Should we celebrate a Jewish refusenik who settled in Palestine, and supports foreign Jews’ right to do so, thus usurping Palestinian land?
“I am here by choice“. In his ‘Why I Refuse: On God/Love, Nonviolence and Israel’s Military Occupation of the Palestinian Territories‘(1) piece, he explains his reason for moving to Palestine after being brought up in the United States (emphasis mine).And a word on my choice to be here: I moved here, to Israel-Palestine, like millions of other Jews over the last century, because I feel a connection to the people and to the land. I chose to be here. I chose to throw my lot in with the Jewish people, in the place on earth in which Jewish decisions ~ for better and for worse ~ have the most impact.
I want to be a part of this society, and I want to make my contribution to this society’s safety, with the hope that we can break free from the cycle of violence into which the Jewish people was collectively launched, and to live up to the ethical ideals carved into our holy books and our historical memories.
(2) ‘Moriel Rothman on why he refused Israeli military duty — ‘The Occupation is cruelty and injustice manifest’’ – mondoweiss.net, October 26, 2012
(3) ‘Israeli conscientious objector begins 10-day sentence for refusing to serve in IDF’ – haaretz.com, October 25, 2012
(4) Tweet from @MorielRothman (twitter.com/MorielRothman), October 25, 2012
(5) ‘After 115 Days Of Hunger Strike, Palestinian Detainee Stops Water Intake’ – International Middle East Media Centre, October 24, 2012