By Avigail Abarbanel
There's an expectation in Jewish groups worldwide that every one Jews embody Zionism and provide unquestioning aid for Israel, wrong or right . Jewish identification and Zionism are in most cases and intentionally blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or query Zionism are usually excluded, vilified and threatened. in the event that they convey sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian humans, they hazard being branded as traitors and accused of aiding the enemies of Israel . past Tribal Loyalties is a distinct number of twenty-five own tales of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the uk and the USA. there's an age distinction of greater than fifty years among the oldest and the youngest contributor. The tales concentrate on the advanced and extremely own trip that Jewish activists struggle through to unfastened themselves from the carry of Zionist ideology and its requirement to help all Israeli rules. Like many Jews, lots of the participants have been as soon as unquestioning supporters of Israel and Zionism. anything occurred within the lifetime of each one of those impressive people who brought on them to question and re-examine their figuring out of the clash and their dating with Israel and the Palestinian humans. in lots of circumstances this trip concerned a reassessment of private values, trust platforms and id. past Tribal Loyalties seeks to find what enables Jewish peace activists to persist with via with this transformative trip and their activist paintings, regardless of fanatical and occasionally violent competition. this can be an inspiring booklet for somebody who's attracted to the adventure of being a peace activist. It bargains a clean and strange perspective at the Israeli-Palestinian clash, and is a distinct contribution in a box the place political research is usual, yet the place the non-public attitude is frequently missing.
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There are strong tribal loyalties that prevent most Jews from entertaining any doubts about the Zionist version of the conﬂict in IsraelPalestine. But I did react differently to the Israeli occupation of Palestine compared with the Jewish friends of my childhood who remain staunch Zionist supporters to this day. 14 T HE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH TRIBAL LOYALTIES I was born in January 1949 into a Jewish family in Brisbane, a relaxed and peaceful provincial city on the East coast of Australia, and the capital of the “sunshine state” of Queensland.
This campaign will continue to target sponsors and supporters of the Israeli occupation 26 T HE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH TRIBAL LOYALTIES until Israel begins to comply with international law and Palestinian rights. These days, the main focus of my activism is as moderator of the QPSC. I have retired lately from activist leadership to focus on my work as a security guard at university campuses in order to save sufﬁcient funds for my retirement from work, which is just a few years away. I am pleased to see that today there is a stronger Palestinian Solidarity movement not only in Brisbane but around the world.
AA) 36 I AM NOW AGAIN THE Z IONIST I ONCE WAS Scopus College and ten years at Habonim2 . Three Mossad agents were killed in Larnaca the previous weekend. On my ﬁrst trip to the Middle East in 1985, wanting to interview Arafat and settling for his military commander Khalil al-Wazir (also known as Abu Jihad), my PLO contacts told me that they were expecting an Israeli reprisal “at any moment”. Great. Escorted in by the guys with big lumps in their left armpits, I found Abu Jihad straight and business-like, rather than hospitable.