Jewish Voice for Peace in the Austin American-Statesman

by Patrick Youngblood

Tuesday’s Austin American-Statesman arrived on local doorsteps with an op/ed by Bernice Hecker of the newly formed Austin chapter of the national organization Jewish Voice for Peace. Read the full article below or at the Austin American-Statesman.


Bernice Hecker: Israeli election requires introspection for U.S. Jewsbernice-hecker

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 print edition

The hearts of many Jews here in the U.S. were broken earlier this month when they heard the results of the Israeli elections. Netanyahu’s party, the right-wing Likud, not only got more votes than any other party but prevailed after he announced that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch and that the Arab citizens of Israel did not deserve to vote. He thundered, “The rule of the right wing is in danger, the Arab voters (citizens of Israel) are moving in droves to the ballot boxes, the leftist associations are busing them in, the Arabs are coming to the ballots.”

Can you imagine the uproar there would be if a candidate for president in our own country gave a speech warning about black, Asian or Latino voters going to the polls?