- In analyzing Israel's current military campaign in Gaza, a leading Jewish activist says "the underlying problem is the denial for freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades." The heart of the problem is not Hamas or who the Palestinian leadership is, it is the Israeli occupation, beginning with the expulsion of the Palestinians from their land in 1948 (what the Palestinians term the Nakba or "catastrophe").
- A Rabbi and an Imam Write Together About Israel and Gaza
- Whither Israel?
Donna Nevel, Tikkun Daily
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A Palestinian man sits on the edge of a refugee camp following the Nakba in 1948. Creative Commons/palestineremembered.com.
August 14, 2014 | In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
Re: The Nakba
1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. More recently, she is a founding member of Jews Say No!, on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and on the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project-US.
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A Rabbi and an Imam Write Together About Israel and Gaza, Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches
- Seeking more blood for blood only perverts and discards the great traditions of Islam and Judaism. We abandoned an “eye for an eye” centuries ago. Now we urge our brothers and sisters in the Middle East to seek a solution that protects the self while fostering compassion for the other.
- The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.
Whither Israel? Fred Reed, Fred on Everything
- The Road to Ruad
- Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’