Saturday, August 03, 2002

PRO-ISRAEL, PRO-PEACE - Group Seeks To Mobilize American Jews, by David Rabin -

"Now is the time to speak up in dissent. It is not a time to be blindly patriotic. Israel's moral and political future is in grave danger."

This is what I believe has been missing in the critique of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians. Many American Jews, such as myself, who are offended by the IDF's tactics, have been forced into silence because the existing "peace movement" chooses to pretend that the PLO have been saints who don't really want to kill, but the Israeli's make them.

"Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" puts it in the proper perspective. Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace that is the subject of the article, is calling on Israel to end its military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, "with border agreements agreeable to both parties." The group is "guided by the mitzvah, or obligation, to pursue peace and justice that is rooted in both secular and religious Jewish traditions. Every place there is justice there is peace."

Now that is something positive for a Saturday, Sabbath, morning.

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