Snapshots from Three Generations of American Jewish Activists on the American Embassy Move

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“I am heartsick over the violence the embassy move has sparked, and angered by the transparent pandering of the Trump Administration to the likes of Sheldon Adelson and Pastor John Hagee. This moment unfortunately reminds me of the atmosphere during which JVP was created in the fall of 1996, when PM Netanyahu encouraged archaeological activity under the Temple Mount for his personal political gain, resulting in violent clashes between the IDF and Palestinians in Jerusalem. It’s important for American Jewish activists to embrace Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel while continuing to advocate for the Palestinian right to claim the city as its capital. Craven political opportunism will never alter the dual claims on Jerusalem, and only fuel my determination to seek justice and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.” –Rachel Eisner, J Street Northwest Regional Director and one of the founders of Jewish Voice for Peace Read more

Alon-Lee Green: From Organizing Baristas to Fighting the Occupation

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AJPA’s Grace Gleason and Alon-Lee Green
On February 24, 2018, over 20,000 people gathered in the streets of South Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s planned deportation of thousands of African asylum seekers starting in April. The mass protest brought together African refugees and Israelis of many backgrounds. One of the principal leaders responsible for this feat of unity was 30-year-old Tel Avivian Alon-Lee Green, a seasoned political organizer and co-founder of the Standing Together (Omdim B’Yachad) movement. He became well-known in Israel as one of the young leaders of the massive social justice protests of the summer of 2011 – which, at its peak, brought half a million people to the streets – but his journey as an activist started much earlier. Four days after the anti-deportation demonstration, Green spoke with the American Jewish Peace Archive about the story of his activism – including his views on grassroots organizing, the importance of making a connection between domestic issues and the occupation, and the potential for Jewish-Arab cooperation to create political change within Israeli society. Read more