Tell Netanyahu: Reinstate the plan, stop embittering the lives of asylum seekers
"We will make the lives of infiltrators bitter until they leave." (Former Israeli Minister of the Interior Eli Yishai)
"The Egyptians embittered their lives with harsh labor." (Exodus 1:14)
"If we don't stop their entry, the problem that currently stands at 60,000 could grow to 600,000, and that threatens our existence." (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)
"The Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies." (Pharaoh, Exodus 1:9-10)
Yesterday we wrote to you about the victory in our fight to stop the deportation of people seeking asylum in Israel. But within hours of the announcement of the deal to prevent these refugees from being sent to Rwanda or being jailed indefinitely, Prime Minister Netanyahu suspended the plan, caving to right-wing pushback. So we've got to keep up the pressure.
Join T'ruah and our partners HIAS, NIF, and Right Now in sending a piece of maror (bitter herbs) to the Israeli Embassy to let PM Netanyahu know that we refuse to allow this bitterness to move forward. #NoMoreMaror
Here's what you do:
1. Grab a piece of maror (horseradish root, romaine lettuce, or endive) and an envelope. Write #NoMoreMaror on the envelope.
2. Download and print this page. Add your own note if you'd like, and put the page and the maror into the envelope.
3. Take a selfie with your package and post the photo on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Remember to include #NoMoreMaror and to tag @IsraelinUSA @TruahRabbis @NewIsraelFund and @HIASRefugees.
4. Mail your package to:
Embassy of Israel, 3514 International Drive N.W. Washington D.C. 20008.
Join us in continuing the fight for liberation, and thank you for wiping out bitterness, and making life sweeter in Israel and beyond.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs