A Palestinian father and child walk in front of a bombed residential building in Gaza, Tuesday, November 13, 2018. (Walid Mahmoud Photography)

JVP deeply alarmed by Israel’s violent escalation in Gaza


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2018
Contact: Sonya E Meyerson-Knox | sonya@jvp.org | 929-290-0317

Jewish Voice for Peace is deeply alarmed by the escalation of violence in Gaza, in which 14 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed in two days.

We urge a return to ceasefire negotiations, and call for the end to Israel’s illegal 11-year siege on Gaza, which has polluted 97% of the drinking water and decimated Gaza’s economy.

We offer our support and solidarity to the popular grassroots Great March of Return protests in Gaza, which have continued weekly since the end of March, and which we believe offer the greatest hope for peace, dignity and justice for all peoples in Palestine and Israel.

Monday night witnessed some of the heaviest bombing in Gaza since the 2014 war, with over a hundred airstrikes in civilian centers in Gaza, and hundreds of missiles fired from Gaza into Israel. The current escalation was caused by the assassination of a senior Hamas official on Sunday by an Israeli special forces unit – the latest of over 70 such incursions this year by the Israeli military into Gaza, according to UN figures.

JVP also notes that the current escalation of violence in Gaza is fueled by a U.S. foreign policy which enables and emboldens Israeli military actions.

JVP staff are available to speak with the media

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Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

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