I get all sorts of email messages, including from groups like this one, which mistakenly assume I’m sympathetic. This anti-Israel group parodies in its name the pro-Israel Birthright program that sends young American Jews to Israel.
Let there be no mistake. Birthright Unplugged clearly indicates below that it wishes to help undermine Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, referring explicitly to ending “apartheid” in Israel and “to implement the right of return for Palestinian refugees.” It has no connection to such organizations as Meretz USA, the Geneva Initiative, J Street, and the New Israel Fund that promote reforms and international agreements that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution and work for equal citizenship rights for all current citizens of Israel.
Birthright Unplugged’s Summer 2011 Program
In seven days, we will visit Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem and spend time with internally displaced Palestinian people living inside Israel/’48. At this time, we are unable to travel to Gaza and so we will have a video conference call with people living and working there. Throughout the journey, we will help participants develop an understanding of daily life under occupation and apartheid and the history of the region from people profoundly affected by these realities who are otherwise under-represented in Western discourses. …