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In 2014, I fought in Gaza. Now I’m fighting for Gaza.
I know this Passover will be different from all others. Many of us can’t
physically be with our families and the plagues feel all too real.But one
thing hasn’t changed: Passover is still the holiday of liberation.
Nearly six years ago, I was a soldier in the IDF fighting in Gaza. I saw
bombed out medical clinics, patient charts strewn across the floor,
completely deserted towns. These were the remains of people who had fled for
their life, even as they were hospitalized.
I joined the IDF thinking that I would be fighting for my people’s
liberation. But when I finished my service, I understood that I was
responsible for the oppression of the Palestinian people.
Every year we open the seder by reading “All who are hungry, come and eat.
All who are in need, come share Passover with us.” Our tradition teaches us
that celebrating our own liberation means fighting for those who have not
yet tasted freedom, for we were once slaves in Egypt too. This year, in the
tradition of Passover, I’m joining IfNotNow in donating part of what I would
have spent on travel towards medical supplies that Palestinians in Gaza
desperately need in this moment.
Will you fight for liberation alongside us by donating part of your travel
budget towards Medical Aid for Palestinians? The Jewish tradition, as seen
in the Haggadah, urges us to actually share our liberation feast with
others, particularly those who currently face oppression.
How can we eat while others are hungry? How can we celebrate our own freedom
without actively fighting for freedom for all?
The Palestinians in Gaza face the COVID-19 crisis with a health
infrastructure battered by 13 years of blockades and wars and 52 years of
occupation. There are only 40 available ICU beds and fewer than 20 available
ventilators in Gaza right now.
But where are the Jewish political and communal leaders speaking out for the
people of Gaza on the very holiday that commands us to fight for the
liberation of others? Silent. Making the responsibility of the grassroots to
lead even more urgent.
That same summer I served in Gaza, in 2014, young American Jews an ocean
away came together to form IfNotNow in response to the Jewish community’s
silence as thousands of Palestinians in Gaza were killed. Once again, as
Gaza faces coronavirus with few resources and a health system battered by a
13-year blockade, our community is silent.
The difference today is that we are ready to be the leaders we are looking
for. While our communal leaders are silent, I’m proud to join others in
IfNotNow by donating part of my Passover travel budget towards essential
medical supplies for Palestinians.
Will you join me and other American Jews fighting for freedom and dignity
for all Israelis and Palestinians by donating what you would’ve spent on
Passover travel to Medical Aid for Palestinians, a nonprofit that provides
medical supplies to Gaza?Thank you for hearing my story.
Next year, may we all be free and healthy.Wishing you a happy and healthy
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