Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Prominent British Jews Oppose Gaza Offensive

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 11th January, 2009

julia_neuberger     There is an imporant letter in today’s ‘Observer’ from almost a dozen leading British Jews — including the LibDem peer, Rabbi Julia Neuberger — calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, with international monitoring of the ceasefire agreement. The signatories — who also include form Labour Party Chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham, the philanthropist Sir Sigmund Sternberg and the academic Professor David Cesarani — declare that ‘it is our desire to see a durable solution for ordinary people and our view that an immediate ceasefire is not only a humanitarian necessity but also a strategic priority for the future security of Israelis, Palestinians and people of the region.’

While naturally suporting Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks, the authors ‘are concerned that rather than bringing security to Israel, a continued military offensive could strengthen extremists, destabilise the region and exacerbate tensions inside Israel with its one million Arab citizens.’ Hear, Hear!

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