Since 1994, the Israeli regime has taken more than 650,000 diaspora (mostly North American) Jews on “birthright” trips. Providing full-funded tours through Palestine/Israel, the “birthright” program is an inherent part of Israel’s settler-colonialism and is used to indoctrinate participants in Zionist ideology. But, last week, five American Jewish women stood up against the tour’s racist, anti-Palestinian message and left in protest.
As one of the women told Haaretz, “We love our Jewish community and that’s why it’s so hard for us to see Birthright systemically miseducating it. We cannot stand this injustice.” After leaving the trip on June 28, the five women joined an anti-occupation protest in the Palestinian city of Hebron, which is illegally occupied by Israel.