Birthright: Confront The Crisis

IfNotNow
IfNotNow
Mar 1 · 3 min read

Since we launched the #NotJustAFreeTrip campaign last June, the conversation around Birthright drastically changed.

Millions watched Birthright participants walk off their trips in protest, we hosted Birthright sendoffs at airports across the country, dozens of articles were penned in national publications, and many thousands learned that Birthright wasn’t actually a free trip, but a bribe to keep our generation quiet about the Occupation.

Now that we have exposed the moral disaster at the heart of Birthright, we’re demanding that by April 5th Birthright make a change — confront the crisis and stop hiding the reality in Israel/Palestine.

If they refuse, hundreds of young American Jews will gather at Birthright headquarters in New York City to ask Birthright one last time, ‘Will you confront the crisis of the Occupation?’

Sign on to our demand for Birthright today and show the most well-funded educational institution in the Jewish community that thousands of us want them to change.

College students across the country are already demanding that Birthright commit to confronting the crisis of the Occupation on this summer’s trips, and to do so by April 5th.They even offered some simple changes Birthright could make:

  • Mark the West Bank on every map.
  • Educate participants on the daily nightmare of the Occupation.
  • Show a checkpoint from a Palestinian perspective.

To make Birthright listen, we need to speak with the full weight of our generation. Will you sign on to our demand today?

Over the next month, we’ll be showing up at Jewish institutions across the country and asking them to join us in demanding that Birthright educate its participants about the daily nightmare of the Occupation. If Birthright refuses to make the clear moral choice, hundreds of young American Jews will show up at Birthright’s headquarters on April 5th, bringing each and every one of the signatures with us.

By signing on to our demands, you’re demonstrating that an entire movement of American Jews is demanding a change.

With 50,000 young American Jews going every year, Birthright is the largest Jewish educational institution in the world. Instead of following right-wing billionaires like Sheldon Adelson, Birthright and all American Jewish institutions must choose — join us and confront the crisis, or continue supporting the status quo of endless Occupation.

The conversation around Birthright has dramatically changed, culminating on this past winter’s trips. In December, Haaretz reported that registration was down up to 50%. A few weeks later Birthright kicked three participants off their trip for asking questions about the separation wall between Israel and the Israeli-controlled West Bank. A few days after that, one brave Birthright participant jumped on stage during Birthright’s Megaevent to shed light on the true cost of Birthright.

It’s become clearer than ever that our generation wants a change, but still Birthright has refused to listen. They have until April 5th.

We need you to join us in demanding that Birthright confront crisis by signing on to our petition today.

If Birthright truly wants to give its participants an authentic experience, it has a responsibility to educate them about the reality on the ground, including the daily nightmare of the Occupation.

Are you with us?

Sarah O’Connor
IfNotNow

P.S. You can support young Jews going to Birthright headquarters to demand they confront the crisis by donating here.

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