This event, tacked on to a community celebration of Jewish heritage, wrongly conflates Judaism and Jewish values with uncritical support for Israel’s policies. It represents the voice of the Israel lobby that wants to continue U.S. support for Israel’s occupation. Israel continues to torture Palestinian political prisoners, steal Palestinian land for illegal settlements, destroy Palestinian homes, and kill unarmed demonstrators.
These violations of human rights and international law are NOT reflective of Jewish values or Jewish heritage.
U.S. taxpayers, meanwhile give more than $8 million a day to Israel, which along with diplomatic and military support from the U.S. government, enables it to continue the illegal and immoral occupation of Palestine’s West Bank, siege against the people of Gaza, denial of refugee rights, and discriminatory practices against Palestinian citizens of Israel.