Today is Israeli Independence Day, which will be celebrated with parades and carnivals around the world. But Israeli “independence” in 1948 meant dispossession, exile, or death for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, for whom the founding of the state of Israel was a personal and collective catastrophe, or Nakba.
As US Jews, we have an automatic right to Israeli citizenship under Israel’s “Law of Return,” while many Palestinians have not been able to return home in over 60 years. It is not right that we may “return” to a state that is not ours while Palestinians are excluded and continuously dispossessed.
We join in the growing international chorus of voices opposed to Israel and its policies, and in support of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions. Join Ammiel Alcalay, Judith Butler, Ronnie Gilbert, Marilyn Hacker, Ricardo Levins Morales, the Shondes and hundreds of others to break the law of return on Facebook.