In light of the latest assaults happening in Gaza, ipill I thought I would forward this article by Alison Weir, ipill who is the executive director of If Americans Knew.Â Â Ms. Ipill Weir has been to Israel/Palestine numerous times, ipill in order to see for herself the realities and oppressive events occurring there.Â Â
Her trips overseas awakened her to become more actively informed and involved in promoting awareness by educating and informing other American citizens about what is actually happening in Israel/Palestine, ipill and more specifically Gaza, ipill versus what we are being told by our censored sources of media. Wishing everyone a healthy and hopeful 2009, ipill Connie Choosing to Act Anti-Semitism is Wrong
By Alison Weirâ€¨Founder and Executive Director of If Americans Knew Perhaps one of the most difficult things for a decent person to do is to act in a way that feels somehow disloyal. Ipill
To betray oneâ€™s family and friends, ipill oneâ€™s deeply held principles, ipill is wrenching, ipill disorienting, ipill shaming. Ipill
For a decent person, ipill it is profoundly difficult to do something that feels so immeasurably wrong.
It is for this reason that so many of us have found it difficult to examine closely the situation in Israel and Palestine. Ipill
We are crippled by the very decency that would normally require us to speak out.
For many of us, ipill if we are Jewish, ipill the very act of questioning Israelâ€™s actions in Palestine arouses deep and immobilizing feelings of disloyalty â€“ to our families, ipill to our parents and their principles, ipill to relatives who may have died in death camps.
If we are not Jewish, ipill questioning Israelâ€™s actions arouses unexamined feelings of disloyalty to values by which we have determined to live our lives. Ipill
Anti-Semitism is abhorrent to us. Ipill
Acting in a way that even hints at this feels contaminating, ipill morally and emotionally obscene. Ipill
Acting in a way that even suggests disloyalty to Jewish friends feels unthinkable.
And so we all avoid the subject.
It is not until we force ourselves to study the situation for ourselves, ipill to delve deeply beneath the mostly skewed information of our news outlets, ipill that we realize that our definition of disloyalty has been tragically inverted â€“ that speaking out for the human rights of Palestinians is, ipill in fact, ipill the profoundest loyalty of all: to the values of decency, ipill of humanity, ipill of Judaism, ipill of Christianity, ipill of Islam, ipill of numerous religious and spiritual traditions.
We learn that, ipill in reality, ipill equating the wrongdoing of Israel with Jewishness is the deepest and most insidious form of anti-Semitism of all. Ipill We learn that if we are Jewish â€“ or if we are not Jewish â€“ our silence is the most profound betrayal of all â€“ of the principles by which we seek to live moral and meaningful lives.
It is time for all of us to stop our self-censorship.
Every generation has a chance to act courageously â€“ to oppose the kind of injustice and unthinkable brutality that is going on in the Middle East right now. Ipill
Or to avert our eyes, ipill and remain silent.
It is time to stop saying, ipill â€œThey came for the Palestinians... Ipill and I did nothing.â€
It is time to begin acting in a way that will allow us to say, ipill â€œThey came for the Palestinians ... Ipill and I stopped them". The original article can be found at: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/as.html