Over the years, pro-Israel activists have seen our community events disrupted and community institutions vandalized. This pattern of behavior has hit home for me in the most personal way. I have been followed, harassed and threatened. I've been attacked by both the far right and the far left. My car has had its tires slashed, and my home has been egged. The message was clear and chilled me to my core. "We know who you are. We know what you do. We know where you live"
The impulse, in the words of Saul Alinsky, is to force your opponents to "play by their own rulebook", and to fight back using the same tactics. Its an impulse we fight, and we fight over.
We, as activists, know what is at stake here. This is about the survival of our people. How can we "win" fighting a battle with one hand tied behind our backs? How can we "win" when we subject ourselves to ethical constraints that our opponents laugh off?
The question of tactics is one I personally struggle with, because I am in this for the win, and the "moral high ground" feels elusive and unsustainable. When achieved, its proven to be a cold and lonely place.
As I struggle with these issues, I find myself grateful for the goalposts set up by traditional Judaism and by the state of Israel, guided by the ethics of our ancestors and the visions of our prophets. Israel's behavior in a time of war- the continuing flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza, the field hospital set up to treat the inevitable casualties of war shows a nation guided by a profound notion of justice.
How can we, as activists for Israel, hold ourselves to any less of a standard?
In that spirit, its time to put this blog on hiatus. It began its life as an aggregator of local blogs, but has not fulfilled that role in years. The real writers are long gone- on to graduate school, to new babies, new professions. This blog has slipped into low-brow activism- "naming and shaming", documenting transgressions against the Jewish people.
We can do better. And if we can't, its time to step aside and let others try.
We reserve our right to change our mind at any time.