Tag Archives: Palestinian Rights

Where Are Jewish Voices For Social Justice?

Dr. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University made himself the center of hate by publishing a story in the Los Angeles Times that blasted Jewish liberals and social activists for inaction in the face of discrimination against Arabs in their society as well as in Palestine. He argued that Israel has become an apartheid state in which Jews obtain economic, social and political rewards, while Arabs have become second-class citizens. Gordon noted how Israel academics become furious when anyone from the “outside” makes comparisons to apartheid and sounds the clarion cry of “anti-semitism.”

The school year open in Gaza and children will be without notebooks, books to use in studying, lacking pens, and working with teachers in buildings that were wrecked by IDF bombing raids. Is any Israel university organizing drives to secure school materials for Gaza students? Hundreds of Palestinian students in the West Bank are in jails because they belonged to the wrong student organization. Where are the voices of freedom for “college students?”

Examine the history of social justice in any Western society and the names of Jews are present. Jews, historically, fought for the rights of the oppressed, check pictures of marches by Martin Luther King and you will note the presence of rabbis.

Which Israel rabbis today march for Palestinian rights? Which academic leaders defend the rights of Palestinian students?

Israel Army Seeks To Protect Palestinian Rights

The Israel military commander of Judea and Samaria has petitioned the High Court to reverse a decision by a military appeals court which says a Jew who spent ten years cultivating land owned by a Palestinian was legally entitled to keep the land. The land in question has been occupied and cultivated for ten years by the Land of Israel Seminary and it attempted to register the land under what is termed, “first registration” but was turned down on ground it could not prove it obtained the land through a legal transaction with a Palestinian. The group then turned to a military appeals court which granted ownership on grounds it had cultivated the land for ten years.

The IDF is doing what any honest and fair nation would do, protect land rights of the owner. Under the British Mandate, much land was never officially registered even though people had lived on plots for hundreds of years. Palestinians who left in 1948 have encountered difficulty getting back their land and restrictions such as those imposed by military courts violate human rights.

One can only ask if it is OK for Jewish groups to take over land owned by Jews?