Lev Hirschhorn speaks for boycotts

My name is Lev Hirschhorn. My father is a Rabbi, my mother is a Cantor, my sister leads a Jewish youth group and I am a member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.

Now, in my family we don’t always see eye-to-eye. I have been at countless passover meals which have turned into heated debates on the middle east.

But in my family, there is one thing that we can all agree on. The wine that sits on our passover table is NEVER from the occupied territories.

In the occupied territories, Jewish settlers live in exclusive Jewish settlements, drive on Jewish only roads, and are entitled to elect representatives to the government – a basic right denied to their Palestinian neighbors.

These injustices betray my family’s Jewish values. We support the boycott of companies profiting in the settlements because we follow the commandment from the Torah that says: “you shall not oppress the stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Thank you.

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