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    Aussie and German Independent Jewish Voices


    by Sunny on 7th March, 2007 at 5:54 am    

    Britain’s recently launched Independent Jewish Voices have set off a bit of a chain reaction it seems. Yesterday a group from Australia launched a similar petition.

    In a letter published in The Age yesterday, the group said it was recognising “the legitimate national aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians with a solution that protects the human rights of all”. The group’s founding by 120 Jewish Australians, including Peter Singer, Robert Richter, QC, and Eva Cox, of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, follows the creation of a similar body in Britain that has accused the Jewish establishment of supporting Israel above the human rights of Palestinians.

    This new group has expressed similar concern with Australia’s Jewish establishment, saying “it does not represent the full range of Jewish opinion … We feel there is an urgent need to hear alternative voices that should not be silenced by being labelled disloyal or ’self-hating’ “.

    You can read the petition on their website. In particular note:

    We condemn violence by all parties, whether state sanctioned or not. We believe that Israel’s right to exist must be recognized and that Palestinians’ right to a homeland must also be acknowledged.

    Uncritical allegiance to Israeli government policy does not necessarily serve Israel’s best interests. Our concern for justice and peace in the Middle East is a legitimate opinion and should be met by reasoned argument rather than vilification and intimidation.

    The Sidney Morning Herald has more. IAJV also link to a new group in Germany making the same call.

    That comprehensively destroys the argument that Zionist Jews don’t care for Muslim lives in Palestine doesn’t it? I agree with every word of that above, including Israel’s right to exist. Oh, and any troll planning to accuse me of fostering anti-semitism need not bother commenting.



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    1. soru — on 7th March, 2007 at 10:14 am  

      ‘fostering anti-semitism ‘

      Does that mean you couldn’t give a XXXX?

    2. Adnan Y — on 7th March, 2007 at 10:44 am  

      We shan’t accuse you of making an Elephant and Castle(maine) of yourself. ;)

      Haaretz has made a mention of the British Independent Jewish Voices organisation on their website here, no word as yet on the other IJV organisations.

      On a side note, Bradley Burston seems a rather cross bunny…The BBC poll - Israel as Satan’s bastard child

    3. Leon — on 7th March, 2007 at 11:00 am  

      Excellent news, I take particular hope in this part:

      We feel there is an urgent need to hear alternative voices that should not be silenced by being labelled disloyal or “self-hating.”

      Uncritical allegiance to Israeli government policy does not necessarily serve Israel’s best interests. Our concern for justice and peace in the Middle East is a legitimate opinion and should be met by reasoned argument rather than vilification and intimidation. In particular, we are concerned that the Jewish establishment does not represent the full range of Jewish opinion. Contrary to widespread concerns, anti-Semitism is not fuelled by Jews who publicly disagree with actions of the Jewish State.

      Jews understand what it is to suffer racism and victimization and therefore we are not only concerned about anti-Semitism but also the demonisation of all other minorities.

      Very nicely put and a welcome development.

    4. Sid Love — on 7th March, 2007 at 11:29 am  

      I wonder if Ozzie and German Jews from their chapters of IJV will be accused of being luvvies and “middle class cunts” in an attempt to discredit them?

      Who am I kidding? Of course they will.

    5. William — on 7th March, 2007 at 6:40 pm  

      It is excellent that there are attempts to let it be known that there are those who recognise the other sides right to exist in the form of their own country. There are of course those on both sides who do not believe that there should be either a Palestine or vice versa an Israel.

      This is interesting and encouraging in that it shows how quickly sticking a message out there can encourage others to follow suit.

      I would come as no surprise if there were accusations of anti-semitism. The more the kind of pattern which make itself prevalent in all kinds of issues where the moderates become the opposition when they show some alternative the more it indicates that there is some other kind of misunderstanding involved when alternatives are criticised, villified, ragged etc.

    6. William — on 7th March, 2007 at 9:43 pm  

      I would just like to qualify the above and say that by using the word moderates I am not implying that anyone with a view on all this except people from Independent Jewish Voices or anyone who would support their views is an extremist.

    7. lithcol — on 7th March, 2007 at 11:03 pm  

      Wishful thinking. No one should give up trying but I see nothing new. Without a fundamental change of attitude on all sides in the region, things will just rumble on like some scenario from the old testament.

    8. Leon — on 7th March, 2007 at 11:16 pm  

      This is interesting and encouraging in that it shows how quickly sticking a message out there can encourage others to follow suit.

      Yep, heartening stuff, hopefully they’ll get to the public events etc to draw like minded people into this initiative rather than remaining an internet based project…

    9. limpia — on 8th March, 2007 at 1:59 am  

      Every jew I know supports both Israel and the a state for the Palestinians, and always have.

    10. Chairwoman — on 8th March, 2007 at 7:31 am  

      Can only support limpia’s view. And am glad to do so.

    11. bananabrain — on 8th March, 2007 at 9:13 am  

      wish i could support it, but i’m afraid i know plenty who still see no appetite for peace or compromise from anyone involved and hence continue to dwell in the land of wishful thinking.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    12. limpia — on 9th March, 2007 at 2:32 am  

      yes, bananabrain- but perhaps before the intifada they felt differently.now they are feeling a self preservation instinct.

    13. bananabrain — on 9th March, 2007 at 9:58 am  

      hah. if only that were true as well. the naysayers never left us, even during the oslo process.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    14. MuzzleWatch » — on 13th March, 2007 at 5:20 pm  

      [...] follows similar campaigns in the UK and Australia. [...]

    15. siegfried — on 14th March, 2007 at 1:36 pm  

      sholom all, maybe… i am for preservation of isroel, but i am aginst it’s evil political masters! maybe if there will be more like you and me, we will have peace in middle east.

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