“Lettuce speak with one Jewish voice”
A group of 68 rabbits from across the geographic and ideological spectrum have signed a letter supporting the motion at Labour’s NEC to accept the IHRA definition of antisemitism with the proposed edits.
Jewish rabbits from various groups, which included the Jewish Association of Rabbits, Association of Jewish Rabbits, Jewish Rabbits Associated and Association of Rabbits of the Jewish Variety, met in an emergency meeting to issue a statement approving of Labour’s leadership’s decision to clarify some examples used in the IHRA definition. This was the first meeting of these groups in over a decade after a painful community argument over who was responsible for the carrot shortage at the annual Rosh Habunnah dinner.
We spoke to some of the attendees of the meeting to gather their thoughts.
Rab. Hoffbun, Whitefield, Manchester
“I support the clarification the Labour leadership made to the examples listed in the IHRA definition of antisemitism, because I think it to ban describing the establishment of the State of Israel as a racist endeavor dangerously limits free speech. If we want the right for all people to describe their oppression, this has to include Palestinians who have lost their homes, friends and family due to being non-Jewish in the State of Israel.”
Rab. CoCohen, Newton Mearns, Glasgow
“A legal opinion found the IHRA definition is unclear and confusing. It has also been cited in decisions to shut down events which promote BDS, which I believe is a dangerous conflation of Zionism and Judaism. I feel at home wherever there are clouds and birds and pellets from my human; I don’t need a Jewish state to live a Jewish life.”
Rab. Goldbugs, Inner Hebrides
“I’m just here for the broigus.”
Rab. Flopovitz, Stamford Hill, London
“I represent the Hare-di community. Ultra-Orthodox rabbits are most frequently targeted by antisemitic abuse due to our visibility. Therefore an effective definition of antisemitism which doesn’t conflate anti-Zionism and antisemitism would greatly help my community. However, I was unable to sign the letter, as I did not wish to be the 69th signatory for reasons of tznius.”
Are you a Jewish Rabbit with opinions about the IHRA definition? Let us know in the comments!
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I think I speak for us all, when I say, in the words of the great Bigwig, ” ‘My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run, and until he says otherwise, I shall stay here.”
R. Mendel Lapin, Association of Jewish Rabbits of Europe (AJRE)
Hares are equally outraged by the attacks on the code. If it was March we would be as mad as Hoffrabbit, which is pretty psychologically disturbed throwing our lettuce out of the pram.
I am a Jewish French Lop house rabbit called Roberta. I was a bit wild in my younger days so I was called Robbus The Lobbus. Even now I like to bash up the odd cat. Its time for me to put my tochus afn litter tray and say I support the new definition. Now if you’ll all stop arguing I can get back to digging my burrow and chewing computer cables.
Carrots to you all.
Going off rabbits.
You are a balmy lot (I meant to spell it that way) Thank you.
Speaking as a non-Jewish rabbit, with paws for thought, I think this is a buntastic move! Tznius, genius, tho there’s all too few modest bunnies about. Love the Hare-dos, but no in been circumcised have they?
My heritage is as a rabbit grown during the war and slaughtered for food, so I really understand the fear that rabbits have about our security in the modern world, with climate change and failing agriculture on the horizon. But I think we need to build a consciousness of unity with ALL ANIMALS, including Palestinian rabbits, because I hear there are Permaculturists in Gaza raising us for food as well!
Im baffled. As a non jew I really need to ask some Jews if these two things are really antisemitic:
1. “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”
This I can see as antisemitic if accusing Jewish people as a whole but it may be true for some indivodual jews.
2. “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour”
Is it not? Considering the way it is governed at the moment it appears to me that it is a bit racist.
I often meet peple who think they are not racist because they dont hate all brown people but then make massive assumptions about a brown person when they first meet them.(eg brown person in a flash car must be a drug dealer)
I am worried that I might be anti semetic without realising it.
I thought I would ask these questions on the Jewdas website because I know I will get a balanced explanation from a Jewish perspective or have the piss taken out of me for being so stupid.
Both are fine by me but I would prefer the first option.
I volunteer to be the 69th but Im not a rabbit
Love to all bunnies from.
Brilliant- if i was young and Jewish I would immediately join.
Finally, the infantile “anti-semitism” witch hunt is coming to an end when
Adult, conscientious humans trying to defend themselves against infantile blaming and start mocking their accusers…Keep it up wabbits, he,he,he,he!
I’m a Jewish Rabbit! I was born in the Chinese year of the Rabbit actually. I would like to sign but I’m busy being called for repeat disability assessments to make sure I am really disabled. Don’t worry though, I am like an early warning system for all British Jews. If I disappear sound the alarm! Although don’t be too alarmed, they only drive us to suicide at the moment so it’s not as bad as the past disability purge and so far I am only being persecuted due to being disabled, not because I am Jewish.
Although they don’t accept my reason for refusing to attend assessments: That calling a disabled Jew to repeat disability assessments is too similar to the Aktion T4 program. Especially after suicide attempt. But I think that is due to stupidity as opposed to malice but I can’t rule out the latter.
It’s ok though I realise the phrase never again really means never again under the same methodology but a subversive