Israel’s use of white phosphorus on Gazan civilians is thoroughly documented. It is beyond question. It is nauseating. So now it’s time to process the facts. It’s time for unequivocal and undiluted public criticism.
I’m turning to Henry Siegman (director of the US Middle East Project in New York, currently a visiting research professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America) and two of his recent essays:
- Israel’s Lies (London Review of Books, January 2009), and
- The Great Middle East Peace Process Scam (London Review of Books, August 2007)
If a just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine is to be achieved, it can only follow from universal acknowledgment of the truth of the awful tragedy of Gaza and the realities of official Israeli policies regarding Palestinian autonomy. The last time I checked, American Jews were still part of the universe. We simply cannot publicly claim to want peace but support Israel’s avoidance of it. It’s time to put up or shut up.
Until then, how dare we sing “Lo yissa goy” in a place of worship, or anywhere else for that matter.
If you aren’t sickened by the evidence, you should be. If you aren’t ashamed, you should be. If you haven’t spoken out, then speak out!
Then sing for peace.
Lo yissa goy el goy cherev, Lo yilm’du od milchama
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.