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Selective Outrage And The Damnable Jewish Silence On Gaza by Tom Pessah

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One of the authors of the platform related the use of the word to the history of black activism in the U.S., such as the group entitled “We Charge Genocide” which opposes police violence in Chicago. The Jews of Color Caucus of JVP embraced the platform and recognized the multiple meanings of the word “genocide”. But apart from them, the reaction of Jewish American organizations was overwhelmingly negative.

… A year since the controversy, where is the outrage? Is the word “genocide” worse than the actual death of babies and adult patients from completely preventable causes? When will the same Jewish American organizations raise the alarm about Israel’s responsibility for the lethal conditions in Gaza? And how many will die by then?

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If It’s Not Genocide, What Word Should We Use? By Dorothy Zellner on Jewish Currents

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Some of your readers may know that the Black community has had a long and tormented relationship with this word, “genocide.” In 1946, a year after the end of World War II, the National Negro Congress petitioned the United Nations for help in dealing with systemic racial discrimination in the U.S.  The NAACP followed suit in 1947, with its “Appeal to the World,” similarly urging redress, written by Dr. W. E. B. DuBois and two other Black scholars and lawyers. The UN did not respond.

… In 1951, Paul Robeson and William L. Patterson, head of the Civil Rights Congress, presented the 100-page, flawlessly documented petition, “We Charge Genocide,” to the UN, seeking justice for African Americans using the convention it had so recently approved (as pictured at the top of this article)…

… It should come as no surprise that the Movement for Black Lives would choose to apply this particular word, since it has lived in the DNA of the Black community for nearly sixty-six years… Now to the merits of the case. Can the word be used by Black people to describe themselves?  Can the word be used by Black people to describe others? Is the word accurate?

… To sum up: Echoing Dr. James, if the situation of the Palestinians under Israeli control is not genocide, what is it? We have to begin having some serious conversations, everybody.

 

Continue reading at http://jewishcurrents.org/if-its-not-genocide-what-word-should-we-use/

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Letter: Counter argument by Peter Shanley on Jamaica Plain Gazette

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In the Oct. 28 Jamaica Plain Gazette, Allen Spivack attacks the movement for Black Lives Matter statement for containing “virulently anti-Semitic language.” Apparently, he is referring to the terms “apartheid” and “genocide” used to describe Israeli policy and practice toward Palestinians. These terms have been used by many, including Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews to indict Israeli actions towards Palestinians… Spivack has decided that because he disagrees with the use of certain words, he is now liberated from supporting the basic anti-racist statement, “Black Lives Matter.” He will not enter a religious institution that displays this sentiment. He is essentially placing himself in the company of those who refuse to recognize the unique and horrendous experience that people of color have had and continue to have in this country. If he can call those who object to Israeli policy towards Palestinians “virulently anti-Semitic,” then I call him and his supporters “virulently racist.”

Continue reading at http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2016/11/11/counter-argument/

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White Jews Left the Movement for Racial Justice. But It’s Not Too Late to Return by Leo Ferguson

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As a black Jew, I will never stop fighting for my place within the black community — I will show up proudly black, and proudly Jewish and demand to be loved and respected for both of these identities. And when the next platform is drafted, I want to see black Jews at the table, shaping the vision and language.

… We are entering the season of teshuva, tefilah, tzedakah. The moment in our calendar when we look long and hard at who we are so that we can create a foundation of truth for who we want to become. We can reflect on where, collectively, we went astray. On why the pain of past traumas allowed us to so cavalierly dismiss the pain right in front of us. On what would cause a people to suffer so much that they would describe their experience as genocide, and why that would resonate so much with another community, an ocean away, that they would take up their cause.

Continue reading at http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.746193

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We’re Jewish Student Activists and We Don’t Need To Be Protected From BDS by Julia Berkman-Hill and Joshua Leifer

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Kogen also makes the argument that Jews should put support for Israel before support for groups that are critical of Israel, most notably Black Lives Matter. But we cannot shirk our obligation to fight for racial justice because of objections to the words “genocide” and “apartheid.” Though we should have a conversation about those words, we must demonstrate our commitment to black and brown lives, Jewish or not. Arguing that Jews should inherently choose Israel over other issues, such as racial justice, erases the lived experience of black Jews for whom supporting and participating in Black Lives Matter is a matter of survival.

What’s more, we will not be able to participate in social justice work with our full selves until we address the injustice that our own community perpetuates. If we are silent, or perceived as silent, about the time and money our community spends justifying the destruction of Palestinian lives, why should anyone take us seriously when we say black lives matter?

Continue reading at http://forward.com/opinion/349628/were-jewish-student-activists-and-we-dont-need-to-be-protected-from-bds/

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Jews Against Genocide stand with Movement for Black Lives, including the use of the word ‘Genocide’

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Much ado was made about M4BL’s use of the word ‘genocide’, referring to Israel’s systematic policies against the Palestinian people. We’d like to fully address this very serious charge as we believe it to be true, and have, ourselves, clearly stated so in the past . We clarify that the crime of genocide has a legal definition within international law, to which we strictly refer in our argument…

It is our opinion that there is more than sufficient evidence, provided by Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations, attesting to violations, on a mass scale, which constitute at least the first three acts of genocide mentioned in Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

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JEWS4BLACKLIVES: CALL TO ACTION! by Jews For Racial & Economic Justice

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We ask our community to be courageous enough to lean into discomfort because Black lives are too precious —  the lives of the Jews of Color in our community matter, and the lives of our Black and Brown friends, families, and neighbors matter. We won’t let anything distract us from that fundamental truth. The extraordinary challenge of building and sustaining a movement in the face of overwhelming oppression and indifference is necessarily messy and complex, with contradictions, challenges, and constant distractions.

Continue reading at http://jfrej.org/jews4blacklives-call-to-action/

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The Jewish Community Needs To Support The Movement For Black Lives by If Not Now

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We refuse to follow leaders that force us to choose between Jewish community and one of the most powerful movements of our time. We recognize the explicit links between Black, Palestinian, and Jewish liberation. We support relationships of solidarity and mutual support among marginalized peoples, understanding that anti-semitism and the fear that comes with it so often get in the way. While it is our task to battle anti-semitism, we cannot do so without battling injustice wherever it lives, in the United States and in Israel-Palestine.

We’re living in a historic moment: will we rise to the challenge and heed the call of the Movement for Black Lives? Or will we turn our backs, forsaking our values as a people who stand on the side of the oppressed?

We call on the Boston JCRC to retract its statement condemning the Movement for Black Lives and its Platform.

Continue reading at https://ifnotnowmovement.org/2016/08/05/statement-the-jewish-community-needs-to-support-the-movement-for-black-lives/

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