Where Do We Begin?

AS SOMEONE WHO WORKS to organize Jews into the movement for Palestinian rights, this is the question I hear most often from those just encountering the injustice Palestinians face and have faced because of Israeli policies. I think most people mean something along the lines of “What concrete action can I take to help?” But I think it’s also a deeper and truly vital question. Where do we begin? As we try to answer the question of what we can do now to end the unjust status quo, it matters where in history we start to tell the story. Just as this is not an intractable religious conflict dating back centuries, neither did it begin 50 years ago.