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In accordance with the principles stated in our declaration, Independent Jewish Voices seek to publicly speak out against racism and violations against human rights. Particularly, in regard to ongoing developments in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

IJV therefore publishes a number of open letters and statements as adverts in publications such as the Jewish Chronicle, New Statesman, or daily newspapers.

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For publication in The Times, 1st December 2009

OPEN LETTER TO GORDON BROWN

ON THE GOLDSTONE REPORT: 
BRITISH JEWS DO NOT SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE

Dear Prime Minister,

We appreciate your Government’s stated intention to build bridges with the Jewish community in the light of responses to the Goldstone report. To achieve this, it is vital for you to recognise that British Jews do not speak with one voice on this matter.

We welcome the Goldstone Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict as a key document in the upholding of international law in situations of violent conflict, and regret your Government’s failure to endorse the Report and its recommendations at the United Nations General Assembly.

We condemn the vilification of Richard Goldstone, an internationally acclaimed jurist who has made a substantial contribution worldwide to the development and maintenance of international humanitarian law, and his distinguished co-authors.

We note that the preparation of the Report was severely hampered by the refusal of the Israeli authorities to respond to reasonable enquiries or to facilitate access by the mission to Gaza or the West Bank and that it was only Egypt’s assistance which eventually allowed the Mission to gain access to Gaza. We further note that the Report unequivocally condemns not just Israel’s devastation of Gaza but also Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli neighbourhoods and does not in any way deny Israel its right to legitimate self-defence. We fully support its recommendation that both parties conduct full investigations into the allegations of war crimes in the Report.

We believe Israel cannot afford, nor should it wish, to exempt itself from the scrutiny of the international community on these matters. We consider that it is the attempt to do so, rather than the Goldstone Report, that is damaging Israel. We therefore urge you to endorse the Report at the next available opportunity.


Letter in Support of Goldstone Report

Published in The Times

On 1st December a full-page advert appeared in the Times supported by  565 individual signatories and the following groups: Independent Jewish Voices, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, the Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights, the Jewish Socialists’ Group, Jewish Writers Against the Occupation and Scottish Jews for a Just Peace. Download the pdf here.

See the  Jewish Chronicle report and the Haaretz article by Cnaan Liphshiz. The text and list of signatories is given below:

Dear Prime Minister,

We appreciate your Government’s stated intention to build bridges with the Jewish community in the light of responses to the Goldstone report. To achieve this, it is vital for you to recognise that British Jews do not speak with one voice on this matter.

We welcome the Goldstone Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict as a key document in the upholding of international law in situations of violent conflict, and regret your Government’s failure to endorse the Report and its recommendations at the United Nations General Assembly.

We condemn the vilification of Richard Goldstone, an internationally acclaimed jurist who has made a substantial contribution worldwide to the development and maintenance of international humanitarian law, and

We note that the preparation of the Report was severely hampered by the refusal of the Israeli authorities to respond to reasonable enquiries or to facilitate access by the mission to Gaza or the West Bank and that it was only Egypt’s assistance which eventually allowed the Mission to gain access to Gaza.

We further note that the Report unequivocally condemns not just Israel’s devastation of Gaza but also Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli neighbourhoods and does not in any way deny Israel its right to legitimate self-defence. We fully support its recommendation that both parties conduct full investigations into the allegations of war crimes in the Report.

We believe Israel cannot afford, nor should it wish, to exempt itself from the scrutiny of the international community on these matters. We consider that it is the attempt to do so, rather than the Goldstone Report, that is damaging Israel. We therefore urge you to endorse the Report at the next available opportunity.

Lauren Aarons
Lesley Abdela MBE
George Abendstern
Marion Adler
Bernie Ahrens
Michael Albu
Alan S Alexander
Seymour Alexander
Rebecca Amiel
Lisa Appignanesi
Ruth Appleton
Libby Ardren
Oreet Ashery
Martha Jean Baker
Dr Anthony Bale
Lynne Reid Banks
Dr Lisa Baraitser
Lisa Barcan
Julia Bard
Barbara Barnett
Prof Tony Barnett
Michael Baron MBE
Robert Bartfield
Rosemary Bechler
Dr Alex Benchimol
Emeritus Prof Robert Benewick
Bert Benham
Joan Benham
Leonie Bennett
Paul Benson
Marge Berer
Daniel Bernstein
Sir Geoffrey Bindman
Dr Lynn Bindman
Jo Bird
Rica Bird
Dr Martin Birnstingl
Jude Bloomfield
Ilse Boas
Prof Tony Booth
Jenny Bourne
Rachel Boyd
Emeritus Prof Leslie Baruch Brent
Prof Haim Bresheeth
Sarah Broadie
Adam Broomberg
Babette Brown
Fiona Brown
Judy Brown
Dr Michael Brown
Michelle Brown
Peter Brown
Peter Brown
Dr Raymond Brown
Jennie Buckman
Veronica Butler
Prof Brian Butterworth FBA
Prof Jane Caplan
Prof Lionel Caplan
Gail Chester
Brian Chinnery
Linda Clair
Ruth Clark
Mr Mike Cohen
Norma Cohen
Norman Cohen
Ron Cohen
Prof Stan Cohen
Sylvia Cohen
Roy Collins
Ruth Conlock
Rabbi Howard Cooper
Mike Cushman
Lady Ellen Dahrendorf
Angela Dale
Dr Renee Danziger
Prof Miriam David
Sara Davidson
Bernard Davies
Sally Davies
Jean Davis
Wendy Sarah Davis
Gerald de Groot
Emanuel de Kadt
Rabbi Prof Nicholas de Lange
Peter Deadman
Ivor Dembina
Jenny Diski
Prof Elizabeth Dore
Dr Robert Dourmashkin
Aaron Dover
Marc Eady
Rebecca Earle
Joanne Edelman
Dan Edelstyn
Hilary Edelstyn
Linda Edmondson
Susan Egert
Prof Barbara Einhorn
Prof Eric Eisenhandler
Aram Eisenschitz
Thomas Eisner
Mark Elf
Liz Elkind
Marie Ellis
Michael Ellman
Prof D B A Epstein FRS
Ms R R Epstein
Sheila Ernst
Moris Farhi MBE
Prof Paul Fatt FRS
Rabbi Michael E Feinberg
Prof Stephan Feuchtwang
Alf Filer
Dr Neil Finer
Deborah Fink
Sylvia Finzi
Frank Fisher
Mark Forstater
Erika Fox
Jonathan Fox
Peter Fraenkel
Richard Fredman
Bella Freud
Martin J Frishman
Prof Stephen Frosh
Ruth Fruchtman
Uri Fruchtman
Ian Fulton
Dr Martin Gaba
Ellen Galford
David Ian Garfinkel
Rachel Garver
Merle Gering
Denis Glaser
Sarah Glass
Murray Glickman
Dr Sarah Glynn
Debra Gold
Rabbi Dr David J Goldberg OBE
Martin Golding
Dr Debbie Goldman
Angela Godfrey Goldstein
Ann F Goldstein
Ronnie Golz
Arthur Goodman
Geoffrey Goodman
John Goodman
Paula Goodman
Dr Peter Goodstein
J L Gordon
Lionel Gordon
David Gould
Robert Gould
Susanne Graham
Tony Graham
Lesley Grahame
Michael Graubart
Alice Gray
Ilse Gray
Jeremy Green
Tony Greenstein
M Greenwood
Marion Gripaios
Rebekah Gronowski
Grahame Gross
Justin Grossman
Heinz Grünewald
Ilona Halberstadt
Michael Halpern
Noel Hamel
Michele Hanson
Keir Hardie
Jenny Harris
Abe Hayeem
Rosamine Hayeem
Mike Heiser
Dr Harold Heller
Anna Hellmann
Dr Jane Henriques
Denis Herbstein
Thena Heshel
Julie Higgins
Prof Susan Himmelweit
Prof Eric J Hobsbawm
Marlene Hobsbawm
Michael Horovitz OBE
Deborah Hyams
Elaine Hyams
Dr Keith Hyams
Prof Paul Hyams
Henry Hyatt
Anna Isaacs
Dr Anthony Isaacs
Dr Jeremy Isaacs
David Iwi
Vivienne Jackson
Emeritus Prof Howard Jacobs
June Jacobs
Nicholas Jacobs
Sandra Jacobs
Dr Susie Jacobs
Fay Jacobsen
Prof Michael Jacobsen
Sharon Jacobsen
Dr Laura Jacobus
Prof Mary Jacobus
Prof Anne Janowitz
Joanna Jellinek
Lawrence Joffe
Gabriel Josipovici
Dan Judelson
Ann Jungmann
Prof Ahuvia Kahane
Prof Mary Kaldor
Prof Deniz Kandiyoti
Prof Cora Kaplan
Anne Karpf
Paul Kaufman
Ruth Kaufman
Shirley Kaufman
Sid Kaufman
Ellie Kavner
Prof Adah Kay
Paul Kelemen
Michael Kendall
Nicolas Kent
Dr David King
Brenda Kirsch
Reva Klein
Pam Kleinot
Roger Kline
Dr Brian Klug
Prof Francesca Klug OBE
Dr Tony Klug
Prof Eleonore Kofman
Robert Kornreich
Robert Krause
Stevie Krayer
Berry Kreel
Philip Kuhn
Prof Adam Kuper
Dr Jenny Kuper
Jo Kuper
Mary Kuper
Richard Kuper
Sam Kuper
Vivi Lachs
Emeritus Prof Frank Land
Ralph Land CBE
David Landau
Madeline Landauer
Jon Lansman
Bernice Laschinger
Pam Laurance
Alexandra Lehmann
Mike Leigh
Miki Lentin
Antony Lerman
Hemdat Lerman
Rod Lester
Leah Levane
Betty Levene
Dr Mark Levene
Louis Levi
Jacqie Levin
Miriam Levin
Susanne Levin
Dr Peter Levin
Diane Levine
Dr Ralph Levinson
Paul Blain Levy
Emeritus Prof
Raymond Levy
Keren Lewin
Sue Lewis
Dr Keith Lichman
Nikki Lichtenstein
Vivien Lichtenstein
Sanford Lieberson
Sonja Linden
Laurie Abrams Lindey
Miles Litvinoff
Dr Tim Lobstein
Sebastian Loew
Susan Loppert
Prof Yosefa Loshitzky
Dr Susan Loewenthal Lourenço
Tom Lowenstein
Heinz Lubasz
Prof Steven Lukes
John Lynes
Tony Lynes
Simon Lynn
John Jacob Lyons
Deborah Maccoby
Dorothy Macedo
Daniel Machover
Henry Maitles
Beryl Maizels
Judith Makoff
Kay Manasseh
P J Manasseh
Dr Ruth Mandel
Jenny Salaman Manson
Anthony Marcel
Julia Marcus
Miriam Margolyes OBE
Garry Markham
Sonia Markham
David Marks
Emeritus Prof Isaac Marks
Mike Marks
Rafael Marks
Emeritus Prof Shula Marks OBE
Prof Susan Marks
Mike Marqusee
Paul Mayersberg
Hilda Meers
Sheila Melzak
Dr Ron Mendel
Ed Mendelsohn
Phyll Mendelsohn
Dr David Metz
Carol Michaelson
David Middleburgh
Melissa Midgen
Martine Miel
Dr Jonathan Miller
Dr Laura Miller
Dr Rachel Miller
Emeritus Prof Stanley Mitchell
Prof Ursula Mittwoch
Michael Mitzman
Prof Simon Mohun
Sara Mokone
Prof David Mond
Dr Peter Mond
Richard Mond
Daniel Monk
Ian Montrose
Andrea Morris
Louise Morris
Paul Morrison
Jonathan Morton
Carole Mosco
Maurice Naftalin
Simon Natas
Dr Gillian Nathan
Idit Nathan
Prof Mica Nava
Jeannette Nelson
Roger Nelson
Judith Nesbit
Arthur Neslen
Chaim Neslen
Diana Neslen
Esther Neslen
Orna Neumann
Dr Barry Newman
Bracha Newman
Ines Newman
Jan Newman
Rabbi Jeffrey Newman
Prof Mike Newman
Prof Richard Noss
Dr Paul Oestreicher
Prof Susie Orbach
Martine Osorio
Margaret Owen
Dr Kathy Panama
Hilary Panford
Dr Diana Paton
Sue Pentel
Stewart Permutt
Adam Phillips
Michael Picardie
Rina Picciotto
Emeritus Prof Sol Picciotto
Miranda Pinch
Donna Poppy
Charles Pottins
Shelley Power
Adam Pozner
Alison Prager
Peter Prager
Sylvia Prager
Dr Claudia Prestel
Judy Price
Renate Prince
Colin Purkey
Caroline Raine
Ros Raizada
Sandra Harris Ramini
Susan Reed
Louise Rendle
Dr Naomi Richman
Frances Rifkin
Lee Roberts
Sheila Robin
Lee Robinson
Dr Paul Robinson
Ernest Rodker
Neil Rogall
Sherrl Yanowitz Rogall
Dr Ben Rogaly
Joe Rogaly
Prof Anne Rogers
Zina Rohan
Emeritus Prof Edgar Rose
Prof Jacqueline Rose FBA
Shirley Rose
Prof Sonya O Rose
Dan Rosenberg
David Rosenberg
Rabbi Judith Rosen-Berry
Johanna Roeber
Rosendaal
Dr Martin Rosendaal
Dr Marsha Rosengarten
Emeritus Prof Jonathan Rosenhead
Prof Douglas Ross FRS
Leon Rosselson
Rina Rosselson
The Hon Miranda Rothschild
Anne Rykwert
Prof Joseph Rykwert
Michael Sackin
Michael Safier
Sabby Sagall
Caroline Salinger
Susannah Sallé
Deborah Salter
Benjamin Alfred Samuel
Prof Andrew Samuels
Dr Simon Sandberg
Cllr Larry Sanders
Dr Esther Saraga
Michael Sassen
Prof Donald Sassoon
Anthony Sattin
Dr Ian Saville
Alexei Sayle
Seb Schmoller
David Schneerson
Dr Susan Schonfield
Barry Schwabsky
Dr Joseph Schwartz
Prof Judy Sebba
Amanda Sebestyen
Glyn Secker
Dr Graeme Segal FRS
Prof Lynne Segal
Ruth Selwyn
Cath Senker
Prof Peter Senker
Dr Eric Shaw
Russell Shaw
Diana Shelley
Dr Peter Sheridan
Judy Sherwood
Prof Avi Shlaim FBA
David Shonfield
Prof John Sidel
Nick Sigler
Byron Simmonds
J David Simons
Irris Singer
Dr Juliet Singer
Sid Singer
Dr Jonathan Sklar
Naomi Sklar
Eve Slatner
Hazel Slavin
Gillian Slovo
Sandra Smidt
Harry Smith
Jill Smith
Micah Smith
Ben Soffa
Donatella Soldi
Jeremy Solnick
Sara Solnick
Dr David Sperlinger
Sigal Spigel
Prof Annabelle Sreberny
Jonty Steinfeld
Rebecca Steinfeld
Dov Stekel
Chaim Stephenson
Andrew Stern
Anya Stern
John Stern
Nicholas Stern
Dr Paul Stern
Ruth Stern
Prof Frances Stewart
Henry Stewart
Dr Kitty Stewart
Lorne Stockman
Anthony Stoll
Jennie Stoller
Diana Stone
Dr Judith Suissa
Sylvia Summer
Vivien Sunlight
Dr Adam Sutcliffe
Susan Sutcliffe
Janet Suzman
Risa Tabatznik
Tony Tabatznik
Rabbi Larry Tabick
Dr David Taylor
Eric Taylor
Hedley Taylor
Ruth Tenne
Gemma Thomas
Asher Tlalim
Andi Tobe
Jeremy Tobias-Tarsh
Dr David Toke
Sef Townsend
Michel Trainer
Inge Trott
Sonia Tuban
Prof David Turner
Emeritus Prof Clare Ungerson
Prof Elaine Unterhalter
Tanya Ury
Dr Nadia Valman
Prof Anton van der Merwe
Dr Andrea Varney
Katie Vetch
Prof Philip Wadler
Tirza Waisel
Stanley Walinets
Lorraine Walters
Michelene Wandor
Carla Wartenberg
Sophie Waterhouse
Beryl Wayne
Naomi Wayne
Wolf Wayne
Saira Weiner
Miri Weingarten
Irving Weinman
Tom Wengraf
Baroness Whitaker
Martin Wilson QC
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi
Dr Aaron Winter
Devra Wiseman
Walter J Wolfgang
Geoff Woolfe
Judy Woolfe
Myra Woolfson
Miriam Yagud
Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim
Ben Young
Montague Young
Dr Gill Yudkin
Emeritus Prof John S Yudkin
Prof Nira Yuval-Davis
Betsy Zander
Emeritus Prof Michael Zander QC
Dr Pam Zinkin



This letter was published as an advert in the New Statesman,

15th January 2009

An Open Letter To David Miliband 

From Independent Jewish Voices

Dear Foreign Secretary,

We are writing as concerned Jews who are utterly dismayed by Israel’s actions against the Palestinians.

We object to the misleading representation of this conflict as entirely instigated by Hamas and merely defensive on the part of Israel. Rocket attacks on Israel are unacceptable. But Gaza has been under siege more or less since the unilateral withdrawal of Israeli settlers in 2005, a withdrawal that left Israel in complete control of access by air, land and sea, leaving the Palestinians with no opportunity to create a viable economic life. It was also accompanied within months by an increase of settlers in the West Bank in excess of those withdrawn from Gaza making it clear that at no point was the withdrawal intended to lead to viable statehood for the Palestinians. Ever since the election of Hamas – the result of an internationally authenticated democratic process –  Israel has enforced collective punishment on the people of Gaza, action which is illegal under international law.

We urge you therefore not to accept the Israeli rhetoric which presents this carnage as part of the `war on terror,’ but rather to condemn it as unjust violence that is destroying the prospects for peace, as well as jeopardising the position of Jews the world over. In the interests of a just and sustainable solution to the conflict, the UK government has a key role to play. We therefore urge you to press the incoming US government to modify the outgoing administration’s counter-productive and hitherto uncritical support for Israel’s actions and policies.

on behalf of the steering group, plus 191 signatures (making 205 in total)

Sir Geoffrey Bindman, Lady Ellen Dahrendorf, Uri Fruchtman, Anthony Isaacs, Lawrence Joffe, Ann Jungman, Anne Karpf, Dr Brian Klug, Anthony Lerman, Professor Jacqueline Rose, Leon Rosselson, Professor Donald Sassoon, Professor Lynne Segal, Henry Stewart

Independent Jewish Voices

The 191 additional signatories:

Lauren Aarons
Roy Ackerman
Seymour Alexander
Phil Barnett
Adrienne Barnett
Michael Baron, M.B.E.
David Bartram
Steven Beller
Paul Berczeller
Sir Geoffrey Bindman
Rica Bird
Andrew Biss
Councillor Jonathan Bloch
Ralph and Mary Blumenau
Y. Michal Bodemann
Jonathan Bradley
Paul Bragman
Leslie Baruch Brent, Emeritus Professor
Adam Broomberg
Peter and Fiona Brown
Babette Brown
Judy and Raymond Brown
Frances Bruce
Dr Alan Bullion
Steven Burkeman
Prof Brian Butterworth
Prof Lionel Caplan
Caroline Catz
zelda cheatle
Ruth Clark
Lillian Clark
Joel Cohen
Norma Cohen
Peter Cohen
Professor Miriam David
Ivor Dembina
Merav Devere
Prof. Laurence Dreyfus
Adi Drori-Avraham
Norman Druker
Prof. Eric Eisenhandler
Liz Elkind
Michael Ellman
Professor Gene Feder
David Feldman
Stephan Feuchtwang
Judith Fido
Neil Finer
Deborah Fink
Sylvia Finzi
Ivan Fiser
Frank Fisher
Professor Nina Fishman
Norman Franklin
Richard Fredman
David Freedman
Jo Freeman
Petra Fried
Dr R Garfield
Martin Golding
Ron Golz
Paula Goodman
Arthur Goodman
philip graham
Tony Greenstein
Michael Halpern
Rosamine Hayeem
Abe Hayeem
Dr Harold Heller
Eric Hobsbawm
Gad Hollander
Dr Anthony Isaacs
David Iwi
Claire Jackson
Mary Jacobus
Gabriel Josipovici
Tim Kahn
Ellie Kavner
Professor Adah Kay
daphne keen
Paul Keleman
Michael Kendall
Godfrey King
Reva Klein
Pam Kleinot
Dr Brian Kliger
Francesca Klug
Berry Kreel
Noa Lachman
Vivi Lachs
Professor Frank Land
Howard Leader
Linda Lennard
Miki Lentin
Antony Lerman
Dr Mark Levene
Les Levidow
Miriam Levin
Anna Liddle
Professor Margot Light
Sonja Linden
Susan Loppert
Deborah Maccoby
Henry Maitles
Dr. Ruth Mandel
Jenny Salaman Manson
Paul Marcus
Dennis Marks
Stephen Marks
Rafael Marks
Susan Marks
Shula Marks
Alison Meek
Sheila melzak
Juliet Michaelson
Martine Miel
Dr. Laura Miller
Stanley Mitchell
Paul Morrison
Orna Neumann
Victoria Neumark Jones
Mike Newman, Ines Newman
Dr. Ephraim Nimni
margaret owen
Carey Oppenheim
Hanna Oppenheim
Dan Ozarow
Helen Pearson
professor naomi pfeffer
Professor Deborah Philips
Merav Pinchassoff
Shelley Power
Alan Pulverness
Jerome Ravetz
Anni Rehin
Jessica Robinson
Sonya Rose
Edward Rosen
Dan Rosenberg
P. Rosenbloom
Dr Mike Rosenbloom
Yael Rosenfeld
Zoe Rosenfield
Leon Rosselson
Sabby Sagall
Peter Salomon
Dr. Simon Sandberg
Hilary Sapire
Donald Sassoon
Anthony Sattin
Susan Schonfield
Barry Schwabsky
Anna Schwarz
Mike Scott
Lynne Segal
Dr Elaine Sharland
Sue Shaw
Tamar Shlaim
Professor John Sidel
Nick Sigler
Byron Simmonds
Andy Simons
Dr Jonathan Sklar
Hazel Slavin
Robyn Slovo
Shawn Slovo
Gillian Slovo
Ben Soffa
Sara Solnick
Godfrey Stadlen
Tamar Steinitz
Hanna Steyne
Dr. Ivor Stilitz
Dr. Judith Suissa
Susan Sutcliffe
Ruth Tenne
Andi Tobe
Martin Toch
Dr David Toke
Professor Elaine Unterhalter
Bronia Veitch
Martin Weitz
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi
Dr. Aaron Winter
Geoff Woolfe
Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim
Montague Young
Professor Sami Zubaida



Advert published in the Jewish Chronicle, 4th july 2008:

“I feel like they are destroying part of me”

– Mohammed Shawanreh, Palestinian farmer surveying his destroyed olive groves.

Olive trees beautify Ma’ale Adumim

A vast Jewish settlement deep into the West Bank
But the trees, like the land of the settlement,

Were taken from Abu Dis and other Palestinian villages
Hundreds of thousands of olive trees

Have been uprooted by settlers and soldiers
In defiance of Jewish, Muslim and international law

Wrecking the livelihoods of Palestinian farmers
This is Occupation



Advert published in the Jewish Chronicle, 6th June 2008:

What is Jerusalem?

The Israeli government has just announced plans to build nearly 900 new housing units for Jewish residency in East Jerusalem. But what is Jerusalem. Following the 1967 war, Israel annexed not just the 6 sq km of East Jerusalem but an area 10 times that size – an additional 64 sq km including numerous outlying Palestinian villages.

Ever since, Israel has defined these West Bank hilltops as part of Jerusalem. To the rest of the world, the announcement by the Israeli government sends a clear message: relentless expansion in defiance of the Road Map freeze on settlement building.

Is this the way to pursue peace?



Advert published in the Jewish Chronicle, 6th May 2008

60 Years – We wish everyone could celebrate

It is 60 years since the creation of the state of Israel, celebrated by most Israelis and many Jews around the world. But which Israel is being commemorated?

Is it the Israel that, in its Declaration of Independence in 1948, in the wake of the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, proclaimed that “it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel … will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex … will be faithful to the principles of the UN Charter … extend our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness”?

Or is it the Israel that for decades has occupied the territory and lives of its Palestinian neighbours, surrounded them with settlers, barriers and checkpoints, confiscated their land, demolished their homes, uprooted their trees, subjected them to daily humiliations, mass detentions, periodic sieges and deadly incursions, and deprived them of the right to self-determination and freedom that Israel vigorously asserts for itself?

The state of Israel was at one time a major unifying force for Jews of different persuasions around the world – from left to right, from religious to secular. Today it is probably the single main cause of division. In country after country, including Israel itself, public dissent from Israeli policies has become a widespread reality. Informed by traditional Jewish values and concern for universal human rights, a growing number of Jews are openly repudiating the claim of successive Israeli governments to speak and act in the name of all Jews.

In another 10 years, Israel will be commemorating its 70th anniversary. Unless the occupation is brought swiftly to an end, there may be little left to celebrate.
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Placed by Independent Jewish Voices Steering Group. Please help to pay for this and future advertisements by sending a cheque to ‘Independent Jewish Voices’, PO Box 56912, London N10 3WW or email for details of payment by direct bank transfer.



IJV Advert published in The Times, November 19th 2008

TIME TO SPEAK OUT – NOW!

ONE YEAR on from Annapolis, a peace agreement to end the Middle East conflict remains as distant as ever. Settlement expansion continues and Palestinian life under occupation deteriorates dramatically.

Increasing tension within Israel, resulting both from the occupation and discrimination against the Arab minority, threatens the fabric of Israeli society and the political future of both Palestinians and Israelis.

In his Jewish New Year interview, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert belatedly recognised that “the decision we must make is the decision we have refused to face with open eyes for 40 years”. He then identified the fundamental conditions for peace: “We must reach an agreement with the Palestinians, the essence of which is that we shall actually withdraw from almost all the territories, if not from all the territories . . . including in East Jerusalem.”

With elections immanent in Israel, it is vital that maximum pressure is exerted on the negotiators to ensure that these principles are put into practice without further delay. The election of a new American administration, committed to action on Middle East peace from day one, presents a fresh opportunity for progress towards a settlement.

We, Jews in Britain, affirm our opposition to the continuing occupation and call upon the British government to use its influence in Washington and the Middle East to bring the occupation to a rapid end.

Seymour Alexander
Lisa Appignanesi
David Aukin
Martha Jean Baker
Lynne Reid Banks
Julia Bard
Michael Baron MBE
Rosemary Bechler
Sir Geoffrey Bindman
Rica Bird
Jenny Bloom
Ilse Boas
Susie Bolchover
Jackie Bornstein
Prof Emeritus Leslie
Baruch Brent
Dr Colin Brewer
Babette Brown
Frances Bruce
Dr Alan Bullion
Steven Burkeman
Dr Judy Bury
Prof Jane Caplan
Dr L Caplan
Esta Charkham
Ruth Clark
Barry Cohen
Norma Cohen
Michael Collins
Lady Ellen Dahrendorf
Prof Miriam David
Sara Davidson
Bernard Davies
Sally Davies
Jean Davis
Audrey Droisen
Susan Egert
Prof Barbara Einhorn
Liz Elkind
Morris Farhi MBE
Prof Gene Feder
Pia Feig
Prof Robert Fine
Sylvia Finzi
Ivan Fiser
Alexander Franklin
Ruth Friedman
Dr Martin Gaba
Ellen Galford
Dr Sarah Garfinkel
Carolyn Gelenter
Murray Glickman
Martin Golding
Ronnie Golz
Arthur Goodman
John Goodman
Karen Goodman
Lionel Gordon
Philip Graham
Gerald de Groot
Michelle Hanson
Abe Hayeem
Rosamine Hayeem
H. Heller
Prof Susan Himmelweit
Prof Eric Hobsbawm
Gad Hollander
Henry Hyatt
Dr Anthony Isaacs
Ron Isaacs
Prof Michael Jacobsen
Riva Joffe
Prof Gabriel Josipovici
Ann Jungman
Prof Cora Kaplan
Ann Karpf
Adah Kay
Paul Kelemen
Michael Kendall
Thena Kendall
Godrey King
Dr Brian Klug
Dr Tony Klug
Stevie Krayer
Richard Kuper
Michael Kustow
Prof Emeritus Frank
Land
Madeline Landauer
Linda Lennard
Antony Lerman
Leah Levane
Louis Levi
Vivien Lichtenstein
Sonja Linden
Susan Loppert
John Lynes
Beryl Maizels
Dr Ruth Mandel
Jenny Manson
Miriam Margolyes OBE
Gary Markham
Dr Susan Marks
Mike Marqusee
Patricia McIndoe
Ann McPherson
Alison Meek
Dr Ron Mendel
Ed Mendelsohn
Phyll Mendelsohn
Dr Jonathan Miller
Dr Rachel Miller
Prof David Mond
Dr Peter Mond
Dr N Monday
Phyllis Monday
Jeremy Montagu
Ian Montrose
Louise Morris
Norman Moss
Maurice Naftalin
Dr Mica Nava
Chaim Neslen
Diana Neslen
Ines Newman
Prof Mike Newman
Dr Paul Oestreicher
Prof Susie Orbach
Margaret Owen
Dr Kathy Panama
Prof Helen Penn
Prof Naomi Pfeffer
Rina Picciotto
Colin Purkey
Naomi Roberts
Warren Robin
Lee Robinson
Dr Paul Robinson
Prof Jacqueline Rose FBA
David Rosenberg
Ben Ross
Leon Rosselson
Anthony Rudolf
Michael Sackin
Prof A Samuels
Dr Esther Saraga
Prof Donald Sassoon
Anthony Sattin
Seb Schmoller
Dr Susan Schonfield
Prof Lynne Segal
Prof Victor J Seidler
Sybil Shine
Prof Avi Shlaim FBA
Irris Singer
Dr Juliet Singer
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