No Repentance

In October 2014 our team went with Eitan Bronstein Aparicio from Zochrot to Giv'at 'Amal in Tel Aviv/Jaffa, a former Palestinian village called Jammasin al-Gharbi. Right after the Palestinians from Jammasin al-Gharbi were expelled, Jewish immigrants from Arab countries repopulated the village. In this video we hear from the last descendants of those Jews who have now also been forcibly removed.

Filming and editing: Eitan Bronstein Aparicio, Zochrot, October 2014 (9:57 minutes).

Jeremy Milgrom talking to scouts at Jahalin village of Khan al-Ahmar

Robert joined Jeremy Milgrom in 2015 and filmed his talk to scouts from Italy at the Jahalin village of Khan al-Ahmar. The village continues to be under threat of demolition.

Synagogues’ silence on Palestine a moral failure

We are deeply pained that some synagogues in our community enforce misplaced ethnic loyalty more than the ethical values of our religious tradition.  The Biblical commandments

“You shall not steal"
"You shall not covet"
"You shall not move the boundary marker of your neighbor”
are ignored. 
“Justice, justice you shall pursue”
is forgotten.

Support for the government of Israel, regardless of its immoral actions, now takes precedence.

We cannot honor or participate in religious institutions that are silent when the State of Israel, supported by the Trump administration, subjugates an entire population and strips them of their land, their homes, their human rights, and even their very lives.  We cannot pray in a community that willfully blinds itself.  We cannot celebrate the Divine Presence among others who, by their silence, deny the divine image in our fellow human beings. 

Particularly at this time, parts of the Jewish community strenuously promote themselves as allies of oppressed minorities here and elsewhere.  Some Jewish organizations express concern about police violence in the U.S. and in Canada.  Their silence as Jews in the face of extreme ongoing Israeli violence and oppression of the people of Palestine is intolerable and inexcusable.  Jewish people everywhere must condemn those institutions’ silence and complicity.

In this video, Hamilton Conservative Rabbi, Lucia Pizarro, expresses opposition to the Israeli occupation and annexation of Palestinian land, and condemns synagogues that are silent about it.
Video courtesy of Henry Evans-Tenbrinke

In this video, Rabbi David Mivasair condemns Jewish religious institutions that remain silent about Israel's immoral annexation of Palestinian lands.
Video courtesy of Henry Evans-Tenbrinke