Jews against Israeli brutality in Gaza

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 The Global Women’s Strike has been demonstrating publicly against the Israeli murderous attack on Gaza and we entirely endorse the IJAN statement (below). We hope to put our own statement as well.

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Let Gaza Live July 20, 2014


Jews must take action against Israeli brutality

IJAN and Jews Against Genocide call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.

Please email reports of your actions to ijan@ijsn.net & jewsagainstgenocide1948@gmail.com

Like so many times before, the state of Israel is again unleashing its staggering capacity of lethal violence against the refugees and victims of its historical crimes. Palestinians in the Gaza strip, most of them refugees, already living under siege in what is effectively an open prison, are now being bombed and massacred. From South Africa to Turkey, London to France, Toronto to New York City, all across the world, people have taken to the streets and massively demonstrated their anger and their solidarity with the Palestinian people. But political leaders, from Obama in the US to Putin in Russia, from Hollande in France to Sisi in Egypt, are almost unanimously backing Israel’s violence, an expression of their commitment to continue buying the very weapons that are “battle-tested” on Palestinian civilians and in protection of their economic and political interests in the Middle East. They have once against extended to Israel the diplomatic shield that enables its ability to act with impunity and its exemption from international law.

The inhumanity of Israel’s murder and repression machine is continuously justified by the needs of so-called “Jewish safety” after the Nazi Holocaust. Since 2000, this machine has killed a Palestinian child every three days on average. If we, as descendants of multiple histories of genocide and persecution against Jewish peoples, accept that this is the “price of our safety,” we become complicit in what can only be described as a practice of human sacrifice. Less than two weeks ago, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, was horrifically set on fire and burned alive by a band of Israeli vigilantes.

The perpetrator, however marginal themselves, were acting on the continuous drip of racist incitement against Arabs by the political and moral leaders of Israel. As Israeli fighter jet pilots set out once again on missions that will incinerate Palestinian children with the highest and most sophisticated technology of death, we have an obligation to make every effort, not just to say “not in our name”, but to help put an end to this.

Many of us have learned our family’s endurance of political violence, have heard from our parents and grandparents of being abandoned to their fates. Let that history resonate within us and move us to act. At this moment, when Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked calls publicly to kill Palestinian mothers, and Israeli general Oren Shachor justifies killing whole families “to frighten them,” let us remember that genocide begins with the indifference of the world.

The time to act is now. We call on our fellow Jewish people of conscience to bring support and solidarity to the Palestinian resistance and liberation struggle in earnest. We stand in our own histories of resistance to genocide – some of us the children and grandchildren of Warsaw and Vilna ghetto resistance fighters – when we stand with the Palestinian right to resist the latest brutal assault in 66 plus years of ethnic cleansing and colonization.

We call in particular for Jewish people, in whose name this violence occurs, to support the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and to participate in BDS campaigns, which have proven to be among the most effective civic tools to put pressure on those who enable Israel’s repression of Palestinians. We call on Jewish people to support efforts to end the complicity of our governments in Israel’s repression of Palestinians and our own governments’ attacks on Palestinian activists. We especially call for Jewish support of efforts to end US support for Israel, end Israel’s legal impunity, impose a military embargo against it, and to bring the perpetrator of Israel’s crimes to justice.

We share with you the following statement by Jews Against Genocide, a group of Jews in Israel who have taken action against the shameless exploitation of Jewish history and suffering to justify genocidal action against the Palestinian people. We join their call for others to engage in similar actions of civil disobedience and to support and broadcast their action. Let us help build a world where everyone is safe because we take care of each other, not a world in which some are safe when others burn to death.

IJAN and Jews Against Genocide call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.

Please email reports of your actions to ijan@ijsn.net & jewsagainstgenocide1948@gmail.com.
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Jews Against Genocide Statement and Action

We, Jews Against Genocide, came to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial of the genocide committed against Jews, to honor the Palestinian children who are dying in a genocide committed by Jews.
 

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We brought dolls to symbolise the children of Gaza, and tried to bring a glimpse of the horror that Gazan’s face, to Israel’s doorstep. We hope to show Israel, and the world, the absurd reality of using the memory of one genocide to justify another.

We invite compassionate people from across the globe to join the outcry by staging similar protests in front of Israeli embassies and consulates around the world.

Just as we honor the people who were murdered seven decades ago in Europe because they were Jews, we are here to honor the people who are being murdered at this very moment because they are the indigenous people of this land who are not Jews.

The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines Genocide as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; [...]“

The children of Gaza, who are being systematically murdered as we write this article, constitute 52% percent of the population under siege in the strip. The vast majority of these children are descendants of refugees from historical Palestine.

In the current round of atrocities committed by the Israel occupation army, so far dozens of children have been murdered in their homes, with Israel’s war-making leadership vowing “much higher costs” on the Palestinian side as the bombing and shelling continues.
The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza today are the latest stage of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the indigenous people of this land.

The Jewish State was founded on the Zionist principle of “maximum Jews on maximum land, and minimum Arabs on minimum land”, which was made reality through sixty-six years of continued assault against Palestinians, denying them the right to live freely and peacefully in their historical homeland.

The Israeli regime has turned the beautiful Gaza strip into a densely populated ghetto, with unsafe water, untreated sewage, and insufficient resources and electricity. This ghetto has become a concentration camp, through repeated Israeli massacres in what the Goldstone Report described as an effort to, “humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish[ing] its local economic capacity.”

We express our support and solidarity for the Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with the three basic demands of:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Never Again for Anyone - End Israel's Genocide of Palestinians
Jews Against Genocide (JAG)

IJAN and Jews Against Genocide call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.
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Please email reports of your actions to ijan@ijsn.net & jewsagainstgenocide1948@gmail.com
 

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