YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO BE PROUD OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE

Remember a few days ago I posted about a group of young Jews that disrupted Netanyahu’s speech in New Orleans? (Watch video at the end of this post)

Well…. they are more than just a rowdy bunch of agitators as can be seen in the following….

We can all be proud of these brave young men and women!


The Young Jewish Declaration

A vision of collective identity, purpose and values written by and for young Jews committed to justice in Israel and Palestine. It is an invitation and call to action for both our peers and our elders, launched as a counter-protest at the 2010 Jewish Federation General Assembly in New Orleans.

I Exist

I. we exist.

We exist. We are everywhere. We speak and love and dream in every language. We pray three times a day or only during the high holidays or when we feel like we really need to or not at all. We are punks and students and parents and janitors and Rabbis and freedom fighters. We are your children, your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren. We embrace diaspora, even when it causes us a great deal of pain. We are the rubble of tangled fear, the deliverance of values. We are human. We are born perfect. We assimilate, or we do not. We are not apathetic. We know and name persecution when we see it. Occupation has constricted our throats and fattened our tongues. We are feeding each other new words. We have family, we build family, we are family. We re-negotiate. We atone. We re-draw the map every single day. We travel between worlds. This is not our birthright, it is our necessity.

II. we remember.

We remember slavery in Egypt, and we remember hiding our celebrations and ritual. We remember brave, desperate resistance. We honor a legacy of radical intellectuals and refugees. We remember the labor movement. We remember the camps. We remember when we aged too quickly. We remember that we are still young, and powerful. We remember being branded as counterrevolutionaries in one state and hunted during the red scare of another. We remember our ancestors’ suffering and our own. Our stories are older than any brutal war. We remember those who cannot afford to take time to heal. We remember how to build our homes, and our holiness, out of time and thin air, and so do not need other people’s land to do so. We remember solidarity as a means of survival and an act of affirmation, and we are proud.

III. we refuse.

We refuse to have our histories distorted or erased, or appropriated by a corporate war machine. We will not call this liberation. We refuse to knowingly oppress others, and we refuse to oppress each other. We refuse to be whitewashed. We will not carry the legacy of terror. We refuse to allow our identities to be cut, cleaned, packaged nicely, and sold back to us. We won’t be won over by free vacations and scholarship money. We won’t buy the logic that slaughter means safety. We will not quietly witness the violation of human rights in Palestine. We refuse to become the mother who did not scream when wise King Solomon resolved to split her baby in two. We are better than this. We have ancestors to honor. We have allies to honor. We have ourselves to honor.

IV. we commit.

We commit ourselves to peace. We will stand up with honest bodies, to offer honest bread. We will stand up with our words, our pens, our songs, our paintbrushes, our open hands. We commit to re-envisioning “homeland,” to make room for justice. We will stand in the way of colonization and displacement. We will take this to the courts and to the streets. We will learn. We will teach this in the schools and in our homes. We will stand with you, if you choose to stand with our allies. We will grieve the lies we’ve swallowed. We commit to equality, solidarity, and integrity. We will soothe the deepest tangles of our roots and stretch our strong arms to the sky. We demand daylight for our stories, for all stories. We seek breathing room and dignity for all people. We are committed to the struggle. We are the struggle. We will become mentors, elders, and radical listeners for the next generation. It is our sacred obligation. We will not stop. We exist. We are young Jews, and we get to decide what that means.

FROM

 

Young Jews Disrupt Netanyahu at Jewish General Assembly

 

14 Comments

  1. traducteur said,

    November 11, 2010 at 15:47

    Hearty congratulations and best wishes. The world needs more people like you.

  2. f8te said,

    November 11, 2010 at 16:41

    Sorry to simplify my comment so much but, “You guys fuggin rule!!!!”
    I Love you all!

  3. Jacob said,

    November 11, 2010 at 16:51

    Pride is the mother of all sins.
    But at least you are trying :)

  4. moonman said,

    November 11, 2010 at 16:59

    thank you for demonstaiting that you are above the zionists that try to bring you down to their leval of nazium ,now if the us goverment inablers would just stop backing their play you just might have a chance to raise your people to hights far above the expectations of the zionists and move forward at an unbeleivable rate .

  5. George A from Toronto said,

    November 11, 2010 at 17:04

    Let’s hope there is a lot of young Jews to stop the old farts from pushing America to attack Iran and onwards to China. Israel is greasing the wheels in India for them to start the war–CHINA.
    I suggest to the young ones–expose 9/II attacks to the rightfull doer–Israel. Before they attempt to kill millions of Americans and blame it on Iran.
    What could happen? Israel Kaa-Put! World would be safer and so will most American Jews. If that happens–No Israeliesettlers allowed in America {:^/

  6. shelly said,

    November 11, 2010 at 17:27

    WOW! I saw the original video but did not see this, but then looked at WRH and wow! Thank you for being truthful & honest in your hearts. Thank you. Please please help the Palestinians and let’s together speak out against the occupation.
    Yes, the WORLD needs more people like yourselves. I saw and read – and your faces, I could see that you are bold & courageous. Thank you.

  7. mikael said,

    November 11, 2010 at 17:40

    “Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”
    — Desmond Tutu

    I thank you for your sacrifise and curage.
    The fight for Palestina, is a fight against fear, fear of talking about the conflict. Yhe fear of seeing the naked truth, of iIsraels deeds.The dogmas, the words and frasses, thats is been yoused. All this analogys, about anti-semittism, selfhating jews. This is a long road, and people like you are shortening the path. And i hope as more and more peoples are been told the truth, the propper presure will be aplyed, on the Israeli govm.

    free Palestina . .

  8. sharpinchitown said,

    November 11, 2010 at 18:38

    I love and am proud of all my fellow humans who share in our love and our hope and our compassion and our seeking of peace!!

    I LOVE YOU!

  9. Abouttime said,

    November 11, 2010 at 20:32

    Keep stepping up, the Israeli occupation can only be ended when the Israeli people finally resist their Nazi government.

  10. Paul said,

    November 11, 2010 at 21:07

    “We remember how to build our homes, and our holiness, out of time and thin air, and so do not need other people’s land to do so.”

    Superb statement.

  11. identalias said,

    November 11, 2010 at 23:19

    Bibi and his monkeys delegitimize Israel.

    Look at Bibi’s stormtroopers, the evil that contaminates Israel.

  12. peter khasar said,

    November 12, 2010 at 03:51

    every evil empire fall, question of time, history is a cycle,

  13. November 12, 2010 at 04:32

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  14. Eric Vaughan said,

    November 12, 2010 at 16:05

    That was moving. Although no one asked to have a life, it is what you ask of yourself that will determine where that life goes. You have demanded integrity from yourselves. I have no doubt you’ll achieve that and a whole lot more.


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