Michael Riordon

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A desperate plea from an Israeli Jew

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Via Jewish Voice for Peace:

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

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

Gaza under attack, July 2104                                Gaza under Israeli attack, July 2014.  Photo: The Times, UK.

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

I’ve seen Israeli 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 Israeli 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.

North American voices – especially Jewish North American voices – are probably the most critical voices right now.  [MR: I would add that in the face of crimes on this scale, all voices of reason and compassion need to be heard wherever and however they can.]

We need you to tell Israeli politicians, the Israeli media, Israeli society, that you can’t support this attack. 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 is finally coming out: as J.J. Goldberg wrote 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.

Reliable updates on the current Israeli assault on Gaza and the West Bank, here, and here.

For an inside look at how Palestinians and Israelis are resisting the occupation, check out Our Way to Fight.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

155 thoughts on “A desperate plea from an Israeli Jew

  1. Israeli politicians and autorities: Please stop killing inocent people! You are not solving any problem, just making it bigger and making peace much more dificult, now you have enougth territory for yourselves.

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  2. Evan thanx for initiating this. You’ve said it all and said it well. With this stupid action and reaction there are no winners. Only lowers. Just call this the end of whatever has been and give peace a chance.

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  3. Free Palestine!!

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  4. I sure hope the conflict ends as soon as possible. I’ve seen terrible video footage of the current situation in Gaza and my thoughts are with both sides. I was just about to head for Israel to join a Taglit experience but I do not support the israeli millitary actions. I am seriously considering to cancel the trip. Do you consider Israel save enoight to travel through? I’m talking mostly Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and more to the north, not the south of Israel. What is your opinion?

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  5. Israel, stop your murder in Gaza, the world is aware of fraudulent premise

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  6. Shame on the Zionist Government of Israel, shame on the American Government and shame on the UN! They are all responsible. Stop the murders of children, woman, elderly and the sick. Stop the killing of innocent Palestinians under the guise of “defence”. They may feel that they don’t have to answer to us, but they will all die one day, and they will have to answer to God for each and every one they killed! Free Palestine!

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  7. Parenlos ataques ya !! juzgar a los criminales de guerra del gobierno Sionista !!

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  8. Free palestine

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  9. Israel stop your murder in Gaza!!!!

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  10. Free Gaza

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  11. STOP this cruelty NOW!!!!

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  12. End the brutal occupation of Palestine. The people of Palestine have suffered decades of misery, no dignity and a raped identity.
    It is ludicrous that a nation is permitted to occupy another under the pretext of a Jewish understanding that they will because they can.

    It is horrific that the world still mourning the tragedies of the of the nazi era can allow the very same treatment of another nation simultaneously to take place.

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  13. Free Palestine!

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  14. Our prayers are with our oppressed brothers and sisters and their families.

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  15. Thank for your story

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  16. Peace to palestine! Fredom And no opresión . God is Watching act like You know !

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  17. Free Palestine!

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  18. END ALL WARS for the Sake of our CHILDREN !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Please stop these atrocities!

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  20. This needs to stop now!

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  21. I know I can’t do much but believe me I’m thinking of all the innocent dead and effected. Stop the bloodshed!

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  22. This saddens me deeply. As a person of faith, I am so discouraged at yet another example in our history of hatred, killing, and evil for power but in the name of God.

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  23. I am discussed by the Israeli nazi racist regime.

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  24. Stop stop !!!! This inhumanity right now . Shame on us , the world Is the most uncivilized when most of us are educated today . No point of any world peace organizations at all. History tells the big n powerful do all the injustice under political curtain n no one stops them . We will inshaallah witness the the severest punishment in the higher court where justice will b served . No religion gives permission to take lives of innocents .

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  25. I am extremely concerned and dismayed at the unwarranted and inappropriate military aggression being perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians currently and on an ongoing basis. Israel is perpetuating this conflict as the aggressor by killing innocent civilians, including children. As an American taxpayer whose tax dollars are used to fund this violence, I find this unconscionable. This war must cease immediately. It is time to divest aide from Israel until there is an end to the occupation which is a root cause of this conflict.

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  26. is this the Israeli Government’s “Final Solution” for the Palestinians?
    It sure looks that way to the rest of the world.
    Gaza is an Arab Holacaust per

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  27. This is not a terrorist assault .The Palestinian people have been persecuted and provoked for years .Gaza is like a concentration camp . Israel stop the bloodshed stop dehumanising the Palestinian people .
    We are all equal.

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  28. Free Palestine! No more killing. Enough more than enough. It must stop.

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  29. Stop the colocaust in Gaza now

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  30. The devil is in their hearts. Making them so awful. I am shocked. After what the Jews suffered during world war 2?

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  31. STOP zionist terrorism…. FREE PALESTINE

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  32. Free Palastine!! Israel is real Terrorist !

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  33. Stop the holocaust in gaza

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  34. Why 10000 signatures to take out an add- aren’t hundreds and thousands of lives enough?! 1 life is too much!!

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  35. Stop this horrendous situation !!

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  36. All the violence and killing of innocent people just gotta stop we are all part of one race the HUMAN RACE please this goes out to all our leaders stop this

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  37. Congratulations for speaking out!!!!

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  38. Coexisting between 2 nations must occur, both sides have had losses. Both sides have equal rights to land. Walls must come down and economies must be freed so families can prosper. Hatred doesn’t end in one day so dialogue will be hard initially but if people are able to prosper and nation building occurs, by the will of God, peace can be attained.

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  39. Stop the bombings!!!

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  40. We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, and the privileging of Jewish lives over other loves.

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  41. Stop the killing now!

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  42. Palestine for always and forever!

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  43. I don’t support this occupation. This is heartbreaking and we need to stand up and do something!

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  44. No matter what we say or do out here will matter little, it doesn’t sink in. Palestinians are not capable of doing much really, except for totally giving in and that won’t happen, they rather die. Only Israel can make the difference, only they are can make the big difference, only they can stop this war, being the superior power, educated and smart nation, but do they have the will, I doubt it. Hope this will help

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  45. Stop a tutte le guerre nel mondo!!!

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  46. stop the killing, do something now!

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  47. This is all I can do but weep in desperation

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  48. With each crime and every kindness we birth our future…stop the killing now!

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  49. Please stop! Killing civilians is murder!

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