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WATCH: High holy day manifesto for just peace

Young, Jewish and Proud, a grassroots organization based in the United States, has released a video manifesto calling upon the Jewish community to recognize their call for a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The video was released to coincide with the Palestinian bid for independent statehood at the UN, and with the Jewish High Holy Days, which begin Wednesday night with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

In the video, 40 Jewish-American youth aged 18-36 face the camera to testify to their diversity – from rabbis and students to punks and freedom fighters – before declaring their manifesto, which includes quotes such as:

We refuse to allow our identities to be cut, cleaned, packaged nicely, and sold back to us. We won’t be won over by free vacations and scholarship money. We won’t buy the logic that slaughter means safety. We will not quietly witness the violation of human rights in Palestine. We refuse to become the mother who did not scream when wise King Solomon resolved to split her baby in two.

The video is co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, which calls for an end of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, and for a just resolution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

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    1. Shoded Yam

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    2. Mitchell Cohen

      Disagree as I might with what most of the staff here post and being common posters are not able to start “threads” on this site, I wanted to wish all the 972 staff a Le’shana Tova U’ Me’tuka….:-)

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    3. Ben Israel

      Ditto to what Mitchell said,
      Shana Tovah!

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    4. RichardNYC

      @Everyone in this video
      Do you remember…your millions of Jewish brothers and sisters sitting in the gun sights of the Arab world? I guess you just “re-envision their homeland” at the bottom of the sea. The egoism, denial, and putrid preachy nonsense in this video is making me sick. Get over yourselves.

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    5. RichardNYC

      “We are young Jews, and we get to decide what that means”
      Ok, so this is about YOUR IDENTITY as young Jews then? Want to rebel against the big Zionist corporate types, telling you who you are? Ok, then do it without endangering other Jews thousands of miles away. Live your lives, practice your faith, don’t pretend like you need to spew propaganda against other Jews to deal with your OWN FUCKING BAGGAGE. I’m really surprised no one who made this video understood how incredibly bratty that last line actually sounds.

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    6. Words can hurt, Richard? Have you just discovered this?

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    7. Kevin Morrow


      So I suppose your fear, anger and hatred are a better antidote to the mess Israel has created for itself than the courageous, principled idealism and intellectual independence these young Jews show? You’d prefer that they succumb sheeplike to the propaganda that they no doubt get fed on a regular basis, telling them that because they’re Jews, they’re morally obligated to rubberstamp Israel’s every action?

      Disagree if you like, but your rage just proves that these kids are on to something. If that is the kind of thing they’re hearing, I don’t blame them for proudly refusing to give into it.

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    8. RichardNYC

      @Kevin Morrow
      “…telling them that because they’re Jews, they’re morally obligated to rubberstamp Israel’s every action?”
      –>No…They’re not in a position to rubberstamp Israel’s policies because they’re not Israeli. They’re not even interested in what’s best for Palestinians…they’re motivated by their own identity issues. They’re just using Israel to give the proverbial middle finger to the parents who spoiled them, at the expense of Israelis’ security. Considering there are people who make entire careers off of hating Israel (Ben White, Ilan Pappe et al), its silly to suggest there’s anything courageous, idealistic, or independent about attaching yourself like a snail to the Palestinian cause. After these kids grow up, forget about this nonsense, and start their own nice American middle class families, and the Palestinians in Ain el Hilweh are still living in rubbish, it will become clear what JVP’s decisions were really about…

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    9. Deïr Yassin

      Isn’t it amazing to see a New Yorker giving moral lesson to a Sabra as Ilan Pappe who could have made an academic career staying within the Zionist narrative if he had wanted so.

      Richard from New York apparently knows nothing about Ilan Pappe’s personal journey from being a Zionist to becoming an anti-Zionist.
      He in fact describes the ‘seeing the light’ as a personal liberation whereas Richard in the Big Apple is still living in some kind of mental shtetl….

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    10. Kevin Morrow

      They may not be Israeli, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not pressured to tow the party line of the community they belong to. I have heard too often Jews from outside Israel labeled “self-loathing Jews,” and stupid stuff like that because they don’t tow the Israeli party line. Also, a great many of the Israelis who are standing beside their Palestinian neighbors who are under fire are actually American Jews who have made aliya from places like New York, Seattle, LA, etc. I have met some of them over there. RichardinNYC, you are VERY cynical. While neither of us can possibly know what is going on in the heads of these people without asking them personally, I choose to think the best until shown proof of another reality. Sorry that you’ve been burned so often before, for whatever reason (as you plainly have), but as cynical as I often am, you’ve got to put hope in something (within reason). I also think you’re getting hung up on a minor aspect of this public declaration. Sure, it sounds a bit narcisstic, but give them the benefit of the doubt, or all the evil you so strongly believe will come true…will come true.

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    11. RichardNYC

      @Kevin Morrow
      A few years ago I found out a college classmate of mine was Jewish, so I asked him if he’d been to Israel. He said something like “yeah, I have, but I’m not really into the whole Zionist thing.” He didn’t decide to start wearing a Keffiyeh or call Israelis Nazis, or become an ‘activist’. That is, he didn’t unload his personal adolescent bullshit onto the conflict. And he’s not alone. The “minor aspect” of this declaration that bothers both of us isn’t minor at all – it reveals that these people are concerned with the struggle over Jewish identity, not the flesh-and-bone human beings who inhabit the area they pretend to care about. Nobody who insist on the ‘right of return’ has any concern about the welfare of actual Palestinian refugees. Please.
      —>with regard to your straw man arguments:
      (1) I didn’t call anyone self-loathing. If anything, these people love themselves too much.
      (2) I’m not an American Oleh
      (3) I don’t even know in what sense you think I’ve been ‘burned’, but I assure you JVP has not interfered with me personally.

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    12. Bosko

      Deir Yassin is amazed about our low opinion of the likes of Pappe who is by no means a self hating Jew. He just hates his fellow Jews.
      One has to wonder what Deir Yassin thinks of Arabs/Muslims who are critical of her ideology. People like Wafa Sultan (Syrian born), Walid Shoeblat (Palestinian Arab) and Irshad Manji (a Muslim). Here is a sample of Wafa Sultan …
      “In the March TV debate, Sultan called on Muslims to learn from the example of the Jews, who endured the tragedy of the Holocaust and forced the world to respect them for their knowledge and not by terrorism.
      “By their hard work – not with crying and shrieking,” she said. “Only Muslims defend their religion by burning churches, killing people and bombing embassies. The Muslims need to ask themselves what they can do for the human race before they demand the human race to respect them,” she added.
      Since the televised interview, she has been barred from Arab television networks, but she manages to penetrate the Arab and Muslim world through her website and with daily emails she sends to her supporters”

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    13. Bosko

      Irshad Manji: Modern Israel is a far cry from old South Africa
      by: It’s absurd to apply the term apartheid to one of the most progressive states in the world, maintains Irshad Manji …
      “Would an apartheid state be home to universities where Arabs and Jews mingle at will, or apartment blocks where they live side by side? Would an apartheid state bestow benefits and legal protections on Palestinians who live outside of Israel but work inside its borders? Would human rights organisations operate openly in an apartheid state? They do in Israel”
      “Would the vast majority of Arab Israeli citizens turn out to vote in national elections, as they’ve usually done? Would an apartheid state have several Arab political parties, as Israel does? In recent Israeli elections, two Arab parties found themselves disqualified for expressly supporting terrorism against the Jewish state. However, Israel’s Supreme Court, exercising its independence, overturned both disqualifications. Under any system of apartheid, would the judiciary be free of political interference?”

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    14. Deïr Yassin

      What do I think of Arab/Muslims who are critical of my ideology ?
      Bosko, could you please tell me what my ideology is.
      What I think about Wafa Sultan ? About the same as I think of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Gilad Atzmon or Israel Shamir. That they have things to settle with their original culture, and that they better go see a shrink, all of them !
      Irshad Manji knows nothing about neithet Israel nor South Africa, but I have confidence in the numerous South Africans, Blacks and Jews, who have compared the Israeli Apartheid system (Hafradah)to the South African.
      Bosko, we already had this discussion when you used the pen name “Right Wing Zionist” and you claimed Desmond Tutu is an antisemite …. My memory is apparently better than yours and I’m not going to waste my time having the same discussions with the same people over and over again !

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    15. Philos

      RichardNYC said, “They’re just using Israel to give the proverbial middle finger to the parents who spoiled them, at the expense of Israelis’ security.”
      Big lolz. Thank you. Apparently we’ve discovered the biggest threat to the existential survival of a nuclear armed military great power. A bunch of liberal Jewish youths. Quick! To the shelters before their self-righteousness destroys us all!!!

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    16. David (0:47)

      Thank you for posting this +972.


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    17. Bosko

      Deir Yassin said …
      “What I think about Wafa Sultan ? About the same as I think of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Gilad Atzmon or Israel Shamir. That they have things to settle with their original culture, and that they better go see a shrink, all of them !”
      You forgot to include Ilan Pappe in that lot …

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    18. Bosko

      Deir Yassin said …
      “Bosko, could you please tell me what my ideology is”
      You already told us what your ideology is yourself. Why do you want me to repeat it? If you think I misunderstood it, perheps you should repeat it.

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    19. Bosko

      Deir Yassin said …
      “Irshad Manji knows nothing about neithet Israel nor South Africa”
      It seems she does. She listed several facts why she says Israel is nothing like apartheid South Africa was. Which bits of those facts do you dispute?

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    20. Bosko

      I gotta say, according to our Deir Yassin, those who say things that she wants to hear are figures of authority. Yet unlike those who disagree with her, fellow Arabs and/or Muslims, she tells us that Israelis/Jews who who attack Israel …
      Don’t need a shrink
      They are knowledgable authorities
      They are not just cultural rebels
      Deir Yassin only reserves such descriptions only to fellow Arabs, those who disagree with HER point of view. Pathetic.
      And when one questions her about it, she goes on the attack. Accuses one of spamming and sidelining the topic. Of course she forgets to mention that she already managed to do that all by herself …

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    21. Bosko

      Oops I accidentally posted the last post on the wrong thread.

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    22. Deïr Yassin

      Of course, Bosko, you just know s… about my “ideology”. That why you can’t even answer my question.
      And I really don’t see in what way Wafa Sultan critizices my “ideology”. Did she ever write anything about Palestinian nationalism ?
      As far as I know she only goes for Islam, and I don’t think I’ve ever written anything on that subject here.
      Calling Wafa Sultan and particularly Walid Shoebat for ‘knowledgable authorities’ is a joke, isn’t it ? Why not add Pam Geller…
      And yes, you are spamming: repostig the same comments on different threads is spamming, partilarly when it has nothing to do with the content of the articles.
      Now you’ve posted four comments in a row containing my name: maybe you should go see a shrink as well.

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    23. Bosko

      Nice side step, Deir Yassin. You said Irshad Manji knows nothing about Israel and South Africa. Yet she outlined several facts which disprove your contention that Israel is an Apartheid state.
      I ask you again, which of her facts do you disagree with? If you can’t answer, then it seems that you are the one who does not know about Israel and/or South Africa

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