WE MUST SPEAK UP
Izzeldin Abuelaish lost his three daughters, killed by an Israeli army bomb in 2009. He has bravely called for us all to build a new type of humanity. And he is right.
Let’s face it, this conflict is not so far away from Liverpool, as people on both sides have family and friends in Israel and Palestine. The killing of Palestinian children, women and innocent victims has no place in anything I understand in Judaism. It is barbaric, immoral and politically motivated by a government led by Netanyahu that is not interested in making peace.
Of course, firing rockets is wrong, too, but since when has it been OK under international law for a nation state to respond to these kind of attacks with the collective punishment of innocent people?
And let’s face it, the blockade of the Palestinian authority and the poor treatment of Palestinians is the root of this problem.
Diplomacy, talking and searching for common ground is the only answer, and that should also be happening in Liverpool, too. The Chief Rabbi on his visit to Liverpool said that the Jewish community’s role is to promote the policies of the elected Israeli government so that we win the “PR war”. I fundamentally disagree.
How far do we have to stretch our morals to accommodate the killing of children? On the contrary, Jewish communities, like that in Liverpool, should be actively building relations and having open debates and discussions with Arab and Palestinian communities. And the community can and must speak up when it sees the Israeli government acting wrongly. And that time is now. Peace has to start somewhere. Why not here? Councillor Barry Kushner Ye Priory Court Liverpool L25