JVP deeply alarmed by Israel’s violent escalation in Gaza
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 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
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.