If you Care about Israel, Silence is no Longer an Option!

by amitgoldenberg

A Call for Action from Israel to Liberal Jews around the World.  

            In the last years very alarming signs have appeared indicating that Israel is losing its moral and democratic compass. They lead us to focus on the half empty glass with recognition that there is also a half full glass. Although the results of the recent elections showed some kind of hope, the clouds of deterioration are still with us.

As concerned Jews and Israelis, we appeal to you to publicly express your concern about the current, critical situation in Israel, and to call for the State of Israel to return to the peaceful, moral, democratic, and humanistic values we all cherish. We are sending you this urgent appeal because we believe that, as liberal Jews, you share the humanistic values of our Jewish heritage, and support our struggle to prevent the deterioration of Israeli society.

We must all voice our reservations and criticism loudly and clearly. It is our responsibility to speak out and take action, as an ultimate expression of our identity and conscience. Ultimately, history will judge us by our actions (press here to see the whole call letter).

We Israeli Jews who cherish liberal values are sending a call letter to every liberal Jewish house and community in the world (press here to see the list of those who signed the letter) The list includes names of Israeli Jews from all the layers of Israeli society who support this initiative and represent a segment that cherishes Jewish and humanistic values. We are aware that there are liberal Jews around the world who devote time and efforts trying to influence the direction of Israeli policies, but there are still many more who need to express their concern. This letter aims to considerably amplify liberal voices.

In addition to the call letter we are also sending a document that provides evidence of the significant departures from democratic and moral codes by the State of Israel. You can view an executive abstract (press here to get it) and/or the whole document (press here to get it), with a map that illustrates the situation of the occupation (press here to get the map).

Finally a letter that provides initial suggestions for concrete actions is also attached (press here to get it). We hope that our letter along with the additional documents will be disseminated in the Jewish liberal world. They should serve as a basis for debate and action. It is possible to adapt and extend the list of actions according to the particular context, goals and conditions of each community and person.

Please bring the whole call letter to your home and community and pass it on to other Jews who cherish liberal values. Also try to publish it in Jewish newspapers and newsletters. In addition, spread the word through various social networks. It must reach every liberal Jew. It is our responsibility to speak out and take action, as an ultimate expression of our identity and conscience.

Sincerely,

Liberal Jews in Israel who Signed the Call Letter.

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