For Justice For Palestinians
On the 19th November
2008 Debra and I attended the Justice for Palestinians Lobby
We went as part of Jews
For Justice for Palestinians, who are Jewish people that are
against Israeli occupation of Palestine and the injustice
put upon innocent Palestinians in the name of our religion's
Debra asked to
speak to her MP to ask him to ask the British government to
ask the Israeli govenment to end the occupation of Palestine
and end the injustice experienced by Palestinians. He did
not come out. The day was not wasted though as we
met lots of nice people: Jews, Christians, Muslims and Palestinian
Muslims and Jews. We took part in a demo outside Westminster
of the same issue. Below are photographs of some of the people
Me with two religious
Me with a Palestinian
Me with two Jews For
Justice For Palestinians
and a journalistic student
Debra and I believe
in justice and not injustice. There are many ways in which
our society accepts injustice as society has been conditioned
by education, family, friends, media and society to think
and accept things that are unjustified without really questioning.
As a kid Debra
got in to trouble for asking why should Jews or any people
be the 'chosen ones' and ones entitled to a 'promised land'.
She found herself in trouble too when she asked what are the
real reasons for the wars between Israel and Palestine as
she couldn't see that Israel were justified in thinking that
its Jews had more right to be there than the Palestinians.
This at the time was hard for her to express. Information
sources at that time was limited to biased Jewish people,
education and manipulating media.
Her more current
times investigations in answer to her childhood questions
have motivated her to support the idea of the pursuit of justice
for a people that have been unfairly robbed of their homeland
and had their human rights violated.
make it clear that we do not condone terrorism.
However, neither do
we think it right that one party should not be seen as terrorists
when committing the same acts as the opposition party that
are seen (rightly or wrongly) as terrorists.
As a 'nice Jewish
girl' Debra is sick of being tarred with society's brush that
paints Jews in the negative way it does. This is often, but
by no means solely, because of the ways in which Jews themselves
have been conditioned to think, behave and not question.
The Torah teaches:
'Justice, justice, you shall pursue' (Deuteronomy 16:20).
To secure a lasting settlement to the conflict between Palestinians
and Israelis so they can live in peace and security, thrive
side by side, and cooperate together, Jews today are obligated
to pursue justice on behalf of both peoples.”
RABBI ELIZABETH TIKVAH SARAH
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100 - Save the Children of Gaza
23rd May Debra and I took part in setting a new World Record.
Wow, we are record breakers! The record was for the most people
running in a 12-hour realy race.
I was probably the only teddy bear that
took part. We raised £100 for the Children of Gaza,
some of the money coming from passengers of the train Debra
uses as well as from her colleauges. There were other members
of Jews For Justice For Palestinians who also took part.
The event was not just about raising money but about bringing
awareness of support for people that are injusticed against.
was inportant for the Jewish people that took part to offer
their support in order to show that there are Jews that are
against the Israeli occupation and injustice it brings onto
the people of Palestine and also show there are Jews who do
not hate Muslims.