Warning: Massive rant and probably Trigger warnings are appropriate, but I’m not sure what they are.
You see, my Rabbi and others are being targeted as “terrorists” by Hands up United. Not because of her actions with regard to Ferguson. Hell, we live in St. Louis, she’s been at Ferguson marches, I’ve seen pictures of her on the national stage, protesting and being arrested for protesting.
No. They’re calling her a terrorist for defending Israel. Not their actions. At High Holidays, she mentioned the dichotomy of loving Israel, but hating the way they treat Palestinians. Of needing to find common ground and a new path where everyone’s kids are safe and secure.
But this isn’t enough for them, because she’s not denouncing Israel’s right to exist, because she’s bringing light to the Jews who are suffering in the Palestinian attacks (they’re freaking stabbing everyone right and left right now). No, she’s a terrorist unless she unilaterally condemns Israel.
And as if that weren’t enough, the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace wrote a letter basically calling her out for the same thing. And didn’t denounce Hands Up United’s attacks.
And if any of you want to say she’s a bad ally, let me tell you one thing: One of our congregants, we’ll call him T (and yes, he’s black), lives in Ferguson, he knew Mike Brown. Rabbi Susan talked him into going up to march. There they are, side by side, and one of the cops calls out to her and says “Rabbi Susan, do you remember me, you did my bar mitzvah.” So she goes up to him, and she says, “This is T. I did his bar mitzvah too.”
So here’s a person, who basically wants all people to live in a world where they’re safe and secure, black, white, brown, Jewish, Muslem, and she’ s being called a terrorist for daring to call out the Hamas for what they do to Israelis.
And now if I see reference to Hands up United or Jewish Voice for Peace, even other chapters, even doing good things, my stomach just churns, because of what they’re saying and doing to someone that I care about and trust who’s one of the best people I know. These are groups whose main objectives I support, but I just want to strangle, because they’re basically trying to destroy someone who disagrees on how to achieve their aims.
Joke’s on them. Rabbi Susan did the afternoon Hannukah party candle lighting at the White House. With President Obama and the President of Israel. Take that haters.