Stop the killing, end the Occupation: a statement from the global Jewish network for justice

16769186184_d5bac28fccThe following statement, of which the AJDS is signatory, was initiated by an international Jewish network of groups and individuals working for justice in Palestine. Together, we reclaim Jewish identity not as a nationalist identity but as one that celebrates our diverse roots, traditions & communities wherever we are around the world. We believe that it is essential for there to be a global Jewish voice to challenge Israel’s destructive policies, in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. This international Jewish network aims to become that voice. If you would like to sign on to this statement as an individual or a group, click here. The statement is also available on As members of Jewish communities around the world, we are horrified by the violence that is sweeping the streets of Palestine/Israel, costing the lives of over 30 people, both Palestinians and Israelis in the past two weeks alone. A 2 year old girl in Gaza was the youngest of 4 Palestinian children who were killed in the past two weeks. A 13 year-old Israeli boy is in critical condition after being stabbed nearly a dozen times. Over a thousand people were injured in the same period. Fear has completely taken over the streets of Jerusalem, the center of this violence. Israelis shooting Palestinian protesters in and around East Jerusalem. Palestinians stabbing and shooting Israeli civilians and policemen in the middle of the streets. Israeli forces killing Palestinian suspects when they are clearly not a threat and without trial. Palestinians throwing stones at passing cars. Israeli mobs beating up Palestinians or calling on police to shoot them. Humiliating strip searches of Palestinians in the streets – all of these have become a daily occurrence in the city in which we are raised to pray for peace, as well as other places in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. While violence is visible on the streets, it is also occupying people’s minds and hearts. Fear is bringing out the worst of people, and the demand for more blood to be shed, as if this will repair the damage done. Fear and racist rhetoric are escalating the situation. The Israeli government is once again responding in a militarised way: there have been hundreds of arrests; Palestinian access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound has been limited; parts of the Muslim quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem have been closed to Palestinians; open-fire regulations have been changed to allow the use of sniper fire against children; a minimum sentence for stone throwing has been introduced, including for over 150 children arrested in East Jerusalem alone in the past few weeks; and now there are talks of enforcing a curfew, or even a closure, of East Jerusalem. All these constitute collective punishment on the entire population of East Jerusalem with over 300,000 people. In the past, these measures have proven themselves ineffective at ending violence. Decades of dispossession, occupation and discrimination are the main reasons for Palestinian resistance. Further Israeli military repression and ongoing occupation and siege will never end the Palestinian desire for freedom nor will it address the root causes of violence. Indeed, the current actions by the Israeli government and army are likely to create further violence, destruction, and the entrenchment of division. Only justice and equality for all will bring peace and quiet to the residents of Israel and Palestine. As a group of Jews from around the world we believe that immediate change needs to come from the Israeli government and Israeli people. It is incumbent on all Jews around the world to pressure the Israeli government – and those who follow and support its words and deeds – to change its approach. The military crackdown must cease immediately, Palestinians must be allowed complete freedom of movement. It is also a responsibility of Jewish people worldwide to obligate the countries in which we live to immediately cease the economic and military support of the ongoing Israeli occupation in Palestine and siege of Gaza. We call on our Jewish communities, and our broader communities, to publicly insist on an end to the violence, occupation, siege and military response and instead demand equality and freedom for the Palestinian people and justice for all.   Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School & Learning Center Independent Jewish Voices Canada Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) Women in Black, Melbourne Jewdas, UK Tzedek Chicago South African Jews for a Free Palestine Jewish Voice for Democracy and Justice in Israel/Palestine (jvjp), Switzerland Een Andere Joodse Stem, Another Jewish Voice – Belgium Jewish Socialists’ Group – UK United Jewish People’s Order – Canada Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley, California Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area Chapter Jewish Voice for Peace Atlanta Chapter Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles chapter Jewish Voice for Peace, Rochester NY Chapter Jewish Voice for Peace, NYC Chapter Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine Jewish Voice for a Just Peace (Ireland) JVP Rhode Island chapter Sahar Vardi, Jerusalem Micha K. Ben David, Jerusalem Daniel Mackintosh, London Ilana Sumka, Belgium Yael Shafritz, London Rabbi Brant Rosen, Chicago Rachel Diamond, London Sivan Barak, Melbourne Jordy Silverstein, Melbourne Bianca Neumann, São Paulo Gabriela Korman, Porto Alegre Annie Cohen, London Eran Cohen, London James Kleinfeld, London Joseph Finlay, London Lev Taylor, London Shajar Goldwaser, São Paulo Iara Haasz, São Paulo Lilian Avivia Lubochinski​, São Paulo Elena Judensnaider Knijnik, São Paulo Yuri Haasz, São Paulo Juliana Westmann Del Poente, São Paulo Breno Altman, São Paulo Igor Fillippe Goldstein, São Paulo Pedro Haasz Lakatos, São Paulo Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Jerusalem. Aryeh Bernstein, Chicago Micah Hendler, Jerusalem Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Robin Rothfield, Melbourne Joan Nestle, Melbourne Jem Light, Melbourne Sue Leigh, Melbourne Ben Silverstein, Sydney Alex Nissen, Melbourne Margaret Jacobs, Melbourne Rae Abileah, USA Shereen Usdin, Johannesburg Lily Manoim, Cape Town Merlynn Edelstein, Johannesburg David Fine, Johannesburg Dr. Fran Shahar, Atlanta ilise cohen, Atlanta Michal Shilor, Jerusalem Raoul Fishman Judy Favish, Cape Town Sheila Barsel, Cape Town David Sanders, Cape Town Heidi Grunebaum, Cape Town Anya Topolski, Belgium Dror Feiler, Sweden, Chair person for EJJP Free Polazzo, Douglasville Tovah Melaver, Decatur Torii Lang, Decatur Dr. Beth-Ann Buitekant, Atlanta Connie Sosnoff, Atlanta Tali Feld Gleiser, Dominican Republic Moira Levy, Cape Town Esther Mack, Jerusalem Elizabeth Beck, Atlanta Shelby Weiner, Tel Aviv Rabbi Michael Lerner, USA Rina King, Cape Town Benjamin Mordecai Ben-Baruch, Ashland Estee Chandler, Los Angelas Rachel Ida Buff, Los Angelas Cat J. Zavis, Executive Director, Network of Spiritual Progressives Rosa Manoim, Johanesbourg Kathy Barolsky, South Africa Free Solomon Polazzo, USA Randy Aronov, USA Nina M. Stein, Waterbury Connecticut Joel Wool, Boston Regina Willis, Atlanta Rabbi Brian Walt, West Tisbury, MA Shaya Zucker, Austin, Texas Lisa Kosowski, Chicago Jade Bettine, USA Cindy Shamban, USA Rand Clark, USA Penny Rosenwasser, Oakland, CA Sara Moon, UK
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  1. Räshaad Price - October 19, 2015 Reply

    You should also call upon the jewish communities to refuse service in the IDF…because no life is worth an ideology…

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