Occupation is Not Our Judaism

In July 2016 forty Jewish activists from more than half a dozen countries spent 10 days in solidarity and nonviolent resistance with Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank.  We joined with Youth Against Settlements–a Palestinian nonviolent direct action group in Hebron–and members of All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective to reclaim stolen property in Hebron and build the first cinema in the city.

The group helped to clear and till land under threat by nearby settlements in Um Al Khair and Susiya, villages in Area C in the South Hebron Hills. We joined community members of Susiya in a return to the site of the village they were expelled from, which is now an Israeli archaeological site, as well as were hosted by the community for a powerful Shabbat experience.

We hosted a block party with residents of Batan al-Hawa, a stifled neighborhood in East Jerusalem in which over 100 families are at risk of displacement. The campaign’s peak was the initiation of “Cinema Hebron”. Ta’ayush, Breaking the Silence and Holy Land Trust supported our education and logistics efforts. Our groundbreaking campaign earned us media coverage in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Jewish Daily Forward, Ha’aretz and The Nation; media can be found here.

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                                                        photo credit | Shlomo Roth, SAR-photo.com, Gili Getz, A. Daniel Roth AllTheseDays.org

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This work--building partnerships and networks of solidarity--is what we need to face the challenges ahead. Partnership and coresistance upend the systems of division and oppression of Jews against Palestinians, and instead proclaims a vision solidarity, joint struggle and mutual support.

That choice is what is needed to take on the joined forces of division, bigotry and fear-mongering. When those in power choose to ostracize and oppress, we choose to link arms and struggle.

Now, as this calendar year comes to a close and the next one begins, join us in choosing solidarity and coresistance with a generous end of year contribution.

By joining in this end of year campaign and helping us reach our goal of $15,000 you are sustaining and bolstering years-long relationships and resistance work between Diaspora Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. Your commitment and investment helps strengthen and expand an unprecedented and boundary-pushing network of activists who choose solidarity and mutual liberation.

Already, in just a few weeks, another 50 Diaspora Jews will be in the West Bank standing alongside Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders in struggle against home demolitions and for freedom of movement and access to clean water.

After that, there will be more delegations, more opportunities to show up for our partners, and more moments to stand together and choose freedom and equality.

We all know that this doesn’t happen without countless hours spent planning, organizing, training, visioning and relationship-building. And, those hours are sustained by the support of hundreds of individuals like you and me who believe that solidarity and coresistance can upend the oppression the Israeli occupation and bring peace and justice to all of us.