New from T’ruah
Go and See the West Bank with T'ruah and Breaking the Silence
Is your congregation, college group, or community planning a trip to Israel? Spend one of your days getting a close up view of the current situation in the West Bank, learning from both Palestinians and from Israeli IDF veterans who have served there.
In our complex conversations about Israel inside of and outside of the Jewish community, it is crucial to bring a range of perspectives and experiences that can help us understand the situation and to find ways to move toward peace, justice, and safety for both Palestinians and Israelis.
August 3, 2016
Earlier this week, a coalition of more than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter Movement released a platform entitled A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice. The core demands embrace goals that we share concerning economic justice, mass incarceration and law enforcement, climate change, education, and the ongoing legacy of slavery. We applaud the leaders of Black Lives Matter for insisting that the United States meet its human rights obligations, and for concretizing these into specific policy recommendations. We stand with these leaders in insisting that every human being—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, or abilities—be treated as an equal creation in the image of God, and in accordance with international human rights principles.
While we agree with many of the policy recommendations, we are extremely dismayed at the decision to refer to the Israeli occupation as genocide. We are committed to ending the occupation, which leads to daily human rights violations against Palestinians, and also compromises the safety of Israelis. Our work aims to build a just and secure future for both Israelis and Palestinians, both of whom deserve the same human rights protections as all people.
T'ruah's statement on the shootings in Dallas and the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Michael Schumacher
“My entire being trembles, ETERNAL—how long?...Weary am I with groaning and weeping, nightly my pillow is soaked with tears.” (Psalm 6:4,7)
Our hearts break for the blood that our country has seen shed this week.
We mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA; Philando Castile in St. Paul, MN; and Michael Schumacher in Madison, WI, three men murdered by police officers. We mourn equally the five police officers murdered in Dallas, TX. We pray that the five police officers and one civilian injured in Dallas recover speedily, and that the families of all the dead and wounded receive the support of loving friends, family, colleagues, and strangers.
July 21, 2016
Sign Now: Rabbis Must Not Teach Hate
Last week, the Israeli Defense Forces appointed a new chief rabbi who has written legal statements that may condone rape in the context of war, and who advocates killing terrorists who have already been subdued. The same week, another rabbi who runs an IDF pre-military academy voiced opposition to policies that minimize harm to innocent bystanders, and described LGBT people as "perverted."
George the dollar bill is back.
Join him for a tour of the West Bank in which he learns how U.S. donor money endangers both Israelis and Palestinians.
This year, T’ruah supporters like you have been asking the Jewish National Fund to let us know how much U.S. donor money they send to the settlements that block peace. We have yet to receive an answer.
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