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By Avigail Abarbanel

There's an expectation in Jewish groups worldwide that every one Jews include Zionism and provide unquestioning aid for Israel, wrong or right . Jewish identification and Zionism are usually and intentionally blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or query Zionism are frequently excluded, vilified and threatened. in the event that they show sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian humans, they threat being branded as traitors and accused of helping the enemies of Israel . past Tribal Loyalties is a distinct choice of twenty-five own tales of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the uk and the U.S.. there's an age distinction of greater than fifty years among the oldest and the youngest contributor. The tales concentrate on the advanced and extremely own trip that Jewish activists battle through to unfastened themselves from the carry of Zionist ideology and its requirement to aid all Israeli rules. Like many Jews, many of the individuals have been as soon as unquestioning supporters of Israel and Zionism. whatever occurred within the lifetime of each one of those notable people who prompted them to question and reassess their knowing of the clash and their courting with Israel and the Palestinian humans. in lots of instances this trip concerned a reassessment of private values, trust platforms and identification. past Tribal Loyalties seeks to find what allows for Jewish peace activists to stick with via with this transformative trip and their activist paintings, regardless of fanatical and occasionally violent competition. this is often an inspiring booklet for somebody who's attracted to the adventure of being a peace activist. It deals a clean and strange perspective at the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and is a special contribution in a box the place political research is usual, yet the place the non-public perspective is frequently missing.

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The world has been waking up—in no small part due to the role of alternative media that has been breaking down Israel’s hold on the country’s narrative, and the inability of the international community to turn a blind eye to Israel’s increasingly desperate and audacious attacks. I am convinced that when change does arrive, there are many reasons to think that the impact on both Israel and Judaism will be in a positive direction. I share the sentiment of Dr. ” It is time for a country that has been defined for almost the entirety of its existence by ethnic cleansing and a brutal occupation to find a new path.

Aunty Dora told me that Mum wanted to go out with boys from the Bei’tar youth group when she was a teenager, but Nana forbade her going out with any “revisionist”3 like Mum’s father! My parents sent me to a state school for both primary and secondary education, and my best friends today are from my high school days. I hardly ever meet the best friends I had as a child, all of whom were Jewish and most of whom were in the synagogue choir. When I was seventeen and in my final year of high school, my parents were beginning to despair of the views I was expressing on Zionism and on the Jewish community and its leadership.

AA) 3 The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was founded in 1967. It opposes the Fatah-led government in the West Bank and the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of new elections to the Palestinian National Authority since 2006. The PFLP takes a harder line on Palestinian national aspirations, and supports a one-state solution in Israel-Palestine. (AA) D AVID L ANGSAM 37 by Palestinians claiming it proves the PLO represents them, and by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane saying it proves they are all terrorists and should be “put on trucks” and deported.

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