We are Jews in Ireland who back the Palestinians

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

We are Jewish people in Ireland who support the Palestinian struggle for human rights and justice – a struggle that resonates with the Irish journey towards peace.

We share a commitment to human rights and justice for all.

As Jewish people, we oppose the cynical deployment of the anti-Semitic label, and the history of the oppression of the Jewish people, to silence those who legitimately criticise Israel.

We are part of a long historical Jewish tradition of fighting oppression and standing up for peace and justice for all.

The ongoing occupation of Palestinian land, the siege of Gaza, brutal military repression and violence, the rejection of meaningful peace, and the growth of far-right racism and fundamentalism in Israel have led to the formation of pro-peace and pro-justice Jewish groups throughout the world.

Our group is proud to be part of this pro-Palestinian Jewish community, and to join the global movement that supports the Palestinian struggle for their human rights and for justice.

We support the application of the norms of international law and human rights to Israel/Palestine. We also support those groups that are working to create a just and lasting peace in Palestine.

We support boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, as called for by Palestinian civil society.

The state of Israel does not represent the Jewish people. We have an obligation to speak out when Israel claims its actions against the Palestinian people are taken on behalf of the Jewish people.

Not in our name!

Signatories include: Merav Amir, Belfast, Jo Bird, Derry/Londonderry, Becca Bor, Derry/Londonderry, Laurence Davis, Cork, David Landy, Dublin, Seth Linder, Co Down, Aisling McGeown, Belfast, Gavin Mendel Gleason, Dublin, Sue Pentel, Belfast