During the Gaza protests of June 1, 21 year-old medic Razan al-Najjar was shot dead while she tended to injured protestors. As usual, Israel’s accomplices in the mainstream press sought to minimize the story and echo Israeli propaganda while the IDF literally framed Ms. Al-Najjar in a typically cynical attempt to justify its despicable behavior. Palestinians are not deterred and Razan’s mother has a message. Everyone should listen to it.
And not to outdo itself, Israel this past Friday shot another 117 protestors near the Gaza separation fence, killing 4. This brings the death toll to 127 since the protests started in April, and several thousand have been injured, many of those maimed for life.
If you are Jewish and of the belief that political Zionism as practiced by the State of Israel is incompatible with human rights and that Israel ought to be reconstituted along more pluralistic lines, there are those who would consider you ex-communicated. And the sort of people who hold these views about non-Zionist Jews are not on the fringe. The crisis of Judaism is real and its conflation with an exclusionist political philosophy has never been stronger. This period, which by many measures is a golden age of Judaism, will be judged poorly by history.