Special Sermon This Shabbat: Amnesty International Report Equating Israel With Apartheid
This week Amnesty International issued a report whose very title presages the report’s animus to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist.
The report is entitled, all block capital letters, all enlarged, ISRAEL’S APARTHEID AGAINST PALESTINIANS CRUEL SYSTEM OF DOMINATION AND CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
The report is 280 pages. Attached is a synopsis.
This report argues that Israel is inherently apartheid and racist. Consider this passage:
Apartheid has no place in our world, and states which choose to make allowances for Israel will find themselves on the wrong side of history. Governments who continue to supply Israel with arms and shield it from accountability at the UN are supporting a system of apartheid, undermining the international legal order, and exacerbating the suffering of the Palestinian people.
In other words, if one supports Israel’s right to defend itself from 5,000 missiles sent by Hamas to murder Israeli civilians in the war which Hamas initiated in May, if one supports Iron Dome, one is on “the wrong side of history,” to use the condescending language of this report. This virus that the Jewish state has no right to defend itself from missiles aimed at civilians is spreading to a college campus, to a high school, near you.
When it comes to assaults on Jewish lives at synagogues, such as Pittsburgh and last month Texas, we know what a response looks like: fobs, locked doors, security guards.
But how do we amp up security to defend against the hateful claim that Israel itself is a mistake and should not exist? Where does one get a fob to defend the argument that Israel’s existence lacks moral legitimacy?
This Shabbat, Robert Leikind, the Regional Director of AJC New England, will give a special sermon on the Amnesty International report and what we, individually, and we as a community, can do to support our beloved Eretz Yisrael from slanderous attacks that pose an existential threat to the more than Six Million Jews who live in Israel today.
See you on Shabbat.