The Jewish Women's Committee
to End the Occupation
August 2, 2006
The Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation is a voice for
peace in the Middle East along with other Jewish and Palestinian
women's groups in North America and Israel.
We in Canada are outraged that the Canadian Government and media
again choose a morally unconscionable position and stand by silently
while Israel perpetrates a massacre of civilians in Gaza, the West
Bank, and Lebanon. It is a repeat of Sabra and Shatilla, of the
massacre at Qana in 1996, with the world leaders looking on.
After World War II at the Nuremburg tribunal, Nazis attempted to
exonerate themselves by claiming that they did not know about the
genocide. It is no longer tenable to claim "I didn't know"
about crimes against humanity. There is ample witnessing and documentation
of genocides in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Rwanda, Sudan,
the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and now in the
We know from Israeli historians themselves about the ethnic cleansing
of indigenous Palestinians in 1948, and we know from Israeli NGOs
and journalists of the current massacre of civilians and destruction
of the societal infrastructure and physical environment of the Palestinian
The language of propaganda and war is twisted so that aggressor
appears to be victim. Language is sadistic when a "military
operation" is called "Summer Rain" as a whole people
are deprived of water in the intense heat of summer. Language is
terrifying when Israel calls the current attack on Gaza "Samson's
Pillars" - Samson in myth was the biggest suicide terrorist
of all - purportedly killing 3000 people when he committed suicide
by tearing down the temple pillars.
We fear that Israeli crimes against humanity will persist when
even speaking about them entails accusations of anti-Semitism.
Will Canada collude with state terrorism or will Canada adhere
to the rule of law with respect to the illegalities of occupation
and the physical and psychological tormenting and murdering of civilians?
We call on Canada to call for an immediate ceasefire, observed by
the U.N. and not NATO, and for the immediate restoration of aid
to the democratically elected Palestinian government.
In a just world, Israel would make reparations, just as Germany
did to Jewish people.
Naomi Binder Wall
for the Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation, Toronto
Smadar Carmon 416 255 8032
Rachel Gorman 416 536 7928
Reena Katz, 416 537 1018
Israeli historians: Ilan Pappe and Avi Shlaim;
Israeli NGOs: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, B'Tselem,
Israeli Women's groups: Coalition of Women for Peace, Ahoti,
Aswat, Bat Shalom, Women in Black, FORA (Russian-speaking women),
TANDI, Women against Violence, Al-Tufula, New Profile, The Fifth
Mother, WILPF, Neled, Feminist House, Ittihad el-Nissa el-Takdumi,
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