Jews for Justice for Palestinians, June 30th, 2016

April 29, 2016. Originally published August 2014.

Anti-Zionist Jews, members of Jewdas, join the march, summer 2014. Photo by Ray Filar.


As a child I learned that “the Israel/Palestine conflict” is highly complex, with a long history of wrongs on both sides.

[...] But the reality is much more simple. Today the so-called “Jewish, democratic state” is synonymous with daily brutality, land occupation, militarism, settlements, and dispossession [....] For us to be safe, the thinking goes, we must have our own country. To keep the country safe, we must use force to keep out threats. Because the people living there don’t like us pushing them out, they are by definition threatening, and in need of suppression.