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Statement of Principles


Jewish land trumps Jewish God

In May 2015 Robert Cohen, blogger at Micah’s Paradigm Shift, wrote a blogpost for JfJfP reflecting on the need to reclaim the language of Jewish identity: “I want to criticise Israel not to do down the tribe but to stay loyal to it. I want to uphold the values and teaching that I think of as mine by birth and by upbringing. Jewish nationalism, and a blind loyalty to all things Israeli, has stolen my identity and my religion. Now I’m taking it back, one blog post at a time.” […]

Leon Rosselson: what does it mean to be Jewish?

“For my parents and grandparents, Jewish identity, in religion, culture and language, was a given. Not so for me. I’m not religious, not a Zionist, so in what consists my Jewishness? Is a love of chopped liver and a belief that chicken soup cures all ills enough? And does it matter? This is the story of my search for answers. It is an argument with myself, with song lyrics to embellish the argument.” […]

Jewish Identities

We will be republishing a number of articles, published in previous months and years, exploring aspects of Jewish identity. Here is the first: Jewdas’s 2015 argument that “Jews will become full allies in the battle for justice in Israel/Palestinian only when they see that living a secure, rich, full Jewish life does not depend on oppressing another people.” […]