Jewish Voice for Peace

Full disclosure: I am a card-carrying member of Jewish Voice for Peace and a soft-spoken person. I aspire to stand on the side of peace and social justice.  I am also not antisemitic. To repeat, Jewish Voice for Peace consists of Jewish people and their friends and relations. It also does not imply that I question Israel’s right to exist.

Criticism of Israel is an exercise in free speech, it is not antisemitism.

Israel and Palestine: an animated Introduction

I’ve just read an appeal by Rabbi Margaret Holub on behalf of Jewish Voice for Peace: “The Wisdom To Love Well.”

When she talks about JVP she is often countered with questions: What about China in Tibet? Minorities in other Arab countries? Congo?

Rabbi Holub:

“Of course I want justice everywhere. And, also, I care personally and heartfully about Israel and Palestine because I love Judaism and I love Jews. I care about what is being done in our names…Love is not always easy, and the love JVP calls for is a difficult love. I wish it weren’t necessary. But since it is, I am so grateful that there is a Jewish Voice for Peace to provide community, the structure and the wisdom to love well.”

Updated 17 July 2015

Palestine and the state of State Journalism

Many innocent and guilty bystanders in the US now know: wide availability of videos taken with electronic devices has changed the face of modern news reporting. Consider this graphic:

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No. It’s not.

Corporate ownership of media threatens dependable, independent, dispassionate and nonpartisan journalism . Fortunately the internet allows each of us to see cracks in conventional wisdom. An increasingly militarized police does not soothe the downtrodden. Everyone should feel at ease when expressing deeply held beliefs, particularly when those beliefs speak truth to power . Lucas Koerner is an American from Philadelphia who has a close personal stake in Israel and he wanted to express his beliefs when visiting Jerusalem. Then, the unexpected.

Lucas Koerner

I hope to bring such voices into this blog.

Our planet can never have too many eloquent persons. I miss the voice of Edward Said as a thinking person and Palestinian who believed in a one-state solution. Listen to the oppressed. They have tragic tales to relate.

Your Middle East

 

Lucas Koerner in Jerusalem on Parade Day

From Haaretz. June 13, 2011:

“Lucas,” a 19 year-old from Philadelphia, cut a rather different figure in the Jerusalem Day flag parade in the capital. Like many participants in the event, he wore a skullcap on his head; unlike the others, however, a Palestinian flag and a keffiyeh were also part of his outfit.

Here is a link to video: Lucas

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Kalief Browder is Dead. Cause of Death: Rikers

Kalief Browder’s short life ended Saturday.

1993 to 2015
1993 – 2015

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