There are a growing number of Jews around the world who have gone from ardent Zionists to critics of Israel and its occupation of Palestine. In this remarkable and courageous documentary, “Jews Step Forward,” 23 Jews tell their stories of transformation. Be sure to watch the entire 112 minute documentary to fully understand the difficult process these people went through to come to the conclusions they made to resist Israel’s national march to national suicide.
World famous Israeli conductor, Daniel Barenboim, defined the situation in Israel, perfectly, in his acceptance speech to the Israel Knesset for the 2004 Wolf Prize, one of Israel’s highest honors for “achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among people … irrespective of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political views.”
Mr. Barenboim remarked: “I am asking today with deep sorrow: Can we, despite all our achievements, ignore the intolerable gap between what the Declaration of Independence promised and what was fulfilled, the gap between the idea and the realities of Israel? Does the condition of occupation and domination over another people fit the Declaration of Independence? Is there any sense in the independence of one at the expense of the fundamental rights of the other? Can the Jewish people whose history is a record of continued suffering and relentless persecution, allow themselves to be indifferent to the rights and suffering of a neighboring people? Can the State of Israel allow itself an unrealistic dream of an ideological end to the conflict instead of pursuing a pragmatic, humanitarian one based on social justice?”