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.
Birthright has included a ban on “hijakck(ing) a discussion” in the contract participants are required to sign.
The ADL was founded to combat bigotry and discrimination, and it still does, says Peter Beinart. Except when it comes to Israel.
The General Assembly was plastered with motivational quotations about dialogue. But these quotes would ring hollow in the coming days.
The Tablet article explicitly tied Salazar’s evolving views on Israel, from very pro-Israel to supporting BDS, to questions about her Jewishness.
“Birthright Israel doesn’t inquire about the political views of its applicants and will continue welcoming Jewish young adults from around the world.”
“Protest tourism” is a straw-man attack — and diaspora Jews should absolutely keep advocating against occupation.
Performative activism is not the only way to advocate for Israel’s improvement.
For thousands of American Jews, it is often their only direct experience with what’s happening on the ground in Israel/Palestine.