Jewish Voices for Peace: Passover, the Season of Liberation – Free Palestine!

Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover) to all observing.

Each year during Passover, we are invited to rehearse a story of liberation. In fact, according to the Jewish calendar, the month of Nisan (March 23 – April 21) is the “season of liberation.” Every Passover we celebrate the courage of our ancestors who dared to be free in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. We recite their story and make it our own.

But as this is written, the Israeli military is beating Palestinians inside Al Aqsa mosque and blockading Palestinian cities across the occupied West Bank. All while “Israel [is] holding over 1,000 without charge, according to AP reports, “most since 2003.” HaMoked tells us that in 2022, the military courts approved ninety percent of the arrest warrants that were brought to their review.
 The contradiction speaks volumes. Liberation cannot come at the cost of another people’s freedom.  As many of us attend seders this holiday, let us ground and recommit to the most expansive vision of freedom possible. At a time when violence against Palestinians by the Israeli state, military, and settlers continues to escalate, we gather to demand and dream of a free Palestine, a Judaism beyond Zionism, and liberation for all.
This year, bring your whole anti-Zionist self to our virtual seder on April 9. Members of JVP chapters, Havurah, BIJOCSM and student networks, campaigns, rabbis, and secular members have come together to set the Pesach table for you, and for each other. As always, you can find resources on our website for those observing Passover to prepare and create your own celebration including Haggadot, important inserts, music, and poetry.  Chag Sameach,Jewish Voice for Peace
 PS: The JVP seder is free. But contributions from those who can afford to do so allow us to continue offering programs like this one.

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