International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, August 14, 2014
313 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide have signed this letter written in response to Elie Wiesel’s manipulation of the Nazi Genocide to attempt to justify the attacks on Gaza.
Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza
Henk Zanoli, second from right, with his family in 1942. A year later, he smuggled a Jewish boy from Amsterdam to the family’s home in a Dutch village and helped hide him through the war.
Christopher F. Schuetze and Anne Barnard, New York Times, August 16, 2014
“My sister lost her husband, who was executed in the dunes of The Hague for his involvement in the resistance,” he wrote. “My brother lost his Jewish fiancée who was deported, never to return.”
Mr. Zanoli continued, “Against this background, it is particularly shocking and tragic that today, four generations on, our family is faced with the murder of our kin in Gaza. Murder carried out by the State of Israel.”
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Senior Obama Administration Official:
“It’s Not OK Anymore”
Josh Ruebner, Policy Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, August 14th, 2014
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Mourn the dead, pray for the living
Interfaith Circle of Grief for Gaza
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
Lakeview Moravian Church (on the lawn)
3565 Tulane Avenue [Map]
Please join local members of Jewish Voice for Peace for an Interfaith Circle of Grief for Gaza. All welcome to share in prayers for the dead and hear pastoral reflections on Gaza. It’s up to people of conscience to end this cycle of violence.
With Sorrow and Resolve,
Fran Zell, Jewish Voice for Peace
KEITH ELLISON (D-MN), Capital Times, August 8, 2014
It seems as though each day brings new horrors and heartbreaks in the Holy Land. More than 1,000 dead. Gazan children blown up on the beach. A U.N. shelter hit. Two-thirds of Israelis living in fear from indiscriminate rocket fire launched by Hamas. But as negotiations to stop the fighting continue, it is important to understand that many Gazans who have no association with Hamas view the return to the way things were as unacceptable.
These people aren’t rocket shooters or combatants. For the past several years they have lived in dreadful isolation. The status quo for ordinary Gazans is a continuation of no jobs and no freedom. This is not an attractive future. Gazans want and deserve the dignity of economic opportunity and freedom to move. This can be accomplished only with an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, which must be considered within the framework of a lengthier cease-fire. Israelis likewise deserve to live free of rocket fire and terror attacks. In order for Israelis to live safely and securely in their homes, Hamas must give up its rockets and other weapons.
I have traveled to Gaza three times since 2009 and have visited hospitals and schools there. As I have talked with ordinary Gazans, I have not encountered anyone representing Hamas. During one visit, I had the opportunity to meet Scott Anderson, deputy director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. Anderson, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, said it best when I spoke to him again this week: “Unless there is material change to the status quo, you’re just resetting the clock for another cycle of violence.” Continuing to block goods and services to and from Gaza keeps the keys to opportunity away from the people who just want to live, work and travel.