Meet Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen of the Brit Hazon movement and Vision Magazine . He is an alternative peace activist and outspoken opponent of the two-state solution. Yehuda lives in an “outpost” in the West Bank, but doesn’t identify as a "settler." He works with Jewish and Palestinian radicals on the front lines of the conflict and believes that the "extremists" are better suited to make a lasting peace in the land than the "Westernized officials signing American papers."
While deeply committed to Jewish history and practice, Yehuda believes that being more inclusive brings him closer to a "capital T" Truth, and he’s committed to peace work with his Palestinian neighbors. He wants to both deepen and soften Israel's Jewish character while creating a model society that offers all of its citizens equal rights. This conversation is a post-colonial, post-Zionist approach to the conflict in the Middle East, and it requires an overall shift in our intellectual paradigm. “We need to think differently, reject the limitations, and reimagine one another.”
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Why the solution must come from the people
- The importance of imagination for peace activists, and how creating a bigger, more inclusive story in the Middle East might solve some major problems
- How nations behave like gangs and the western problem of valuing our individual material well being over our collective, moral well being
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