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End the War on Gaza: No Aid to Apartheid I$rahell!


Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, July 21, 2014

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 2006.

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.”

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

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

Noa Abend, Boycott From Within

Avigail Abarbanel, Psychotherapist; editor, Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists (2012, Cambridge Scholars), Inverness, Scotland

Gabriel Ash, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Switzerland

Anna Baltzer, author and organizer

Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist; Oakland

Prof. Jonathan Beller, Humanities and Media Studies Graduate Program in Media Studies, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Rica Bird, Joint Founder, Merseyside Jews for Peace and Justice

Audrey Bomse, National Lawyers Guild, Free Gaza

Prof. Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, UC Berkeley

Lenni Brenner, Author – Zionism In The Age Of The Dictators

Max Blumenthal, Author, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and Senior Writer for

Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles

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

Warren Davis, labor and political activist, Philadelphia, PA

Hedy Epstein, Nazi Holocaust survivor and human rights activist; St. Louis, MO

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

Joel Finkel, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago

Prof. Cynthia Franklin, Co-Editor, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, University of Hawai’i

Lee Gargagliano, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Prof. Terri Ginsberg, film and media scholar, New York

Tsilli Goldenberg, teacher, Jerusalem, Israel

Marty Goodman, former Executive Board member, Transport Workers Union Local 100

Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita Professor, CSULB; Israel Divestment Campaign

Hector Grad, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Spain

Ira Grupper, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

Jeff Halper, The Israeli Committee Against House demolitions (ICAHD)

Stanley Heller, The Struggle Video News TSVN

Shir Hever, Jewish Voice for Just Peace, Germany

Dr. Tikva Honig-Parass, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Adam Horowitz, Co-Editor, Mondoweiss

Selma James, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Jake Javanshir, Independent Jewish Voices, Toronto

Yael Kahn, Israeli anti-apartheid activist

Michael Kalmanovitz, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (UK)

Danny Katch, activist and author

Prof. David Klein, California State University, Northridge; USACBI

Sara Kershnar, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Toby Kramer, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Michael Letwin,* former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; USACBI; Al-Awda NY

David Letwin,* activist and teacher, Al-Awda NY

Les Levidow, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG), UK

Antony Loewenstein, journalist, author and Guardian columnist

Mike Marqusee, author of If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew

Linda Milazzo, Writer/Activist/Educator, Los Angeles

Dr. Judith Norman, San Antonio, TX

Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror

Prof. Bertell Ollman, NYU

Prof. Ilan Pappé, Israeli historian and socialist activist

Miko Peled, writer, activist, author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Prof. Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA

Karen Pomer,* granddaughter of Henri B. van Leeuwen, Dutch anti-Zionist leader and Bergen-Belsen survivor

Roland Rance, Jews Against Zionism, London

Karen Ranucci, Independent Journalist, Democracy Now!

Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights

Prof. Bruce Robbins, Old Dominon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

Stewart M. Robinson, retired Prof of Mathematics

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)

Ilana Rossoff, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Middle East Scholar; author; Editor “Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” and author “The Palestinians in Search of a Just Peace”

Josh Ruebner, Author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Sylvia Schwarz, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Yom Shamash, Independent Jewish Voices, Vancouver, Canada

Tali Shapiro, Boycott from Within; Israel

Sid Shniad, National Steering Committee, Independent Jewish Voices Canada

Kobi Snitz, Tel Aviv

Marsha Steinberg, BDS-LA for Justice in Palestine, Los Angeles

Miriam (Cherkes-Julkowski) Swenson, Ph.D.

Dr. Abraham Weizfeld, JPLO

Sam Weinstein, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Labor; former President, UWUA Local 132

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

Sammi Ibrahem,


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