As Israeli soldiers and citizens continue to express their anger and outrage at the Israeli government for the war in Lebanon, today, a day of coordinated actions was organized by a wide spectrum of Jews in the United States committed to peace and justice in Palestine, Israel and the entire region. Following a “die-in” that was held in Boston on August 1, over 20 intergenerational Jews staged a â€œDie-Inâ€ during rush hour this morning outside Penn Station, “unfurling large banners and lying down on the ground to demand a cessation of continuing Israeli military aggression in Lebanon and Palestine.” Jews in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco staged similar events throughout the morning.
From the release:
Mario Yedidia, a Die-In participant with family spread across Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa said, â€œkilling civilians, attacking government institutions and destroying the infrastructure of modern society is an immoral course of action that will ensure security for no one. Israel is unsuccessfully challenging a simple truth: no one is secure while others live in terror.â€
With a recent raid by Israel inside Lebanon this weekend, and hundreds of cluster bombs scattered in civilian areas, it has become clear that Israel is not abiding by the cease-fire.
Activists apart of the ad-hoc committee were also interviewed this morning on “Wake Up” WBAI, highlighting how there continues to be a surge in US and Israeli Jewish voices speaking out against the aggression of the Israeli government, the US backing of Israel and the impact of this brutal war as the cease-fire fails to be honored and Israeli continues to occupy Palestine.
Earlier this August a petition was begun, calling on “US Jewish solidarity with Muslim and Arab Peoples”:
We are appalled by the blatant self-interest revealed in the U.S.’s leveraging of Israel’s actions towards a “New Middle East” agenda, which it has advanced in Afghanistan and Iraq in order to serve an increasingly unilateral economic and political program enforced through military aggression…We call upon Jews everywhere to hold the U.S. government accountable for its 58-year role in facilitating and benefiting from Israel’s long-standing, military occupation of Palestine, its repeated acts of collective punishment against both the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples, and its military dominance over Lebanon and other countries in the region.
I think the petition (which is, I believe, somewhat separate from the actions that happened today, in that it isn’t the same collectives of people) is lacking—-in important points, including an analysis of the history of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews in the Middle East.
With varied feelings on this issue, the main one really is participating and joining other Jews of conscience in your cities and towns to speak out with the many of us who as Jews living in the United States are outraged by the violence being perpetrated in our name both as Jews and as US citizens who want peace and justice in Palestine, Israel and the entire region.
For updates on actions throughout the country, visit jewishconscience.blogspot.com
btw Yes tis true as commenters have noted the soldiers in the JTA piece are angry for different reasons, but there are also soldiers who have dissented against the war, and thousands who have protested in Israel against the government’s actions.