Rev. Sharon  Copeman
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THE JEWISH MUSEUM

OF THE PALESTINIAN EXPERIENCE

The online Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience is a project of the Coalition for Peace with Justice. The museum complements the common understanding of the founding of Israel with first hand resources describing how Palestinian families came to be expelled from their homes and villages.

The Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience takes what had been two narratives—separate Israeli and Palestinian narratives—to help people see one consistent story, from a Jewish perspective, of how a state run by Jews was formed in a land where non-Jewish people were the majority.

Dr Steve Feldman, director and creator of the museum, says that the museum fills gaps in his Jewish American education and upbringing. "Jewish morality is ingrained in us. American Jews have been on the front lines of anti-discrimination efforts. The museum, which presents largely Jewish sources and a Jewish perspective, documents our role in making and keeping Palestinian families refugees from their homes, actions inconsistent with our Jewish values."

The Nakba, or "catastrophe," refers to the 1948 exodus when Palestinian families were driven from their homes. The museum presents first hand materials supplementing available resources from Jewish Voice for Peace's Facing the Nakba Project and from other organizations that offer educational materials and programs about the Nakba from a Palestinian perspective. The mission of the Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ) is to work for a just and sustainable peace in Israel-Palestine. CPWJ educates the public, advocates for change based on equal rights, and directly supports peace builders in Israel-Palestine.

Website: promisedlandmuseum.org

Knox is currently “home” to a series of free-standing panels titled Promised Land, which give us a glimpse into the displays that are found in the on-line museum. These panels have been gifted to us by Rabbi David Mivasair.  We hope they will be displayed widely, and that you will visit the website for fuller understanding of this challenging reality.

To borrow the panels, email Sharon Copeman at [email protected].