Download e-book for kindle: Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace by Avigail Abarbanel

By Avigail Abarbanel

There's an expectation in Jewish groups worldwide that every one Jews include Zionism and provide unquestioning help for Israel, wrong or right . Jewish id and Zionism are typically and intentionally blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or query Zionism are usually excluded, vilified and threatened. in the event that they exhibit sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian humans, they probability being branded as traitors and accused of helping the enemies of Israel . past Tribal Loyalties is a special choice of twenty-five own tales of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the uk and the us. there's an age distinction of greater than fifty years among the oldest and the youngest contributor. The tales specialise in the advanced and extremely own trip that Jewish activists wade through to loose themselves from the carry of Zionist ideology and its requirement to help all Israeli rules. Like many Jews, lots of the members have been as soon as unquestioning supporters of Israel and Zionism. whatever occurred within the lifetime of each one of those outstanding people who brought on them to query and think again their knowing of the clash and their dating with Israel and the Palestinian humans. in lots of instances this trip concerned a reassessment of private values, trust platforms and id. past Tribal Loyalties seeks to find what allows for Jewish peace activists to keep on with via with this transformative trip and their activist paintings, regardless of fanatical and infrequently violent competition. this can be an inspiring publication for an individual who's attracted to the event of being a peace activist. It bargains a clean and weird perspective at the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and is a different contribution in a box the place political research is usual, yet the place the non-public perspective is usually missing.

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I desperately wanted to stay and even found foster parents to look after me in the kibbutz. But my family weren’t so keen to relinquish me. So grudgingly I left, vowing to return the moment I became an adult. We settled in Kew, a white, upper middle class neighbourhood. I entered a wonderful private open school and found new friends. Naturally we were drawn towards our Lebanese neighbours who owned the local milk bar (grocery store). Together we shared food, laughter and a common longing for the warm and friendly Middle East.

But we were to be more shocked a few days later when returning from this tour of the Occupied Territories, because from the same road we had travelled only days earlier the Jericho refugee camp looked to be empty! Where had they all gone? We saw that evening on the TV a mass of people scrambling across the broken Allenby bridge over the Jordan River to Jordan. Why were they fleeing now? Only a day before they had been passively waiting to see what would happen. What had happened to make them flee so suddenly?

Only rarely could I defend my arguments with properly researched and properly presented facts. One of my friends asked me how come they could not attend any parties or events of the Jewish community youth, when I was able to go to any of the youth events at the church he attended. How come the possibility of a Jewish girl falling in love and marrying him was a threat to the existence of the entire Jewish community, but if a Jewish male were to marry his sister it would be no problem for his parents, provided there was no pressure on her to change her religion?

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