Gaza responses

We have collected some resources respondng to the shocking events in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank which we think will help people understand, express their views and feelings, and take action to end the siege and avert further atrocities.

Gaza responses

Adalah’s Statement following events on Saturday 7th October 2023
Adalah calls on the international community to intervene immediately to protect the lives of civilians in Gaza, most of whom are Palestinian refugees, who are now subject to Israel’s ruthless retaliatory actions.

The compass of mourning
Judith Butler writes: “We are to condemn or approve, and that makes sense, but is that all that is ethically required of us? In fact, I do condemn without qualification the violence committed by Hamas. This was a terrifying and revolting massacre. That was my primary reaction, and it endures. But there are other reactions as well.”

CUNY Law Jewish Law Students Association Stands with Fatima
The CUNY School of Law Jewish Law Students Association stands in solidarity with our friend and classmate Fatima, who is currently being targeted by a racist hate campaign from external organisations after delivering a commencement speech that addressed the struggle for Palestinian freedom. Our class, including its members in the Jewish Law Students Association, proudly chose Fatima as CUNY Law’s commencement speaker.

France bans pro-Palestine rallies, cracks down on protesters amid Gaza war
The French police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who took to the streets in support of the Palestinians, shortly after the government moved to ban all such rallies.

Israel under attack
Powerful testimonial by a 19-year-old from Kibbutz Be’eri who survived the massacre.

Jewish grief must not be used as a weapon of war
Jewish Voice for Peace says: we are in mourning this week – but we cannot sit back while Israel uses our trauma as a reason to destroy Gaza.

Kidnapped Israelis’ families protest, +972 Magazine
Families of Israelis abducted to Gaza decry government “abandonment”. A one-man protest outside Tel Aviv’s military HQ quickly swelled into a mass demonstration, with families demanding the immediate return of their loved ones.

Palestinians in Israel suspended from jobs over war
“From friend to enemy” – Palestinians in Israel are facing a backlash at work and places of study after the Hamas attack on 7th October 2023.

The sermon I didn't want to write
In her Yom Kippur sermon on 24th September 2023, Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur delivered an uncompromising critique of the policies pursued by Benjamin Netanyahu's government in Israel. “Beware of power when it simply leads you to want to crush the other,” she wrote at the time.
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“You ruined this country”: Angry civilians yell at Israeli minister at hospital after Hamas attack
Idit Silman, an environment minister, left the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin in central Israel after being confronted by visitors and staff. Footage shows Silman, a member of Netanyahu's Likud Party, being berated by a hospital visitor who shouts: “You've ruined this country! Get out of here!”

We cannot cross until we carry each other
Arielle Angell is the editor-in-chief of the valuable US magazine, Jewish Currents. She has posted a moving and nuanced attempt, full of Jewish sensibility, to show how to respond to the current horror in Gaza and the terrible events in Southern Israel that led up to it.

Posted: 17 October 2023