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Saying no to the Israeli massacre!

Published on 19 July 2014
Written by Ofer Neiman
Palestinian children travel to an UNRWA school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City on July 13, 2014. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The small minority of Israeli peace and human rights activists cannot reverse the horrible reality from within, and our action has primarily brought about accusations that we are traitors, as well as assaults by thugs on our protests. We need support from the outside. 

The following is a letter by an Israeli citizen, published on Friday 18 July by the London Evening Standard:

The Israeli government is committing war crimes in Gaza. The IDF Spokesperson and media sources have reported deliberate attacks against the homes of senior activists in armed Palestinian groups. These houses are not legitimate military targets, and attacking them is a violation of ...international humanitarian law. Israel has shelled and destroyed Gaza's only rehabilitation hospital. All this comes on top of a chronic, Israeli-made humanitarian crisis, which has turned into a catastrophe in the past few days. An unfolding Israeli ground invasion will make things even worse.

The Palestinian people are facing a conspiracy by the governments of Israel, The US, Egypt and others. Under the Orwellian title of "ceasefire", cynical players epitomized by Tony Blair, are trying to impose the continuation of the siege and the strangulation of Gaza on the Palestinian people.

The small minority of Israeli peace and human rights activists cannot reverse the horrible reality from within, and our action has primarily brought about accusations that we are traitors, as well as assaults by thugs on our protests. We need support from the outside. Concerned citizens all over the world can do a lot. Western governments should be flooded with calls for an arms embargo on Israel. Complicit companies, institutions and officials should be boycotted. Users of social media can stand up to Israel's odious propaganda, which often portrays the state as a bastion of enlightenment in the middle of a jungle. Finally, stronger efforts should also be made to arrest senior Israeli officials who are suspected of war crimes and bring them to a (fair) trial abroad. "

Ofer Neiman, Israeli citizen

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