SA Jews speak out against Israel’s assault on Gaza

2014-08-11 08:55

A growing number of South African Jews have signed a petition against Israel’s attacks on Gaza. Here is their petition:

500 Jewish South Africans for peace, democracy and human rights in Israel and Palestine

We, as South Africans Jews, are appalled and devastated by Israel’s assault on Gaza.

Since July 6, at least 1 843 Palestinians have been killed, more than 70% of whom are civilians and a quarter of whom are children. Approximately 9 000 Palestinians have been wounded and up to 520 000 displaced. 67 Israelis, including three civilians, have been killed. Prior to the assault on Gaza at least nine people lost their lives in clashes in the West Bank, including the brutal murder of the three Israeli teens – Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah – and the burning alive of Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdair; we condemn these murders and mourn these lives lost.

This is the third assault on Gaza in six years. Together with the seven-year long blockade these assaults have severely damaged Gaza’s medical facilities, water and sanitation, and electricity infrastructure. Gaza’s economy has been crippled and there is a critical shortage of basic goods. Despite Israel’s physical withdrawal in 2005, Gaza remains unfree.

We are proudly Jewish. We know that every human being is invested with inherent dignity, every life equal. Just as we resist anti-semitism, we refuse to dehumanise Palestinians in order to make their deaths lighter on our collective conscience. We sign this statement in order to affirm their humanity and our own.

We hope for a permanent ceasefire and an end to the death and destruction. Beyond that we believe that the way forward must involve Israel lifting the blockade of Gaza, ending the occupation of the West Bank and fully complying with international law. Attacks on Israeli civilians and rockets fired into Israeli towns must stop; these are illegal, counterproductive and wrong.

We may well wish that Palestinians chose leaders other than Hamas, but we recognise that they have every right to make this choice, and Israel will need to do the same. We also hope for an Israeli government committed to achieving peace.

We distance ourselves from South African Jewish organisations whose blind support for Israel’s disproportionate actions moves us further from a just resolution to the conflict.

Names appear in order that people signed. More than 500 South African Jews have signed the petition. A number of signatories asked to remain anonymous out of concern that they or their families have faced, or may face, intimidation or marginalisation by parts of our Jewish community. Their names do not appear here:

Jesse Harber. Ryan Kaplan. Benjamin Fogel. Megan Furniss. Ruth Sack. Laura Phillips. Lesley Perkes. Maya Schkolne. Ingrid Gavshon. Sara Espi Jacobson. Justine Shear. Erica Petersen. Daniel Browde. Michelle Adler. Caroline Calburn. Kate van Niekerk. Leonard Shapiro. Rebecca Swartz. Yoni Bass. Daniel Linde. Anton Harber. Ashley Brownlee. Liat Davis. Justin van Zyl. Naomi Marshak. Leslie Swartz. Ruth Nowosenetz. Rosman Dadoo. Joshua Maserow. Louise Frenkel. Kayla Roux. Andrew Feinstein. Debra Buys. Fay McConnell Heeps. Graham Rogoff. Jodi Wishnia. Tim Fish Hodgson. Richard Palmer. Ilan Strauss. Jared Sacks. Natacha Berkowitz. Daniel Kaliski. Doron Isaacs. Gilad Isaacs. Tara Weinberg. Viviana Brett. Alison Spreckley. Shifra Jacobson. Steven Mervis. Nimrod Zalk. Matt Rosengarten. Tehillah Niselow. Paul Abrams. Zoe Dando. Orli Setton. Gavin Silber. Megan Riddell. Grahame Fogel. Simon Shear. Claudia Gastrow. Debra Watson. Jonathan Kaplan. Mia Candy. Jonah Sack. Adam Maserow. Yair Schkolne. Bonnie Berkowitz. Andy Smulian. Hannah Claassens. Tom Herbstein. Romi Diamond. Kim Segel. Arthur Petersen. Matthew Satchwell. Anthony Hodgson. David Fine. Lynne Lomofsky. David Barkham. Jennie Reznek. Misha Feinstein. Neva Makgetla. Hofmeyr Scholtz. Kate Abramovitz. Ben Cashdan. Sean Wasserman. Meghan Finn. Steven Markovitz. Stephen Van Neel. Diane Fine. Tarryn George. Annamaria Tonin. Alan Fine. Pam Roux. Mica Finn. Keren Ben-Zeev. Shawn Answer. Vivien Cohen. Maria Fernandes. Jonathan Silberberg. Sammy Lewis. Steven Goldblatt. Philip Krause. Sharon Lomofsky. Gareth McQue. Matt Wolf. Janet Shapiro. Cara-Lee Hamilton George. Jenny Smobes. Callie Shenker. Yvette Holt. Jason Norwood-Young. Alison Swartz. Gary Morris. Susan Angoy. Judith Brigg. Kezia Lewins. Leigh James. Richard Hall. Dylan Yudaken. Kathy Berman. Bianca Sossen. Tess Peacock. Colin Purkey. Hannah Baker. Joey Hasson. Mandy Barnett. Sue Isserow. Joan van Niekerk. Tanya Appelbaum. Rory Moore. Leslie London. Judith Clare. Ethel Williams-Abrahamse. Shaun Reznik. Sandra Meltz. Catherine Nicks. Sue Starfield. Alan Morris. Stephen Gelb. Neville Sweijd. Linzi Lewis. Tanya Layne. Samantha Brener. David Glassom. Sarah Frost. Helene Epstein. Simone Lewis. Jeremy Raizon. Jaryd Raizon. Jaqui Perkes. Janet Love. Jacqui Brener. Vanya Gastrow. David Sanders. Melanie Judge. Lene Le Roux. Luigina D’Alessandro. Rina King. Simone Shall. Shereen Usdin. Jessica Sherman. Gordon Isaacs. Ann Kushlick. Kyle Biccari. Debbie Bub. Steven Robins. Brenda Leibowitz. Brian Florian. Merle Jawitz. Dana Labe. Jeanne Freed. Janet Walt. David Lurie. Terry-Ann Selikow. Steve Kahanovitz. Samara Ragaven. Max Rabkin. Sumaya Gani. Peter Holt. Adrienne Shall. Sheena Stannard. Merle Freed. Talya Lubinsky. Dustin Kramer. Marlene Wasserman. Jade Wasserman. Maia Zway. Jess Stillerman. Jared Chaitowitz. Jill Adler. Lindy Cohen. Jill Strelitz. Maya Goldman. Kim Sacks. Daniel Kaplan. Kate Rees. Keren Setton. Roslyn Fish. Robert Krause. Howard Varney. Steven Friedman. Nicky Falkof. Murielle Broccardo. Peter Myers. Lorna Levy. Stephen Finn. Nikki Stein. Kai Barron. Jacob Hoffman. Daniel Friedman. Myer Taub. Anna Badillo. Laurie Nathan. Ian Goldman. Vanessa Barolsky. Shula Marks. Michael Moss. Lisa Lindsay. Deborah Akiva. Mina Tavakol. Marisa Garcia. Rosa Elk. LM Weinberg. Graeme Bloch. Romy Berman. Ruth Jacob. Cecilia Fellner. Jane Thandi Lipman. Roger Etkind. Becky Solomon. Isha Mann. Susan Rumsey. Mervyn Sloman. Merlynn Edelstein. Max Ozinsky. Dalia Zia. Arden Finn. Zoe Lory. Keith Gottschalk. Rachel Cohen. Allan Horwitz. Jarred Durbach. Margaret Green. Beata Lipman. Jessica Doucha. Adam Mosselson. Brendon Neuhaus. Stephen Horwitz. John Stoltz. Jonathan Melamdowitz. Kathy Barolsky. Taznim Peck. Stacey Sacks. Marian Nell. Sonia Fey. Anton van Dierman. Shelagh Gastrow. Joshua Davis. Ben Turok. Jessica Rumsey. Claudette Davis. Sara Blecher. Steven Budlender. Lucy Kaplan. Debbie Budlender. Gilbert Marcus. Max Taylor. Merle Scholtz. Carin Abramovitz. Sivan Zeffertt. Nicholas Budlender. Jacky Khan. Linda Ray. Lily Kay. Heidi Grunebaum. Moira Levy. Debra Davis. Chris Gordon. Raf Davies. Ros Hirschowitz. Sheila Barsel. Richard Kuper. Geoff Budlender. Julia Kaplan. Rhoda Rosen. Paul Broomberg. Deborah Posel. Jessica Price. Judy Favish. Diana Neslen. Kira Schlesinger. Deborah Baron. Gabriella Elte. Mark Gevisser. Philip Miller. Tony Carr. Talia Braude. Robyn Solomon. Maria Teresa Araujo Silva. Warren Wilensky. Dani Schlesinger. Gail Behr. Steven Cohen. Adaiah Lilenstein. Carol Steinberg. David Kaplan. Jon Jacobson. Melanie Samson. Anita Kanitz. Lynne Slonimsky. Melanie Alperstein. Jodi Bieber. Tammy Fabian. Steve Linde. Antony Altbeker. Matt Mahon. Bradley Bordiss. Brandon Finn. Kyle Blumberg. Linda Cooper. Kelly Sender-Rosenthal. Beverley Blumberg. Barbara Klugman. Simon Sender-Rosenthal. Francois Petousis. Mira Blumberg Pahad. Melvyn Freeman. Danny Bradlow. Benjamin Bradlow. Michael Kahn. David Idesis. Rebecca Kahn. Robi Bennett. Thaddeus Metz. Karen Hofman. David Kramer. Genee Schock. Monique Hess. Leila Arnold. Mike Morris. Patricia Sidley.

David Rosenthal. Nathan Geffen. Sonja Narunsky-Laden. Michel Friedman. Sam Beckbessinger. Jemma Kahn. Jeremy Gordin. Neville Rubin. R Larsson. Jonny Steinberg. Saul Musker. Sean Kaliski. Yusrie Gasant. WM Freund. Lorraine Chaskalson. Romy Petersen. Tessa Gordon. Mila Heneck. Vickey Scott. Janis Judson. Mitchel Hunter. Gabi Brogan. Hilary Sapire. Ros Finn. Norman Kaplan. Karen Lazar. Denis Herbstein. Dennis Davis. Desmond Gardner. David Fig. Maxine Rubin. Adam Sack. Kyla-rose Smith. Farrah SChwab. Soniq Aoula. Kim Harrisberg. Maureen Isaacson. Samuel Shapiro. Neil Tabatznik. Susan Tabatznik Nestadt. Godfrey Phillips. Sandy Tabatznik. Rosamine Hayeem. Michael Kaplan. Harris Gordon. Ben Stillerman. Gillian Slovo. Lance Samuels. Daniel Levi. Sarah Delius. Robyn Slovo. Dina Rutto. Lionel Krause. Jack Lewis. Carole Lewis. Pele Collins. Ivan Turok. Naashon Zalk. Shayni Geffen. Mark Orkin. Yvonne Shapiro. Karen Harber. H Harber. Laura Horwitz. Damon Kalvari. Maya Super. Leila Emdon. Monique Bernic. Jemma Khan. Dr Ann-Marie Wolpe. Simon Eppel. Gail Berhmann. Edwin Ritchken. Juliet Cohen. Hana Mezei. Rebecca Sher. Saul Hurwitz. Maha Lakshmi. Beth Hollingshead. Jessica McCarthy. Marion Norton. Nicola Galombik. Jessica Dubow. David Eppel. Joseph Mosselson. Rafael Winkler. Carol Witz. Ed Wethli. Raphaella Lewis. Heloise Smith. Laura Czerniewicz. Leon Geffen. Irvin Smith. Kim Nates. Rodney Ehrlich. Brenda Goldblatt. Alexander Eppel. Lauren Gower. Lisa Segal. Heather Wilkinson. Fara Miller. Susan Levy. Matthew Chaskalson. Karyn Levy-Philipp. Harold Cesman. Dex Kelly. Erica Emdon. Helene Perold. Laurence Dworkin. Lewis Rabkin. Brian Segal. Kelly-Jo Bluen. Jarah Fluxman. Cameron Clausen. Callan Clausen. Chambrey Selamolela. Naomi Levitt. Leslie Witz. Tatiana Marks. Norman Manoim. Rod Pringle. Maureen Mosselson. Loni Mamatela. Gordon Hirschowitz. Miriam Altman. Jean Comaroff. John Comaroff.

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