Letter signed by over 300 Jewish leaders refusing to choose between Jewish safety and the movement for Palestinian liberation

Letter signed by over 300 Jewish leaders refusing to choose between Jewish safety and the movement for Palestinian liberation

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We are Jewish leaders who have a range of opinions, perspectives, and approaches to Israel-Palestine. We are deeply concerned by recent reports and outcries from certain corners of our community which suggest a direct confluence between the growing movement for Palestinian freedom and violent incidents against Jews in our cities.

We unequivocally condemn attacks on members of our Jewish community. Jewish people deserve to walk safely in the streets of our cities without fear of attack or harassment — just like anyone else. Blaming all Jewish people for the actions of the Israeli government is antisemitic. We are shocked and disgusted by individuals who would use this moment of heightened support for Palestinian rights to advance antisemitic hatred and violence.

We reject efforts to stoke fear and division. Supporters of the Israeli government — including some in the American Jewish establishment — are misrepresenting fringe and widely-condemned acts of individual antisemitism as characteristic of the broader Palestinian human rights movement. We refuse to allow the continued and inaccurate conflation of antisemitism with speech critical of Israel. The Israeli government must be held accountable for its continued violations of Palestinian human rights.

Palestinian liberation and dismantling antisemitism are intertwined. For decades, the organizations and activists leading the Palestinian freedom movement have been resoundingly clear that antisemitism has no place in the movement, which is guided by principles of human rights and antiracism. When fringe antisemitic events occur, they are swiftly and roundly condemned by movement leadership. The grassroots Palestinian freedom movement is concerned with the liberation of all people and dismantling all forms of oppression. Linking the movement at large to antisemitism is baseless and harmful. Especially in this moment, we must condemn this thinly veiled attempt to delegitimize Palestinian leadership and distract from Palestinians experiencing state violence by Israel.

We commit to standing up against anti-Palestinian racism, so often unreported and unacknowledged in our communities. We support our Palestinian siblings’ right to describe their lived experiences without being accused of antisemitism. Even if their terms make us uncomfortable or we disagree with their analysis, we refuse to be more outraged by the words Palestinians use than the actual violence they endure. Similarly, we refuse to allow progressive leaders of color who speak out in support of Palestinian rights to be smeared for their principled stand.

We will continue speaking out against the violence in Israel-Palestine. We have watched with horror as images from Jerusalem, Gaza, and Lod/Lydd filled our feeds. We are grieving the loss of at least 243 Palestinians in Gaza, including 66 children, and the loss of 13 Israelis. We reject attempts to distract from this violence or to suggest that it is necessary to keep us safe. We are inspired by the growing numbers of Jewish people speaking boldly against Israel’s continued oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people and joining the movement for freedom and equality for all who call Israel-Palestine home.

We know safety comes through solidarity. Antisemitism — like anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Palestinian, and Islamophobic attacks and rhetoric — exists in every community, but it is fostered and exploited by rightwing movements in the US and around the world, which gain power by keeping us divided. The work of dismantling all oppression is OUR collective work. We will not be pitted against each other.

Together we can stop the machinery of division and fear used to keep us isolated and vulnerable. We won’t be distracted from our fight for freedom and safety for all people.

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Signed by:

Rabbi Leora Abelson, Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

Karen Ackerman, Board member, Jewish Voice for Peace Action

Sam Adler-Bell, Writer

Rabbi Alana Alpert, Congregation T’chiyah

Rabbi Doug Alpert, Congregation Kol Ami-KC

Rabbi Rebecca Alpert

Kate Aronoff, Journalist

Molly Bajgot, Jewish community leader

Annie Baker, Playwright and professor, UT Austin

Benjamin Balthaser, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University South Bend

Ady Barkan, Activist

Rabbi David Basior, Kadima Reconstructionist Community

Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Chaplain

Logan Bayroff, Vice President of Communications, J Street

Joel Beinin, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Aimee Bender, Writer

Trude Bennett, Health activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Phyllis Bennis, Policy Analyst, Institute for Policy Studies

Rabbi Joseph Berman, New Synagogue Project

Nancy Bernstein, Board Member, J Street

Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein, Torah Educator, Avodah

Benay Blend, Professor, Southwest Coalition for Palestinian Rights

Nadine Bloch, Creative activist, BeautifulTrouble.org

David Bocarsly, Activist

David Boehnke, Teacher and organizer

Dr. Ashley Bohrer, Scholar and activist

Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton, Or Haneshamah

Heather Booth, Organizer

Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, Wisdom House Denver

Eva Borgwardt, Organizer, IfNotNow

Elianna Boswell, Activist and educator, Achvat Amim

Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California

Scout Bratt, Board Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

Mick Brewer, Rabbinical Student

Shifra Bronznick, Strategist and activist

Sound Brown, Artist, activist, healing practitioner

Shoshana Brown, LMSW, Kohenet, Black Jewish Liberation Collective

Rabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Professor of Religion, Wheaton College (MA)

Max Buchdahl, Rabbinical student, Jewish Theological Seminary

Judith Butler, Professor and author, UC Berkeley

Erica Calabrese, Human rights activist

Benjy Cannon, Former President, J Street U, New Synagogue Project

Michael Chabon, Writer

Estee Chandler, Board Chair, Jewish Voice for Peace Action

Kohenet Sarah Chandler, Activist and poet

Stephen Clingman, Professor, University of Massachusetts

Dr. Emily Cohen, Physician

Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Professor, Augsburg University

Alon Confino, Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, UMass Amherst

Rabbi David J. Cooper, Kehilla Community Synagogue

Molly Crabapple, Artist and writer

Elyse Crystall, Professor and activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Dr. Jordy Cummings, Adjunct Faculty, York University

Kohenet Zohar Lev Cunningham, Clergy, Kohenet Institute

Aaron Davidman, Filmmaker, Wrestling Jerusalem

Rabbi Michael Davis

Dr. Linval DePass, Jewish Voice for Peace

Emilia Diamant, Educator

Hasia Diner, Professor, NYU

Joe Dinkin, Working Families Party

Michael Drexler, Professor

Sandi DuBowski, Filmmaker

Ana Gretel Echazú Böschemeier, Professor, writer and human rights activist, Federal University

Naftali Ehrenkranz, Organizer, IfNotNow

Dr Akhtar Ehtisham, Private practice

Joni Eisenberg, Public health activist, Radio host WPFW Radio

Hannah Ellenson

Rabbi Dr. Barat Ellman

Sophie Ellman-Golan, Activist, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Maya Elson, Priestess, Kohenet

James C Faris, Professor, Insure Our Future

Erica Fein, Senior Washington Director, Win Without War

Rabbi Michael E. Feinberg, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition

Ilene Feinman, Professor Emerita

Marjorie N. Feld, Professor of History, Babson College

Camonghne Felix, Writer

Gordon Fellman, Professor and human rights activist, Brandeis University

Danielle Feris, Movement worker, JVP, JFREJ, Kol Tzedek

Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Kohenet, Kesher Pittsburgh, Kohenet

Rabbi Brian Field, Judaism Your Way

Marjorie Fine, Philanthropic Consultant, Self

Janice Fine, Professor, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations/Education and Employment Research Center

Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari

Stefanie Fox, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

Zev Friedlander, Emerging Kohenet

Lara Friedman, FMEP

Michael Gast, Organizer

Emmaia Gelman, Community activist and scholar

Anne Germanacos, Artist and educator, Germanacos Foundation, Firehouse

Rachel Gilmer, Co-Executive Director, Dream Defenders

Rabbi Shai Gluskin

Ariel Gold, Organizer and activist, CODEPINK

Amos Goldberg, Professor of Holocaust History, The Hebrew University

Rabbi Borukh Goldberg

David Goldstein, Chant and Service Leader, Tikkun Chant Circle

Sharon Goldtzvik, Founder + CEO, Uprise, Uprise

Rachel Gottfried-Clancy, Executive Director, Jewish Youth for Community Action

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Artist and activist, Backyard Miskhan

Ginna Green, Strategist and activist, Uprise

Dr. Tamu Green, Racial equity thought leader, Equity and Wellness Institute

Rabbi Matt Green

Cynthia Greenberg, Activist, Jewish Voice for Peace — Former Board Member

Leah Greenberg, Activist, Indivisible

Ora Grodsky, Organizational Development Consultant, Just Works Consulting

Sasha Grodsky

Barbara Gross, Board of Directors, Kolot Chayeinu

Rabbi Miriam Grossman, Kolot Chayeinu

Ellen Gurzinsky, Political activist

Jordan Daniel Haar, Social Worker and public health professional

Or Har-Gil, Art Therapist and Rising Kohenet, Kohenet

Laurika Harris-Kaye, Black American Jew

Becky Havivi, Activist, IfNotNow

Glenn Hendler, Professor of English and American Studies, Fordham University

Madelyne Heyman, Artist

Emily Hilton, Activist, Na’amdo

Em Hirsch, Tenant rights organizer, CASA, JFREJ

Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Tikkun Olam Chavurah

Rabbi Margaret Holub

Claudia Horwitz, Facilitator and funder, Rise Up

Ivan Huber, Professor Emeritus, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Karen Isaacs, Educator-activist, Co-Founder, Solidarity of Nations — Achvat Amim

Dr. Andrea Jacobs, Jewish communal professional

Sarah Jacobus, Human rights activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill, Tidewater Chavurah

Lea Jean-Francois

Miranda Jones, Galanter & Jones

Lynne Joyrich, Professor, Brown University, Modern Culture and Media Dept.

Gabriel Kahane, Musician

Jeffrey Kahane, Professor and musician

Rabbi Andrue Kahn

Dr. Sima Kahn, Kadima

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Isaac Kates Rose, Activist, All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective

Deborah Katz, Activist

Kohenet Orev Katz, Chaplain

Annie Kaufman, Board Member-Jewish Voice for Peace, Fellow-Svara Teachers Kollel

Dove Kent, Community organizer

Karen Kerschen, Writer, Taos Jewish Center

Rachel Kipnes, Rabbinical Student, Jewish Voice for Peace

Lonnie Kleinman, Rabbinical student

Rabbi Debra Kolodny, As the Spirit Moves Us

Adina Konikoff, Organizer and lay-leader

Jacob Kraus-Preminger, Community organizer

Alana Krivo-Kaufman, Rabbinical student, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Kohenet Nomy Lamm, Artist and organizer

Dr. Carmen Landau, Physician

Kohenet Yedida Landis

Ana Lara, Professor and writer

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie

Jillian Lauren, Journalist

Elie Lauter

Dr. Audra Lehman

Rachel Leider, Organizer, IfNotNow

Charles Lenchner, Former refusenik (1988)

Zachary Lerner, Organizing Director, New York Communities for Change

Tracy Lerman, Activist, NESAWG

Ezra Levin, Activist, Indivisible

Mark LeVine, Professor of History, UCI

Dr. Aurora Levins Morales, Rimonim Liturgy Project

Eric Levitz, Writer, New York Magazine

Matt Lieb, Comedian

Yonah Lieberman, Communications Director, IfNotNow

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann

Julie Litwin, Immigration justice activist

Annie-Rose London, Jewish professional and organizational consultant, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Amadi Lovelace, Writer and activist, Black Jewish Liberation Collective

Becca Lubow, Community organizer

Carinne Luck, Organizer, IfNotNow

Michael David Lukas, Writer

David Mandel, Human rights attorney, Jewish Voice for Peace; California Democratic Party Central Committee; Democratic Socialists of America

Dana Mandler, Activist and educator, Achvat Amim

Adam Mansbach, writer

Rabbi Paula Marcus

Rising Kohenet Elana June Margolis, Teacher, artist, priestess, Kohenet

Jessica Marglin, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Southern California

Joani Marinoff, Teacher, City College San Francisco

Yotam Marom, Organizer and facilitator

Deborah Mayaan, Health coach

Rachel McCullough, Political Director, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

David Mednicoff, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy; Chair, Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Dr. Alan Meyers, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Stephen Miles, Executive Director, Win Without War

Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, Human rights activist, Rabbis for Human Rights

Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, Foundation for Middle East Peace

Rabbi David Mivasair, Ahavat Olam Synagogue

Mik Moore

Seth Morrison, Palestinian Rights Activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Dani Moscovitch, Organizer, IfNotNow

Kohenet Sarah Tziporah Moser, Rabbinical student, AJRCA

Arié Moyal, Human rights activist

Lauren Muscoplat, Community Organizer and educator

Amanda N, Educator

Josh Nelson, Rabbinical student, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Dr. Sheryl Nestel, Independent Jewish Voices Canada

Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Community Synagogue

Tema Okun, Educator and artist, Teach. Equity. Now.

Jeff Ordower, Organizer, Disruption Project; Jewish Voice for Peace

Larry Ottinger, Social justice lawyer

Jeremy Oziel, Organizer, Bend the Arc

Rabbi Salem Pearce, Carolina Jews for Justice

Professor Rosalind Petchesky, Scholar and feminist Palestine solidarity activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Kathleen Peratis, Lawyer, Co-Chair Jewish Currents

Keren Pinto, Jewish spiritual leader

Rabbi Lucía Pizarro, Jewish Liberation Theology Institute

Mitchell Plitnick, Co-author of Except for Palestine, ReThinking Foreign Policy

Peter Rachleff, Professor Emeritus, East Side Freedom Library

Dania Rajendra, Activist

Keren Ram

Rabbi Michael Ramberg

Ariana Reines, Poet

Dr. Deitra Reiser, Transform for Equity

Dr. Carole Resnick, Psychologist and human rights activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Sandee Resnick, Human rights activist

Rabbi Max Zev Reynolds

Rabbi Moti Rieber

Lisa Rofel, Professor, Board Member-Jewish Voice for Peace

Jenna Rose, Psychotherapist and Kohenet student

Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago

Maya Rosen, activist

Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, Jewish Voice for Peace

Deborah Rosenstein, Educator, 350.org and PWU

Jonathan Rosenthal, Social justice activist, Just Works Consulting

Dr. Penny Rosenwasser, Author, teacher, Jewish Voice for Peace, Kehilla Synagogue

Daniel Roth, Educator and activist, Co-Founder, Solidarity of Nations — Achvat Amim

Dr Alice Rothchild, MD, Physician, author, filmmaker, human rights activist

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Novelist

Jimmy Rothschild, Activist

Anya Rous, Documentary producer

Alyssa Rubin, Campaign director, Never Again Action

Kohenet SandraLaya Ruch, Kohenet

Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Peninsula Temple Beth El

Emma Saltzberg, Co-founder, IfNotNow

Kohenet Professor Mei Mei Miriyam Sanford

Audrey Sasson, Executive Director, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)

Lynna Schaefer

James Schamus, Filmmaker and professor, Columbia University

Rebekkah Scharf

Ian Schiffer, Organizer

Shai Schnall, Youth educator

Brandon Schorsch, Anti-hate organizer, Jewish Community Action

Susan Schulman, Human rights activist, Kehilla Community Synagogue

Emma Seligman, Artist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Dr. Shelleu Sella, Doctor

Rabbi Gerald Serotta

Cindy Shamban, Activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Jenna Shaw, Student Rabbi

Wallace Shawn, Writer and actor

Anat Shenker-Osorio, Researcher and Political Advisor, ASO Communications

Ilya Sheyman

Pamela Shifman, Social justice activist, Feminist Imaginations

Shari Silberstein, Social justice advocate

Rafael Shimunov, Activist

Johanna Silver, Author

Rabbi Becky Silverstein

Kohenet Kathryn Silverstein

Yoshi Silverstein, Jewish educator and community builder, Mitsui Collective

Andrew Slack, Co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance

David Slavin, Professor and activist

Marilyn Sneiderman, Activist

Laynie Soloman, Jewish educator

Louisa Rachel Solomon, Rabbinical student, musician, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, The Shondes

Susan Spector McPherson, Founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies

Adam St. Bernard Jacobs, Educator

Catie Stewart, Political communications

Rachael Stryer, Law student

Debrra Stuckgold, Artist and teacher, Jewish Voice for Peace

Rachel Sumekh, Anti-hunger activist

Ilana Sumka, Writer, Shleimut

Hadar Susskind, Peace activist

Mary Syrett, Retired teacher

Laura Tanenbaum, Professor, City University of New York

Enzi Tanner, LSW

Phyllis Teicher Goldman, Social justice activist

Gabe Tobias, Our City

Ben Toth

Barry Trachtenberg, Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Wake Forest University

Sarah Turbow, Organizer

Lisa Suzanne Turner

David Ulin, Writer/editor

Katie Unger, Activist, The Jewish Vote

Eli Valley, Artist

Rebecca Vilkomerson, Former Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

Shoshana L Vogel, Artist, educator and activist, Black Jewish Liberation Collective

Ayelet Waldman, Author

Rabbi Brian Walt

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Director, The Shalom Center

Michaela Watkins

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Associate Professor, Pomona College

Evan Weber, Co-founder, Sunrise Movement

Nancy Wechsler, Activist, Jewish Voice for Peace

Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, Human rights activist

Julie Weitz, Artist, Educator and activist

Liana Wertman, Educator

Natasha Westheimer, Human rights activist

Judi Williams, Educator, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

Lesley Williams, Jewish and African American community activist, Jewish Voice for Peace and International Jewish Collective for Justice in Palestine

Dylan Williams, SVP for Policy & Strategy, J Street

Dr. Harriette Wimms, Licensed Psychologist

Professor Carol Winograd MD, J Street

Rabbi Alissa Wise

Rabbi Michal Woll, Congregation Shir Hadash — MKE

Kohenet Judith Maeryam Wouk, Neviah Metophephet/ Oracle of Rhythms

May Ye, Rabbinical student

Ethan Young, Moderator, Portside.org

Shahar Zaken, Student and activist

Dorothy M. Zellner, Human rights activist, Jews Say No!

Simone Zimmerman, Director, B’Tselem USA & IfNotNow co-founder

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim

Dave Zirin, Journalist, Edge of Sports

Rabbi Rain Zohav