If you think antisemitism doesn’t matter because of how small the total world population of Jews is, consider that antisemitism is the reason that the modern Jewish population is so small in the first place.
“Public writers” sitting outside a government office. As many Jewish immigrants still struggled with the Hebrew language, these men would offer their services typing official letters, appeals, etc. 1964, Tel Aviv, Israel.
also jewish-privilege i’m tagging you again since this post contains everything that they’ve done and not just the last ask. please add them to the block list if you haven’t already so other jews get a chance to block them before they start harassing jewish bloggers again
A Sonderkommando, was a Jewish prisoner, who was responsible for disposing of the bodies inside the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Some of their duties included: guiding fellow prisoners to the gas chambers, ripping out the gold teeth of the dead, burning corpses, cleaning up the ashes and sorting through their possessions. Since the Sonderkommado, knew many of the secrets in the camps, they would be replaced every couple months, and their first task would be to dispose of the previous Sonderkommado that they have replaced.
Pictured: Members of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz disposing of a corpse: 1944
I grew up in the suburbs outside Philadelphia in a conservative Jewish household (conservative in both the religious and political sense). Although I never went to Israel while growing up it certainly played a large part of the political discussion around the house—entirely in support of Israel. One example of the milieu I grew up in: each year at Halloween the teachers at my elementary school handed out boxes for kids to collect pennies for UNICEF as they went trick-or-treating, but I was not allowed to because my father said the money would support Palestinians. Looking back I find that shocking, but at the time it felt like common sense in the community I grew up in.
As I got older I started to become more politically aware and active, and once I went to college I started reading on my own about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As soon as I read Edward Said and Noam Chomsky it was clear there was another side to the story I had been raised with. And once my eyes were open to the realities of Israel’s history and the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people, it was clear to me which side I was on.
I finally visited Israel/Palestine for the first time in 2005, and it was a transformative experience. Although I had been active on the issue for several years at that point, including receiving a Master’s Degree in Near East Studies and working in activist groups and NGOs, nothing fully prepared me for the emotional shock of seeing the occupation and inequality in person. Visiting Hebron for the first time was overwhelming, seeing the visceral hate the settlers and Israeli military hold for the Palestinians whose city they have taken.
Later in 2007 I had a chance to lead a delegation of Americans to help with the Palestinian olive harvest in the West Bank and stayed in the village of ‘Anin, a small farming community penned in by the Separation Wall. During this trip I had the incredible opportunity to experience Palestinian hospitality. My hosts knew I was from the U.S. and assumed I was Christian. When I told them I was Jewish they were surprised. At this point the only Jews they had met were settlers or soldiers, but surprise quickly turned to fascination and we talked for hours. I was embraced by a community literally under siege by a government said to be operating in my name. I was thankful, humbled and infuriated to the point of tears. I came away knowing that I wanted to share the stories of the people that I met, and the realities of life under Israeli occupation.
Adam at Yad Vashem looking out at the remains of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin which was destroyed by Zionist forces during the Nakba.
Although I always had an interest in writing, and published some articles while in graduate school, Mondoweiss is my first job in journalism. Working at Mondoweiss has been an incredible privilege. More than anything I appreciate the opportunity to work with all the site’s amazing writers. When I started with Phil in 2008, he and I wrote everything. Now, we’ve published over 1,000 authors—from the U.S., Palestine, Israel and around the world—and are finding wonderful new voices all the time. This has been one of the most rewarding parts as we play our part in shifting the discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I’m motivated to continue my work with Mondoweiss—to continue documenting and analyzing the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people—because I believe it is essential work towards reaching a just and peaceful outcome in Israel/Palestine. Reporting the unreported news from Palestine, covering the growing grassroots BDS movement, and highlighting voices, experiences and analysis frequently kept out of the mainstream discourse forward are our contribution to this broader movement.
I come to this work primarily as someone concerned with supporting and defending Palestinian human rights. At the same time I also recognize that I have a stake in this outcome as a Jew as well. As long as Israel conflates the meanings of Zionism as a political project and Judaism as a religion and faith community, I feel as though I am implicated in all we report on.
I look forward to a day when Israel/Palestine is free. This will hopefully mean not only long-overdue justice to the generations of Palestinians who have been dispossessed in the name of Israel, but also a chance for the Jewish community to chart a different path forward, away from nationalism, and towards a more just future.
A lot of people are confused about how an Orthodox rabbi who follows the Torah and its laws could celebrate the legalization of gay marriage.
I have been mocked, berated, insulted, defrocked, and even ousted from Orthodoxy for supporting marriage equality. I’ve been asked, respectfully and less respectfully, how I reconcile my belief in marriage equality and my religious beliefs. This is my official response.
Marriage equality is a civil rights issue. Gay people exist. They are your neighbors and co-workers. They might be your friends and family as well. It’s hard to be gay in America. There’s trauma involved. Gay people fall in love. They want to live together as a married couple. They want to get married for the same reasons everyone else wants to get married.
“The rise of xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe has led to many Jewish families pondering escape, ECJ’s Russian-born president Moshe Kantor said.
“I think out of three million Jews living in Europe at least one million, a very active part or young part, self-sufficient part are leaving and it will be an economic disaster for Europe because it’s a lot of cash and money currents that are going to leave Europe and also businesses,” he said.
“Britain, France, and Denmark have had record number of anti-semetic acts this year.”
Jewish refugees from Kurdistan in Tehran, Iran, 1950.
Throughout 1949, the general disaffection of Iraqi Jewry [(including Jews from Iraqi-occupied Kurdistan)] was exacerbated. With this atmosphere Jewish youths were fleeing the country. The clandestine crossing of the Iranian border began to assume major proportions. Within a few months in 1950, about 10,000 Jews fled Iraq in this way. Once in Iran, most Iraqi Jews were directed to the large refugee camp administered by the Joint Distribution Committee near Teheran, and from there they were airlifted to Israel. (via Jewish Virtual Library)
I deleted the post because I'm tired of Zionist sympathizers like you shitting on the truth and continuing to spread propaganda. I never said anything about the Jewish experience stay off my posts about Zionism because your a piece of shit who likes to randomly call people antisemitic when they bring up the atrocities committed by Israel overall and Zionists overall. And if you try to talk about your struggles in a global/historical context it doesn't come close to the oppression of Poc
Keep in mind white jews have far more privilege in the world and always
have than poc jews. So I think your the one who need to do research on
“your” so called identity
1) You dismissed antisemitism as unimportant and not widepsread and now you’re talking about Jewish oppression. Antisemitism and oppression are a part of the Jewish experience, hun.
2) I outlined THREE reasons for calling you antisemitic in my reply. None of them had anything to do with you talking shit about zionists. They had EVERYTHING to do with you talking over jews and dismissing antisemitism despire the fact that jews are being attacked and murdered all around the world. But please, continue not actually reading my posts and pretending like they say what you want them to say.
3) Jews have been kicked out of almost every country we’ve tried to live in and have faced mass murder several times. Stop pretending like you actually know enough about Jewish history to try to play the Oppression Olympics with us.
4) Stop pretending like you care about PoC Jews when you already dismissied antisemitism as unimportant. You don’t care about them. You’re using them as a rhetorical tool. The pirivilege dynamics between white-passing jews and jpoc is an intracommunity issue that you have no buisiness sticking your nose in.
5) Once again your accusing a Jew of not knowing what Jewish identity is, which is antisemitic. I’ve been Jewish for 17 years. I know a lot more about Jewish identity than you do.
6) Are you ever going to address the fact that you sent me anon hate like a coward or no?
so i already know im gettin חי on my arm/shoulder, but i think im interested in getting a hebrew phrase on my ribs
i didnt grow up with a lot of hebrew, only what was said in synagouge, so i dont have anything special or close to my heart or w/e
so i think i want some kind of proverb or an excerpt from a prayer or song. i can find the last to on my own but it would be cool if anyone could suggest like. jewish proverbs/hebrew proverbs ? just ones that you think are cool/nice
I finished painting the Jewish wedding document or “ketubah” for my cousin’s wedding tomorrow
I know it’s not “tumblr art” or anything and it’s still just clipped to my easel, but i feel so good to be helping them keep this tradition, especially since the original wording was male and female and they’re two men
They travel a lot together so I put all the places that mean the most to them, and the mascot of the college they went to and met at. The train tracks show their journeys coming together so their love can make the rest of their life one more joint adventure
“I see the world for what it is, in its true light. It doesn’t need rules,judgement, and hate to survive. It needs reason and understanding. Accepting it for what it is and what it isn’t. I think if everyone did this, then so many more people would be around today. I also think people would love each other more.”