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An appeal from Australian Jews to the Australian Jewish Community

As Australians of Jewish identity and background, we are appalled at the current mass killing in Gaza by Israel. We reject the official mythology that Israel is under existential threat and acting in self-defence.

Since 12 July, the Israeli army has killed more than 1700 people in Gaza. Hospitals, schools, beaches, playgrounds – even UN shelters have been attacked. The whole world has reacted with horror and outrage.

In the face of the destruction of so many lives, we cannot remain silent while the official Jewish leadership gives such active support to Israel’s attack on Gaza. Their decision to stand with the oppressor rather than the oppressed is a betrayal of our history and values, when authentic moral leadership is more important than ever. Siege, occupation, the slaughter of innocents and collective punishment of an entire people are deeply wrong and unlawful. Yet the Jewish leadership uncritically promulgates the propaganda of the Israeli government that this is self-defence. They are failing to represent and serve the Jewish community.

Silence is consent and evil triumphs when good people do nothing. We call on our fellow Jews to break their silence, to take a public stand, not just for an immediate cease-fire, but for an end to the underlying conditions of siege and occupation which defy elementary morality, decency and humanity, as well as international and humanitarian law.

If you would like to add your signature to this letter, sign here:

First NameLast NameJob titleCity
Richard Buchhorn Retired Brisbane
Andrew Kocsis Philosopher Melbourne
Andrew (Andy) Alcock peace and human rights activist Forestville, South Australia
Josh Ali Engineer Melbourne
Emma Burn Sydney
Florence Scott Home Lane Cove
Daniel Tobias Melbourne
Robert Carter retired auckland nz
Laurie Baldwin Sydney
Dr. David Taylor Retired Englis and Drama Melbourne

Original signatories:

  1. Kate Alway

  2. Dr Eran Asoulin

  3. Willy Bach, peace researcher and poet

  4. Dr Peter Balint

  5. Dr Tony Balint

  6. Judy Bamburger, management consultant

  7. Sivan Barak, student

  8. Dr Ditta Bartels, retired CEO, Inphaze

  9. Somerset Bean, graphic designer

  10. Alice Beauchamp

  11. Lyn Bender, psychologist, writer

  12. Robyn Bersten, professional researcher

  13. David Bilander, engineer/analyst

  14. Dr Geoffrey Binder, lecturer/tutor

  15. Paul Blay, landscape architect

  16. Dr Barbara Bloch, independent academic

  17. Alfiah Blond, nutritional medicine practitioner

  18. Simon Blond, university lecturer

  19. Karen Bloomberg, speech pathologist

  20. Leah Bloomfield, education advisor

  21. Professor John Bradley, Monash University

  22. Jacki Braw

  23. Mariann Brull

  24. Michael Brull

  25. Angela Budai,union official

  26. Jenny Bush, retired rehabilitation counsellor

  27. Susie Carleton

  28. Su Carter, administration officer

  29. Dr Barry Carr, historian

  30. Martin Chanock, emeritus professor of law, La Trobe University

  31. Associate Professor Peter Christoff, University of Melbourne

  32. Ruth Clemens, retired secondary school teacher

  33. Harry Cohen, AM

  34. Ian Cohen, former MLC, NSW Parliament

  35. Leone Cohen

  36. Rachael Collinson, former journalist

  37. Max Corden AC

  38. Piera Dennerstein

  39. Anneke Deutsch, retired prosthetist

  40. Dr John Docker, writer

  41. Sara Dowse, writer

  42. Alec Drummond, library worker

  43. Linda Eisler, Councillor, Canterbury LMA

  44. Nicole Ehrlich, research psychologist

  45. Dr Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper, writer, language consultant

  46. Marsh Emerman, lecturer in film and TV

  47. Harry Feldman

  48. Naima Fine

  49. Dr Michelle Fink, medical specialist

  50. Corinne Fisher, professional educator, sustainability

  51. Lee Flax, retired lecturer, Macquarie University

  52. Gabrielle Flax

  53. Professor Steve Frenkel

  54. Nadia Fried, musician, teacher

  55. Bonnie Gelman

  56. Dr Guy Gillor, public health researcher

  57. Dr Hal Ginges

  58. Sandra Glasbeek, retired civil servant

  59. Penelope Glass, theatre worker

  60. Jack Grey

  61. Joseph Halevi, senior lecturer, University of Sydney

  62. Gaskell M Harris, former lecturer, computer science

  63. David Heilpern LLB LLM

  64. Davey Heller, bushland regeneration worker

  65. David Hermolin, lead union organiser

  66. Tim Hollo, musician and activist

  67. Janine Israel

  68. John Jacobs, actor, lecturer

  69. Professor Keith Jacobs, University of Tasmania

  70. Margaret Jacobs

  71. Max Kaiser

  72. Dr David Kaye, psychiatrist

  73. John Kaye, Greens NSW MP

  74. Margaret Kaye, Feldenkrais practitioner

  75. Dr Rick Kuhn, adjunct reader in Sociology, Australian National University

  76. Sarah Lay, retired public school teacher

  77. Melanie Lazarow, student

  78. Sue Leigh, activist and former counselor

  79. Michael Lever, archeologist and cultural heritage advisor

  80. Dr David Levy

  81. Dr Gary Levy, educator, researcher

  82. Rachel Liebhaber

  83. Professor G J Lindell AM

  84. Ian Lisser, union activist

  85. Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, author, Guardian columnist

  86. Jackie Lublin

  87. Dr Terry Lustig, environmental and water engineer

  88. Margo McKelvie

  89. Laurie Izaks McSween

  90. Jonathan Maltz, counsellor

  91. Miriam Margolyes, actress

  92. Dennis Martin

  93. Leon Medalia

  94. Stefan Moore, film maker

  95. Associate Professor Alan Morris, University of Technology, Sydney

  96. Martin Munz

  97. Haskell Musry, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant

  98. Liam Neame, academic

  99. Dr Ian Neering, retired Associate Professor, University of NSW

  100. Joan Nestle, retired Associate Professor, CUNY

  101. Sharmila Nezovic

  102. Alex Nissen, educator

  103. Jacqui Nissim, union organiser

  104. Rod Oaten, retired school teacher

  105. Judith O’Conal-Prinz, professional portrait painter

  106. Dennis Oppenheim, retired insurance broker

  107. Sandra Padova, lesbian social justice advocate

  108. Dr Tamas Pataki, author and retired lecturer, University of Melbourne

  109. Cathy Peters, ABC Radio National producer

  110. Tim Petterson, Campaigns and Communications Director

  111. Dr Annie Pettit

  112. Dr Annie Pfingst, research fellow

  113. Abe Pogos, script writer

  114. Vivienne Porzsolt, spokesperson, Jews against the Occupation

  115. Richard Raber, film-maker

  116. Adjunct Associate Professor Karl Reed

  117. Michelle Reiner, customer service administrator

  118. Andrew Riemer

  119. Marilyn Rister

  120. Susan Rosedale, teacher

  121. Deborah Rosenberg

  122. Les Rosenblatt

  123. David Rothfiled

  124. Pamela J Rothfield

  125. Paul Rubner, retired librarian

  126. Dr Jen Runds

  127. Jay Rutovitz, energy consultant

  128. Margot Salom, researcher

  129. Kim Sattler, secretary, Unions ACT

  130. Daniel Saks

  131. Sol Salbe, journalist

  132. Yvette Scholtmeyer, editor

  133. John Seed, OAM

  134. Debra Shulkes, editor

  135. Regina Sigal, madam

  136. Dr Ben Silverstein, lecturer, University of NSW

  137. Dr Jordy Silverstein, historian, University of Melbourne

  138. Esther Singer, vegetable farmer

  139. Deborah Singerman, editor, writer, project management consultant

  140. Associate Professor Peter Slezak, University of NSW

  141. Dr David Slucki

  142. Dr Sue Starfield

  143. Norman Sterling

  144. Dr Larry Stillman

  145. David Stockman

  146. Lanie Stockman

  147. Dr Marcelo Svirsky, lecturer, University of Wollongong

  148. Anna Tambour

  149. Robin Taubenfeld, teacher and community organiser

  150. Leah Thomas, student

  151. Fred Tropp-Asher, retired IT project manager

  152. Robyn Unger, public servant

  153. Susan Varga, author

  154. Shobha Varkey

  155. Avril Vorsay, researcher, translator, performer

  156. Peter Walton, self-employed

  157. Jamie Walvisch, university lecturer

  158. Dr David Weatherell, honorary fellow in history, Deakin University

  159. George Winston AM

  160. Dr N D Witton

  161. Dr Ron Witton

  162. Sandra Goldbloom Zurbo, editor and author

  163. Dr David Zyngier, senior lecturer, Monash University

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