Growing up, I was told over and over: “You need to take responsibility for Israel. It’s your responsibility as a Jew.”
Now, I would say: “It’s unconscionable what’s happening in my name in Israel/Palestine, and as an American Jew, I am uniquely positioned to do something about it.”
That’s why I’ve spent the past week in the West Bank, meeting and working with Palestinians who are persevering to stay on their land and in their homes. I’m on a delegation with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, an organization building networks of solidarity and co-resistance with Palestinians.
We’ve been working with community leaders in Masafer Yatta, a region south of Hebron where more than 1,500 Palestinians are facing expulsion from their homes. This would be the largest mass expulsion of Palestinians in sixty years.
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As I’ve traveled from community to community, alongside our Palestinian partners, I’ve heard two things over and over again:
One: Work with us. A young Palestinian organizer, Tariq, told me this:
“The fact that Palestinians and Jews are working together – that scares them. It threatens the forces that maintain occupation.”
Two: Share our stories. As one community leader put it:
“We need you to come here to hear our stories, and we need you to go home to share them.”
Today, I saw firsthand how Jews and Palestinians working together threatens this violent system.
But before I tell you what happened today, I need you to take one step to help Palestinians struggling to stay on their land. If enough of us are paying attention and speaking out, 1,500 people could remain in their homes.
If you have Instagram, follow the fight to #SaveMasaferYatta here via Instagram, or here via email.
This morning, I joined a Palestinian led-protest of over 200 Palestinians, Israelis, and diaspora Jews – including IfNotNow members – working together to re-open a road illegally blocked by settlers. The plan was to roll aside the massive boulders that settlers had put in place, which had cut Palestinians off from vital travel.
When settlers harassed us, the soldiers stood by and watched. They even detained Israeli activists and released them next to the settlers, who threw stones at them, broke their car window, and injured the activists inside.
When our group of nonviolent protesters tried to clear the road, the army responded with tear gas & stun grenades.
Now, I need you to spread this story. Follow along on Instagram, or sign up for email updates about what’s happening in Masafer Yatta.
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