Jews Against Gaza Invasion

Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel!

Jews Against Gaza InvasionStatement of Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, July 22, 2014 (200 initial signers, endorsing allies forthcoming)

Jews Against Gaza Invasion

On July 12, 2014, Gaza civil society issued an urgent appeal for solidarity, asking: “How many of our lives are dispensable enough until the world takes action? How much of our blood is sufficient?”

As Jews of conscience, we answer by unequivocally condemning Israel’s ongoing massacre in Gaza, whose victims include hundreds of civilians, children, entire families, the elderly, and the disabled. This latest toll adds to the thousands Israel has killed and maimed since its supposed withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

In response to this crisis, we urgently reaffirm our support for a ban on all military and other aid to Israel.

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opposed the Vietnam War with his famous declaration: “For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

Today, *we* cannot be silent as the “Jewish state” — armed to the teeth by the U.S. and its allies — wages yet another brutal war on the Palestinian people. Apartheid Israel does not speak for us, and we stand with Gaza as we stand with all of Palestine.

In the face of incessant pro-Israel propaganda, we heed Malcolm X’s warning: “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

In the face of incessant pro-Israel propaganda, we heed Malcolm X’s warning: “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

For Israel’s relentless war on Gaza is no more an act of “self-defense” than such infamous massacres as Wounded Knee (1890), Guernica (1937), the Warsaw Ghetto (1942), Deir Yassin (1948), My Lai (1968), Soweto (1976), Sabra and Shatila (1982), or Lebanon (2006).

Rather, it is but the latest chapter in more than a century of Zionist colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleaning, racism, and genocide — including Israel’s very establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba. Indeed, eighty percent of the 1.8 million people sealed into Gaza are refugees.

Like any colonial regime, Israel uses resistance to such policies as an excuse to terrorize and collectively punish the indigenous population for its very existence. But scattered rockets, fired from Gaza into land stolen from Palestinians in the first place, are merely a response to this systemic injustice.

To confront the root cause of this violence, we call for the complete dismantling of Israel’s apartheid regime, throughout historic Palestine — from the River to the Sea. With that in mind, we embrace the 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which demands:

  • An end to Israeli military occupation of the 1967 territories
  • Full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel
  • Right of return for Palestinian refugees, as affirmed by UN resolution 194

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 Initial Signers (list in formation; organizations, schools and other affiliations shown for identification only; *Co-founder, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return)

  • Avigail Abarbanel, Psychotherapist; editor, Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists (2012, Cambridge Scholars), Inverness, Scotland
  • Noa Abend, Boycott From Within
  • Stephen Aberle, Independent Jewish Voices; Vancouver, BC
  • Lisa Albrecht, Ph.D. Social Justice Program, University of Minnesota
  • Anya Achtenberg, novelist and poet; teacher; activist; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Mike Alewitz, Associate Professor, Central CT State Unversity; Artistic Director, Labor Art & Mural Project
  • Zalman Amit, Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Author, Israeli Rejectionism
  • Anthony Arnove, International Socialist Organization
  • Gabriel Ash, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Switzerland
  • Ted Auerbach, Brooklyn for Peace
  • Anna Baltzer, author and organizer
  • Ronnie Barkan, Co-founder, Boycott from Within, Tel-Aviv
  • Judith Bello, Administrative Committee, United National Antiwar Coalition
  • Lawrence Boxall, Independent Jewish Voices, Canada; Vancouver Ecosocialist Group
  • Linda Benedikt, writer Munich, Germany
  • Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist; Oakland
  • Prof. Jonathan Beller, Humanities and Media Studies Graduate Program in Media Studies, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
  • Medea Benjamin, co-founder, CODEPINK
  • Rica Bird, Joint Founder, Merseyside Jews for Peace and Justice
  • Audrey Bomse, Co-chair, National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee
  • Prof. Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, UC Berkeley
  • Lenni Brenner, Author, Zionism In The Age Of The Dictators
  • Elizabeth Block, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto ON
  • Max Blumenthal, Author, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel; and Senior Writer for Alternet.org
  • Mary P. Buchwald, Jewish Voice for Peace-New York
  • Monique Buckner, BDS South Africa
  • Maia Brown, Health and Human Rights Project-Seattle & Stop Veolia Seattle
  • Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles
  • Rick Chertoff, L..A. Jews for Peace
  • Prof. Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; past president, National Lawyers Guild
  • Ally Cohen, Ramallah, Palestine; International Solidarity Movement media coordinator
  • Ruben Rosenberg Colorni, Youth for Palestine, Netherlands
  • Mike Cushman, Convenor, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (UK)
  • Margaretta D’arcy, Irish actress, writer, playwright, and peace-activist
  • Natalie Zemon Davis, Historian
  • Warren Davis, labor and political activist, Philadelphia, PA
  • Eron Davidson, film maker
  • Judith Deutsch, Independent Jewish Voices Canada; Science for Peace
  • Roger Dittmann, Professor of Physics, Emeritus California State University, Fullerton; President, Scholars and Scientists without Borders Executive Council, World Federation of Scientific Workers
  • Gordon Doctorow, Ed.D., Canada
  • Mark Elf, Jews Sans Frontieres, London, UK
  • Hedy Epstein, Nazi Holocaust survivor and human rights activist; St. Louis, MO
  • Marla Erlien, New York NY
  • Shelley Ettinger, writer/activist, New York, NY
  • Inge Etzbach, Human Rights Activist, Café Palestina NY
  • Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University; Former UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine, 2008-2014
  • Malkah B. Feldman, Jewish Voice for Peace and recent delegate to Palestine with American Jews For A Just Peace
  • Deborah Fink, Co-Founder, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods UK
  • Joel Finkel, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
  • Sylvia Finzi, JfjfP; Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost, EJJP. Germany)
  • Maxine Fookson, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Jewish Voice for Peace, Portland OR-
  • Richard Forer, Author, Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion – A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine
  • Sid Frankel, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Prof. Cynthia Franklin, Co-Editor, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, University of Hawai’i
  • Racheli Gai, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Herb Gamberg, Independent Jewish Voices, Canada
  • Ruth Gamberg, Independent Jewish Voices, Canada
  • Lee Gargagliano, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Cheryl Gaster, social justice activist and human right lawyer, Toronto ON
  • Alisa Gayle-Deutsch, American/Canadian Musician and Anti-Israeli Apartheid Activist
  • Jack Gegenberg, Professor of Mathematics, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB
  • Prof. Terri Ginsberg, film and media scholar, New York
  • David Glick, psychotherapist; Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita Professor, CSULB; Israel Divestment Campaign
  • Neta Golan, Ramallah, Palestine; Jews Against Genocide; Co-founder, International Solidarity Movement.
  • Tsilli Goldenberg, teacher, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Steve Goldfield, Ph.D.
  • Sue Goldstein, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Canada
  • Marty Goodman, former Executive Board member, Transport Workers Union Local 100; Socialist Action
  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Freeman Fellow, Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Hector Grad, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Spain
  • Prof. Jesse Greener, University of Laval
  • Cathy Gulkin, Filmmaker, Toronto ON
  • Ira Grupper, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
  • Jeff Halper, The Israeli Committee Against House demolitions (ICAHD)
  • Larry Haiven, Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Halifax
  • Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, publisher, Germany
  • Stanley Heller, The Struggle Video News TSVN
  • Shir Hever, Jewish Voice for Just Peace, Germany
  • Deborah Hrbek, media and civil rights lawyer, NLG-NYC
  • Dr. Tikva Honig-Parass, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  • Adam Horowitz, Co-Editor, Mondoweiss
  • Gilad Isaacs, Economist, Wits University.
  • Selma James, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Jake Javanshir, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto
  • Riva Joffe, Jews Against Zionism
  • Val Jonas, attorney, Miami Beach
  • Sima Kahn, MD; President of the board, Kadima Reconstructionist Community
  • Yael Kahn, Israeli anti-apartheid activist
  • Michael Kalmanovitz, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (UK)
  • Dan Kaplan, AFT Local 1493
  • Susan Kaplan, J.D. National Lawyers Guild
  • Danny Katch, activist and author
  • Bruce Katz, President, Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Montreal, Canada
  • Lynn Kessler, Ph.D., MPH, psychologist/social justice activist
  • Janet Klecker, Sonomans for Justice & Peace for Palestine, Sonoma CA
  • Prof. David Klein, California State University, Northridge; USACBI
  • Emma Klein, Jewish Voice for Peace, Seattle WA
  • Sara Kershnar, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Harry Kopyto, Legal activist Toronto ON
  • Richard Koritz, veteran postal trade unionist and former member of North Carolina Human Relations Commission
  • Yael Korin, PhD., Scientist at UCLA; Campaign to End IsraelI Apartheid, Southern California
  • Dennis Kortheuer, CSULB, Israel Divestment Campaign
  • Steve Kowit, Professor Emeritus, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Toby Kramer, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Jason Kunin, Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Dr. David Landy, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Jean Léger, Coalition pour la Justice et la Paix en Palestine, membre de la Coalition BDS Québec et de Palestiniens et Juifs Unis
  • Lynda Lemberg, Educators for Peace and Justice, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto ON
  • David Letwin,* activist and teacher, Al-Awda NY
  • Michael Letwin,* former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; USACBI; Al-Awda NY
  • Les Levidow, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG), UK
  • Corey Levine, Human Rights Activist, Writer; National Steering Committee, Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Joseph Levine, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Lesley Levy, Independent Jewish Voices, Montreal
  • Mich Levy, teacher, Oakland CA
  • Abby Lippman, Professor Emerita; activist; Montreal
  • Brooke Lober, PhD candidate, University of Arizona, Gender and Women’s Studies Department
  • Antony Loewenstein, journalist, author and Guardian columnist
  • Jennifer Loewenstein, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Alex Lubin, Professor of American Studies, University of New Meixco
  • Andrew Lugg, Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • David Makofsky, Jewish Voice for Peace, Research Anthropologist
  • Harriet Malinowitz, Professor of English, Long Island University, Brooklyn
  • Mike Marqusee, Author, If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew
  • Miriam Marton, JD
  • Dr. Richard Matthews. independent scholar, London ON
  • Daniel L. Meyers, Former President National Lawyers Guild-NYC
  • Linda Milazzo, Writer/Activist/Educator, Los Angeles
  • Eva Steiner Moseley, Holocaust refugee, Massachusetts Peace Action board member and Palestine/Israel Working Group
  • Dr. Dorothy Naor, retired teacher, Herzliah, Israel
  • Marcy Newman, independent scholar; Author; The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans
  • Alex Nissen, Women in Black
  • Dr. Judith Norman, San Antonio, TX
  • Henry Norr, retired journalist, Berkeley CA
  • Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror
  • Prof. Bertell Ollman, NYU
  • Karin Pally, Santa Monica, CA
  • Prof. Ilan Pappé, Israeli historian and socialist activist
  • Karen Platt, Jewish Voice for Peace, Albany CA
  • Dr. Susan Pashkoff, Jews Against Zionism, London UK
  • Miko Peled, writer, activist; Author, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
  • Prof. Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA
  • Mitch Podolak, Founder, Winnipeg Folk Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival
  • Karen Pomer,* granddaughter of Henri B. van Leeuwen, Dutch anti-Zionist leader and Bergen-Belsen survivor
  • Lenny Potash, Los Angeles CA
  • Fabienne Presentey, Independent Jewish Voices, Montréal
  • Diana Ralph, Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Roland Rance, Jews Against Zionism, London
  • Karen Ranucci, Independent Journalist, Democracy Now!
  • Ana Ratner, Artist, Puppeteer, Activist.
  • Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Prof. Dr. Fanny-Michaela Reisin, Jewish Voice Germany
  • Diana M.A. Relke, Professor Emerita, University of Saskatchewan
  • Prof. Bruce Robbins, Columbia University
  • Stewart M. Robinson, retired Prof of Mathematics
  • Professor Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Mimi Rosenberg, Producer & Host, Building Bridges and Wednesday Edition, WBAI 99.5 FM; Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325
  • Lillian Rosengarten, Author, From The Shadows Of Nazi Germany To The Jewish Boat To Gaza
  • Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)
  • Yehoahua Rosin, Israel
  • Ilana Rossoff, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Martha Roth, Independent Jewish Voices; Vancouver BC
  • Marty Roth, Emeritus professor of English, University of Minnesota
  • Ruben Roth, Assistant Professor, Labour Studies, Laurentian University; Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Emma Rubin, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Middle East Scholar; Editor, Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Author, The Palestinians in Search of a Just Peace
  • Josh Ruebner, Author, Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace
  • Mark Rudd, retired teacher, Albuquerque NM
  • Ben Saifer, Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Evalyn Segal, Rossmoor Senior Community
  • Sylvia Schwarz, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League; Haifa
  • Carole Seligman, co-editor, Socialist Viewpoint magazine
  • Yom Shamash, Independent Jewish Voices, Vancouver, Canada
  • Tali Shapiro, Boycott from Within; Israel
  • Karen Shenfeld, Poet, Toronto ON
  • Sid Shniad, National Steering Committee, Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • William Shookhoff, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto ON
  • Melinda Smith, Jewish Voice for Peace, Albuquerque NM
  • Kobi Snitz, Tel Aviv
  • Marsha Steinberg, BDS-LA for Justice in Palestine, Los Angeles
  • Lotta Strandberg, Visiting Scholar, NYU
  • Carol Stone, Independent Jewish Voices, Vancouver BC
  • Miriam (Cherkes-Julkowski) Swenson, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Taylor, author
  • Laura Tillem, Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas
  • Peter Trainor, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto
  • Rebecca Tumposky, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
  • Darlene Wallach, Justice for Palestinians, San Jose CA
  • Dr. Abraham Weizfeld, JPLO
  • Bonnie Weinstein, Co-Editor of Socialist Viewpoint magazine; Publisher, Bay Area United Against War Newsletter
  • Sam Weinstein, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Labor; former President, UWUA Local 132
  • Judith Weisman, Independent Jewish Voices; Not in Our Name (NION); Toronto ON
  • Paul Werner, PhD, DSFS Editor, WOID, a journal of visual language
  • Noga Wizansky, Ph.D., artist, instructor, and researcher; Administrator, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Marcy Winograd, public school teacher, former congressional peace candidate
  • Bekah Wolf, UC Hastings College of Law Student; Co-founder, Palestine Solidarity Project
  • Sherry Wolf, International Socialist Organization
  • Dave Zirin, Author, Game Over: How Politics Have Turned the Sports World Upside Down

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  1. Gary Corseri says

    Thank you for the article, Linda… and to all the Jews who signed the petition. Let us have another petition for non-Jews to sign, too!

  2. Ben Amorelli says

    How can a people who experienced the horrors of the Halcaust do to the Palestinian what they themselves endured?

    Warsaw 1942 . . . Gaza 2014

    History is repeating itself.

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