Judaism More Endangered By Israel Than By Palestinians

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Israel Needs To Hear Opposition From People Of Jewish Faith

I’m asking you as an Israeli–we need you to tell Israeli leaders you won’t accept racism, you won’t accept human rights violations, you won’t accept occupation and the killing of civilians.

Please join me and sign this statement: We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives.

My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite. Israeli Eran Efrati

What I’ve seen in Israel over the last few weeks is beyond anything I have witnessed in my life. 

I’ve seen terrified Palestinian children in Hebron and Halhul, sitting on the ruins of their homes.

I’ve seen mobs in the street chanting “death to Arabs” and pulling out Palestinian men from their stores to beat them as other Israelis stood idly by.

I’ve seen soldiers lined up at the Gaza border, ready at a moment’s notice to invade. 

And now, like you, I’ve seen the climbing death toll in Gaza, over 100 dead and some 500 injured –all by Israeli missiles, with no end in sight.

As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think I can do a lot about it. But I believe you can.

American voices – and especially Jewish American ones – are probably the most critical voices in the world right now. 

We need you to tell us – Israeli politicians, the Israeli media, Israeli society – that you can’t support this. That you can’t support human rights violations. That you can’t support racism. That you won’t support the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives. 

Join me and sign this Open Letter now—if they get another 10,000 signatures, Jewish Voice for Peace will take out ads in Haaretz and the Jewish Forward with our message.

We know the roots of this are long and deep. But the truth behind this latest assault has finally coming: as J.J. Goldberg documented in The Forward, the Israeli government lied, and created this situation.

For weeks, the government knew that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead. But they instituted a gag order on the media, lied to Israelis and the world, and falsely claimed the mass arrests and collective punishment of Palestinians was all in the hopes of finding the teenagers alive.

In other words, their chosen response was to kidnap the mind of an entire country.

From the very beginning, this has been about punishing Palestinians. From the beginning, the government has been willing to manipulate and use its own people for that goal.

Overhead, I hear airplanes headed to Gaza all day long, and I know there’s nothing I can do to stop them. And now we all know the lengths they’ve gone to justify this attack, and how fully Israeli society has bought into it. And I don’t think we can stop it from within. 

But I think you can.

Please join me and sign this statement: We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives.

  • easywriter

    Thank you Eran, for the truth behind the lies. Those of us who pay attention are horrified.

  • Proudscalawag

    I found it unexpectedly hard to sign. I kept asking myself, “Remember all the occasions when Jewish blood was not only dirt-cheap but shedding it was accounted as laudable?” and wondered if the same idea wasn’t behind this. I did sign, but only after praying over it.

  • Barbara Lyons

    At age 76 it was hard to give up the myth of Zionism but if I could I hope others will learn and listen and do the same.

  • Nite_Owl

    The sad fact is Israeli Jews WILL accept racism and human rights violations and the killing of civilians.They’re shown not only to accept it but to applaud it and cheer it on. As long as it’s not Jews being targeted anything goes. Once they feel they’ve achieved total victory against their neighbours though I’m sure that will change .Then the civil war begins with the targeting of “self hating” Jews followed by targeting those not of pure blood. There seems to be a blood lust in their hearts that will never be slaked. They’ve developed a taste for ethnic cleansing. Much like Walter White finally admitted in Breaking Bad, they’ve found they like it and they’re good at it. The only thing that will wake up the Israelis now is to suffer a massive military defeat. Then and only then will they finally show a true interest in peace with their neighbours but by then, after so many rebuffs of their attempts at peace over the decades, their neighbours may no longer be interested in peace. I only hope the Israeli government doesn’t choose to, in a fit of pique, use the Samson Option and attempt to destroy the planet. If that happened Israel will have finally finished what Hitler started as all Jews would be blamed for the worldwide holocaust which resulted whether they supported Israel or not and there wouldn’t be a Jew left alive anywhere.

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