Sarah Silverman's Haggadah lament

American comedian uses new Pesach book to criticise Israel's presence in the West Bank


Sarah Silverman has used her contribution to a new Haggadah to criticise Israel's continued presence in the West Bank.

“Oppression will always prove to be on the wrong side of history”, she writes.

The  American comedian is one of 30 authors, artists and Jewish thinkers who contributed to a new Jubilee Haggadah which has been published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War when Israel captured the West Bank.

The project was created by a group called SISO – “Save Israel. Stop the Occupation” - and features diaspora leaders who are calling for an end to the occupation. It  was also supported by the New Israel Fund.

“Of all the people, Jews know the bitterness of being oppressed and not being in our own country”, Ms Silverman writes. “That’s what makes the occupation all so ironic. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between right and wrong, the situation is complicated and scary.”

Other contributors to the Jubilee Haggadah include Israeli author Amoz Oz, singer Achinoam Nini, and Sarah Silverman’s sister, Susan Silverman, a rabbi on the board of Women of the Wall.

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