Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 8:24am
I decided to start with the BDS panel, because it really was a
remarkable event. J Street got an enormous amount of flak for agreeing
to host a discussion about BDS in a liberal Jewish venue. Many on the
right used it to “prove” that J Street was really anti-Israel, though
that argument seemed to have convinced no one outside of their own amen corner.
Much controversy surrounded JStreet's decision to host a session on BDS during its recent four-day conference. Critics argued that JStreet was legitimizing a position that was beyold the Pale. JStreet countered that it's vital to engage in discourse with those who hold divergent views.
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb of Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence and the Jewish Voice for Peace rabbinical council spoke at a panel yesterday at J Street's conference, titled "Tikkun Presents: After the Egyptian Uprising: Psychodynamic, Spiritual and Religious Strategies for Mideast Peace." Rabbi Michael Lerner moderated. These were her opening remarks:
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 2:04pm
One of the few conference sessions featuring sharp disagreement was about the BDS movement. Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, compared the campaign's tactics to those of Gandhi, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez, saying it’s “the most hopeful strategy we can engage in.”
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 6:41am
By Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace.
February 28, 2011
I just want to take a moment in appreciation of J Street for including this discussion at the conference. It is the most important conversation, in my mind, that we can have at this moment, and I thank you for having it.
I want to take a moment to make sure we all are clear about what BDS is. BDS stands for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions." It’s a Palestinian led, globally active, non-violent movement in support of equality and freedom for the Palestinian people.