By Avigail Abarbanel
There's an expectation in Jewish groups world wide that every one Jews embody Zionism and supply unquestioning aid for Israel, wrong or right . Jewish identification and Zionism are generally and intentionally blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or query Zionism are frequently excluded, vilified and threatened. in the event that they exhibit sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian humans, they threat being branded as traitors and accused of assisting the enemies of Israel . past Tribal Loyalties is a distinct number of twenty-five own tales of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the uk and the USA. 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 unfastened themselves from the carry of Zionist ideology and its requirement to aid all Israeli guidelines. Like many Jews, lots of the participants have been as soon as unquestioning supporters of Israel and Zionism. whatever occurred within the lifetime of every one of those remarkable people who triggered them to query and reconsider their knowing of the clash and their courting with Israel and the Palestinian humans. in lots of circumstances this trip concerned a reassessment of private values, trust platforms and id. past Tribal Loyalties seeks to find what allows Jewish peace activists to persist with via with this transformative trip and their activist paintings, regardless of fanatical and occasionally violent competition. this can be an inspiring e-book for someone who's drawn to the adventure of being a peace activist. It deals a clean and strange perspective at the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and is a distinct contribution in a box the place political research is usual, yet the place the non-public perspective is usually missing.
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The Mandelbaum Gate separating Arab East Jerusalem from Jewish West Jerusalem had been pulled down and the streets of West Jerusalem were full of cars with Palestinians going to take a look. We joined a mass of Israelis crossing over to East Jerusalem to take a look. Everyone seemed to be getting along ﬁne. There were no incidents that day with Palestinians and Israelis thronging together at market places and historical sites. The government received a shock at how well Jews were interacting with Arabs.
I was told by everyone, including my parents, that this was the only youth organisation we had, and that I should just ignore any aspects of the ideology I didn’t like. They assured me that they did the same. The stories I have from Aunty Dora and cousin Judy about Nana’s life don’t tally. But I know from Mum’s birth and marriage certiﬁcates that Nana’s country of origin was Palestine, although she was born in 1890 in Marseilles, France as Eva Camen (previously Kaminsky). I also know from Mum’s birth certiﬁcate that the date of Mum’s birth in Brisbane was 6 June 1920, that Mum’s father Jacob Mendel (previously Mendelovitz) was born in 1882 ˘ Romania, and that Jacob and Eva were married on 16 in Bacau, December 1907 in Palestine.
Sunny California is ﬁlled with organic food, hippies, soul music, peace activists, patriots, anti-Vietnam demonstrations, macram´e bags and tie-dye clothes. My mother was born in Palestine in 1943 to Jewish Polish parents who immigrated to Palestine in the early 1930s. My father was American-born, the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant father, and a thirteenth generation American born ex-Mormon mother. Confused yet? With this kind of a start I was seemingly on an inevitable path to activism, or at least to soul-searching.