A Very Brief Guide to Antisemitism

Online Diskussion von Americans for Peace Now mit Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Hadar Susskind

Donnerstag, 24. Februar 2022- 19.00 Uhr – Thursday, February 24, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time

A Very Brief Guide to Antisemitism

American Jewish organizations have been intensifying their efforts to fight antisemitism as hateful rhetoric proliferates worldwide.

Unfortunately, some of these groups are increasingly weaponizing the fight against antisemitism to quash legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and practices, violating free speech, and suppressing vital conversations regarding Israel’s imperfections.

T’ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and Americans for Peace Now are actively working, within America’s Jewish community and beyond, to fight that trend, to draw the line between antisemitism and legitimate criticism of Israel. T’ruah recently published a useful Very Brief Guide to Antisemitism to help better understand the phenomenon and to help tell the difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and anti-Israel attitudes that cross the line and constitute antisemitism. Join the CEOs of T’ruah and APN, Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Hadar Susskind, this Thursday, February 24th, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time to discuss this troubling trend as well as their organizations’ response to it.

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Keinen Baum den Gegnern des Friedens

Solidarity With Victims of Settler Violence

Aus einem Mailing des NIF / New Israel Fund

More than 400 activists took part in a tree planting event in the Palestinian village of Burin near Nablus in the West Bank earlier this month to demonstrate solidarity with local Palestinians and human rights activists. The event was organized by Rabbis for Human Rights and funded by a New Israel Fund emergency grant.

Only two weeks earlier, settlers from the nearby illegal outpost of Givat Ronen attacked Rabbis for Human Rights activists in Burin. Unfortunately, this violence is nothing new. For years, Jewish settlers have targeted this area, frequently rampaging through the hillsides, burning and uprooting the olive trees of local farmers.

Rabbis for Human Rights Executive Director Avi Dabush said, “This picture of hundreds of Israelis, including those injured by Jewish terrorists returning to the scene of the attack two weeks after it occurred, represents a significant victory. We declared that we will not give in to violence and that we will return to the field to stand in solidarity with Palestinian olive farmers against those who regularly attack them. And that is what we did.”

Other organizations who took part in the rally included Mothers Against Violence, Zazim — Community Action, Combatants for Peace, Mehazkim – Fighting for a Progressive Israel, MachsomWatch, Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together), Breaking the Silence, Peace Now, and Torat Tzedek – Torah of Justice.

Zazim said, “Our community has rallied for the cause and we arrive here this morning to demonstrate that our answer to violence and hatred is partnership. They uproot and we plant until the occupation ends.”

Sheikh Jarrah

Statement of the Humanitarian Country Team
on the imminent eviction of the Salem Family in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem

Joint Statement

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
occupied Palestinian territory

Jerusalem, 18 February 2022

Today, representatives of the Humanitarian Country Team in Palestine, comprising United Nations Agencies and international and Palestinian NGOs, met with the Salem family in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The family of 12, including six children and the elderly mother, Fatima Salem – all of whom are Palestine refugees – faces eviction during March from their family home of 70 years.

The announcement of the scheduled eviction has recently raised tension in the Jerusalem neighbourhood, with clashes involving Palestinian residents, Israeli settlers, and Israeli Security Forces resulting in property damage, multiple injuries and arrests, including the arrest of eight children since Friday 11 February. The Salem family itself and their neighbours have been subject to attacks with pepper spray and stones resulting in injury and property damage.

The Salem family is one of 218 Palestinian families, comprising 970 individuals, including 424 children, living in East Jerusalem, mainly in the neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, that are currently facing the threat of forced eviction by the Israeli authorities.

The United Nations has repeatedly called for a halt to forced evictions and demolitions in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem: under international humanitarian law, forcible transfers of protected persons by the occupying power are forbidden regardless of their motive.

Active steps must be taken to de-escalate the situation before another crisis erupts; we urge all political and community leaders to refrain from provocative action and rhetoric. Israeli authorities must take steps to ensure the protection of civilians, including Palestine refugees.

For more information, please contact Ofir Feuerstein at feuerstein@un.org

Jan Bazuin – Tagebuch eines Zwangsarbeiters

Buchvorstellung und Gespräch mit
Barbara Yelin, Barbara Beuys, Paul-Moritz Rabe, Judith Heitkamp, Monika Franz, Rupert Grübl, Leon Bazuin (u.a.)

23.02.2022 | 19.00 Uhr

Rotterdam, im Herbst 1944: Der neunzehnjährige Jan Bazuin erlebt den Hungerwinter. Täglich muss Brennmaterial und Essbares ‚organisiert‘ werden. Sein Vater droht, ihn von den Deutschen abholen zu lassen, wenn er nicht auszieht. Einziger Lichtblick ist die Freundin Annie. Doch Anfang Januar 1945 ändert sich alles. Jan wird zur Zwangsarbeit nach Bayern verschleppt…

Das kürzlich entdeckte Tagebuch des jungen Niederländers Jan Bazuin überrascht durch seinen ungekünstelten, jugendlichen und selbst in größter Not optimistisch klingenden Ton. Die Aufzeichnungen enden am 23. April 1945, kurz nach Jans riskanter Flucht aus dem Lager in München-Neuaubing, also genau von dort, wo das NS-Dokumentationszentrum derzeit die Einrichtung eines Erinnerungsortes plant. 

Der Text ist für die Forschung eine wichtige Quelle. Vor allem aber führt er ganz voraussetzungslos und intensiv vor Augen, wie ein Jugendlicher Deportation und Arbeitslager in den letzten Monaten des Zweiten Weltkriegs erlebte. Die Zeichnerin Barbara Yelin hat die knappen, schnörkellosen Notizen illustriert und macht so das Geschehen auf unheimliche Weise präsent. Paul-Moritz Rabe hat das Tagebuch editiert und mit einem Nachwort versehen.

Ort NS-Dokumentationszentrum München und via Livestream unter www.youtube.com/nsdoku

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