I carry in my heart a dream
A flag of peace and a land redeemed
But in my dream is a wall of wire
Stone and iron, forged in fire
On the wall a soldier stands
Keeps us out of our own land
Borders tear us all apart
On the ground and in the heard
We all must learn to conquer hate,
But what’s a people without a state?
The land is holy, but for whom?
God of the star or the crescent moon?
Without freedom, without land
As a stranger I do stand
No one freely gives up power,
We alone can take what’s ours
Without justice, without peace,
Just a dream become a beast
Where will exile draw the line?
In Israel or in Palestine?
I carry in my heart a dream
Zionism is nothing more – but also nothing less – than the Jewish People’s sense of origin and destination in the land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself.
The vast majority of the Jewish people are Zionists.
Because the vast majority of the Jewish people believe in our own right to self determination and our right as a nation to have a country of our own.
And to Jews, this is what Zionism means. Not declaring support for Israel’s policies or creating a “Greater Israel” or even standing up for Israel at all as it is now.
So think about that next time you say something declaring something horrific and negative about all Zionists. (All Zionists are racists, all Zionists hate Palestinians, I would never have a Zionist as a friend.)
You may not mean Jews. You may think about you’re only talking about right wing Zionists who are racist and hate Palestinians and want to create a “Greater Israel” on top of the West Bank and Gaza. But with the amount of people out there using anti-Zionism to conceal anti-Semitism (and not very well - see Latuff), Jews are going to see that and think, “hey, nearly all Jews are Zionists and Zionism is a Jewish concept relating to our nation-hood - you must mean Jews.”
Because, yes, by that point? You’re talking about most Jews. Even if you don’t realize it.
Fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto
Fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Zivia Lubetkin, David Handwohl, Blake B.Schiff, Anna Heilman, Simcha Rotem, Martin Kogut and Marek Edelman, describe the fighting during the uprising of April 1943.
From Yad Vashem’s online exhibition “Voices from the Inferno: Holocaust Survivors Describe The Last Months in the Warsaw Ghetto.” http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibi…
Movies you should watch: Arranged (2009). Find it on Hulu!
Synopsis: Rochel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira a Muslim of Syrian origin. They are both young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They also have something else in common—they are going though the process of arranged marriages through their respective religions and traditional customs. With both family pressure on the one hand, and the rejection of traditional values by the outside world on the other, Rochel and Nasira will have to rely on each other and their friendship to pull through this difficult time of their lives, striving to be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions.
This movie is soo good! You should definitely watch it if you haven’t already, it’s lovely.
I know what I’m doing after class tomorrow..
THIS MOVIE IS PERFECT
I truly cannot recommend it enough, and omg Nasira is a perfect human being, and the actress who plays Rochel gets down SO MANY OF THE TICS of movement and gestures and everything that codes an ultra-Orthodox American Jewish woman. PERFECTION.
Cute movie, saw it with my mom. The antagonist is the Liberal Jewish principal they work for
This analogy is a touchy one. I don’t agree with the idea that Holocaust deniers are analogous to violent Zionists, but I do think that it is interesting that the person on the right wants least of all to be associated with the person on the left.
Wow this is ignorant. In point of fact, there isn’t a “Palestinian” culture, language, or people. The people who call themselves Palestinians and claim to be descendants of the ancient Philistines, are in fact peoples of mixed Arabic descent kicked out of Arab countries. They are of no relation to the now dead culture and language and people of the sea-faring, Greek speaking Philistines.
There is truth in your words, but I think it’s foolish to use this as reason for why there isn’t a Palestinian culture and people. After 65 years, the Muslim Arab population in Israel who live predominantly in the Palestinian territories do in fact have a culture, and have created a national identity for themselves. They have their own foods, their own history, and even, there own variant of Arabic. I am pretty sure that is a culture.
This analogy is a touchy one. I don’t agree with the idea that Holocaust deniers are analogous to violent Zionists, but I do think that it is interesting that the person on the right wants least of all to be associated with the person on the left and vice versa.