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Jewdas

Hello!

Probably you’ve heard of us and found it all rather baffling. Probably this is because you’re not Jewish. Or American. Or, g☭d forbid, both!

Never fear, behind all the jargon, the UJIAs, JNFs and different types of beigels there’s some key ideas that are straightforward and for everyone regardless of ethnicity.

A few years ago we came across a great find. Amidst a large pile of rubble, in a dark corner of East London, we found the book of Jewdas. And lo, it was very good. It had been written in Jerusalem thousands of years ago, by a cabal of radical scribes, and yet we discovered it by the back of a kebab shop in Dalston. Written in Yiddish (which turned out to be a far older, more authentic language than Hebrew), it teaches of the great radicalism of Jewish tradition, a tradition of dreamers, subversives, cosmopolitans and counter-culturalists. It waxes lyrical on the virtues of cosmopolitanism, putting loyalty to ideas of international justice over tribalism and parochialism, and attacks the oppressiveness of the ‘natural’ in favour of ethics designed to meet the face of the other. It preaches of the need to widen Judaism beyond the boundaries of those born Jewish, towards an ethic of wider concern, a Judaism that might at times stand in the critique of the Jews. It prophesied a rise of ‘international subversives’ who would undermine power wherever they found themselves, who would preach veganism, pacifism and pickled cucumbers.

The book also made very clear that a man would rise up, known as Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and that he would not be the messiah but rather a very naughty boy.

The book was not only passive, it also made active demands. A quick bible code style analysis determined that the book was instructing us to mercilessly satirize Anglo Jewry, suggest new and more radical ways of being Jewish, and also throw excellent parties. Who were we to disobey?

So here we are. Hope that made some sense. If not let's just say this: whatever your background, if you prefer stirring things up to keeping the peace, prefer dreaming of the utopian rather than settling for the prosaic, and think that culture and ethnicity should be springboards for overthrowing the state, then you’re a Jewdasser at heart. Let’s storm the barricades together.

"Some people ask, “Why is Jewdas in the Anarchist Bookfair? Didn’t they support Corbyn?” To them we answer: liberal democracy is a bourgeois illusion, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful sometimes. Others ask, “Why is Jewdas in the Anarchist Bookfair? Aren’t anarchists supposed to be anti-religion?” To them we answer: religion may be the opiate of the masses, but Proudhon is the badly cut ketamine of the armchair anarchists. Yet more ask, “Why is Jewdas in the Anarchist Bookfair? Aren’t they Holocaust-denying Zionists?” These people, we don’t bother with them."

-Extracted from the description for their Jewdas Haggadah (Anarchist bookfair special)

Jewdas party in Whitechapel synagogue

Bottoms For Palestine

Philosemitism is the New Antisemitism: How Jews Are (Still) Used to Manage Exploitation

https://www.jewdas.org/

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