De Bedoeïenen van Jahalin : Onteigeningen en weerstand in de Westelijke Jordaanoever

De Bedoeïenen van Jahalin : Onteigeningen en weerstand in de Westelijke Jordaanoever

Geïntroduceerd en gemodereerd door Brigitte Herremans

Wanneer? Zaterdag 10 december 2016, 18u-20u

Waar? Zaal Arenberg, Gemeenschapscentrum Pianofabriek , Fortstraat 35, 1060 Brussel

Op initiatief van de VN (in 1950) werd 10 december wereldwijd uitgeroepen tot de Dag van de Mensenrechten: een dag waarop alle lidstaten en organisaties worden uitgenodigd om de rechten van de mens in de kijker te zetten. Dit jaar willen we vanuit Een Andere Joodse Stem van de gelegenheid gebruik maken om te sensibiliseren over de schendingen van mensenrechten die schering en inslag zijn in de Bezette Gebieden. Het niet-naleven van mensenrechten is een wereldbreed fenomeen, dat ons sterkt om vanuit een humanistische grondslag op te komen voor de rechten van specifieke individuen en groepen, waaronder de rechten van de Palestijnen.

Iedereen is van harte uitgenodigd om deel te nemen aan onze actie “De Bedoeïenen van Jahalin: Onteigeningen en weerstand in de Westelijke Jordaanoever”. We ontvangen vertegenwoordigers van de Jahalin-stam, een stam die in 1949 uit de Negev-woestijn verdreven is na toenemende druk van Israël en zich vervolgens gevestigd heeft ten Oosten van Jeruzalem in de Westelijke Jordaanoever. Heden ten dage wordt de stam opnieuw geconfronteerd met het risico op uitzetting, omdat Israël zijn verblijfplaats ziet als een strategische ligging tussen Jeruzalem en een aantal Israëlische nederzettingen in de Westelijke Jordaanoever.

We vertonen een korte film over de geschiedenis van de Jahalin, gevolgd door getuigenissen door hun vertegenwoordigers over de dagdagelijkse realiteit en de strijd waarin ze verwikkeld zitten.

The Bedouin of the Jahalin: Dispossession and Resistance in the West Bank

Introduced and moderated by Brigitte Herremans

When? Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 18:00-20:00

Where? Zaal Arenberg, Community center Pianofabriek, Rue du Fort 35, 1060 Brussels

In 1950 the UN invited all member states and organizations to celebrate yearly each December 10th as Human Rights Day. At Een Andere Joodse Stem/Another Jewish Voice, we believe this day should remind people of the human rights violations that happen on a daily basis in the occupied territories. It is true that disrespect for basic human rights continues to be a worldwide phenomenon but we must always stand for the rights of specific individuals and collectivities. By reaffirming Palestinian rights, we reaffirm our common humanity.

You are all invited to attend our event “The Bedouin of the Jahalin: Dispossession and resistance in the West Bank”.
We will have the opportunity to host representatives from the Jahalin tribe. The tribe has been evicted from the Negev during 1949 following increasing pressure from Israel, and moved to the West Bank in an area East of Jerusalem. Today, the tribe faces new threats of eviction as its area of residence is considered by Israel a strategic corridor territory between Jerusalem and the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

After a short movie about the history of the Jahalin, we will hear testimonies from their representatives about their everyday lives and continuous struggles.

Join us on Friday 23/09 for a potluck Shabbat dinner and a nice discussion!

EAJS is 2! To celebrate the 2nd birthday of EAJS we are holding a Shabbat potluck dinner to get to know each other better, eat, discuss and exchange ideas. We are keen to hear the views of our members about what we’ve been doing in the past two years and how you would like EAJS to evolve as an organization in the future.

Do you have the feeling that racism is on the rise? Or is it just the opposite? Have you ever been subjected to racism in Belgium, or have you ever witnessed racism? We propose an informal discussion about racism in Belgium (anti-Semitism and any other form of racism), and we would be very interested to hear your own personal experiences on the subject.

Everyone is invited on Friday 23/9/2016 in Brussels! Please share this invitation and invite your friends. For more details contact us by email or check out our facebook page.

A Jewish Exodus from Europe? Zionism, Antisemitism and the Rhetoric of Return – A Talk with Prof. Brian Klug (Oxford)

Een Andere Joodse stem/Another Jewish Voice ( welcomes:

Prof. Brian Klug (Oxford)

A Jewish Exodus from Europe? Zionism, Antisemitism and the Rhetoric of Return

Wednesday May 11th at 19:30 at Piano Fabriek Rue du Fort 35, 1060 Saint-Gilles 


Less than three weeks after the attack in Paris on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in January 2015, Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said that there is “a real threat of another Jewish exodus from Europe”. This idea has gripped the imagination of a section of both the Jewish public and the general public. Feature articles have appeared in Newsweek, The Atlantic and Haaretz within the last two years viewing the idea against the background of an alleged rise in antisemitism. The talk will critique this approach, arguing that the Exodus theme is loaded, ideologically and politically, with deep connections to other strands in Zionist thought. This was summed up when Netanyahu called Israel the “true home” for all Jews. The talk will explore the ramifications of these ideas, with an eye to both the Jewish future in Europe and the conflict in Israel-Palestine.

Brian Klug (PhD in Social Thought, University of Chicago) is at the University of Oxford, where he is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall and a member of the faculty of philosophy. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. He has lectured and published extensively on Jewish identity, antisemitism, Islamophobia, race and related topics. His latest book is Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha’am (2015). Other books include Being Jewish and Doing Justice: Bringing Argument to Life (2011), Offence: The Jewish Case (2009) and, as co-editor, A Time to Speak Out (2008). In 2007 he co-founded Independent Jewish Voices (UK). He is Associate Editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and a member of both the Scientific Board of The Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and the International Advisory Board of ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

Recent Articles:

‘The Moral Hysteria of “Je Suis Charlie”‘ (Mondoweiss, 2015):

‘Does Moral Opposition to ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Translate into Antisemitism?’ (The Critique, 2015):

‘Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Future in Europe’ (OpenDemocracy, 2013):

EAJS Statement following the attacks in Brussels

Een Andere Joodse Stem/ Another Jewish Voice is shocked and saddened by the horrible events in Brussels. We send our condolences to the victims’ families and hope for a quick recovery for the wounded.

We are angry and sad to see that there are people who wish to spread hate and violence by targeting innocent civilians. Our answer to hate and violence is not to react with more hate and violence; we are  afraid, however, that some political forces in Belgium and across Europe will try to lead people in this direction. Militarization of our public spaces, of our borders and our foreign policy will not bring more safety, either in the short or long term; an international policy of peace, redistribution of wealth and mutual respect combined with concrete actions against the funding sources and political support for criminal organizations is the only way forward.

Especially in these difficult days, EAJS/AJV sees that there is an urgent need to increase the understanding and cooperation between people of all origins and faiths in order to create a solid ground for a safe and inclusive society for everyone.

At this moment we wish to recall the words of Martin Luther King:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.

Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…

The chain reaction of evil –
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars –
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.


Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice

Belgium, 1 April 2016


Our first event of 2016 is on Sunday, January 31st in Brussels, which will be a movie projection about the Bund.


We’ll gather at 2:00 PM at the community center “Pianofabriek” in Sint-Gillis to watch Eran Turbiners’ film “Bunda’im”. The movie, which will be introduced by Amir Haberkorn, maps the
traces of the Bundist movement in Israel. After the movie projection there will be time for discussion and socializing. We hope to welcome you there! Would you like to know more about the Bund? Here’s a link to an article with some background information:

Practical info: 2:00 p.m. at the Pianofabriek, Rue du Fort 35, 1060 St-Gilles.+/- 15 min walk from Brussels South railway station or 5 min walk from “Parvis de St Gilles”.

Dec. 10th, Brussels: War Against the People – An evening with Dr. Jeff Halper

Co-rganized by Een Andere Joodse Stem (EAJS)

and Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique  (UPJB)

On the occasion of the international human rights day

and the 5th Night of Hanukkah


Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 19:30

Overwinningsstraat 61 Rue de la Victoire, Brussels




  • Lighting Hanukka candles
  • War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification”
    Book presentation by Dr. Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper follows in his book Israel’s export of the weaponry, security systems and surveillance technologies, developed in the ‘laboratory’ of the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel globalizes its Palestinian experience, equipping and training militaries, police forces and homeland security agencies around the world. As global elites are increasingly keen to protect their privileges from both external and internal challengers, Israel is forging a place at the heart of “global pacification” industry.

Jeff Halper holds a PhD in anthropology. He is an author, lecturer and political activist. He was born in the US and emigrated to Israel in 1973. He is the co-founder and former head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a non-violent, direct-action Israeli peace and human rights organization that resists the Israeli Occupation on the ground, especially its policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. Dr. Halper is currently the Coordinator of the War Against the People project of The People Yes! Network (TPYN).

  • The Belgian-Israeli militarized exchange

Surveillance technologies developed by Israeli security companies to control the Palestinians are also imported to Belgian cities and neighborhoods. Some Belgian universities have joint research projects with Israeli weapon companies. Belgian companies export or transfer weapons to Israel, making their share of profits from the ongoing occupation. Can we raise our voice against Belgium’s complicity in the Israeli occupation?

Itamar Shachar, a member of Een Andere Joodse Stem, will present the Belgian campaign for a military embargo on Israel.

  • Open debate with the audience

Moderator: Dr. Anya Topolski, Co-founder of Een Andere Joodse Stem

The event will be held in English with translation to French

For more information please contact

15.11, Antwerp – Other Israeli voices: a discussion on Israel-Palestine, History and Memory with Eitan Bronstein and Eleonore Merza

15.11.2015 11:00 – Elcker Ik Breughelstraat 31 Antwerpen

Een Andere Joodse Stem warmly invites you to a discussion on Israel-Palestine, history and memory with Eleonore Merza and Eitan Bronstein from the initiative de-Colonizer; Eitan is also the founder of the Israeli organization Zochrot (“We remember”).

With the creation of the State of Israel, the Palestinians who were expelled or fled their homes were not only banished to refugee camps, but were also marginalized from history. The harsh cost of the Nakba, as the Palestinian catastrophe is called, evaded Israeli, Jewish and international intellectuals and policymakers for decades. Today, their story is being told by a new generation of Jewish and Israeli historians. With new and inclusive visions for Israel-Palestine that are based on a critical reading of Jewish and Palestinian history, Eitan Bronstein and Eleonore Merza tackle the conflict at its core.

As Jews, we can appreciate, understand, respect, and honor the history of Palestinians; this does not mean we ignore the differently-tragic history of Jewish people. In order to find a way forward, we have to understand systemic violence of occupation and dispossession in Israel-Palestine, both today and in the past. Only then can we contribute to an end to the cycle of violence.

The event will take place in English. Free entrance, all are welcome.

EAJS statement: Appalled by the terrorist attack on a Palestinian family, call to uproot the occupation

The members of Een Andere Joodse Stem wish to express their pain and anger on the murderous attack that took place tonight in the West Bank. We were appalled to learn that the terrorists who killed the Palestinian infant, Ali Saed Dawabshe, and injured his entire family, have used Jewish symbols when conducting an act that is neither Jewish nor human.

But more than that, we are extremely worried that the Israeli government has done hardly anything in recent years to prevent such incidents from happening. According to the figures of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, since August 2012 nine Palestinian houses were set on fire in a similar manner, but the perpetrators of these acts have not been caught by Israeli authorities until today. Unfortunately, this is not surprising considering the frequent racist statements made by Israeli politicians, including the Prime Minister Netanyahu, and their realization in a continuous policy of military occupation and racial discrimination. Tonight’s horrifying incident is part of the routine targeting of Palestinian lives and well-being, whether in the form of vigilante violence by settlers or an institutional violence by the Israeli army and other state authorities.

We reiterate the EU demand from Israel today to “take resolute measures to protect the local population” and for “zero tolerance for settler violence”. However, the appalling incident of today reminds us that the policy of occupation and racial discrimination is the root cause of such incidents. We call the Belgian government and the EU to deploy the necessary diplomatic and economic measures to ensure Palestinian lives and human rights are protected and to put an end to the deadly reality of the occupation.


Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia @ HowDoYouJew by Anya Topolski

When: 21st June from 11am to 6pm

Where: Jewish Museum Brussels

This is a unique opportunity to meet and share our questions, our enthusiasm and our experiences within a fun and joyous environment.

L’antisémitisme et l’islamophobie : L’intersection Européen de la religion et race

Cette intervention est une première étape dans l’exploration de ce que je soutiens est un aspect distinct de la concept de race en Europe, l’intersection des catégories basées sur la religion. L’enquête de la relation entre la religion et la race en Europe servira à mieux comprendre les formes passées et présentes du racisme tels que: l’antisémitisme et l’islamophobie. Le racisme européenne a ses racines historiques dans une distinction hiérarchique entre les religions non-chrétiennes et chrétiennes. Cette réalité a été masqué, souvent intentionnellement, et a servi à justifier l’exclusion des groupes que peut-être « ne tombent pas facilement les catégories établies de l’Europe ».