New from T’ruah
Yesterday, the Im Tirtzu organization published an ugly video labeling four Israeli human rights activists as "foreign plants" at war with "us." In showing the pictures and names of these human rights leaders, while labeling them as traitors, this video invites violence.
At the same time, President Reuven Rivlin--a member of Likud---has received death threats, been called a terrorist and a traitor, and photoshopped into a Nazi uniform and a kefiyya--all in response to his defense of democracy and rejection of racism.
As a rabbi and the co-chair of the board of T'ruah, it has been crucial for me to stand with my Muslim neighbors as they are targeted by growing levels of hate speech and physical attacks. At an interfaith gathering in Raleigh last Thursday, I said: "We stand here as a Jewish community to say that we will not stand idly by" as horrific language is used against another minority.
Join rabbis, cantors, and Jewish community members across the country in asking the Jewish National Fund to sign onto the #MosesStandard. That means being fully transparent about where American Jewish donations are being spent, and to stop investing our money in peace-blocking settlements.
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T’ruah wishes a mazal tov to the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York State on this week’s announcement of a landmark settlement that will create a comprehensive overhaul of solitary confinement in one of the nation’s largest prison systems, and that will provide a mechanism for ending the state’s overreliance on prolonged isolation as a disciplinary tool.