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Report on Beth Israel vigil 09-03-11

Posted on September 13th, 2011 at 12:22 pm by

Orwell Lives! Rabbi Dobrusin Designated Vice-Chair of RHR-NA

Rabbis for Human Rights – North America has welcomed Beth Israel’s Rabbi Rob Dobrusin as its new vice chair. Think about it: RHR-NA claims to be an organization that “acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people” while supporting a state – the “Jewish state” – that consistently denies the human rights of Palestinians. The organization even has the chutzpah to reference the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, while it clearly and consistently violates Article 13 of that document, which states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and to leave and return to one’s country”. Clearly, if Rabbis for Human Rights – NA truly adhered to their own name and mission, the rabbis would be shouting from the rooftops that Palestinians have — and Israel should respect — the full and immediate Right of Return they have been longing for these past sixty-three years.

But of course, RHR-NA does not do this. And now they have added to their record of Orwellian logic (e.g. “War is Peace”) by elevating within their ranks Beth Israel’s senior Rabbi, who makes clear his Zionist (read: racist) commitment to the Apartheid state: “While our congregants’ political opinions and philosophical perspectives are all over the map, there is one general statement which I can make on behalf of the congregation – Beth Israel Congregation affirms without any hesitation or equivocation the legitimacy of the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish state, and affirms the right of Israel to defend itself from enemies who seek its destruction” [Ann Arbor News, Jan. 14, 2007]

Rabbi Dobrusin also supports torture. Supporting both human rights and torture involves such twisted doublespeak that we advise our readers not to try this at home. Both this writer and PeaceMonger have exposed this human wrong in our Reports of June 21, 2008 and June 11, 2011. And what would the author of “1984” have to say about bringing impressionable, young Jewish children to the Apartheid state, and posing them with armed soldiers on military vehicles, all the while bleating how passionate and caring a Jewish supremacist state can be. It rocks the mind.

Vigilers Attend Impromptu Protest

Two members of Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends responded to a request from two local activists to join them on the University of Michigan campus this week to help them raise awareness of Israel’s ongoing atrocities in Palestine. We stood in front of the Michigan Union and greeted new students as they passed by, handing out map cards to those who showed interest.

Al-Quds Day Demonstration Successful

Two hundred and fifty cars pulled out of Hemlock Park in Dearborn Michigan on August 26th, and cruised to downtown Detroit, and midtown University of Detroit areas before returning to Dearborn. Messages of peace, calling for an end to Zionism, were written on the cars for this first-ever auto rally celebrating Al-Quds Day. Palestinian flags were raised high, and many of the lead vehicles sported placards as well. In addition to being one of six sponsors of the event, JWPF sent two cars with two members and three supporters along the route. Complete coverage of the event by the Arab American News visible here.

Aug. 27 – Eight vigilers
Sept. 3 – Nine
What are European Jews doing in the Middle East?
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends


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