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?