This was originally published in +972 Magazine
Just like you, I argue about how many states is the right number of states between the river and the sea. I, like you, argue about the most appropriate word for describing inequality here. I, too, argue with friends and passersby about the merits and shortcomings of boycotting and BDS. You, like me, have a vision for what the fix should look like here and you are pushing for it. You, like me, are organizing your campus, workplace and community around an idea of what real justice looks like.
Maybe you’re happy or nervous about the end of the Kerry talks. Maybe you’re excited or scared about the prospects of Fatah-Hamas unity. You are most likely a two-stater or a one-stater or an anarchist or a progressive Zionist or a socialist or a liberal or a solidarity activist or something of the sort. But despite your many, many differences, all of you agree that human equality is vital, and that the occupation – millions living without basic rights – is a clear, present and systemic affront to that value.
Often we look more like the “splitters” in “Life of Brian” than we do thoughtful agents of change aiming to win. There are a great many organizations playing important roles, but not enough see themselves as partners, despite our many disagreements in a movement for equality.
This piece originally appeared at JewSchool.com
Not too long ago, members of All That’s Left (ATL) wrote about “Who We Are” despite the fact that we decided early on that we were interested in defining ATL’s aims not who ought to be in it. It reads:
All That's Left members come from a variety of political, ideological and personal backgrounds, including non-Zionists, Liberal-Zionists, Anti-Zionists, Socialist-Zionists, Zionists, Post-Zionists, one, two, some, and no staters and everything in between. The common thread in our work, actions, and connections is our unequivocal opposition to the occupation and our focus on the diaspora angle of resistance to the occupation rooted in the notion that all people(s) are equal.
We wrote the note in order to clarify that the collective is made up of folks from a spectrum of backgrounds who are working to end the occupation. In the end, the “Who We Are” note essentially says: “We aren’t defining who we are.” Instead, we define ATL in a sentence (All That’s Left is a collective unequivocally opposed to the occupation and committed to building the diaspora angle of resistance) in order to create a way for people to self select.
It's important to note that ATL is not an organization; it is a collective of individuals that come together around our unequivocal opposition to the occupation and focus on building the diaspora angle of resistance. That's the only statement we have or will make as a collective. All of the actions we do are actions that members of ATL have done, not an ATL organization (no such organization exists). It is an important distinction to make here because I am only really speaking for myself as a member of ATL. I am in no way a spokesperson or official rep.