It should come as no surprise thatTikkunand other progressive Jewish voices welcomed the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings for democracy as they unfolded in late January and early February: the Jewish people have roots in the Bible’s story of the Israelite rebellion against Pharaoh and his oppressive regime—a story repeated each year at Passover celebration and in weekly readings of the Torah—so it is understandable that many of us are naturally inclined to oppose every system of oppression. Our own story inspires us to oppose overt oppression by dictatorial or fundamentalist regimes like those in China, Tibet, Syria, Myanmar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan; oppression by regimes such as the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, and dozens of other countries that use torture and perpetrate the systematic denial of human rights; and more subtle forms of institutional oppression such as the ever-expanding...
RABBI MICHAEL LERNER; Tunisia, Egypt, and Israel. Tikkun 1 April 2011; 26 (2): 5–6. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-2011-2002
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