Confronting Zionism: a Collection of Personal Stories embodies a year-long project by members of the New York City chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. The booklet grew out of a three-part discussion series about Zionism, anti-Semitism, and our own histories of coming to embrace justice for Palestine and questioning mainstream Zionism. It contains thirteen testimonies by JVP members from the New York City area—of diverse ages, backgrounds (Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Sephardic, Israeli, Palestinian) and genders; a discussion of the project’s rationale in the booklet’s introduction; and an annotated bibliography and set of discussion questions.
We hope this booklet will be of use to educators, students, activists, researchers and anyone who is “wrestling with Zionism” as a political ideology, a family battlefield, a dream betrayed, or a form of racist exclusion in everyday life.
+ PRAISE FOR CONFRONTING ZIONISM
"This is a must read, especially today. Confronting Zionism helps us to cut through the noise pollution that deliberately confuses anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism—a confusion created by Israel's apologists to justify and excuse its colonialism, racism and apartheid. The world must hear loud and clear the voices of Jews of conscience, such as the contributors to this book, who take a stand against Palestinian dispossession. We must support their urgent call not to let Israel or Zionism speak in their name."
Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED), and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
"Confronting Zionism is a timely, critical presentation of deeply personal experiences with Zionism and the courage of average people to confront powerful and well-resourced narratives aimed at erasing uncomfortable truths. These probing testimonies challenge the notion that Zionist political ideology is synonymous with Judaism, and they expose the incongruity of an ethno-religious Jewish state in a region where millions of indigenous Palestinians long for freedom, human rights and democracy. Must read and must share!"
Huwaida Arraf, Human rights attorney and activist; co-founder of International Solidarity Movement
"Given the hasbara (propaganda) so many of us were told about the history and creation of Israel--stories that neglected to center the Nakba, the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land--it is our obligation to learn that history, which extends until today, and act accordingly. This collection of stories reflects the unlearning and new learning undertaken to bring the authors to their critical work as partners in the movement for justice in Palestine."
Donna Nevel, Community psychologist and educator; co-author, Islamophobia and Israel; founding member, Network Against Islamophobia
Conversations about Israel/Palestine are often charged and challenging. Many families and friends avoid the subject to keep the peace and worry that even a slight criticism of Israel can result in being labelled anti-Semitic. At JVP-NYC we want to create a space where we can discuss this subject, with respect and active listening, with the aim to build relationships and understanding. Wrestling With Zionism is a collection of stories of people from a range of backgrounds who share their evolving relationships to Zionism.
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