OPINION: Our support for Israel must never be blind

The Jewish News, March 1, 2019

Noah Libson, Yachad’s under 35s representative to the Board of Deputies, on making space in the communal conversation for those who vehemently oppose the Israeli Government.

While on the Yachad student trip, I was lucky enough to participate in a tour run by Breaking the Silence in 2017, and it is not an over-exaggeration to say that it was one of the most powerful tours I have been on. 

I was shocked to see how the division of the city of Hebron had utterly destroyed the livelihoods of people who had lived there for generations. I learnt how the categorisation of streets in Hebron, some of them into roads where Palestinians are not even allowed to walk, now meant that people couldn’t even walk out of their own front door. The reality of the occupation was utterly human rather than political for the first time in my life. 

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