Barnaby Raine | Jewish Bloc | End Siege On #Gaza9 Demo | London
Published on Aug 9, 2014
19 year old student Barnaby gives a stonking speech on why he’s proud to be Jewish protesting against the massacre of Gazans. Don’t let the media tell us that being against Israel’s atrocities, and the Israeli State occupation of Palestine is anti-semitic.
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*It is crucial to reiterate that for many years I have not regarded myself as a Jew and do not define myself as one.
I have never regarded myself as a prophet, let alone a Hebrew prophet. I am just a person who thinks loudly, often too loudly.
I can see where Ellis is coming from and why he sees a prophet in me. Yet, I need to emphasize that for many years I haven’t spoken “to Jews”. Instead, I talk about Jews I as I see them, or more precisely, about Jewishness, Jewish culture and identity politics.
Ellis, no doubt a unique spiritual and critical Jew, is correct to see in me something that is foreign to his vision of diaspora Jews. I was raised in Israel, I was brought up to see myself as the body and the soul of the revival of the biblical Israelite. Together with my peers, we believed ourselves to be the remote sons and daughters of King David. This view was further strengthened by the Israel in which I was raised: a Spartan society driven by Prussian military culture. We were taught to believe in “truthfulness”, “authenticity” and “justice”. We were patriotic because we blindly adhered to the Zionist “homecoming” ethos.
Bizarrely, it was the Israeli rather than the Jew in me who protested once I realized that my existence on the land involved the dispossession of an entire nation. It was the Israeli rather than the Jew in me who was outraged to find out that my ancestors were probably Khazarians and North African Berbers rather than biblical Israelites. I was even more furious as an Israeli when I found out that my relatives weren’t reduced to soap by the Nazis. It was again the Israeli in me who asked what kind of people fabricate sickening stories accusing others of turning their family into soap. It was the Israeli in me that made me question why the historicity of the holocaust is a sealed zone protected by draconian holocaust denial laws.
I also believe that it was the Israeli rather than the Jew in Shlomo Sand, Gideon Levy, Israel Shamir and Israel Shahak that made us into outspoken critics of Israel, the Jewish people, Judaism and Jewish identity.
Unlike the diaspora Jewish left, a controlled opposition front dedicated to the concealment of the Jewishness of the Jewish state, Israel has managed to produce the most profound critics of Jewish-related matters.
It follows that it is actually the “negation of the galut” (diaspora) embedded in Israeli patriotic ideology that fixed the Israeli intellect in a bitter battle against the “Jew”. It is that uniquely resilient attitude which Ellis interprets as Hebraic prophetic spirit.
VOICES FROM GOOD JEWS
Steves Sleaves Sunflower Chong 5 hrs · Jul 7
A lot of your Palestinians posts etc. are blocked by fb just letting you know. Cant like or comment on a lot of it ??
Steve Anderson 5:14am Jul 7
You are sweet for wanting to consider my beliefs but truth is truth. If the truth offends then let it offend.
I would have thought your mother would be proud to have a daughter who was passionate about something that is so unjust, so cruel and horrid. You show great strength and heart. You have compassion and empathy for the people of Palestine. These are good things. Be proud of yourself ��
I am amazed how many people don’t know, understand, or care about the Palestinian issue.
Steven is an American Jew was the one who wanted to revamp WHD blog. This was what he said when he agreed to come on board,
“I think what you’re trying to achieve is wonderful, and in fact can work and bring about change, as it has been done in many other movements around the world. If no one does this, then who will? We must be the change we wish to see in the world, and we have to start somewhere to begin that change. I also appreciate your sentiment in wanting to use my services. That makes me feel like my life is giving something good to someone who deserves only the very best, and a cause that will hopefully bring about a change in the world for the better for everyone.”
Petition signature comment by Rachel Weitz
Date: July 3, 2014
I fully support this excellently written petition. I am a Jew against the extremism of Zionism. Sunflower, I understand what you are expressing in your blogs and fully agree that the second and third creamings could break the spirit of the horrible Zionist women you write of…I would not have believed the story of the vicious creamings if you were not providing the photos and the testimony of the victims. You are very brave to fight this battle, dear Sunflower. Be safe.
Petition signature comment by Jane Hanitz
Date: July 5, 2014
Dear Sunflower, I spent one hour trying to get into the petition, that seems weird. The reason I am signing is because Rachel is a friend of mine and she told me about your petition. I am also a Jew and detest what the Zionists are doing. Most of our friends might believe the same but are afraid to sign (even anonymously). I support this petition and agree with everything that Rachel told you in her comments. Thank you for taking a stand!
Immoral Zionism, Jeff Halper June 24 2014
Published on Jun 25, 2014
Jeff Halper, Israeli coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), reports on Israel’s dispossession of Palestinian lands. Event June 24, 2104 at Alwan For The Arts in New York City and co-sponsored by Jewish Voice For Peace. Video by Joe Friendly
Uploaded on Oct 20, 2010
Watch the full walk-out in the OFFICIAL video!
University of Michigan Campus
On October 20 2010, two IDF soldiers came to the University of Michigan campus as part of a national PR campaign by Stand With Us aimed at justifying Israel’s recent atrocities in the Middle East. Students, staff, and community members collectively engaged in a silent walk-out in memory and in solidarity with all of the silenced Palestinian children that were killed by the IDF during Israel’s most recent offensive on the Gaza Strip who are unable to take a stand and give their account today.
The protest mirrors a global movement against the settlements that has put Israel’s government in an increasingly difficult situation as the current round of peace talks with the Palestinians continues.
The international community, including the U.S., has long considered Israeli construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank, captured territory claimed by the Palestinians, as an obstacle to peace.
This sentiment, long held also by Israel’s dovish left, now appears to be gaining steam at home following a string of harsh global condemnations of settlement construction in recent months. Some on Israel’s left fear the scale of the settlements soon will pass the tipping point where a pullout may become too difficult, and Israel will be forced to essentially absorb the West Bank and its millions of Palestinians.
In a joint statement, the Cameri and Beit Lessin theaters said that three cast members in their production of “Best Friends” had asked to be excused from performing at the cultural center in Ariel, a settlement built deep inside the West Bank. It said they were granted exemptions and will be replaced by alternates, allowing the show to go on.
One of the actresses, Sarit Vino-Elad, said she could not bring herself to step foot in a theater built on occupied land and which posed an obstacle to peace with Palestinians.
“This is not a boycott. It’s my own little protest against a government policy that continues to build settlements,” she told The Associated Press. “They are trying to make Ariel part of the consensus, but as far as I am concerned it is not legitimate. You want me to perform there? Solve the problem.”
Israel is particularly sensitive to such sentiments as it is constantly battling against international efforts to impose economic, cultural and academic boycotts upon it over the settlements. Defenders of Israel say it is a victim of orchestrated campaigns to delegitimize it and hold it to a double standard over its policies.
But such arguments seem to be facing an uphill struggle. Last week, the American Studies Association, a 3,800-member group of American scholars, endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities.
Previously, the Dutch water company Vitens, the largest supplier of drinking water in the Netherlands, decided to cut ties with Israel’s national water carrier over its operations in West Bank settlements. The European Union recently forced Israel to make guarantees that special European research funds would not be spent in the settlements. The EU is also considering measures to clearly label products made in the settlements, a move that could harm sales.
Lately, Israeli settlements are also coming under increasing scrutiny at home.
Israelis who once considered the West Bank inseparable from the rest of the country, or at least shrugged off the settlements as insignificant, have begun to protest the large government budgets promoting West Bank construction instead of solving a dire housing crisis plaguing the rest of the country. Others refuse to purchase settlement goods or perform reserve military guard duty in the West Bank.
For years, the Palestinians refused to negotiate with Israel while settlement construction continued, saying it was a sign of bad faith. Under heavy U.S. pressure, the Palestinians reluctantly resumed negotiations last summer, under U.S. mediation, with an April target date for agreement.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, all captured by Israel in 1967, for their state. Israel pulled troops and settlers out of Gaza in 2005 and it is now ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas. East Jerusalem, with its sites holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews, has been annexed by Israel. The West Bank, despite the fact that Israel builds towns there, has not.
More than 550,000 Israelis now live in areas captured in 1967, amid roughly 2.5 million Palestinians. The Palestinians complain that the growing settler population makes it ever more difficult to partition the land.
The settlement of Ariel is a particular stumbling block. An enclave of nearly 20,000 people is one of the largest settlements, and its defenders say most Israelis want the settlement to be annexed to Israel in any future peace deal. But it is located well inside the West Bank, meaning no minor border adjustment as part of a peace deal could leave it on the Israeli side. Hawkish Cabinet ministers angrily have denounced the protesters and threatened to strip their government subsidies.
In 2010, Ariel inaugurated a glitzy $11 million performing arts center that immediately sparked an artists’ boycott.
Vino-Elad said her colleagues have preferred to stay quiet with their stance for fear of political backlash — but she could not. “We don’t want to create world wars here, we want to make theater,” she said.
The Cameri theater said it was committed to staging the show in Ariel but that it would respect the political positions of its artists.
“The theater does not force its actors to perform in Ariel. Those who are not interested are replaced by their colleagues,” it said in the statement. “The Cameri theater chose to allow its actors to exercise their freedom of expression and follow their conscience.”
Culture Minister Limor Livnat criticized those artists that “boycott Israeli citizens because of where they live.”
Ariel Turjeman, the director of the Ariel theater, played down the protest, saying the actors who refused to perform in the West Bank were a tiny number compared to the thousands who did. He said the theater purchased a play, not an actor, and that the move is little more than a publicity stunt.
“Those who don’t want to come don’t have to,” he said. “If Ariel makes them uncomfortable, they can stay home. And to be honest, we don’t want those who don’t want to come here.”