I remember being asked in grade school, “If Canada went to war with Israel, who would you fight for?” The question made no sense to me. Canada didn’t go to war with Christianity, so why would it go to war with Judaism? Theology being too difficult, Israel was my...
Image: Mohammed Abed, AFP, Dec 15, 2017, Gaza Dear Fellow Progressive / Reform Jews, I am sorry to hear that the setbacks of 2017 have disappointed you. Well, ok, not so much. Your previous comfort was troubling, and I am relieved for anything that loosens its...
What is Contrapuntal?
I lived and worked in Gaza, 2011 – 2015. I want to add adjectives to our understanding of the community of Gaza: young, ambitious, educated, loving, resisting and audaciously human.
The name ‘Contrapuntal’ refers to the harmony of hope that I used to hear, in the voices of my Israeli relatives and my Gazan colleagues.
We need to de-exceptionalize Israel-Palestine, and bring this conflict into the realm of law and (equal) human rights. That’s where justice will be found.
I frame the conversation in the language of human rights, legal accountabilities, and international solutions. Those frameworks equalize us.
Gaza needs freedom and justice. The blockade which devalues and endangers two million lives must end.