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Jews dancing at the gate

By Jesse Bacon

I am proud to note that Emily Schaeffer’s blog post on the BDS movement was linked to in Bradley Burston’s recent column. I have noted Burston’s shift in one of my first blog posts; it makes me happy that we are now part of his evolving thinking and the broader opinion shift that represents.

To  celebrate, here’s a video clip I have been meaning to post: Jewish Israelis protesting for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) at the Cape Town Opera’s Porgy and Bess. A couple of things that are so exciting about this: the performance is great!  And it’s not Lady Gaga, who I love but was getting a bit overdone. It is well-targeted given the strong message asking, of all people, South African actors coming to Israel to perform, of all operas, an opera about racial segregation in, of all places, the United States!  Finally,it shows the very real relationships being built up between global activists around BDS. Definitely the spirit in which this blog was founded.

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JESSE BACON (Philadelphia) is a freelance activist and father. He has a Masters in teaching from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is an observant progressive Jew, and is trying to be a good ally for Palestinians and all dispossessed peoples, while staying true to the best traditions in Judaism. He visited Israel and Palestine in 1996, 2001, and 2002. He served for three years on the local steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, and one year on the board of Pursue the Peace in Seattle. Read his posts here.

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