A desperate plea from an Israeli Jew

Via Jewish Voice for Peace:

“My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite.

What I’ve seen in Israel over the last few weeks is beyond anything I have witnessed in my life.

Gaza under attack, July 2104                                Gaza under Israeli attack, July 2014.  Photo: The Times, UK.

I’ve seen terrified Palestinian children in Hebron and Halhul, sitting on the ruins of their homes.

I’ve seen Israeli mobs in the street chanting “death to Arabs” and pulling out Palestinian men from their stores to beat them as other Israelis stood idly by. I’ve seen Israeli soldiers lined up at the Gaza border, ready at a moment’s notice to invade.

And now, like you, I’ve seen the climbing death toll in Gaza, over 100 dead and some 500 injured – all by Israeli missiles, with no end in sight.

As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think I can do a lot about it. But I believe you can.

North American voices – especially Jewish North American voices – are probably the most critical voices right now.  [MR: I would add that in the face of crimes on this scale, all voices of reason and compassion need to be heard wherever and however they can.]

We need you to tell Israeli politicians, the Israeli media, Israeli society, that you can’t support this attack. That you can’t support human rights violations. That you can’t support racism. That you won’t support the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives.

Join me and sign this Open Letter now—if they get another 10,000 signatures, Jewish Voice for Peace will take out ads in Haaretz and the Jewish Forward with our message.

We know the roots of this are long and deep. But the truth behind this latest assault is finally coming out: as J.J. Goldberg wrote in The Forward, the Israeli government lied, and created this situation.

For weeks, the government knew that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead.  But they instituted a gag order on the media, lied to Israelis and the world, and falsely claimed the mass arrests and collective punishment of Palestinians was all in the hopes of finding the teenagers alive.

In other words, their chosen response was to kidnap the mind of an entire country.

From the very beginning, this has been about punishing Palestinians. From the beginning, the government has been willing to manipulate and use its own people for that goal.

Overhead, I hear airplanes headed to Gaza all day long, and I know there’s nothing I can do to stop them. And now we all know the lengths they’ve gone to justify this attack, and how fully Israeli society has bought into it.  And I don’t think we can stop it from within.

But I think you can.

Please join me and sign this statement: We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives.

Reliable updates on the current Israeli assault on Gaza and the West Bank, here, and here.

For an inside look at how Palestinians and Israelis are resisting the occupation, check out Our Way to Fight.

About Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.
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155 Responses to A desperate plea from an Israeli Jew

  1. The Rambling Sea Horse says:

    Reblogged this on Leyla's Alternative News and Views and commented:
    The truth is going to come out.. Israhell cannot pull the wool over everyone’s eyes!

    Read this testimony.. from a Jewish perspective..

  2. Mazen Derawi says:

    Free palestine

  3. Sama sadat says:

    Free Palestine!

  4. Caireann Uí Mhuireagáin says:

    Stop the holocaust in Gaza now!!

  5. Lotta Eldh says:

    I oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of certain lives over others.

  6. Zara mizher says:

    WHY this terrorism ? WHY the violation of human rights? And WHY is this happening? Where is your humanity?

  7. yasemin says:

    Stop this shit now

  8. Nour says:

    I support gaza!!

  9. Isa Josef Aouifia says:

    Save Palestine!

  10. Nayazik kareem says:

    To watch people suffer,, and not do or say anything is worse then the attack it self. Let’s all stand together for peace. No one deserve to get killed or injury no matter his background.

  11. Alan Wallace says:

    Thanks again Michael. I have to say that the information about how the Israeli state put a gag on the information about the three young hostages being dead for some time has not made much news here in the UK.
    I have forwarded the post on to about 30 people, many of whom will re- forward.

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  13. Sauli Aalto says:

    Human rights for all humans

  14. EMILIO Guevara says:

    En contra de la muertes de civiles en Palestina!

  15. Nadia Iguenfer says:

    Free Palestine.

  16. Marianne Andersson says:

    This seems to be hopeless but we can never give up the struggle for peace and justice for the palestinian People

  17. Nippy_wee_sweety says:

    And in the process of “looking” for the three of them, helped themselves to $3.5 million in “goods and services” from those homes they looted and plundered, not one receipt was given…

  18. petra backman says:

    Free palestine now

  19. Ingrid Altinezer says:

    Stop the killing NOW please!!!
    Make peace NOT war!!!

  20. Paula Roderick says:

    Thank you! I live in Chicago and have been watching the news with horror. I too feel powerless to stop this slaughter. My government turns a deaf ear to our petitions because many believe the Israeli Lobby is too strong. And because they don’t hear the voices from people of good conscience in Israel. Thanks for offering your opinion – with enough voices maybe we will be heard

  21. Irene Flores says:

    free Palestine

  22. yearul says:

    very sad

  23. Katarina Eklöf says:

    Stop killing

  24. sue says:

    Stop the attack on the innocent Palestinian. What you are doing is inhuman.

  25. Frida Englund, Sweden says:

    I oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the priviledging of jewish lives over other lives!

  26. I demand a international court for Palestina I demand from the General Assembly to thakea decisson for an ad hoc court for warcrime and for crime against humanity. There is no prescribtion time for those crime!

  27. Dan West says:

    Stop this now!!

  28. Khawla says:

    Stop the killing

  29. zahraa says:

    free Palestine

  30. Luljeta says:

    End the Hell in Palestina

  31. Sarah says:

    Plz save the Palestinians…. Stop this barbaric killing of innocent people and little children!!!!!!

  32. Dasa Raimanova says:

    Free, free Palestine. End the Occupation! Now!!!

  33. Hafsah says:

    May Allah bring peace to Palestine.

  34. Beverlee Falagara says:

    I support Palestine ❤️

  35. God bless all the oppressed. I wish the US media wasn’t so tightly controlled, as we are not exposed to any of the truth of what’s going on, on the ground. Everyone deserve basic human rights. God bless them all.

  36. Lori Adolphus says:

    I think the Israelis can stop this from within. They are unwilling. If Israelis go to Palestine, en masse, unarmed, they could stop it. They have pushed out the Palestinians, and created a Palestinian holocaust. Made Palestinians their slaves. Until Israel has a group of its people willing to fight for the right of others, not just themselves, this will continue.

  37. Even skatrud says:


  38. star says:

    Stop the ethnic cleansing

  39. Wendy Perez says:

    Pray for Gaza

  40. Rebecca Arndt says:

    Palestinian people deserve respect and protection. The violence and dehumanization by the Israeli government, toward Palestinians, should not be tolerated.

  41. Þórarinn Sigurbergsson says:

    Basta ya!!

  42. Stiofan mac Cleirigh says:

    Western news channels are calling Israeli attacks a “response” to Hamas attacks– censorship from on high

  43. Lars Westman says:

    Suport the opositione in Israel!

  44. Bibi Idrisi says:

    Free palestine

  45. SunofGen-Y says:

    Reblogged this on Teddy3indc – No Quotes, Just Me (mostly) and commented:
    Free Palestine

  46. Riaz Ahmad says:

    “We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives.”

  47. Adam Pottle says:

    I condemn any actions and/or attitudes that endanger people’s lives and ignore human rights.

  48. yunus Karbhari says:


    Thank you for your comments, we and the whole world knows this is not about Judaism, no religion teaches massacre. As a Muslim I and all the Muslims I know have nothing to do with the Extremist and terrorist who kill in our name either, I respect you for your humanity.

    We can only pray that God puts mercy into the hearts of all men.
    And that He gives patience to the Palestinians and the suffering Israelis.

  49. shaida says:

    Please stop the Holocaust of Palestinians

  50. Salvor Hedinsdottir says:

    Fri palestina, and stop the killing down there now. than i men nowe

  51. Patricia says:

    Stop crime.

  52. Suzanne Ernst says:

    The killing has hot to stop!

  53. Tuline Malecki says:

    Stop all the hatred. Stop all the senseless killings. Stop apartheid. Forever.

  54. Omein v’omein v’omein! I stand with you and with all people committed to ending violence and protecting all life.

  55. Louise Harte says:

    The world must stop this now.

  56. Trine Staff says:

    Peace NOW! STOP rasism!

  57. natalie says:

    Stop it !

  58. Mary sheerin says:

    This is an absolute disgrace ,what a violation against human beings. Humanity is a strange and can be so evil. So bloody sad. Pure terrorism towards children and innocent people who are all gods creatures .
    Those who can Please act now
    Mary… Ireland

  59. miwinther says:

    Reblogged this on miwinther and commented:
    North American voices – especially Jewish North American voices – are probably the most critical voices right now. [MR: I would add that in the face of crimes on this scale, all voices of reason and compassion need to be heard wherever and however they can.]

  60. Isabelle Enedahl says:

    Build compassion, start from within, don’t let others rage outrage you. This conflict, although it has been going on for such a long time, embodies the racist wave that we’ve seen in Europe lately. Scary as it all is, fear is the enemy. Fear brings rage and rage brings bloody wars. Everyone with a conscience has a responsibility of spreading more love than fear around themselves. Otherwise the vicious circle of fear, rage and blood is inevitable.

  61. amna says:

    Israel should stop killing innocent people in Palestine.

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  63. Ditte Degnbol says:

    Stop the criminal acts against Palestinians now. It is pure horror, not only to witness the terror, but also to witness the support it gets among some Israelis. I can’t stop wondering why you haven’t learnt from your own Jewish history. Shame on you.

  64. Reidar Kjelsen says:

    Stop the violence now! Free Palestina!

  65. heval bazancir says:

    free palestine

  66. Attiya says:

    Free palestine!!!!

  67. Kevin says:

    definitely unacceptable behavior

  68. C dos santos says:

    Stop the killing and the hate! Start with yourself and find it in your heart to show mercy… One day we shall all face God!

  69. Nina Zandstra says:

    Free Palestine!

  70. Paul Zarifa says:

    It is refreshing to hear a piece like this written from the perspective of an Israeli Jew.

    Thank you for your support.

  71. Agha Asad Raza says:

    Stop this murder of innocents

  72. Yasmine says:


  73. Salman Rizvi says:

    Free Palestine!

  74. Kjersti Grønnevik says:


  75. lori J. Turcotte says:

    Is this the way we save our souls?

  76. M. Myklebust says:

    Stop the killings! Free Palestine!

  77. Joern Mathisen says:

    I am Supporting the palestinian people and their tight to have their own land. Please try not to blaime the hole jewich people for the politics if the Israelian government. Make it a political issue with a political solution. Not a religious. We have to stop to leave this situation in the hands of extreme religious individuals in both sides.

  78. diana dujardin says:

    Stop the genocide!!!

  79. Lotte says:


  80. Anne Rossebø says:

    Make peace not war!!

  81. Henning Nygård says:

    Stop the attacks and end the occupation.

  82. rubbana says:

    free palestine..

  83. Steve Paolasini says:

    From Canada. Get back to the negotiating table now and work something out! To the IDF: stop killing children and innocents. To Hamas: Stop firing rockets.

  84. Jeanina says:

    Free Palestine. Stop the bloodshed of innocent men women and CHILDREN! Stop the lies. Stop supporting the Israeli government! Stop this now!

  85. samar nabil says:

    This bloodshed needs to stop!

  86. Khaled says:

    Free Palestine

  87. Cheryl AndristPlourde says:

    I pray every day that the violence will end. Every human being, regardless of race, religious beliefs or homeland, deserves an equal chance at a peaceful life. It’s especially heart-wrenching to see children in the middle of this horror….

  88. mojyv says:

    Stop the slaughter of innocent people. Stop the occupation of Palestine. Israeli government is the terrorist government.

  89. Gulshat says:

    Israelian jews became fascist now. What they do is not acceptable at any way

  90. Khalid Rashid says:

    I strongly condemn Israel’s aggression against Palestinians

  91. Aida says:

    Free Palestine !

  92. Terje Alvheim says:


  93. Guro Løseth says:

    It’s terrifying to see what some people are capable to do to others!! When will this end?! Think about the poor children in all of this!

  94. Hayanissah says:

    Save gaza.. All i did was to cry when making duaa for the people of gaza.. Subhannallah..

  95. Maleeka says:

    It is heart breaking to see people get killed, to watch women, children, men get beaten killed, because they are muslim nd live in Gaza its terrible, nd some people support this, its terrible,

    May Allah grant peace for the people in Gaza

  96. Flerida De La Cruz says:

    In the name of God stop these atrocities, please!

  97. Marwa says:

    We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, and the privileging of Jewish lives over other lives.

  98. No more occupation! Peace. And a homeland for all.

  99. Aneesa Simjee says:

    Free Palestine

  100. Moisés Hernández says:

    Israeli politicians and autorities: Please stop killing inocent people! You are not solving any problem, just making it bigger and making peace much more dificult, now you have enougth territory for yourselves.

  101. Nolan Volkwyn says:

    Evan thanx for initiating this. You’ve said it all and said it well. With this stupid action and reaction there are no winners. Only lowers. Just call this the end of whatever has been and give peace a chance.

  102. Sifiso says:

    Free Palestine!!

  103. zwikabramov says:

    I sure hope the conflict ends as soon as possible. I’ve seen terrible video footage of the current situation in Gaza and my thoughts are with both sides. I was just about to head for Israel to join a Taglit experience but I do not support the israeli millitary actions. I am seriously considering to cancel the trip. Do you consider Israel save enoight to travel through? I’m talking mostly Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and more to the north, not the south of Israel. What is your opinion?

  104. Tom Breen says:

    Israel, stop your murder in Gaza, the world is aware of fraudulent premise

  105. Free Palestine! says:

    Shame on the Zionist Government of Israel, shame on the American Government and shame on the UN! They are all responsible. Stop the murders of children, woman, elderly and the sick. Stop the killing of innocent Palestinians under the guise of “defence”. They may feel that they don’t have to answer to us, but they will all die one day, and they will have to answer to God for each and every one they killed! Free Palestine!

  106. Gonza Gramajo says:

    Parenlos ataques ya !! juzgar a los criminales de guerra del gobierno Sionista !!

  107. figen says:

    Free palestine

  108. isadora says:

    Israel stop your murder in Gaza!!!!

  109. Sayyaf Ahmad says:

    Free Gaza

  110. Annemei Blessing-Leyhausen says:

    STOP this cruelty NOW!!!!

  111. Sam says:

    End the brutal occupation of Palestine. The people of Palestine have suffered decades of misery, no dignity and a raped identity.
    It is ludicrous that a nation is permitted to occupy another under the pretext of a Jewish understanding that they will because they can.

    It is horrific that the world still mourning the tragedies of the of the nazi era can allow the very same treatment of another nation simultaneously to take place.

  112. Shafeeqah V. Smith says:

    Free Palestine!

  113. Fatima Abrahams says:

    Our prayers are with our oppressed brothers and sisters and their families.

  114. gerard baustier says:

    Thank for your story

  115. Jessica Méndez says:

    Peace to palestine! Fredom And no opresión . God is Watching act like You know !

  116. Maite says:

    Free Palestine!

  117. haadia says:

    END ALL WARS for the Sake of our CHILDREN !!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. Solveig says:

    Please stop these atrocities!

  119. Seamus Mallon says:

    This needs to stop now!

  120. Amy says:

    I know I can’t do much but believe me I’m thinking of all the innocent dead and effected. Stop the bloodshed!

  121. Alexandra Park says:

    This saddens me deeply. As a person of faith, I am so discouraged at yet another example in our history of hatred, killing, and evil for power but in the name of God.

  122. Erlendur Pálsson says:

    I am discussed by the Israeli nazi racist regime.

  123. Gulnar farooqui says:

    Stop stop !!!! This inhumanity right now . Shame on us , the world Is the most uncivilized when most of us are educated today . No point of any world peace organizations at all. History tells the big n powerful do all the injustice under political curtain n no one stops them . We will inshaallah witness the the severest punishment in the higher court where justice will b served . No religion gives permission to take lives of innocents .

  124. Nadia Traviata says:

    I am extremely concerned and dismayed at the unwarranted and inappropriate military aggression being perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians currently and on an ongoing basis. Israel is perpetuating this conflict as the aggressor by killing innocent civilians, including children. As an American taxpayer whose tax dollars are used to fund this violence, I find this unconscionable. This war must cease immediately. It is time to divest aide from Israel until there is an end to the occupation which is a root cause of this conflict.

  125. Lucinda Smith says:

    is this the Israeli Government’s “Final Solution” for the Palestinians?
    It sure looks that way to the rest of the world.
    Gaza is an Arab Holacaust per

  126. Julie Taylor says:

    This is not a terrorist assault .The Palestinian people have been persecuted and provoked for years .Gaza is like a concentration camp . Israel stop the bloodshed stop dehumanising the Palestinian people .
    We are all equal.

  127. Vaida says:

    Free Palestine! No more killing. Enough more than enough. It must stop.

  128. Thomas Långkvist says:

    Stop the colocaust in Gaza now

  129. Alex santos says:

    The devil is in their hearts. Making them so awful. I am shocked. After what the Jews suffered during world war 2?

  130. Khaled says:

    STOP zionist terrorism…. FREE PALESTINE

  131. selin says:

    Free Palastine!! Israel is real Terrorist !

  132. Stella Adelman says:

    Stop the holocaust in gaza

  133. FN says:

    Why 10000 signatures to take out an add- aren’t hundreds and thousands of lives enough?! 1 life is too much!!

  134. Julie Ramsden says:

    Stop this horrendous situation !!

  135. Femia Wesenhagen says:

    All the violence and killing of innocent people just gotta stop we are all part of one race the HUMAN RACE please this goes out to all our leaders stop this

  136. selmo gliksman says:

    Congratulations for speaking out!!!!

  137. Imran Nizamuddin says:

    Coexisting between 2 nations must occur, both sides have had losses. Both sides have equal rights to land. Walls must come down and economies must be freed so families can prosper. Hatred doesn’t end in one day so dialogue will be hard initially but if people are able to prosper and nation building occurs, by the will of God, peace can be attained.

  138. Inger Lamache says:

    Stop the bombings!!!

  139. Molly Doherty-Vinicor says:

    We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, and the privileging of Jewish lives over other loves.

  140. Wenche Stork says:

    Stop the killing now!

  141. Anna Vanessa Kongsrud says:

    Palestine for always and forever!

  142. Danielle says:

    I don’t support this occupation. This is heartbreaking and we need to stand up and do something!

  143. kim donvig says:

    No matter what we say or do out here will matter little, it doesn’t sink in. Palestinians are not capable of doing much really, except for totally giving in and that won’t happen, they rather die. Only Israel can make the difference, only they are can make the big difference, only they can stop this war, being the superior power, educated and smart nation, but do they have the will, I doubt it. Hope this will help

  144. rossella says:

    Stop a tutte le guerre nel mondo!!!

  145. amy says:

    stop the killing, do something now!

  146. Annie Southerst says:

    This is all I can do but weep in desperation

  147. Elin Turpijn says:

    With each crime and every kindness we birth our future…stop the killing now!

  148. Jelleke V says:

    Please stop! Killing civilians is murder!

  149. Jan Sar says:

    Thank you for show the world there is compassion in jews as well as all other humanity

  150. pepa dominguez says:

    For the Peace between Palestine and Israel and the entire Planet. Let’s start realising that we are all one big Family, and if one suffers the others also will. Lets stop once for all this brutality please! And replace it for Peace and Compassion.

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  152. Ingrid Altinezer says:

    Stop the terror NOW!

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