Jewish voices call for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine: To this day, Israel continues its strategic pattern of ethnic cleansing while constructing more illegal Jewish settlements and Jewish-only roads. It demolishes Palestinian homes and has built walls that concentrate Palestinians into small, isolated regions.The incredible shrinking Palestine: a brief history

Jewish voices call for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine

19 July 2012
Jewish Voice for Peace
Palestine and Israel

Jewish voices in calling for a just and lasting peace, which would allow both Israelis and Palestinians to thrive, say that first and foremost this requires an end to the occupation.


Jewish Voice for Peace
19 July 2012 


 

THE ISRAELI government often claims to act in the name and interests of all the Jews in the world. However, their actions do not reflect our Jewish values and beliefs.

We hold to Rabbi Hillel’s ancient precept: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” We support non-violent efforts that pressure the Israeli government to end its oppressive policies:

  • to remove the illegal settlements, the ‘separation wall,’ and the checkpoints it has built in the West Bank;
  • to end its inhuman siege of Gaza;
  • to respect the full equality of non-Jewish citizens of Israel;
  • to embrace a resolution of the conflict that is based on justice and that respects the common humanity of both Israelis and Palestinians.

We condemn all acts of violence against civilians, be they Palestinian, Israeli, or others. We believe that one-sided US political, military, and financial (taxpayer) support of Israel has harmed both Israelis and Palestinians. It has not served the interests of peace or the American people. We call on Americans to demand an end to US enabling of Israel’s illegal and immoral acts.

Criticism of Israeli Actions and Policies is not Anti-Semitic

There is a difference between the government of Israel and the world Jewry.  Criticism of Israeli governmental actions is not an attack on either Jews or Judaism. Both Jews and non-Jews have a right—and a responsibility—to speak out against the injustices that are being perpetrated by the Israeli government and supported by the US government.

The incredible shrinking Palestine: a brief history

In 1947, the United Nations granted the Jewish immigrants in Palestine 55% of the Palestinians’ homeland, even though they then represented less than 1/3 of the population and had purchased less that 5% of the land. This partition left the Palestinians with only 45%.

The Jewish Agency, which was the provisional government before Israel declared statehood in 1948, immediately began to execute its strategic plan to cleanse its partition of the indigenous Arab population. This plan, developed over the previous decade, was called Plan Dalet. By the time that Israel declared its independence, on May 14, 1948, the majority of the Palestinians living within Israel had been forcibly expelled from their homes by Israeli regular and irregular military forces.

During the war of 1948, Israel not only continued this campaign of ethnic cleansing, but captured an additional 23% of historic Palestine, thereby leaving the Palestinians with only 22% of their ancestral land. By the end of 1949, Israel had expelled over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land and destroyed over 400 villages. The Palestinians who were allowed to remain were placed under a direct military dictatorship for the next 16 years. In violation of international law, those who were expelled have never been allowed to return.

In 1967, Israel captured the remaining 22%: the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Israel has placed these Occupied Palestinian Territories under a brutal military occupation and has illegally transferred almost half a million of its own citizens there. This colonization of occupied territory is strictly prohibited by international law, as is the acquisition of territory through war.

To this day, Israel continues its strategic pattern of ethnic cleansing while constructing more illegal Jewish settlements and Jewish-only roads. It demolishes Palestinian homes and has built walls that concentrate Palestinians into small, isolated regions.

Israel maintains hundreds of military checkpoints (the Hebrew term translates as “obstacles”), which inhibit free travel. Because Israel controls all borders, air space, and natural resources, the Palestinian economy is thwarted at every turn. All this—together known as the Occupation—has produced poverty, hatred, and conflict.

In our view, a just and lasting peace, which would allow both Israelis and Palestinians to thrive, requires, first and foremost, an end to this Occupation.

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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