Zionists and their main representing force here in the US AIPAC would like you to think that all Jews support Zionism. This is simply not true. Since both AIPAC and the Jewish Federation and Stand With Us (Pro-Zionist organization left me a blank email I guess as a "hello") have appeared on my site meter today, this message is ALSO for them.There are MANY Jewish peace groups who are against the policies of Israel. They have a wide range of philosophies for sure, but I just want to list here the various different Jewish peace groups so my readers can see that there are MANY voices against Israeli policy both in Israel and the US, from those who support the two state solution but DEFINITELY an end to the occupation to those who support the dismantling of Zionism itself such as Naterei Karta. If you have any others I would be MORE than happy to add them.
One not listed below Jewish Voices for Peace
Israeli & U.S. Jewish Peace Groups
Who and Where They Are--What They Do
The case of the young American Jew, Adam Shapiro, working in Palestine with the Peace Groups and having his family in New York threatened with death should remind us all that most Jews in America are not Likudniks. We conservatives hear almost nothing about Jewish peace groups, those opposed to Sharon, the Likud, the settlements (the "abominable settlements" in the words of NY TIMES columnist Thomas Friedman), unending war and making America into the enemy of the Moslem world. Since Shapiro and many unsung principled persons such as he is Rachel Corrie run over by an Israeli bulldozer as she protested the razing of Palestinian homes. Her father is Jewish.
Most Jews, American and Israeli, want peace and are willing to compromise with Palestinians. The AMERICAN PROSPECT published a long report on polling of Jewish views and how the Likud Lobby works to intimidate those who oppose it. The study shows that it is just two large Likudnik groups in Washington that foment the settlements and Sharon, that make up the much feared "Israeli Lobby" that terrifies most Congressmen, the American Israeli Political Action Committee (named by FORTUNE the most powerful lobby in Washington) and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. The Conference is dominated by small, radical groups each of which has a vote carrying the same weight as 700,000 member large organizations which want peace. These two count on the image of a Jewish Monolithic Power to intimidate journalists and congressmen to support Sharon and the settlements.
Their greatest venom is directed against fellow Jews who favor peace and compromise, see THREATS AGAINST TIKKUN, (and link below on "Self Hating Jews") precisely because they threaten the image of monolithic Jewish political power. The lobby's overwhelming power also comes from another, far less known element, fundamentalist Christian Dispensationalists, or Christian Zionists, especially those who have moved from forecasting Armageddon to actively trying to bring it about. And lastly it comes from old conservative cold war warriors (who miss having an enemy) and empire wanters who envision America ruling the world with Israel's help.
The NEW YORK TIMES published an article http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/29/opinion/29GOLD.html by the editor of FORWARD, the major Jewish weekly newspaper, explaining that most American Jews favor compromise with the Palestinians, and financial pressure on Sharon to force a compromise. Almost never is such information reported to American Conservatives who, mainly from the WALL STREET JOURNAL op-ed, NATIONAL REVIEW, THE WASHINGTON TIMES (although it publishes columnists with opposing views), only get Sharon/Likud occupation views. See (long) List of Pro-Likud Conservative journalists http://www.msnbc.com/news/730905.asp?cp1=1
See Myth of Israel’s ‘generous offer’ Damages Truth, Peace http://natcath.org/NCR_Online/archives/030102/030102u.htm
Following are links to pro-peace, anti-settlement Jewish groups; Most Jews do not blindly follow an Israel over Everybody policy. Most Jews want peace. Most Jews are not represented by AIPAC, the noisy ones, who favor settlements in Palestine, attacking Iraq, and growing powers of a Warfare State in Washington.
3/06/07 Norman Finkelstein Web Site Jewish Community Worried About Iran Backlash
2/17/07 Israeli Lobby Under Pressure -- more questioning by other Jews of minority who push Likud settler agenda
2/08/07 Independent Jewish Voices English Jewish leaders speak out for peace settlement with Palestinians against Likud settlers' abuses, etc.
12/14/06 Holocaust Conference in Tehran includes Rabbis from Neturei Karta using platform to express opposition to Zionism, use of holocaust to justify Israeli occupations of Arabs lands in contrary to God's will
11/24/06 Soros Sits In as Fledgling Dovish Coalition Sets Out To Raise Millions to include Morton Halperin and Jeremy Ben-Ami
10/29/06 Hard Right Attacks Soros, Peter Lewis & Bronfmans Newsmax, a Republican site of the Bushites and Neo-cons, funded by Scaife interests, attacks Jews trying to form a group to counter the Likud Lobby
10/09/06 Anti-Zionist Jews Prevented from Speaking by Zionist Lobby Two major American Jewish organizations helped block a prominent New York University historian from speaking at the Polish consulate here last week, saying the academic was too critical of Israel and American Jewry. The historian, Tony Judt, is Jewish and directs New York University's Remarque Institute.......
"Self Hating Jews" --thousands named --term used for Jews who support freedom, justice, rule of law, peace, international harmony, in other words oppose religious fanatics, Likudnik settlements or who criticize militant Zionism
11/26/04 U.S. Jewish Groups Press for Peace -- dispute policies of "Israeli Lobby"
6/2 TIKKUN Lobbies Congress to show evidence that AIPAC (Sharon-settler lobby) doesn't represent all Jews
Transfers from Home Page
Israel and American Religious Fundamentalism history of Jewish assimilation since Spain, dangers of growing fundamentalism, God only put on coins by Lincoln, not before, Israel's Threat to Jews in the world, much more--very interesting AMERICAN PROSPECT
- Jewish Against Sharon-Zionism -list of 75 groups Israeli Chief of Staff Says Sharon Policies only breed hatred, prevent peace & Sharon / Christian Zionists creating new anti-semitism in Europe
- 4 Israeli Former Security Chiefs Oppose Occupation Policies
A list of websites opposed to Israel's policies Courtesy of Jews Against Zionism
Jewish Warning of Coming Decline of Israeli Lobby by Elliot Abrams
The Likudnik Factor Mickey Kaus in SLATE --Jewish resistance to Bush-Sharon axis
Following are links to American Jewish sites opposed to the West Bank settlements and occupation of Palestinian lands and homes-----
American Council for Judaism http://www.ACJNA.org/ One of the oldest, most authoritative, more than 50 years old, maintains the concept that Judaism is a religion, not a nationality. The council believes that Americans of Jewish faith are American by nationality, and Jews by religion, just as other American are Baptists, Catholics, etc. It was founded by a group of reform rabbis, its first Director was Rabbi Elmer Berger.
Americans for Peace Now good website, lots of info and activism
The Divine Wind by Israel Shamir Sharon and Israel going too far --no word in Hebrew for "nemesis" and "hubris"
Norman Finkelstein, Author of "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering" article in COUNTERPUNCH
http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/ Orthodox Jews against Zionism
T A ' A Y U S H http://taayush.tripod.com Israelis working with Palestinians in occupied territories - Pictures
TIKKUN, http://tikkun.org/ the main anti-Zionist Jewish Liberal magazine . A typical report "MORE JEWS SAYING "No" TO THE OCCUPATION" http://tikkun.org/index.cfm/action/current/article/83.html Rabbi Michael Lerner, whose California-based Tikkun magazine promotes the view that “Jews did not climb out of the gas chambers of Europe to oppress another people,” routinely gets death threats," reports Holger Jensen, Rocky Mountain News (Denver) 4/6/02Jews United Against Zionism Jews United Against Zionism Neturei Karta "Jews and Zionism are not the same thing"
http://www.progressive.org/ features Jewish writers opposed to Middle East war
http://jppi.org Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI)
Rabbis for Human Rights Israeli group
Also see American Jews for a Just Peace: Re-Claiming Our Community's Principles, National Conference in Washington, DC, April 26-29 We believe that as Jews outside of Israel, we have both a right and obligation to speak out in favor of an Israel that pursues peaceful, ethical, just, and democratic policies
http://www.peacelobby.org/ The Jewish Peace Lobby
Haaretz is one of Israel's largest newspapers. It reports all sorts of information generally suppressed in America's conservative media.--http://www.haaretzdaily.com
http://www.jvao.org/ Jewish Voices Against the Occupation See copy below of their ad from NEW YORK TIMES op-ed 3/17/02
Jewish Peace Groups Yahoo search--many
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a39ff7e01262f.htm A report on conditions of Palestinians and Settlers
Russian Leftist Links incl. articles by Israel Shamir, Israeli Peace activist
Jews Against Zionism --long list of websites
Here are just a few.
1.. Jews NOT Zionists http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/
2.. Not in My Name: www.nimn.org
3.. Jewish Peace Fellowship
4.. Neturei Karta Homepage
5.. Yesh Gvul, The movement for IDF men refusing to
serve in the Occupied Territories. http://www.diak.org/Haayesh-
6.. Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions
7.. Bat Shalom, Israeli Women for Peace http://www.batshalom.org/
8.. Deutsch-Israelischer Arbeitskreis fuer Frieden im Nahen Osten (DIAK)
9.. Eda Haredit, A hundred thousand anti-Zionist
Hasidim all at one place.
10.. B'Tselem http://www.btselem.org/
11.. "Occupied Territory" http://www.occupied.org/
12.. Rabbis for Human Rights http://www.rhr.israel.net/indexa.html
13.. Not in Our Name Coalition http://www.diak.org/not_in_our_name.htm
14.. Oz v'Shalom - Netivot Shalom (religious Zionist anti-Occupation)
15.. The Hidden History of Zionism by Ralph
16.. Association for Civil Rights in Israel http://www.nif.org/acri/
17.. Gush Shalom http://www.gush-shalom.org/
18.: Jews United Against Zionism: