A message from within – signed by Israeli citizens

I received the message sent to EU Embassies signed by 510 Israelis and supported by about 1800 internationals, which I reproduce below. You can also also find it as a (PDF) here.

A message from within – signed by Israeli citizens

Dear all,

This is an important call by Israeli academics against the war, which I hope you can read and distribute widely.

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 fulfilment 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.

6 comments to A message from within – signed by Israeli citizens

  • BillOwens

    It’s nice to hear that there are some decent people in Isreal. Denouncing demonstators as traitors, that was one of the Nazi techniques. The mad dogs in many countries have risen to the top. My own government , in the USA has been acting the same way.
    How do we stop them?

    Bill Owens

  • cuda

    SANCTIONS! Surround them and totally cut them off.Starve them until they give up all their nukes and disarm totally.They must be made an example of before it is too late.Ban them from all government position in the world and from education and banking.Take away their control of the media.Allow them only to earn a living with their hands.
    They must never be allowed to be in any positions of power.

  • Helly

    this seemingly victims of the conflicts are actually controlling the world (incl. US) thru US, but pretend to be incapable of resolving the problem with their hi-tec conspiracies.

  • thank you for providing us with your tireless effort and the information that you publish.

  • mosesfoo

    Miss Salam

    At this moment I can only you my prayers and pray that peace be with you even in your darkest moment, peace to the Palestinian people in this dark hours. And that by the grace and mercy of God will provide a way out for all of us from this madness.

    Some people commented that they just wish that this tit-for-tat will just go away or will never end. For me, it times to look at this square in the eyes and not turn away the atrocities and terror and find in the depth of our being our humanity and compassion for others.

    Take care and may God bless you always.

  • D.Wolves

    Funny that Israel, a nation that always screams about being the so called victims of the holocaust are yet doing the very same thing to another nation. Bombing innocent woman and children. Israel is one nation that had used deception and violence against others throughout history.

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