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When A Stone Confronts A Rifle


When a person holding a stone confronts soldiers who are
armed with rifles, ask yourself why they are willing to do
that.

On May 8, 80,000 Palestinians came to stand in
front of rifles and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque. They
overwhelmed the rifles with their numbers and spirit. We
stand with them.

We deplore Israel’s violation of
sacred space during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. We are
horrified by the mob violence and the paramilitary police
who enable it. This is not a ‘clash’ between two
opinions, this is occupation and apartheid at work.

We
reject Israel’s campaign to dispossess the Palestinians,
including current efforts to evict families from Sheikh
Jarrah. The New
York Times
notes, “A spokesman for the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said
Friday that the evictions ‘would violate Israel’s
obligations under international law’ prohibiting the
forced transfer of residents from occupied territory….
[Aryeh] King, the deputy mayor, said ‘of course’ [the
evictions] are part of a wider strategy of installing
‘layers of Jews’ throughout East Jerusalem.”

We
say, stop the evictions, and get the Israeli settlers out of
occupied East Jerusalem. This is ethnic
cleansing.

Israel’s refusal to vaccinate the
Palestinians whose land it occupies in Gaza and the West
Bank has been condemned
by UN Rapporteurs
as “discriminatory and unlawful.”
Covid is rampant and we plead with our governments to
provide the lifesaving assistance that Israel is
withholding.

We call for an end to Israel’s
impunity. These are crimes. We must begin to respond to them
as crimes.

We hold the Palestinian protestors in our
thoughts.

— International Jewish Collective for
Justice in Palestine

Alternative Jewish Voices
makes this statement as a member of the
IJCJP.

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