Magazine article Tikkun

Everything Lives

Magazine article Tikkun

Everything Lives

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In the background of the Disengagement, on the periphery of the swarm of settlers, soldiers, and journalists, a number of veterinarians and dedicated volunteers chased down frantic chickens and braved the pecking frenzy of hungry parakeets in a rescue operation orchestrated by the Israeli animal rights group, Hakol Chai, or "Everything Lives." The organization's director, Merav Barlev, explained the group's initiative to rescue an ark's worth of dehydrated goats and other abandoned settler pets with a simple principle: "Israel's expressed intention to be sensitive and behave responsibly during the Disengagement should apply to all living beings."

The problem? They never mention the other "living beings" to whom Israel should "behave responsibly": the Palestinians. We do not mean to trivialize animals' rights-but in the context of forty years of military Occupation, and with a name like "Everything Lives," Hakol Chai needs to get its priorities straight. While well intentioned, their work does more to obscure the militarization eroding progressive Israeli society than to address it. This is because Hakol Chai, like many "progressive" environmental, feminist, and animal rights groups in Israel, withholds criticism of the Occupation in exchange for national recognition. …

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