Jewish activists demand an end to Israel’s genocide, occupation, apartheid

March 26, 2024
The Tzedek Collective with Jews Against the Occupation ‘48 sit-in for Palestine. Photo: Daniel Lavin/@dan.alog

On the 167th day of the latest genocide, the Tzedek Collective with Jews Against the Occupation ‘48 (JAO’48) led a second public sit-in on March 22 of diaspora Jews, Palestinians and allies to show solidarity with Palestine.

At the beginning of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, we sat at Sydney Central Station to say never again for anyone with chants, songs and speeches.

We lit candles and recited the Jewish mourning prayer of Kaddish for all the souls lost in this genocide.

We came together in the knowledge that our liberation must be collective and interconnected, and that the safety and freedom of Jews and Palestinians are inextricably linked.

We came to denounce Australia’s complicity in the genocide in Gaza. We protested Israel’s weaponisation of Judaism and Jewish trauma. We said it is precisely our Jewish values of justice, liberation and solidarity that compel us to stand for the rights of Palestinians.

The Labor government must not allow Israel’s impunity to continue. We call for a permanent ceasefire, an end to the genocide, occupation and apartheid.

Our Collective’s aim is anti-colonial: we acknowledge our diasporic roots and our specific context as settlers on unceded, sovereign lands of the Eora and Dharug Nations.

[Shula Kirovsky is a member of the Tzedek Collective which formed in response to a growing need among Jews for an anti-Zionist space based on the principle of doikayt (hereness). We are committed to First Nations sovereignty, including Palestinian liberation. We follow the footsteps of our Jewish ancestors who knew the importance of solidarity between oppressed groups. We proudly carry on these Jewish traditions of dissent and resistance.]


Photo: Daniel Lavin/@dan.alog


Photo: Daniel Lavin/@dan.alog

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