Over 100 Jews, Palestinians, and other allies came together on April 20, 2008 for the International Jewish Solidarity Network’s Bay Area Liberation Seder in Solidarity with 60 Years of Palestinian Resistence, held at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church. The event served as a benefit for IJSN’s 1st North American Anti-Zionist Jewish Forum (scheduled for Winter ’08 ) and the Palestinian Popular Conference (Aug 8-10, 2008 in Chicago).
In addition to great food and a warm sense of community, the IJSN haggadah (incorporating the NTTC haggadah supplement) provided a structure for thoughtful reflection on Jewish histories of resistance and liberation, alongside the histories and stories of current struggles of Palestinian resistance. It also provided an opportunity for bringing new (and returning) folks into the struggle, and a platform for announcing upcoming actions.
The haggadah supplement offers the following answer to the question of “why is this passover different from all other passovers?”:
Tonight we acknowledge al-Nakba as part of Jewish history, and fuse our history of struggle and liberation with the histories of Palestinian struggle and liberation. We also acknowledge that it is our responsibility as Jews to work for justice and to be in solidarity with Palestinian liberation struggles. Just as our history of Jewish culture has been shaped by our experience of oppression, it is now also shaped by experience as oppressors. Through this seder, we continue the Jewish tradition of standing against injustice and commit to ending the recent legacy of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
This seder, following in the footsteps of similar seders organized by Jews For a Free Palestine and others, was another step in continuing this work.
Check out the flyer of the event after the jump.