Last Sunday our Yuval went to party with her favorite music collective. When she put on her keffiyeh, she was asked by the club (IfZ) staff to put it away or leave.
In the end, the DJs and audience walked out in solidarity with her. Yuval's statement:…
In her statement, Yuval expresses her gratitude for the solidarity shown by the Music of Color collective and the audience, explains her own position as a Jewish Israeli woman of color, and criticizes the exclusion she experienced.…
"The keffiyeh is a traditional scarf in the Middle East. Every region has its own patterns. It protects us from the sun and warms us when it’s cold.
The Palestinian keffiyeh existed way before the State of Israel and the Palestinian national movement"…
"It eventually became a symbol of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation – a real struggle, and an issue which Israelis both benefit from and suffer from."…
"The conflict is complicated, but the occupation is very simple, I like to say. The power structures are far from being balanced, and even Palestinians who live inside Israel proper do not enjoy full equality."…
"I wear the keffiyeh as a sign of solidarity. I believe we have a responsibility to end the occupation, that it has to happen because we are cousins, and we all deserve to live on that piece of land together, safe, and understand each other's struggles."…
"When a space does not allow any Palestinian representation but promotes other struggles in the name of diversity – that is performative activism. It is hypocritical."…
It is antisemitic to put all Jewish people in a box of what is comfortable to the white German, without actually doing the internal work of understanding the generational trauma and complexity"…
"People of color will not wait until white Germans discuss what they think is right. The occupation is continuing as I write these words. The struggles of Palestinians and other marginalized people do not need their approval, and cannot wait for it."…
"I am amazed and still overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received for my choice not to silence my political existence. Thank you to the Music of Color family, I don’t wish for you to ever experience something like this again."…
"My real wish is that this will create a real and deep discussion and openness to the subject, especially in spaces that identify themselves as political."
Read Yuval's full statement on our website:…

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21 Jul
Am Sonntag ging Yuval, Mitglied von JID, bei ihrem Lieblings-Musikkolektiv feiern. Als sie ihre Kuffiyeh anzog, wurde sie vom Lokal (IfZ) gebeten, diese einzustecken oder zu gehen.
Am Ende hat sich die Party in Solidarität mit ihr aufgelöst. Ihr Statement:…
In ihrem Statement zum Vorfall, spricht Yuval ihre Dankbarkeit für die Solidarität des Music of Color-Kollektivs und des Publikums aus, erklärt ihren eigenen Standpunkt als israelische Jüdin of color, und kritisiert die Ausgrenzung, die sie erlebte.…
"Das Keffiyeh ist ein traditionelles Kopftuch im Nahen Osten. Jede Region hat ihre eigenen Muster.
Die palästinensische Keffiyeh und ihre Muster [existieren] schon lange vor dem Staat Israel und der palästinensischen Nationalbewegung"…
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6 Mar
JID (pronounced “yid”, short for Jewish Israeli Dissent) is a network of Jewish Israelis in Leipzig engaging critically with our home country’s politics and history.…
We felt the political situation in Leipzig’s left and alternative spaces is something we cannot stand for, and decided we need to work together to change things.
We have watched in horror as people with an immigration background have been bullied, silenced, and threatened by supposed leftists, all in the name of “solidarity with Israel.”
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6 Mar
Wir sind jüdische Israelis in Leipzig, die sich kritisch mit der Politik und Geschichte ihrer Heimatlandes auseinandersetzen. Wir können die politische Situation in unserer Stadt so nicht mehr hinnehmen.

Wir sind JID: Jüdisch-israelischer Dissens.…
Wir haben mit Entsetzen beobachtet, wie Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund von vermeintlichen Linken schikaniert, zum Schweigen gebracht und bedroht wurden, alles im Namen der „Israelsolidarität“.
Wir sind erschrocken, wie solche kritischen Menschen nicht erkennen, dass ihre sogenannte Solidarität nur den stärksten, politisch regressivsten Teilen der Gesellschaft dient, in der wir aufgewachsen sind.
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