Today is Yom Kippur. As not only a Jew but the leader of the world’s only predominantly Jewish nation, I expect you know all too well what this means.
This is the Day of Atonement. The day wherein we repent for our misdeeds and fix that which we have made wrong.
For many years Israel has sinned. As a state it has committed genocide and gentrification in the lands held sacred by not only themselves but also to the Palestinian people, the victims of these atrocities.
Israel has used the Torah as a justification for many of their actions, and yet many of these actions are condemned by the Torah, actions such as coveting your neighbor, abusing your neighbor, killing, theft of land, uprooting olive trees, refusing to recognize a Palestinian nation, and not treating others as you wish to be treated.
It is with this in mind that I appeal to you, in the name of Adonai, in the spirit of the High Holy Days, to repent for years of Israeli sin by recognizing the right of Palestine to their recent attempts to gain statehood from the powers that be in the world.
Forgive Palestine, forgive God, and forgive yourself.
In the portion of the Torah read on Rosh Hashana, god tells Ishmael that his progeny, being descendants of Abraham, will also become a great nation. Israel is outright denying the word of the Torah.
Yom Kippur is a time to be a bigger person, and more than that it is a time to be a bigger people, a time to humble yourself and accept that the only thing you can do to bring peace and good to the world is to actively pursue peace and good yourself.
In the name of Ha Shem, in the name of The Name, please, come to your senses, repent for the sins of generations, and pursue peace with your Palestinian brothers.
With all due respect
-Benyamin Eliyahu David Dangersquirrel B'shalom, a very disgruntled Jew.
P.S. I do refer specifically to the Palestinian motion proposed to the United Nations seeking recognition as a sovereign nation state. I think that the most right, most Jewish thing to do would be to appeal to President Obama and the United States Government to support the Palestinian right to nationhood, and to request that they not exercise their veto power in the Security Council. The world accepts Palestine, it’s about time Israel and the USA stop whining and bullying, and start moving towards peace.
—I wrote this in the middle of Yom Kippur services after reading a horribly Zionist article on the UN bid in a Jewish newsletter. I was hungry and tired and distracted but I think I would like Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama to see this perspective, and I would like my opinions on the matter to be known, so I’m posting it.