Because We Are Jews
By Rabbi Mordechi Weberman
There are those who ask us why we march with the Palestinians. Why do we raise the Palestinian flag and why do we support the Palestinian cause?
“You are Jews!” they tell us. "What are you doing?" And our response is very simple: It is precisely because we are Jews that we march with the Palestinians and raise their flag! It is precisely because we are Jews that we demand that the Palestinian peoples be returned to their homes and properties!
Yes, in our Torah we are commanded to be fair. We are called upon to pursue justice. And, what could be more unjust than the century-old attempt of the Zionist movement to invade another people's land, to drive them out and steal their property?
The early Zionists proclaimed that they were a people without a land going to a land without a people. Innocent sounding words. But utterly and totally untrue. Palestine was a land with a people - A people that were developing a national consciousness.
We have no doubt that had Jewish refugees have come to Palestine without the intention of dominating, without the intention of making a Jewish state, without the intention of dispossessing, without the intention of depriving the Palestinians of their basic rights, that they would have been welcomed by the Palestinians, with the same hospitality that Muslims have shown Jews throughout history. And we would have lived together as Jews and Muslims lived before in Palestine - in peace and harmony.
To our Muslim and Palestinian friends around the world, please hear our message -- There are Jews around the world who support your cause. And when we support your cause we do not mean some partition scheme proposed in 1947 by a UN that had no right to offer it. When we say support your cause we do not mean the cut off and cut up pieces of the West Bank offered by Barak at Camp David, together with justice for less than 10% of the refugees.
We do not mean anything other than returning the entire land, including Jerusalem, to Palestinian sovereignty! At that point justice demands that the Palestinian people should decide if and how many Jews should remain in the Land. This is the only path to true reconciliation.
But we demand yet more. WE demand that in returning the land back to its rightful owners we have not yet done enough. There should be an apology to the Palestinian people which is clear and precise. Zionism did you wrong. Zionism stole your homes. Zionism stole your land. By so proclaiming we proclaim before the world that we are the people of the Torah, that our faith demands that we be honest and fair and good and kind.
We have attended hundreds of pro-Palestinian rallies over the years and everywhere we go the leaders and audience greet us with the warmth of Middle Eastern hospitality. What a lie it is to say that Palestinians in particular or Muslims in general hate Jews. You hate injustice. Not Jews.
Fear not my friends. Evil cannot long triumph. The Zionist nightmare is at its end. It is exhausted. Its latest brutalities are the death rattle of the terminally ill. We will yet both live to see the day when Jew and Palestinian will embrace in peace under the Palestinian flag in Jerusalem. And ultimately when mankind's Redeemer will come, the sufferings of the present will long be forgotten in the blessings of the future.