Common Ground endorses the intercultural/interfaith alliance of Palestinians, Israeli Jews and internationals non-violently “co-resisting” Israeli colonization, occupation, apartheid and discrimination.
As Omar Barghouti, Co-Founder of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, declared in his 2012 article Lighting a Torch Within: “Under conditions of colonial oppression, genuine coexistence between the communities of oppressors and oppressed should entail co-resistance (that is Israeli alongside Palestinian resistance) to oppression.”
International allies “co-resist” Israeli oppression by participating in BDS campaigns like that co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, American Friends Service Committee and others to pressure Microsoft to divest from the Israeli company AnyVision. The 2020 JVP news release Microsoft Drops AnyVision states: “AnyVision’s facial recognition technology is used to enforce Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, and was funded by Microsoft. The #DropAnyVision campaign called on Microsoft to halt its funding, as investing in a company that field-tests its products on Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints and through secret surveillance violates Microsoft’s… principles of lawful surveillance…. Granate Kim, Communications Director of JVP, (declared): ‘In late January we went to Microsoft’s headquarters with over 75,000 petitions asking them to stop funding AnyVision. Yesterday they did.'”
On the ground in Palestine, Israeli Jews and internationals “co-resist” Israeli oppression by joining Palestinian village demonstrations against the occupation. The 2015 IMEMC article Many Injured in Nabi Saleh Weekly Protest reports: “Israeli soldiers attacked… the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall and Settlements in Nabi Saleh… causing several injuries. The protesters, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, marched towards Palestinian orchards Israel illegally confiscated to expand its… illegal colonies, built on Palestinian lands. The army fired rubber-coated metal bullets and gas bombs at the protesters, causing scores to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.”
In this 2019 activists-in-the-jordan-valley video, American-Israeli Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Founder of Torat Tzedek and prior Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, and Palestinian and Jewish activists “co-resist” Israeli settlers and soldiers in an effort to prevent or document human rights violations against Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank.
Rabbi Ascherman condemns Israel’s Nation State Law in God’s Greatness is Concern for All, and in Local Christians Join Protests Against Israel’s New Nation-State Law, a Druze-Israeli declared: “I am heartened that the majority of the demonstrators were Jews. I take this opportunity to appeal to officials to work to consolidate true democracy, because only a democratic system ensures a better future for the state of all its citizens.”
Warning of increased oppression due to Israel’s Nation State Law, Rabbi Ascherman wrote in 2019: “The Israeli government intends to force (residents of the Bedouin village Umm Al Hiran) from the homes they forced them into in 1956, in order to build a new Jewish community on the rubble of their homes. Israel is now reneging on a second agreement, and attempting to impose on them a third. Not only are the villagers being forced into a township, but they stand to lose the ability to provide the homes for their children that they could have provided in Umm Al Hiran…. We in Torat Tzedek are not abandoning Umm Al Hiran…. (But) if our High Court appeal to strike down the ‘Nation-State Law’ fails, Israeli Arabs will be even more powerless.”
Common Ground’s endorsement of Palestinians, Israeli Jews and internationals nonviolently “co-resisting” Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid is founded on the principles of human equality, interdependence, and our shared moral responsibility to:
~ care for those in need, called Zakat in Islamic tradition,
~ contribute to the healing/repair of the world, called Tikkun Olam in Jewish tradition,
~ and treat our neighbors as ourselves, as Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.
Solidarity among Palestinians and Israeli Jews cooperating to resist and overcome Israeli colonization and apartheid is essential to build a future “based on justice and non-separation” and “sharing the Land of Canaan.”
By endorsing Palestinian-Israeli “co-resistance” to oppression, we hope to help build a foundation for justice, peace and equal rights for all in Palestine/Israel, and for the harmonious coexistence of Abrahamic faiths and Arabic and Hebrew cultures.