Urgent Call for Action by Jewish Canadians to stop a genocide-in-the-making
"...We mourn, but we reject the use of our mourning as a reason to commit atrocities on the Palestinian people. The test of our humanity happens at the most difficult times – we do not respond to atrocities by committing atrocities on a larger scale. We recognize that the Palestinian people, and particularly those in Gaza, are people traumatized by a history and ongoing experience of displacement, military occupation and siege at the hands of the Israeli government and military. Civilians anywhere must never be the targets of militant action.
This is literally a moment of life-and-death. The language dehumanizing the Palestinians used by Israeli government officials, as well as other governments and reporters; the Israeli army dropping 6,000 bombs in six days primarily on civilian targets; the total destruction of civilian infrastructure; the complete cutoff of electricity, food, water and other essentials; a collapsed healthcare system; the displacement of more than one million people, half of them children; and the imminent ground invasion – these are the clear contours of a genocide-in-the-making. We must stop it before it proceeds further!
We appeal to Canadian leaders in all spheres of life: do not be a bystander. We call on the Canadian government to use all its resources and influence to stop this! Canada should not enable what’s happening in Gaza. Call for Israel to stop the bombing of Gaza. Call for an immediate ceasefire, and the return of all the Israeli hostages. Engage in a real process to address the long-standing oppression and deprivation of rights of the Palestinian people – that’s the only viable path for a real, just peace..."