The words of this fighter for justice are valid 46 years later in another context: Defining the role of Jews in the Palestine solidarity movement. The lesson is that sincere Jews should not play leading roles in the Palestinian solidarity movement, but should instead expose and challenge the racism that exists in their own Jewish communities. So what are Jewish-led and Jewish-identified groups and leaders doing?
Certainly, they criticize atrocities committed by Israel in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, but are they clearly defining their positions? Do they oppose Jewish supremacism, as some opposed White supremacism in South Africa during the 1980s? Which of the higher profile Jewish-led and Jewish-identified groups are demanding an end to a Jewish state and full and immediate return for displaced Palestinians and their descendents?
With the possible exception of the Neturei Karta rabbis, they don't exist. Following Malcolm X, Jews have predictably ingratiated themselves into some Palestinian organizations, have created "dialogue" groups between Jews and Palestinians (where the elephant of who's oppressing whom is conveniently ignored), have spoken clearly against Christian Zionism, but where are their voices challenging Judaic Zionism? After all, it's "their own home community".
Why is it that our group, Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, standing in front of an avowedly Zionist synagogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan for over seven years, remains the only Jewish-founded and Jewish-led group that openly and explicitly challenges Jewish power, here and in Palestine? Why is there a list of over forty Jewish peace activists who refuse to stand with us and against the racism so deeply rooted in their own community? What are they in the game for?
[GOOD POINTS ,BUT I MYSELF,agree and disagree,by that i mean,i think its actually'' imperative'' to have good jews at forefront exposing israel and even leading movement,as well as along it.Why?because any israeli victim,mainly arabs(semites)is immediatly labelled anti semite(an absurdity used to stiffle legitimate criticism)when they crirtique the apartheid state of isra-hell and its supporters..this way when arabs,or non arab human rights advocates and champions support the victims of israeli state,we can have good jews(like tehse in article)expose israhell and its crimes wich make it harder for israhell and its zealot lunatic propagandists to attack good jews exposing these bad jews..(AT LEAST UNTIL PALESTINE IS A STATE..AND THESE ARE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS,THEY SHALL DECIDE..