Our Jewish tradition teaches us that life is sacred. It is long past time to embrace the call for freedom and dignity for all
On Monday, I joined over a hundred other young American Jews in Washington DC to protest Trump moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As we marched, news rolled in of Palestinians killed by Israeli snipers at the Gaza separation fence. A staggering 37 people had been killed as we blocked Pennsylvania Avenue near the Capitol. By the time the protest ended, the death toll had passed 40. And at the end of the day, at least 58 people had been killed. It was the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 war on Gaza.
As we marched, we blocked the road that connects the US Capitol and the White House, disrupting the morning commute for many. DC police cleared the road and guided traffic around us. Although many of us were willing to risk arrest, we were allowed to demonstrate for hours in the street, singing, chanting, and raising our voices against the occupation. As mostly white American Jews, we have the freedom to protest without fear for our lives.