ProMosaik e.V. interviews Dan McGowan from Righteous Jews
happy to publish this nice and precious interview of the editorial team of ProMosaik e.V. with Dan McGowan of Righteous Jews. We are convinced that Dan is showing us a challenging path… but we have to move into this direction. There is no freedom and no peace without justice. And there is no justice without asking Palestinians to forgive Jews for their crimes.
Who are the righteous Jews?
This is the very easy and deep definition of what a righteous Jew is (source: www.righteousjews.org)
To be considered and selected, a “Righteous Jew”
1.- Consider himself or herself to be Jewish. He or she does not have
to be religious. Non-practicing Jews and even atheists can be
2.- Have demonstrated solidarity with Palestinians as human beings,
deserving of being treated equally with all other people in the lands
between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, one country with
citizenship for all.
3.- Have faced disparagement, discrimination, or even death as a
consequence of his or her standing up for the rights of Palestinians.
It is not important why a “Righteous Jew” has defended Palestinian
rights or whether his or her actions were based on friendship, altruism,
religious belief, humanitarianism, or simple human decency. Candidates
may be considered posthumously.
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Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi
Over half the population within the borders controlled by
Israel is not Jewish. So after more than 130 years we still do not have a
Jewish state. We have a state controlled by Jews, with a Jewish name, and a
Jewish flag, and with laws that preference Jews over non-Jews, but for me that
does not make historical Palestine a Jewish state.
endorse the humanistic philosophy of one state with equal rights of citizenship
for all. It will end when Jews
relinquish Jewish supremacism and Jewish chauvinism that has oppressed non-Jews
in historical Palestine for the past seven decades.
between authentic Judaism and Jewishness and Zionism and the State of Israel?
Judaism, Jewishness and Zionism are exactly not the same thing, if they were,
they would all be called the same thing – but neither are they all that
a huge mistake to see it as a religion like Islam or Christianity. These are
universal religions that claim to have a message for all humankind. Judaism is
a tribal religion – and it is this tribal identity, not any belief, that
guarantees the Jew his or her ‘specialness’.
is more of an
ethnicity which, though it may have many connections to Judaism, is often
secular – and fiercely so. Just look at all those godless Jews, Marxists and
Zionists who pursue their Jewish ethnic aims while rejecting any notion of God
or religion. They are not practitioners of Judaism but they sure are
ideology connected to the establishment of Jews as a people with a homeland in
Palestine. But it’s much, much more than that. firstly, the notions of Zionism,
with all its ideas of redemption and return come from deep within Jewish
identity and history. To my mind, Zionism is just one form of Jewish
supremacism, the other great secular form is Marxism. These two don’t get on
but non-Jews should be very careful of thinking that anti-Zionist Jews are
against Jewish supremacism. No, their anti-Zionism is very real but the
conflict is a family quarrel – both sides are Jewish supremacists and are
arguing over who is to lead the way.
me that there is one thing that binds all Jews and that is a notion of
specialness of both history and of purpose. thus the religious Jew believes
he/she is special with a special mission to be ‘a light unto the nations’ and
to bring about some kind of messianic age. the Marxist Jew also thinks he/she
is special with a mission to bring all humankind to some kind of socialist
utopia. Then there are all those Jews – feminists, gay activists, human rights
activists who seem to know what is best for everyone.
confusion surrounding Jewish identity is very real but it is also used hugely
by Jews to confound non-Jews and to better able Jews to achieve their ethnic
aims. Hitler called Jews a ‘race of the mind’ and I think he had it about
Goebbels? How do Americans fight our
own propaganda, e.g., “We do not use torture?”
never wrong, at least in their own minds.
1948. And the fact that it lies within site of Yad Vashem and is totally ignored
in Israel and in the US means that the lesson of “Never Again” only
applies to Jewish suffering.
Holocaust abuse of the Zionist state?
history and their own suffering and not through the politically-motivated
distortions of Zionists.
NO-JEWISH and unjust state of Israel if he visited it today?
it is and of course, it fits the definition of apartheid.
Gaza and to the children of Gaza?
mother was not Jewish. But as a
“wannabe” Jew I think it is time for us to beg Palestinian
forgiveness and to help them to live with us in peace as equals.
today is comparable with a colonialist and/or imperialist ideology?
populations. Israel want to transfer
the native, non-Jewish population, not unlike Hitler wanting to transfer all
Jews to the east and then to Madagasgar.