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British Jews do not speak with one voice!

Posted by rabbibrian on December 1, 2009

An open letter to Gordon Brown signed by British Jews in support of Judge Goldstone and his report on Gaza was published as full page ad in the London Times today.  “British Jews do not speak with one Voice” is the title of the open letter.

Could we imagine a full page ad in the New York Times from American Jews responding to the many ways the Administration, the Congress and Jewish leaders and organizations have worked together to bury the report?

Here is the text of the British ad:

OPEN LETTER TO GORDON BROWN ON THE GOLDSTONE REPORT:
BRITISH JEWS DO NOT SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE

Dear Prime Minister,
We appreciate your Government’s stated intention to
build bridges with the Jewish community in the light of
responses to the Goldstone report. To achieve this, it is
vital for you to recognise that British Jews do not speak
with one voice on this matter.
We welcome the Goldstone Fact Finding Mission on the
Gaza conflict as a key document in the upholding of
international law in situations of violent conflict, and
regret your Government’s failure to endorse the Report
and its recommendations at the United Nations General
Assembly.
We condemn the vilification of Richard Goldstone, an
internationally acclaimed jurist who has made a
substantial contribution worldwide to the development
and maintenance of international humanitarian law, and
his distinguished co-authors.
We note that the preparation of the Report was severely
hampered by the refusal of the Israeli authorities to respond to
reasonable enquiries or to facilitate access by the mission to
Gaza or the West Bank and that it was only Egypt’s assistance
which eventually allowed the Mission to gain access to Gaza.
We further note that the Report unequivocally condemns not
just Israel’s devastation of Gaza but also Hamas’s indiscriminate
rocket attacks against Israeli neighbourhoods and does not in
any way deny Israel its right to legitimate self-defence. We fully
support its recommendation that both parties conduct full
investigations into the allegations of war crimes in the Report.
We believe Israel cannot afford, nor should it wish, to exempt
itself from the scrutiny of the international community on these
matters. We consider that it is the attempt to do so, rather than
the Goldstone Report, that is damaging Israel. We therefore urge
you to endorse the Report at the next available opportunity.
SUPPORTED  BY: INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICES http://www.ijv.org.uk  •  JEWS FOR JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS http://www.jfjfp.org  •  JEWISH FORUM FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS http://www.jfjhr.org
JEWISH SOCIALISTS’ GROUPwww.jewishsocialist.org.uk  •  JEWISH WRITERS AGAINST THE OCCUPATION ann@barnowlbooks.com  •  SCOTTISH JEWS FOR A JUST PEACE http://www.sjjp.org.uk
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Lesley Abdela MBE
George Abendstern
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Bernie Ahrens
Michael Albu
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Seymour Alexander
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Ruth Appleton
Libby Ardren
Oreet Ashery
Martha Jean Baker
Dr Anthony Bale
Lynne Reid Banks
Dr Lisa Baraitser
Lisa Barcan
Julia Bard
Barbara Barnett
Prof Tony Barnett
Michael Baron MBE
Robert Bartfield
Rosemary Bechler
Dr Alex Benchimol
Emeritus Prof Robert
Benewick
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Joan Benham
Leonie Bennett
Paul Benson
Marge Berer
Daniel Bernstein
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Dr Lynn Bindman
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Rica Bird
Dr Martin Birnstingl
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Richard Mond
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Idit Nathan
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Roger Nelson
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Zina Rohan
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Leon Rosselson
Rina Rosselson
The Hon Miranda
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Michael Sackin
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Sabby Sagall
Caroline Salinger
Susannah Sallé
Deborah Salter
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Samuel
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Cllr Larry Sanders
Dr Esther Saraga
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Anthony Sattin
Dr Ian Saville
Alexei Sayle
Seb Schmoller
David Schneerson
Dr Susan Schonfield
Barry Schwabsky
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Amanda Sebestyen
Glyn Secker
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FRS
Prof Lynne Segal
Ruth Selwyn
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Prof Peter Senker
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Russell Shaw
Diana Shelley
Dr Peter Sheridan
Judy Sherwood
Prof Avi Shlaim FBA
David Shonfield
Prof John Sidel
Nick Sigler
Byron Simmonds
J David Simons
Irris Singer
Dr Juliet Singer
Sid Singer
Dr Jonathan Sklar
Naomi Sklar
Eve Slatner
Hazel Slavin
Gillian Slovo
Sandra Smidt
Harry Smith
Jill Smith
Micah Smith
Ben Soffa
Donatella Soldi
Jeremy Solnick
Sara Solnick
Dr David Sperlinger
Sigal Spigel
Prof Annabelle
Sreberny
Jonty Steinfeld
Rebecca Steinfeld
Dov Stekel
Chaim Stephenson
Andrew Stern
Anya Stern
John Stern
Nicholas Stern
Dr Paul Stern
Ruth Stern
Prof Frances Stewart
Henry Stewart
Dr Kitty Stewart
Lorne Stockman
Anthony Stoll
Jennie Stoller
Diana Stone
Dr Judith Suissa
Sylvia Summer
Vivien Sunlight
Dr Adam Sutcliffe
Susan Sutcliffe
Janet Suzman
Risa Tabatznik
Tony Tabatznik
Rabbi Larry Tabick
Dr David Taylor
Eric Taylor
Hedley Taylor
Ruth Tenne
Gemma Thomas
Asher Tlalim
Andi Tobe
Jeremy Tobias-Tarsh
Dr David Toke
Sef Townsend
Michel Trainer
Inge Trott
Sonia Tuban
Prof David Turner
Emeritus Prof Clare
Ungerson
Prof Elaine
Unterhalter
Tanya Ury
Dr Nadia Valman
Prof Anton van der
Merwe
Dr Andrea Varney
Katie Vetch
Prof Philip Wadler
Tirza Waisel
Stanley Walinets
Lorraine Walters
Michelene Wandor
Carla Wartenberg
Sophie Waterhouse
Beryl Wayne
Naomi Wayne
Wolf Wayne
Saira Weiner
Miri Weingarten
Irving Weinman
Tom Wengraf
Baroness Whitaker
Martin Wilson QC
Naomi Wimborne-
Idrissi
Dr Aaron Winter
Devra Wiseman
Walter J Wolfgang
Geoff Woolfe
Judy Woolfe
Myra Woolfson
Miriam Yagud
Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim
Ben Young
Montague Young
Dr Gill Yudkin
Emeritus Prof John S
Yudkin
Prof Nira Yuval-Davis
Betsy Zander
Emeritus Prof
Michael Zander QC
Dr Pam Zinkin

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9 Responses to “British Jews do not speak with one voice!”

  1. Dina Afek said

    Yes, lets do it. Maybe we could have ads appear in local papers too. Jewish Fast for Gaza with support from other organizations.
    dina

  2. max said

    Very nice, especially for you safely at home in Britain. But where are the Palestinian counterparts, making similar statements about Hamas?

    • Nancy L. Dudwick said

      I agree. How many Palestinians are willing to make peace with the Israelis? It seems that Israel is always being criticized when they retaliate, but why are they retaliating?

  3. Brian,

    Yes I can imagine such an ad in the NYT. What a worthy and appropriate project for the Fast for Gaza!

    Mark

  4. B L Canary said

    OPEN LETTER TO THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT

    Did you order the killing of the 900 civilians, in Gaza, in January 2009, in self-defence or did you kill them to save others?

    Or did you kill these non-combatants in order to terrorize the civilian population?

    Were you aware that to kill civilians, except in self-defense, is a war crime?

    Did your troops use banned white phosphorus as a chemical weapon to injure and kill?

    If your soldiers are alleged by an independent enquiry to be guilty of war crimes, will they be handed over voluntarily to the ICC for trial?

    In which event, would Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, the ministers directly responsible, be voluntarily be handed over to the authorities in The Hague, or will it be left to other governments to arrest them ?

    ________________________________________

    Extracted from the official United Nations Report of the Fact Finding Mission. April/May 2009

    1. Deliberate attacks by the Israeli army on civilians

    2. 1400 Gazans killed in three weeks

    3. The illegal use of white phosphorus

    4. Israeli violations of the right to free movement

    5. Dehumanization

    6. Torture and punishment

    7. Violations of international human rights and humanitarian law

    8. The arbitrary deprivation of life

    There has been a disgraceful, and successful, attempt to discredit the Goldstone Report

    The job of the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, is to disseminate propaganda from its network of diplomatic missions around the world, in order to support the agenda of the Israeli state.
    That includes attempting to discredit any reported evidence that either disproves Israeli claims, or proves allegations against the Israeli authorities.
    There is little that can be done to stop the dissemination of propaganda – many nations do the same. But thinking people do not need to accept half-truths or misinformation, and, as a group, fortunately they do not.

    The time is now ripe for a paradigm shift in the status quo. The EU will be endorsing the proposal, this week, for East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state, and a UNSC resolution is required urgently for the establishment of that autonomous entity, as soon as now possible.

  5. gunter Hiller said

    It would be interesting to know how many Jews endorse the above statement. Is the list complete?
    And how many Jews disagree with the statement?

  6. Beth Harris said

    Inspiring ad from the British Jews in solidarity with the Goldstone Report. I like the idea of a similar ad in the NYTs.

  7. B L Canary said

    There can be no more serious investigation than the Goldstone report. As a Jew, and a Herzl Zionist, I have the right to know what the government of Israel has done in my name.

    If Israeli soldiers killed three hundred children, I want to know exactly why, for there is no obvious reason to kill children except in genuine self-defense.

    I do not want to be fobbed-off with vague mutterings of ‘human shields’ and ‘threats to our forces’.
    If Israel has a professional army, then I want to know precisely why they killed hundreds of civilians in three bloody weeks.

    I want to know if those troops are masochistic automatons, or if they are genuine forces for the defense of Israel.

    I and others want to know and want to know soon. Otherwise, Israel will become a pariah state that will only be rehabilitated by the voluntary production of those responsible to be judged innocent or guilty before an international court.

  8. There is a similarity here between not only the Israel and Sri Lankans. responses to independent reports on war crimes allegedly committed by them (both reports also refer to atrocities by the other side -Hamas and the LTT) but also the UK and the US refusal to condemn or demand sanctions against these governments for geo-political and trade reasons. As long as Israel and Sri Lanka refuse to answer to the charges and allow investigations that should properly lead to arrests, prosecutions and convictions for war crimes at the ICC, they are both pariah states, and the UK government, by its silence, condones these war crimes..
    margaret owen

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