“Before the current round of violence, the West Bank had been relatively quiet for years,” writes Jonathan Freedland (Israel’s fears are real, but this war is utterly self-defeating, 26 July). According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children. “Relatively quiet” for whom?
“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. That is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary.”
- Peace in the Middle East will only come about with mutual recognition and respect and must be seen as just by both sides.
- Peace requires the end of illegal occupation and settlement.
- Violence against civilians is unacceptable.
- Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza are breeding hatred and resentment.
- It is crucial that Jews speak out for Palestinians’ human rights.
- The humanitarian values of Judaism have been corrupted by the Israeli state’s human-rights abuses.
- A lasting peace must be seen as just by both sides.
- Britain, the EU, the USA, Russia and the UN must be persuaded to implement UN resolutions on Palestine.
To secure a lasting settlement to the conflict between Palestinians andIsraelis so they can live in peace and security, thrive side by side, and co-operate together, Jews today are obligated to pursue justice on behalf of both peoples.”
WHO WE ARE
- condemnation of all violence against civilians in the conflict, no matter by whom it is carried out;
- recognition of Israel’s 1967 ‘green line’ borders;
- commitment to the Palestinians’ right to a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza;
- calling on Israel to acknowledge its part in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem and its obligation to negotiate a just, fair and practical resolution of the issue.
What we do
Without justice for Palestinians, there is no hope for Israel.”
ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel), Adalah, Breaking the Silence, Coalition of Women for Peace, Gisha, Gush Shalom, ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions), Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch, New Profile, PHR-I (Physicians for Human Rights), PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel), Rabbis for Human Rights, Ta’ayush (Arab-Jewish Partnership), Yesh Gvul (There is a Limit) and Zochrot (Remembrance).