacles put in the way of our movement are huge: billionaires pour tons of money into PR warchests to try and keep human rights activists cowed; the Israeli government recruits scores of people to attack critics on social media; and lawmakers attempt to pass legislation to try and make boycotting a crime. Our very ability to protest is at risk.
In these times, it is all the more remarkable that human rights activists have made incredible headway with members of Congress and presidential candidates. But we can’t let that progress mask the pain and challenge that many people feel when smeared with bad-faith accusations of antisemitism, and we need to do everything we can to end that.
This pledge is one way to show our support. It sends the message that we won’t back down and we will speak up and support others around the world working for Palestinian rights and freedom. You can help us make this huge by adding your support.

Take this pledge to #ReclaimYourSpace, support Palestinian freedom and rights and fight all forms of hate, discrimination and racism.
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