Young, Jewish, and Proud…!!!

A Palestinian-Canadian from Montreal circulated an email message commenting:  “One cannot but admire the courage and moral commitment of these young Jews.”  He was referring to a video clip posted on You Tube.  In his brief message, AY spoke for all active Palestinians who will never tire from persisting in their demand for justice and equal humanity for the Palestinian people while clearly, openly, publicly, and privately distinguishing their struggle against the racist ideology of Zionism from embracing all those who stand for justice-based peace for all.

To those who claim to exclusively speak for all Jews, and to all the apologists of the racist and discriminatory policies and actions of the Zionist Israeli state, it is fitting to offer the following message from young Jews:

We exist…
We are everywhere…
We speak and love and dream in every language…
We pray three times a day, or only during the high holidays, or when we feel we really need to, or not at all…
We are punks, and students, and parents, and genitors, and rabbis, and freedom fighters…
We are your children… your grandchildren…
Occupation has constricted our throats and fattened our tongues…
We are feeding each other new words…
We travel between worlds, and we redraw the map every day…
This is not our birthright; this is our incisory…
We remember slavery in Egypt…
We remember hiding our celebrations and rituals…
We remember the camps…
We remember when we aged too quickly…
We remember we are still young…
We honour our legacy of radical intellectuals and refugees…
We remember how to make our homes and our holiness out of time and thin air…
We do not need other people’s lands to build on…
We remember solidarity as a mean of survival…

And we are proud…

We refuse to have our world appropriated by a corporate war machine… We will not call this “liberation”…
We will not be won over by free vacations and scholarship money…
We will not accept the legacy of terror…

We will not quietly witness the violation of human rights in Palestine…
We are better than this…

We have ancestors to honour…
We have allies to honour…
We have ourselves to honour…
We commit ourselves to peace…
We will stand up with honest bodies to offer honest bread…
We commit to re-envisioning homeland… to make room for justice…
We will stand up… We will take this to the courts and to the streets…
We will stand up… We will take this to the courts and to the streets…
We will stand up… We will take this to the courts and to the streets…
We will stand up… We will take this to the courts and to the streets…

We will stand up… We will take this to the courts and to the streets…

We will learn…
We will teach this in the schools and in our homes…
We demand daylight for all our stories… for all stories…
We will not stop… We exist…
We are young Jews… and we get to decide what that means…
We are young Jews… and we get to decide what that means…
We are young Jews… and we get to decide what that means…
We are young Jews… and we get to decide what that means…

We are young Jews… and we get to decide what that means…

Jewish Voice for Peace

Is there much to add?

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa,Canada
2011/10/23

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

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About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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2 Responses to Young, Jewish, and Proud…!!!

  1. Ardith says:

    I found the info on this blog valuable.

  2. Love this! AND LOVE YOU, BABA!!

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