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Israeli citizens calling upon international community to stop Israel

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Israeli citizens calling upon international community to stop Israel
Among the signatories some very well-known artists, musicians and writers such as Dror Burstein, Ala Hlehel, Yitzhak Laor, Yehudith Levin, Avi Mograbi, Michal Naaman, Salman Natour, Judd Ne`eman, Aharon Shabtay, and Arik Shapira (Israel Prize Laureate) - and university professors such as Yossef Grodginski, Uri Hadar, Hannan Hever, Orly Lubin, Adi Ophir, Yehuda Shenhav and Eyal Weitzman. The petition was presented by the initiators to the embassies in Israel.

5 January 2009


Your Excellency,

Please find enclosed a petition signed by about 500 Israeli citizens, calling for urgent international intervention in order to stop Israel from continuing the war it has waged against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

It is the signatories` belief that Israel`s atrocities will not cease without a massive intervention by the international community. In particular, they ask world leaders to implement the call by Palestinian human rights organizations which urges:

• “The UN Security Council to call an emergency session and adopt concrete measures, including the imposition of sanctions, in order to ensure Israel`s fulfillment of its obligations under international humanitarian law.
• The High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligation under common Article 1 to ensure respect for the provisions of the Conventions, taking appropriate measures to compel Israel to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular placing pivotal importance on the respect and protection of civilians from the effects of the hostilities.
• The High Contracting Parties to fulfill their legal obligation under Article 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention to prosecute those responsible for grave breaches of the Convention.
• EU institutions and member states to make effective use of the European Union Guidelines on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law (2005/C 327/04) to ensure Israel complies with international humanitarian law under paragraph 16 (b), (c) and (d) of these guidelines, including the adoption of immediate restrictive measures and sanctions, as well as cessation of all upgrade dialogue with Israel. “

The petition itself and a list of all Israeli signatories are attached to this letter.

Sincerely,

Professor Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University,
rachel.giora@gmail.com, +972 3 6418369

Dr. Kobi Snitz, Haifa
ksnitz@gmail.com, +972 54 2191547

Yael Lerer, Andalus Publishing, Tel Aviv,
ylerer@gmail.com, +972 54 4901125

Dr. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University,
anatmatar@gmail.com, +972 72 2511135


In support of the Palestinian human rights community call for international action

A call from within – signed by Israeli citizens

As if the occupation was not enough, the brutal ongoing repression of the Palestinian population, the construction of settlements and the siege of Gaza- now comes the bombardment of the civilian population: men, women, old folks and children. Hundreds of dead, hundreds of injured, overwhelmed hospitals, and the central medicine depot of Gaza bombed. The ship Dignity of the Free Gaza movement which brought emergency medical supplies and a number of physicians was also attacked. Israel has returned to openly committing war crimes, worse than what we have seen in a long time.

Israeli media do not expose their viewers to the horrors and to the voices of severe criticism of these crimes. The story told is uniform. Israeli dissidents are denounced as traitors. Public opinion including that of the Zionist left supports the Israeli policy uncritically and without reservation.

Israel`s destructive criminal policy will not cease without a massive intervention by the international community. However, except for some rather weak official condemnation, the international community is reluctant to intervene,. The United States openly supports the Israeli violence and Europe, although voicing some condemnation, is unwilling to seriously consider withdrawing the “gift” it handed Israel by upgrading its relations with the European Union.

In the past the world knew how to fight criminal policies. The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves: its trade relations are flourishing, academic and cultural cooperation continue and intensify with diplomatic support.

This international backing must stop. That is the only way to stop the insatiable Israeli violence.

We are calling on the world to stop Israeli violence and not allow the continuation of the brutal occupation. We call on the world to Condemn and not become an accomplice in Israel`s crimes.

In light of the above, we call on the world to implement the call by Palestinian human rights organizations which urges:

• “The UN Security Council to call an emergency session and adopt concrete measures, including the imposition of sanctions, in order to ensure Israel`s fulfillment of its obligations under international humanitarian law.
• The High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation under common Article 1 to ensure respect for the provisions of the Conventions, taking appropriate measures to compel Israel to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular placing pivotal importance on the respect and protection of civilians from the effects of the hostilities.
• The High Contracting Parties to fulfil their legal obligation under Article 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention to prosecute those responsible for grave breaches of the Convention.
• EU institutions and member states to make effective use of the European Union Guidelines on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law (2005/C 327/04) to ensure Israel complies with international humanitarian law under paragraph 16 (b), (c) and (d) of these guidelines, including the adoption of immediate restrictive measures and sanctions, as well as cessation of all upgrade dialogue with Israel. “




Signed by 479 Israeli citizens (first list):


Avital Aboody
Sami Abu Shehadeh
Moshe Adler
Haim Adri
Gali Agnon
Bilha Aharoni
Hagit Aharoni
Saida Ahmed
Danny Aisner
Orna Akad
Aviv Aldema
Ra`anan Alexandrowicz
Joseph Algazy
Omer Allon
Dan Almagor
Orly Almi
Tali Almi
Tamar Almog
Udi Aloni
Yuli Aloni-Primor
Colman Altman
Janina Altman
Ahmad Amara
Eitan Amiel
Nitza Aminov
Gish Amit
Yossi Amitay
Naama Arbel
Tal Arbel
Rana Asali
Maisoon Assadi
Keren Assaf
Zohar Atai
Najla Atamnah
Rutie Atsmon
Michal Aviad
Hanna Aviram
Jasmin Avissar
Amira Bahat
Noam Bahat
Abeer Baker
Saleh Bakri
Rim Banna
Oshra Bar
Yoav Barak
Daphna Baram
Michal Bareket
Hila Bargiel
Yoram Bar-Haim
Ronnie Barkan
Osnat Bar-Or
Racheli Bar-or
Yossi Bartal
Raji Bathish
Dalit Baum
Shlomit Bauman
Esther Ben Chur
Hagit Ben Yaacov
Tal Ben Zvi
Avner Ben-Amos
Ronnen Ben-Arie
Ur Ben-Ari-Tishler
Ofra Ben-Artzi
Yotam Ben-David
Smadar Ben-Natan
Avi Berg
Tamar Berger
Anat Biletzki
Rotem Biran
Shany Birenboim
Rozeen Bisharat
Yafit gamilah Biso
Liran Bitton
Simone Bitton
Yahaacov Bitton
Rani Bleier
Yempa Boleslavsky
Ido Bornstein
Irith Bouman
Haim Bresheeth
Aya Breuer
Shlomit Breuer
Dror Burstein
Shai Carmeli-Pollak
Smadar Carmon
Zohar Chamberlain-Regev
Sami Shalom Chetrit
Chassia Chomsky-Porat
Arie Chupak
Isadora Cohen
Kfir Cohen
Matan Cohen
Raya Cohen
Ron Cohen
Stan Cohen
Yifat Cohen
Alex Cohn
Scandar Copti
Adi Dagan
Yael Dagan
Yasmeen Daher
Silan Dallal
Tamari Dallal
Leena Dallasheh
Eyal Danon
Uri Davis
Hilla Dayan
Relli De Vries
Maoz Degani
Ruti Divon
Yfat Doron
Ettie Dotan
Keren Dotan
Ronit Dovrat
Daniel Dukarevich
Arnon Dunetz
Maya Dunietz
Udi Edelman
Shai Efrati
Neta Efrony
Rani Einav
Asa Eitan
Danae Elon
Ruth El-Raz
Noam Enbar
Amalia Escriva
Anat Even
Gilad Evron
Ovadia Ezra
Avner Faingulernt
Ghazi-Walid Falah
Naama Farjoun
Yvonne Fattal
Dror Feiler
Pnina Feiler
Micky Fischer
Sara Fischman
Nadav Franckovich
Ofer Frant
Ilil Friedman
Maya Galai
Dafna Ganani
Gefen Ganani
Yael Gazit
Yoram Gelman
Yakov Gilad
Amit Gilboa
Michal Ginach
Rachel Giora
Michal Givoni
Ednna Glukman
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
Bilha Golan
Neta Golan
Shayi Golan
Tsilli Goldenberg
Vardit Goldner
Tamar Goldschmidt
Lymor Goldstein
Dina Goor
Shelley Goral
Joel Gordon
Ester Gould
Inbal Gozes
Erella Grassiani
Adar Grayevsky
Gill Green
David Greenberg
Ela Greenberg
Dani Grimblat
Lev Grinberg
Yosef Grodzinsky
Hilik Gurfinkel
Galia Gur-Zeev
Anat Guthmann
Amos Gvirtz
Maya Gzn-Zvi
Yoav Haas
Iman Habibi
Connie Hackbarth
Uri Hadar
Mirjam Hadar meerschwam
Rayya Haddad
Osnat Hadid
Dalia Hager
Hava Halevi
Yasmine Halevi
Jeff Halper
Yuval Halperin
Rula Hamdan-Atamneh
Rania Hamed
Rola Hamed
Doron Hammermann-Schuldiner
Ben Handler
Tal Haran
Elad Harel
Nir Harel
Shuli Hartman
Lihi Hasson
Amir Havkin
Shira Havkin
Amani Hawari
Areen Hawari
Iris Hefets
Ada Heilbronn
Ayelet Heller
Sara Helman
Ben Hendler
Aref Herbawi
Tamara Herman
Avi Hershkovitz
Yael Hersonski
Galit Hess
Hannan Hever
Ala Hlehel
Gil Hochberg
Tikva Honig-Parnass
Tikva Honig-Parnass
Inbar Horesh
Veronique Inbar
Rachel Leah Jones
Ari Kahana
Dafna Kaminer
Aya Kaniuk
Ruti Kantor
Liad Kantorowicz
Dalia Karpel
Amira Katz
Uri Katz
Giora Katzin
Giora Katzin
Dror Kaufman
Adam Keller
Yehudit Keshet
Lana Khaskia
Sylvia Klingberg
Ofra Koffman
Yael Korin
Alina Korn
Rinat Kotler
Meira Kowalsky
Noa Kram
Miki Kratsman
Rotem Kuehnberg
Assia Ladizhinskaya
Michal Lahav
Roni Lahav
Idan Landau
Yitzhak Laor
Ruti Lavi
Shaheen Lavie-Rouse
Yigal Laviv
Tamar Lehahn
Ronen Leibman
Ronit Lentin
Yael Lerer
Chava Lerman
Noa Lerner
Yair Lev
Yudith Levin
Abigail Levine
Eyal Levinson
Dana Levy
Inbal Lily-Koliner
Moran Livnat
Omri Livne
Amir Locker-Biletzki
Yael Locker-Biletzki
Yossi Loss
Yael Lotan
Guy Lougashi
Irit Lourie
Orly Lubin
Aim Deuelle Luski
Naomi Lyth
Moshe Machover
Aryeh Magal
Liz Magnes
Noa Man
Ya`acov Manor
Arabiya Mansour
Roi Maor
Adi Maoz
Eilat Maoz
Yossi Marchaim
Alon Marcus
Esti Marpet
Ruchama Marton
Nur Masalha
Anat Matar
Dina Matar
Doron Matar
Haggai Matar
Oren Matar
Samy Matar
Rela Mazali
Naama Meishar
Rachel Meketon
Yitzhak Y. Melamed
Remy Mendelzweig
Racheli Merhav
Yael Meron
Juliano Merr-Khamis
Esti Micenmacher
Maya Michaeli
Avraham Milgrom
Elisheva Milikowski
Erez Miller
Katya Miller
Limor Mintz-Manor
Ariel Mioduser
Dror Mishani
Eedo Mizrahi
Avi Mograbi
Liron Mor
Magi Mor
Susan Mordechay
Susanne Moses
Haidi Motola
Ahuva Mu`alem
Ben Tzion Munitz
Norma Musih
Dorit Naaman
Michal Naaman
Gil Naamati
Haneen Naamnih
Naama Nagar
Dorothy Naor
Regev Nathansohn
Shelly Nativ
Salman Natour
Judd Ne`eman
Dana Negev
Smadar Nehab
Shlomit Lola Nehama
Ofer Neiman
David Nir
Eyal Nir
Tali Nir
Alex Nissen
Tal Nitzan
Joshua Nouriel
Yasmine Novak
Nira Nuriely
David Ofek
Tal Omer
Adi Ophir
Anat Or
Yael Oren Kahn
Norah Orlow
Gal Oron
Akiva Orr
Dorit Ortal
Il`il Paz-el
Michal Peer
MIKO Peled
Nurit Peled-Elhanan
Leiser Peles
Orna Pelleg
Tamar Pelleg-Sryck
Sigal Perelman
Amit Perelson
Nadav Pertzelan
Erez Pery
Tom Pessah
Dani Peter
Shira Pinhas
Yossi Pollak
Gil Porat
Dror Post
Eyal Pundik
Yisrael Puterman
Ilya Ram
Nery Ramati
Amit Ramon
Avi Raz
Ayala Raz
Hili Razinsky
Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
David Reeb
Hadas Refaeli
Dimi Reider
Noa Reshef
Amit Ron
Roee Rosen
Illit Rosenblum
Maya Rosenfeld
Danny Rosin
Yehoshua Rosin
Ilana Rossoff
Ilani Rotem
Natalie Rothman
Areej Sabbagh
Ahmad Sa`di
Sidki Sadik
Walid Sadik
Hannah Safran
Hiba Salah
Sana Salame-Daqa
Galit Saporta
Sima Sason
Sagi Schaefer
Tali Schaefer
Oded Schechter
Agur Schiff
Nava Schreiber
Idit Schwartz
Michal Schwartz
Noa Schwartz
Eran Segal
Keren Segal
Irit Segoli
Irit Sela
Dan Seltzer
Shaul Setter
Meir Shabat
Aharon Shabtai
Michal Shabtay
Itamar Shachar
Erella Shadmi
Ilan Shalif
Hanna Shammas
Ayala Shani
Uri Shani
Arik Shapira
Bat-Sheva Shapira
Yonatan Shapira
Omer Sharir
Yael Shavit
Noa Shay
Fadi Shbita
Adi Shechter
Oz Shelach
Adi Shelesnyak
Mati Shemoelof
Ehud Shem-Tov
Yehouda Shenhav
Nufar Shimony
Khen Shish
Hagith Shlonsky
Tom Shoval
Sivan Shtang
Tal Shuval
Ivy Sichel
Ayman Sikseck
Shelly Silver
Inbal Sinai
Eyal Sivan
Ora Slonim
Kobi Snitz
Maja Solomon
Gideon Spiro
Talila Stan
Michal Stoler
Ali Suliman
Dored Suliman
Marcelo Svirsky
Yousef Sweid
Ula Tabari
Yael Tal
Lana Tatour
Doron Tavory
Ruth Tenne
Idan Toledano
Eran Torbiner
Osnat Trabelsi
Lily Traubmann
Naama Tsal
Lea Tsemel
Ruth Tsoffar
Ivan Vanney
Sahar Vardi
Roman Vater
Ruth Victor
Yaeli Vishnizki-Levi
Roey Vollman
Roy Wagner
Michael Warschawski
Michal Warshavsky
Ruthy Weil
Sharon Weill
Elian Weizman
Eyal Weizman
Einat Weizman diamond
Elana Wesley
Etty Wieseltier
Yossi Wolfson
Oded Wolkstein
Ayelet Yaari
Smadar Yaaron
Roni Yaddor
Galia Yahav
Sergio Yahi
Niza Yanay
Amnon Yaron
Tamar Yaron
Mahmoud Yazbak
Oren Yiftachel
Sarit Yitzhak
Sharon Zack
Uri Zackhem
Jamal Zahalka
Sawsan Zaher
Adva Zakai
Edna Zaretsky
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Amal Zoabi
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Hi Stephanie:

I do not think that I am confused.

I repeat: I believe that statements like that above (as written) are simply a weapons of war. Their (practical and emotional) effect is NOT what most (emotional) signatories intend.

I do not feel the need to (try to) prove to anyone that I am not EVIL or such! I know that I am not. And if there is (a) G-d, then I am quite sure that (s)he knows that I am not evil and that I walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

Related accusations on this site really most often really reflect on those who make the accusation.
Paul-- I did not say that you or Cory (and anyone else for that matter who I thought might agree with your view points) were confused.
I meant that trying to decide which side to appeal to can be confusing.
I hope you understand where I am coming from.
My apologies
Stephanie
OK. :-) Nothing to apologies for..

I actually think that the most confused people are the ones who try to think rationally about all this.

Those who simply make instinctive (emotional) decisions are rarely confused. They don't need too many "facts". Or they just find one that feels good. Others understanding all that just play (for) the emotions. There are many examples of that even on this site.
First of all - I'd like to thank Hiba for drawing my attention to this discussion.

I appreciate the humanity expressed by the people behind the petition. What the people of Gaza are going through is unimaginable horror - and I hope with all my heart that this nightmare will be over soon. Sadly, I do not think that this petition will help achieve this goal, because it is one-sided. There are two sides to the conflict, and both sides have committed atrocities. Any condemnation of side A feels like a victory to side B, causes side A to retaliate, and only contributes to the spiral of violence.

I, and I hope that many other Israelis and Palestinians, will gladly sign a joint Israeli-Palestinian petition that urges both sides to stop all their violent acts and their public expressions of violent intentions.
Last update - 06:14 08/01/2009 source http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1053790.html

Tel Aviv judge defends right of Arab anti-war protesters
By Ofra Edelman, Haaretz Correspondent
Tags: Israel News, Israel, Arabs

The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court Wednesday quashed a request to restrict the movement of four Arab residents of Haifa who demonstrated against the war in Gaza, with the prosecutor saying their protest "damages national morale." Judge Ido Druyan released the protesters on bail and removed restrictions that had been placed on them.

The four, aged 19 to 26, were indicted on charges of illegal assembly, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer in performing his duty. The indictment says the protesters waved Palestine Liberation Organization flags outside the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv, assaulted police officers and clashed with counter protesters.

"There's no doubt that freedom of expression is the most precious element of democracy, but only while maintaining the boundaries between the permitted and the prohibited," prosecutor Victoria Ben-Meir said, charging the respondents had cursed and shouted outside the Egyptian Embassy. "Let us not forget that we're talking about a time of war; the entire incident damages the national morale," she said.

But the judge took Ben-Meir to task. "As we know, the real test of the readiness of a society to stand up for the freedoms it cherishes is precisely during times of difficulty and distress," Druyan wrote in his ruling.

This is a good sign. Hope it won't be turned back in higher courts. It would be greater if Israeli judges extend freedom of speech to the 4 million Palestinians under Israeli jurisdiction but who do not have Israeli citizenship (areas occupied in 1967 including East Jerusalem). But then again that could start spelling teh end of apartheid (different laws for different people who are segregated).
Sadly Mazin, a few month ago one of the judges released a settler that terrorize palestinians for the sake of freedom of movement, so our justice system do need some tunning.

With you i pray that we will find a window of opportunity to act and bring end to the apartheid as different laws for different people who are segregated. we need both sides to cooperate in that from the grass roots movements to the influence of our decision makers and direct them to solve our problem as we all in this together.
Just a word to all the anti-Zionist Jews out there: THANK YOU for all you do. You really have no idea how much your support means. I am filled with pride every time a Jewish person stands against Israel.
I like Many Israelis prefer the term post-Zionist instead of anti-Zionist. We are not in the shoes of Herzle and BenGurion (and they are dead anyway). We are looking to the future so a post-Zionist discourse is the better terminology.
Dear Mazin,

i agree with you, people have a very bad use of "zionism", "antizionism" and "post-zionism" terms... i'm ready to launch very soon an international project gathering historians and history teachers from many countries about the political and intellectual History of Israel and Palestine since 1860... Would you like to join our team when we'll be ready. I have tried to open a group here about it... No answer... So i plan to create this group in my "School Beyond the Walls" social network

I think that a real PeaceMaker has to be post-zionist and has to better know History...
Hi Vincent:
Yes. I think taht is a good intiative. People have little knowledge of history. I actually think those whop advocate war have among their top objectives to distract from examin ing hjistory objectively (a smokescreen as some call it "the fog of war").
I think that in order to progress towards peace, BOTH sides would need to give up the nationalisms, and admit to the fallacies that their governments has done.
However, we need to be sensitive to people's opinions.

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