As antisemitism rears its ugly head and poses a growing threat to the well-being of Jewish people word-wide, JIMENA has launched a number of campaigns to combat antisemitism that demand a response from Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews.
As an organization representing Jewish refugees who were ethnically cleansed or fled antisemitic persecution in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, members of our communities have a visceral understanding that anti-Zionism is not simply a mask for antisemitism, but a dangerous manifestation and promulgation of it. JIMENA is firmly committed to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism and advocates for the inclusion of IHRA in a multitude of spaces.
Furthermore, Middle Eastern Jewish communities have a unique role in countering revisionist narratives of the Middle East, which erase the histories of Jewish refugees from the region in an effort to delegitimize Israel and Jewish people’s ancient and ongoing presence in the region. For years, JIMENA speakers and programming has worked hard to counter the lie that Israel and her Jewish American supporters are oppressive, European colonial interlopers with no connection to the Middle East.
We work on a number of active campaigns that threaten the mental health and well being of American Jews and society at large, and we encourage you to be in touch to learn more and get involved in this area of our work.