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US Jews breaking the Israeli law of return

This statement was just released:

We are Jews from the United States, who, like Jewish people throughout the world, have an automatic right to Israeli citizenship under Israel’s “law of return.”

Today there are more than seven million Palestinian refugees around the world. Israel denies their right to return to their homes and land—a right recognized and undisputed by UN Resolution 194, the Geneva Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Meanwhile, we are invited to live on that same land simply because we are Jewish.

We renounce this “right” to “return” offered to us by Israeli law. It is not right that we may “return” to a state that is not ours while Palestinians are excluded and continuously dispossessed.

In 1947-49, Zionist militias destroyed more than 500 Palestinian villages and made more than 800,000 Palestinian people refugees in order to create a Jewish state on land where the majority was not Jewish. It is Palestinians who have the right to return to their own land.

Now in Gaza, where more than three quarters of the people are refugees, the State of Israel not only denies the population its right of return, but also incarcerates the entire Gaza Strip under illegal and inhumane siege conditions.

We reject the notion that Israel is a “safe haven” from anti-Semitism for Jews. No one is truly safe when the price of that “security” is oppression, inequality, and occupation of another people.

Today there is a growing transnational movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, called for by Palestinian civil society and supported by activists, artists, and academics around the world, including an increasing number of conscientious Israelis. As part of this campaign, we pledge to boycott the “law of return.” As an act of political and ideological divestment, we repudiate the claims the State of Israel makes on us as potential citizens.

We protest Israel’s colonial policies and discriminatory laws toward the Palestinian people, as well as the U.S. government’s political and financial support of these policies.

We hereby renounce Israel’s “law of return” and refuse to lend the state our support, resources, or passports.

7 comments ↪
  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    And so Israel continues to unravel in all aspects of its existence…..clearly seen by a majority of other nations as morally & intellectually corrupt…..accused war criminals as the political leadership group…a failing economy despite the window dressing we keep hearing, increasing levels of poverty,occupying other people's lands, targeting civilians including children in illegal wars against it neighbours…..

     

    And what do 99% of the  Aussie Jewish  diaspora do?

    Praise Israel at every turn……what a disgrace you all are……all of you are failing your beloved Israel…..every day you remain silent……and meanwhile, you allow yourself to be repreented by little Alby 'Bomber' Dadon who keeps on issuing puerile news releases thru which he aims to silence Israel's multitude of Australian critics….poor little Alby…hasn't got a clue..just like the rest of you….

     

    It's pathetic…..

  • why they never mention the fact that part of the lands belong to israel as they were won during the wars, and part was bought by rotshild. so this is the land that truly belong to state of israel as for palestinian people-yes really ,they must have same rights with israeli people and this discrimination is very unjusty.

  • Sol Salbe

    Much simpler question: How is this breaking the law?

  • iResistDe4iAm

    By renouncing a law that bestows on them unique and exclusive rights and privileges (rights and privileges that are denied to the majority of the indigenous population of Israel), they are in effect symbolically breaking that law.

     

    I would guess that to legally break that law, one would have to be a non-Jew who tries to convert to Judaism under false pretences (say, Palestinians who try to convert in order to get citizenship to their ancestral homeland).

  • Doubtful

    Is renouncing a right breaking the law ? I try to make myself clearer : as entitled of a right, you decide by yourself not to use that right. That is not any breaking the law but precisely acting as the law provides : you can decide to become Israeli according to that law. But as well as you may decide on one sense, you may decide on the other. It is just renouncing something the law allows you to do.

    More fundamentally, how is examined the different refugee status provided by UNRWA texts, which do consider much many more people as refugee than those of HCR, both being UN institutions ? Does anyone consider still international law as favoring its own violations since 1947 by the Arab side or must the Jews beg the whole world pardon for just being once autonomous ? Please, watch out to balance your texte, dear friends.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Any law that is specifically designed to benefit one group of people on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion (Jewish immigrants and colonisers) at the sole expense of another group of people (the displaced non-Jewish indigenous inhabitants of Israel), is a racist law. 

     

    Just as a white person could live anywhere in South Africa without breaking any laws, if a black South African attempted to live in a 'white' neighbourhood or to eat at a 'white' school, s/he would have been forcibly removed and carted off to jail. Members of a designated privileged race can never break a racist law.  

     

    That is why more and more people of conscious are denouncing this racist law. 

     

    Members of a designated privileged race, ethnicity or religion can never break a racist law that is designed to privilege them at the sole expense of others.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    ‘white’ school should be  'white' restaurant