By Avigail Abarbanel
There's an expectation in Jewish groups world wide that every one Jews include Zionism and provide unquestioning aid for Israel, wrong or right . Jewish id and Zionism are as a rule and intentionally blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or query Zionism are frequently excluded, vilified and threatened. in the event that they show sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian humans, they chance being branded as traitors and accused of assisting the enemies of Israel . past Tribal Loyalties is a different selection of twenty-five own tales of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the uk and the USA. there's an age distinction of greater than fifty years among the oldest and the youngest contributor. The tales concentrate on the complicated and extremely own trip that Jewish activists wade through to unfastened themselves from the carry of Zionist ideology and its requirement to aid all Israeli rules. Like many Jews, many of the individuals have been as soon as unquestioning supporters of Israel and Zionism. anything occurred within the lifetime of every one of those impressive people who prompted them to question and think again their realizing of the clash and their dating with Israel and the Palestinian humans. in lots of situations this trip concerned a reassessment of private values, trust structures and id. past Tribal Loyalties seeks to find what enables Jewish peace activists to keep on with via with this transformative trip and their activist paintings, regardless of fanatical and infrequently violent competition. this is often an inspiring booklet for somebody who's attracted to the event of being a peace activist. It bargains a clean and weird perspective at the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and is a special contribution in a box the place political research is usual, yet the place the private attitude is usually missing.
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Somehow the two melded into one for the Mt Scopus College student and Habonimnik. On the one hand, I knew that Jews needed a safe homeland from persecution come the next Pogrom or Holocaust; and on the other hand, I wanted to ride a 1100cc Brough Superior to my death, having defeated the Turks with the assistance of a ragtag Bedouin army. I was also very partial to Fiddler on the Roof and knew there must be at least several other hands to be on. My parents immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, speciﬁcally the centre-of-the-known-universe, the inner suburb of Carlton (think Soho, UK; Greenwich Village, NY) in 1936 and 1937, thereby avoiding the annihilation suffered by the other 90% of my family.
At that time I attended my other brother’s wedding in Melbourne. Whilst there, I wandered into a bookshop to get some N ICOLE E RLICH 31 space. There I picked up the book The Other Side of Israel by Susan Nathan. The author, a British-born Jew and initially a passionate Zionist, made the highly unusual decision to move to the Israeli Arab village of Tamra to experience and document the lives of the indigenous population. Nathan vividly described her experiences with the brutal and systematic discrimination faced daily by the people who lived there, as well as her own psychological transformation.
Three Mossad agents were killed in Larnaca the previous weekend. On my ﬁrst trip to the Middle East in 1985, wanting to interview Arafat and settling for his military commander Khalil al-Wazir (also known as Abu Jihad), my PLO contacts told me that they were expecting an Israeli reprisal “at any moment”. Great. Escorted in by the guys with big lumps in their left armpits, I found Abu Jihad straight and business-like, rather than hospitable. When I asked (na¨ıvely) how he would fare in a single state Knesset with Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, he looked at me as if I was mad.
Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists by Avigail Abarbanel