In Raising the Palestinian Flag, Jewish Camp Disrupts a Safe Space for Zionism – Algemeiner

Posted By on August 2, 2017

A Palestinian flag. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org As a child, I spent my summers at Camp Solomon Schechter, a Conservative Jewish camp in Tumwater, Washington. My experiences at Camp Schechter were central to the development of my Jewish identity, and my eventual decision to immigrate to Israel.

At camp, each day began at the flagpole. Hundreds of sleepy-eyed campers and counselors from all around the Pacific Northwest strolled to the flagpoles, where we would circle up around the American, Canadian and Israeli flags.As everyone circled up, the Israeli scouts (young Israeli counselors) would lead us in a morning song. Bo-bo-bo-boker tov! they sang, meaning Good morning! in Hebrew.

Additional Hebrew songs, the American and Canadian national anthems, and thenthe Israeli national anthem Hatikvah would follow.

Camp Schechter was founded on Zionist principles, and served as a safe haven to build a Jewish community for many campers who might be the only Jews in their schools orhometowns.

August 2, 2017 4:14 pm

But to my dismay, this safe haven was shaken last week when the Palestinian flag was raised over these very same campgrounds. I can only imagine the outrage among my thousands of fellow Camp Schechter alumni.

As first reported byThe Mike Report a blog that focuses on Jewish news in the Pacific NorthwestCamp Schechter welcomed a group of Palestinian Muslims and Christians from a group called Kids4Peace to join the Jewish campers for the beginning of a new session.

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