Our Values

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Our Values

We are Jewish

We are a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community, imbued with Jewish history and inspired by the Jewish ethical tradition. We celebrate diversity and welcome Jews of all observances, denominations and backgrounds, including Jews of colour, Jews by choice and Jews from secular or interfaith families.

We stand against the occupation and apartheid

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights, and the state’s practices throughout the territory it controls represent a system of violence and discrimination amounting to apartheid. This has been seen for decades by Palestinians, and in recent years has come to be recognised by the world’s most prominent human rights groups. Our community must mobilise in the struggle for equality and justice for all Palestinians and Israelis, and we exist for the sole purpose of making this a reality.

We are united

We acknowledge and respect our differences, but we focus on what unites us: our conviction that Israel’s ongoing oppression of Palestinians is a moral crisis, and our determination to end British Jewish support for it. Though Na’amod takes bold positions on contested topics, we welcome any Jewish person committed to ending our community’s support for and acquiescence to occupation and apartheid, and anyone who shares our mission to build an inclusive, powerful and liberated movement within the British Jewish community.

We are committed to collective liberation

We are part of a broader struggle against racism, patriarchy, classism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. We stand against antisemitism and Islamophobia with the same determination that we oppose the occupation and apartheid, because we recognise that all oppression is linked and none of us can be free until we’re all free.

We hold each other up

We are a safe, trusting and non-judgemental community, with no hierarchy of politics or knowledge. We create space for love, sorrow, friendship, learning, teaching, healing and joy. We step up when others need us, and ask for help when we’re in need.

We are honest

We speak truth to power and enact our values publicly in order to bring about the change our community needs. We own up when we get things wrong, and practice teshuva (repentance) to make amends and learn for the future.

We are courageous

We stand in the noble and effective tradition of nonviolent direct action, knowing that creative and risk-taking protest is the necessary response to this moral crisis for our community. We proudly associate ourselves with our movement and don’t hesitate to act whenever the need arises; any Na’amodnik is encouraged to use their initiative to propose action that moves us forward in our strategy.

We are grassroots

We are a movement led by volunteers, with the role of any staff being to facilitate that. We are transparent about funding and do not accept money from anyone seeking to influence us. Our members may be deeply engaged in other Jewish and non-Jewish organisations, but our movement is entirely independent.

We are not alone

We are part of the global resistance to occupation and apartheid, and stand hand in hand with individuals, organisations and movements across the diaspora and in Israel/Palestine working towards dignity, freedom and democracy for all. Together, we will be unstoppable.