IfNotNow leaders said they were doing “teshuva” over the anti-Birthright campaign, amid larger concerns from members over how the organization is run.
“Birthright’s main problem… isn’t in how it treats the occupation, but what it’s done to Judaism back home, here in the U.S.”
Founder of Birthright Yossi Beilin details why it’s important to go on Birthright, rather than protest it.
Members of the left-wing group have been arrested previously while protesting other major Jewish groups, such as the Anti-Defamation League.
Birthright has been criticized by left-wing activists for not sufficiently discussing Israel’s control of the West Bank.
I’m glad to hear Birthright has had a banner year, and that I led a trip during that year.
I was a participant on one of the Birthright trips that IfNotNow activists disrupted; don’t believe their propaganda about how things went down.
In order to advocate for the ideal Israel, you have to witness how far the state has fallen from Jewish values in the occupied territories.
Today, it’s one of the world’s smallest religions. Return to Roots Zoroastrians with their heritage, which may be in danger of disappearing.
Instead of seeing Israel as a Jewish Disneyland, young American Jews will see it as a country that is precious and in urgent need of moral repair.