April 9, 2013
Today Jewish Voice for Peace honors Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

April 8, 2013

On this day, we reflect on the horrors of World War II and the Nazi genocidal policies that led to the killing of some 11 million Jews, Gypsies, Socialists, gays, people with disabilities and dissenters all deemed unfit or a threat.

Those of us who are Jews of European descent remember our loved ones and re-tell heart-wrenching stories of death, suffering and survival. But we do so with a steadfast refusal to be held hostage by the traumas experienced by our ancestors.

Instead, we take from these stories the lesson that “never again” means never, not for anyone.

On Yom HaShoah, we are reminded to stand against dehumanization no matter where it happens. We are reminded that our histories of displacement and persecution and resistance bind us in responsibility to others who today are considered a threat for their very existence. We re-dedicate ourselves to the belief that all people are chosen, all land is holy, and all life is sacred. May we take up the work to honor that belief today, and all days.

December 25, 2012
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When refusing to affirm Jesus as a Palestinian Jew who spoke Aramaic — a Semitic language that is ancestral to Arabic and Hebrew — the West will continue to view Islam as a “foreign religion.” Hate crimes and discriminatory acts against Muslims, Arabs, and others who are perceived to be Muslim will persist. They will still be treated as “cultural outsiders” and “threats” to the West. Interesting enough, Christianity and Judaism are never considered “foreign religions,” despite having Middle Eastern origins, like Islam. As Douglas-Klotz insists, affirming Jesus as a native Middle Eastern person “enables Christians to understand that the mind and message” of Jesus arises from “the same earth as have the traditions of their Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers.”

Jesus would not prefer one race or group of people over another. I believe he would condemn today’s demonization and dehumanization of the Palestinian people, as well as the misrepresentations of him that fuel white supremacy. As a Muslim, I believe Jesus was a Prophet of God, and if I were to have any say about the Christmas spirit, it would be based on Jesus’ character: humility, compassion, and Love. A Love in which all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, culture, religion, gender, and sexual orientation are respected and appreciated.

And in that spirit, I wish you all a merry Christmas. Alaha Natarak (Aramaic: God be with you).

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Jesus was a Palestinian and Why it Matters | Muslim Reverie - December 25, 2009

December 24, 2012
PM Netanyahu’s Christmas message: We are better than the Arabs (WATCH) | +972 Magazine

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December 24, 2012

We now open our Christmas celebrations with the traditional Islamophobic message from the Prime Minister’s Office:

While Prime Minister Netanyahu is using the holiday to present his tea-party talking points against anything Muslim, it’s a good time to remember that roughly 20,000 Palestinian Christians are living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, without proper political representation, freedom of travel, equality before the law, and many other civil and human rights. Unlike the Israeli prime minister, the occupation doesn’t know the difference between a Muslim and a Christian.

Copyright © 2012 +972 Magazine.

August 31, 2011

israelfacts:

The “Jews Say No” movement held a protest in Upper Manhattan expressing their opposition to the recent air attacks by Israel on the Gaza strip. Protesters stood silently, holding posters and placards which voiced their concerns. New York, USA. 22nd August 2011 (Demotix Images)

(Source: fajrarmy, via kadalkavithaigal)

August 19, 2011
madeinnablus:

Live in London: Orthodox Jews have joined protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London in solidarity with the people of Gaza
(picture from @selintellec)

madeinnablus:

Live in London: Orthodox Jews have joined protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London in solidarity with the people of Gaza

(picture from @selintellec)