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(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Enough of being defined by others.
I am a patriot who is aggrieved by the actions and attitudes of this new administration.
Women's Reproductive Rights have already been curtailed. Lies from the White House Press Secretary. Staffers paid to applaud at lies and cruelty at a Presidential press conference and at the CIA. The President of my country just today repeating to lawmakers the hateful and baseless claim that "illegals" (even the language is hatred) cost him the popular vote.
An ugly and coordinated media campaign to de-legitimize the largest protest in US history by either rejecting recorded measurements of the immensity of its size or by attacking on of the March's organizers, smearing her as a terrorism-supporter. This on the day after the new administration inflames the fires of war in Palestine and Israel by suggesting (to hardliner "news" organizations) that the US Embassy would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (a decision EVERY president has known would spark World War III).
I am an American Patriot who will protest in defense of my American convictions. I am a devoted Zionist who is Pro-Palestine. These aren't opposites. These are truths, and we are big enough to hold them all.
External definitions are unworthy of us, and we fall into line at our own peril.
We are ready.
We will march again soon.
We've barely begun.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Rabbi, Congregation Netivot Shalom
Chair, Rabbis Against Gun Violence (#RAGV)

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