* Former steering committee member of the now-defunct Jews for a Just Peace
* Supports the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement
Aside from his work as an entertainer, Aberle has cultivated a longstanding reputation as someone who detests the state of Israel. He spent a number of years serving on the steering committee of the now-defunct Jews For a Just Peace (JFJP), an organization that viewed Israel as an oppressor nation guilty of subjecting the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank to many forms of cruelty and abuse.
In March 2002, as the bloody Al-Aqsa Intifada plagued Israel and the Palestinian territories, Aberle wrote that while “Israel has the right to exist and endure,” “the Palestinian people” likewise “have the right to live in peace and security and to establish their own viable independent state in the whole of the West Bank and Gaza Strip should they so wish.” “The most urgent obstacle to peace,” he elaborated, “has been and remains Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the consequent oppression of the Palestinians…. We deplore all violence against civilians. This includes violence against Jewish civilians, through suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks, for example. It also includes violence against Palestinian civilians, as during the present invasion and bombardment of cities and refugee camps. We observe that throughout this conflict, the vast majority of deaths and injuries have been inflicted on Palestinians, many of them children. We do not believe that Israel’s security is served by injustice against Palestinians.”
On other occasions, Aberle, claiming to be a spokesman for the “legal and moral rights of the expelled Palestinian refugees,” declared that “we must no longer abandon our Palestinian sisters and brothers to a similar fate that our Jewish elders and ancestors righteously fought or escaped throughout our history.”
Aberle steadfastly supports: (a) the Palestinian people’s “Right of Return” to Israel; (b) Israeli citizens who refuse to join the Israeli Defense Forces; and (c) the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Hamas-inspired initiative aimed at financially crippling the state of Israel.
In October 2006 Aberle spent a week participating in a study tour of the West Bank, coordinated by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). The tour placed heavy emphasis on Israel’s alleged abuses against the Palestinian people.
In July 2007 Aberle spent two weeks in the West Bank town of Anata, helping fellow ICAHD volunteers rebuild two Palestinian homes that had been demolished by Israeli authorities who suspected that the structures were being used to promote terrorism.
For several years, Aberle was an official with the Ahavat Olam Synagogue in Vancouver, serving as its chairman from 2006-09, and as its board secretary from 2009-12.
Aberle is a devoted admirer of history professor Ilan Pappe, an Israeli Marxist who claims that the Jewish founders of Israel carried out an ethnic-cleansing campaign against the Arab residents of that region in 1948. Aberle characterizes Pappe’s writings as “meticulously researched” and says that they have had a “profound impact” on him.
Since the dissolution of JFJP in about 2012, Aberle has continued to ally himself with other anti-Israel groups and causes. For example, in 2013 he signed a petition circulated by the organization Jews for Palestinian Right of Return (JPRR), which stated that Israel’s creation in 1948 was a “Nakba” (Catastrophe) that featured a massive “terror campaign” culminating in the “erasure and occupation of more than 500 Palestinian towns and villages” and “the dispossession of over 750,000 Palestinians.” The petition further claimed that:
In 2014 Aberle was a signatory to a similar JPRR petition that condemned “Israel’s ongoing massacre in Gaza” and lamented “the thousands [of Palestinians] Israel has killed and maimed since its supposed withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.” Advocating “a ban on all military and other aid to Israel,” the petition added:
On June 18, 2020, Aberle tweeted: “Canada should be an ‘asset’ for human rights and international law not for Israel. Time for Canada to come in line with civil society and international community in regard to Palestine.”
In addition to his various aforementioned activities, Aberle has also served stints as a member of the board of the PAL Studio Theatre in Vancouver, and as an organizer with Independent Jewish Voices (from 1990 to December 2012) and the Canada Palestine Support Network.