An innovative virtual “museum” hopes to help American Jews rethink their understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian relationship. It is the brainchild of Dr. Steven Feldman, a dermatologist in Winston-Salem, NC. We did a short video interview with him to find out what he is doing and why he is doing it. Read more and watch the interview….
“American Jews have been on the front lines of anti-discrimination efforts inside the USA”, says Dr. Steven Feldman. “The museum uses largely Jewish sources to encourage American Jews to take a new look at Israel. It documents our role in making and keeping Palestinian families refugees from their homes, actions inconsistent with our Jewish values.”
The museum presents first hand materials supplementing available resources from Jewish Voice for Peace and other organizations that offer educational materials and programs about the Nakba from a Palestinian perspective. The Nakba, or “catastrophe,” refers to the 1948 exodus when Palestinian families were driven from their homes.
CTIP recently spoke to Dr. Feldman about what prompted him to create the museum.
“You know, it’s a one way street. You don’t start believing in equal treatment and then say ‘I only believe in equal treatment for Jews”, but YOU CAN GO from “I support Israel” to “I support peace, justice and equality for both Jews and Palestinians.”
– Dr. Steven Feldman
More information about the museum can be available by writing directly to the museum through its facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/promisedlandmuseum, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Feldman’s personal email is email@example.com.
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