“Zionism is Racism”

The United Nations General Assembly declared that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” on this date in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35, with 32 abstentions. The resolution was passed one year after PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the General Assembly for the first time, with a holster on his […]

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Anti-Semitism and "The New Jim Crow"

By Rabbi Jonathan Kligler Woodstock Jewish Congregation I want to describe two reasons why the New Jim Crow, the system of mass incarceration, is a Jewish issue, and why I wanted our synagogue to host this gathering. The first reason should be self-evident: the central Jewish narrative is our story of how we originated as […]

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November 15: The Palestinian Declaration of Independence

The Palestinian Declaration of Independence, written by the renowned poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), was proclaimed by Yasser Arafat on this date in 1988 at the closing session of the 19th Palestinian National Council. The declaration invoked the UN Partition Plan of 1947 — originally rejected by Palestinian and other Arab leaders — as the foundation […]

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November 10: “Zionism is Racism”

The United Nations General Assembly declared that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” on this date in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35, with 32 abstentions. The resolution was passed one year after PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the General Assembly for the first time, with a holster on his […]

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May 11: Israel Joins the United Nations

On this date in 1949, Israel became a member nation of the United Nations. The UN had created the Jewish state with Resolution 181 (November 29, 1947), which partitioned Palestine by a vote of 33-13-10 (no Arab country voted for partition). Many subsequent UN resolutions, however, sought to make Israel a pariah state, most notably […]

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