There’s only one word to describe the past two weeks: Whirlwind.
It’s been a whirlwind watching the Palestinian death toll go up and up. It’s been a whirlwind watching our communal leaders justify or ignore the Israeli army’s unconscionable violence on protesters.
And it’s been a whirlwind watching our movement rise up and take on the Jewish Establishment, day after day, in city after city, bringing more and more members into the movement.
We’ve done more than just put public pressure on the Jewish Establishment and our political leaders — we’ve forced them to speak out when they would rather stay silent.
Let me share two examples:
Just one hour after 9 of us were arrested for shutting down Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, protesting her silence on the violence in Gaza, she finally spoke out, in this tweet:
Similarly, our protest of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) resulted in the singular statement from part of the Jewish Establishment condemning Israeli policy. According to JTA:
On Monday, five days after the IfNotNow protest outside the URJ, the Reform body’s president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, issued a statement calling on Israel to take measures ensuring that civilians and reporters are not harmed.
Over the past two weeks, 37 of our members have been arrested in Boston, New York, the Twin Cities, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and — this morning — in Washington, DC. They are some of the most important demonstrations we’ve organized in our history.
Our movement is counting in you to support us in this moment — so we can continue taking strong, moral stances when our leaders fail.
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