Honor the courage, clarity and sensitivity of Kairos USA

The mission of Kairos USA is to take a bold, prophetic stand in support of our Palestinian sisters and brothers, as well as our Jewish brothers and sisters in the State of Israel who suffer from the social, psychological and spiritual costs of militarization and war itself. There is an urgent need to support nonviolent resistance in Palestinian and Israeli civil society and to continue to build the growing international grassroots movement for a just peace.”

From Kairos USA Call to Action

 

We, members of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council, honor the courage, clarity and sensitivity of Kairos USA and fully support the Kairos Call to Action. As Jewish people committed to ending Israeli Occupation, we consider the Kairos Call to be in alignment with Jewish values.

We share with my Christian brothers and sisters the central place of prophetic witness in our respective traditions. We both read the commandment ‘not to stand idly by the blood of our neighbor’ which call us into action.  Like Kairos USA, we take seriously the overwhelming documentation of Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights. Although we do not condone any acts of violence, we understand the unbalanced nature of this conflict and stand in solidarity with Kairos USA’s sense of urgency to relieve suffering.

We are inspired by the confessional nature of the Kairos document for past sins against the Jewish people. Thank you for acknowledging your role in Jewish suffering. As Jews, the Christian confession awakens a responsibility to consider and confess our own sin, the sin of occupation. We cannot stand idly by when members of our extended Jewish family ask us to support dispossession, land confiscation, the destruction of homes and property, military invasion, torture and the building of separation walls on the basis of a shared Jewish identity.  Our vidui (confession) must include the ways in which we have privileged Jewish suffering over and against Palestinian suffering and the ways in which we use the claim of anti-Semitism to silence those who criticize Israel’s violation of human rights. We share this perception with Kairos USA.

JVP shares with Kairos USA a belief that the only way to peace is by ensuring the security and safety of everyone in the region through acts of nonviolent resistance and constructive peace building. Like the Kairos community, JVP supports education, delegations that go and see the reality on the ground, the building of multifaith and multicultural alliances, as well as direct action. Our recent success with TIAA CREF’s divestment from Caterpillar is part of our shared commitment to act in meaningful ways.

JVP shares with the Kairos community a belief that hope for peace rests in treating each other with mutual respect and engaging in actions that promote dignity and well-being for Muslims, Christians and Jews, wherever we reside, and especially in the holy land.

We encourage everyone to read and discuss the Kairos USA Call to Action. It is truly a sign of hope in difficult times.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Rabbincal Student Rain Zohav
Rabbi Brant Rosen
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
Rabbi Shai Gluskin
Rabbi Eyal Levinson
Rabbi Rachel Barenblatt
Rabbi Joseph Berman
Rabbi Zev Hayyim Feyer
Rabbi Margaret Holub
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
Rabbi Brian Walt
Rabbi David Mivasair
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Cantor Michael Davis

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