European Jewish solidarity with Gazans

Richard Hall reports:

A Jewish European peace group is to launch a boat to break the blockade of Gaza in the coming months, organizers said, almost a week after nine activists were killed making the same trip.

European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP) – an umbrella organization of Jewish groups from 10 European countries against the occupation of Palestine – aim to deliver humanitarian aid such as school books and medicines to the Gaza Strip, and to draw attention to the blockade which they call “immoral.”

“We want to show that not all Jews support Israel,” said Edith Lutz, a German member of the EJJP. “We are calling for a just solution and for an end to the blockade.”

On board the ships will be activists from across Europe including Germany and the UK, as well as an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor from Israel. The voyage was originally meant to carry only a small number of activists together with journalists from Europe and Israel, but organizers say that a huge response from the Jewish community has meant that a second boat has been arranged, and the possibility of a third is being discussed.

Meanwhile, in Today’s Zaman, columnist Ali Bulac notes:

Mario Levi, a member of the Turkish Jewish community, who spoke on June 2 about the bloody Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla, said they, “as the Jews of İstanbul, are in solidarity with Gazans,” adding that “[Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan gave an excellent statement. It must be acknowledged that his party has done better things compared to the social democrats and nationalists. I do not see anti-Semitic sentiments in Turkey. I am sympathetic to Israel, but I still regard Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu as a chauvinist, the country’s foreign minister as fascist and its defense minister as stupid.”

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3 thoughts on “European Jewish solidarity with Gazans

  1. omop

    The American/Jewish solidarity as expressed by the Senior Senator from New York.

    New York’s senior senator explained that the current Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip — which is causing a humanitarian crisis there — is not only justified because it keeps weapons out of the Palestinian territory, but also because it shows the Palestinians living there that “when there’s some moderation and cooperation, they can have an economic advancement.” Summing up his feelings, Schumer emphasized the need to “to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go”


  2. Renfro

    I am sure this ‘could be’ taken as anti semitic…but it is purely political as in political influence by a special interest group…who ‘happen to be’ Jews,
    But Israel and Schumer, Ackerman, the whole zionist nest in the Dem party is exactly why I left them.
    Course I left the Repubs way back when they were just as corrupted by racism and corporate interest.

    Every election now I write in a name. Not another vote, not another dime for either of our dual monarchy’s musical chairs game.
    Try it, you’ll like it.

  3. Christopher Hoare

    It’s remarkable how a little vulnerability and social contact can make people more reasonable.
    The whole issue of American and Israeli aggression and intransigence is caused by the comfortable feelings engendered by a powerful military organization and the backup nukes. The problems in the Middle East are caused by Israeli hegemony, as the biggest world problems are compounded by US hegemony. The way out of most world problems passes through (at least) the creation of a multi-polar world.

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