We did it again!
Four courageous partisans for Free Palestine stood vigil in front of Congregation Bonai Shalom this morning, the last day of Hanukka. We were "greeted" by way more thumbs up and horn-honks than by people giving us the finger.
We had great discussion with a gent named Mark who stopped his car, got out and engaged us in a real conversation. Mark's position was that that standing in protest in front of a house of worship was offensive. I handed Mark our brochure and explained that most synagogues, including Bonai Shalom, were also political organs actively integrated into the organized Jewish community's support for Israel. Israel perpetrates its crimes of ethnic cleansing, military occupation, colonization and apartheid by the organized support of the American Jewish diaspora. It's not that Jews are sympathetic to Israel, it's that a majority actively support Israel. This is certainly true in the case of Bonai Shalom and Rabbi Soloway as evidenced in their overt support for Israel, flying the foreign flag in the sanctuary, representing the IDF at Israel independence day celebrations and distributing funds to Israel through Jewish Federations and AIPAC. Many Jewish congregations in the USA blatantly supported Israel with rallies and fund raisers during this last episode of Israel's war on Palestine -- the bombing of the people of Gaza. So our answer to Mark, standing in front of the synagogue, was that this setting for our vigil at a Jewish congregation is entirely appropriate, it is speaking truth to Jews to ask that they renounce their support for the Jewish state of Israel.