Israeli Citizens Appeal: International Intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Article/book #: 592
Title: Israeli Citizens Appeal: International Intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
By: Various citizens of Israel   Haim Baram   Hillel Bardin  
Date of issue: Friday, 27 April 2001
Topic(s) addressed:
Commentary (by JB):

The Israelis who signed this petition included:



  • Awad Abu-Freih, Rahat
  • Thabet Abu Rass, Dept. of Geography, Ben Gurion University
  • Dr. Ismael Abu-Saad, Education Dept., Director, Center for Bedouin Studies and Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Jeanne Albert, Mathematics Educator, Jerusalem
  • Dana Alexander, advocate, Tel Aviv
  • Gadi Algazi, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
  • Osnat Alon, Kibbutz Evron
  • M. Reuben Alster
  • Galit Altshuler, student, Jerusalem
  • Janina Altman, Haifa
  • Colman Altman, Haifa
  • Netta Amar, advocate, West Jerusalem
  • Tammy Amiel-Houser, TA, Comparative Lit., Tel Aviv University
  • Oded Amir, head of main frame systems team, TAU
  • Daniel Amit, Istituto di Fisica, La Sapienza, Roma
  • Itae Amit, designer, Tel-Aviv
  • Yali Amit, Dept. of Statistics and Computer Science, University of Chicago
  • Zalman Amit, Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Concordia University
  • Yossi Amitay, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Ben Gurion University
  • Nimrod Amzalak, Ph.D student, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Yonathan (Jon) Anson, Senior lecturer, Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University
  • Aviva Arad, Haifa
  • Benjamin Arbel, School of History, Tel-Aviv University
  • Ari Ariel, Graduate Student, Tel Aviv
  • Mordecai Arieli, Ph.D; Assoc. Professor, Tel-Aviv University School of Education
  • Eliyah Arnon, student, Tel-Aviv University
  • Efrat Assaf, archeologist, Jerusalem
  • Jamal Ashoor, Baqa Elgarbiya
  • Rutie Atsmon, educator, Tel Aviv
  • Ariella Atzmon, The Hebrew University
  • Adina Aviram, MD, Rabin Medical Center
  • Nurit Aviv, film director and photographer, Paris
  • Uri Avnery, Tel-Aviv
  • Uri Ayalon, Tel-Aviv
  • Ariella Azouly, Cultural Studies, Bar-Ilan University and Camera Obscura School of Art
  • Abed Azzam, philosophy student, Jerusalem
  • Ayelet Banai, Student, Jerusalem
  • Dan Bar-On, Department of Behaviorial Sciences, Ben Gurion University
  • Ami Barak, Art Director
  • Haim Baram, journalist, Jerusalem
  • Hillel Bardin, Jerusaelm
  • Ori Barel, Tel Aviv
  • Tamar Barkay, Tel-Aviv
  • Talma Bar-Tal, Haifa
  • Daniel Bar-Tal, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
  • Hadas Bashan, intern in law, Beer-Sheva
  • Tamar Belkin, California
  • Ofra Ben-Ami, Tel-Aviv
  • Avner Ben-Amos, historian, Ben Gurion University
  • Esther Ben Chur, Karkur
  • Liat Ben-Moshe, student, department of sociology, Tel Aviv University
  • Tal Ben Zvi, curator, Tel-Aviv
  • Yael Ben-Zvi, student, Stanford
  • Nora L. Bendersky, academic administration, Jerusalem
  • Meron Benvenisti, geographer and jounralist, Jerusalem
  • Tamar Berger, writer, Tel-Aviv
  • Louise Bethlehem, Comparative Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Efrat Bezarkon, student, The Hebrew Univesity of Jerusalem
  • Anat Biletzki, Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University
  • Binyamin Beit Halahmi, Department of Psychology, Haifa University
  • Dita Bitterman, architect & environmental designer
  • Irene Bleier Lewenhoff, Health Risk Manager
  • Yempa Boloslavsky, Tel-Aviv
  • Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California, Berkeley
  • Haim Bresheeth, Cinema Studies, Sapir College and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dr. Daniel Breslau, Sociologist, Tel-Aviv University
  • Eitan Bronstein, Ph.D student, Cultural Studies, Bar-Ilan University
  • Jose Brunner, History of Science, Tel Aviv University.
  • Dror Burstein, Tel-Aviv
  • Victoria Buch, Chemisitry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ruth Butler, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Daniella Carmi, writer
  • Na'ama Carmi, human rights activist, Maagan Michael.
  • Yaron Caspi , Weizmann Institue, Givatayim
  • Nitsan Chorev, student, New York
  • Veronika Cohen, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
  • Moran Cohen, student, Jerusalem
  • Ruth Cohen, ceramic artist, London
  • Yael Cohen
  • Yisrael Elliot Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Yulie Cohen Gerstel , filmmaker, Tel Aviv
  • Yossi Dahan, Open University, Tel Aviv
  • Efraim Davidi, journalist
  • Uri Davis, sociologist
  • Ouzi Dekel, Paris
  • Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ory Dessau
  • Aim Deuelle Luski, Theory of Art, Camera Obscura School of Art
  • Aliza Dror
  • Marwan Dwairy, psychologist, Nazerat Ellit
  • Ehud Ein-Gil, Journalist, Tel-Aviv
  • Uri Eisenzweig, French and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • Freema Elbaz Luwisch, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa
  • Moshe Eliraz, The Han Theater, Jerusalem
  • Yehuda Elkana, Rector of the Free University Budapest, Tel Aviv University Emeritus
  • Yehudit Elkana, Jerusalem
  • David Enoch, Ph.D. student in philosophy, NYU
  • Gidon Eshel, Dept. of the Geophysical Sciences , The University. of Chicago
  • Aharon Evyatar, Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University
  • Debbie Eylon, Ph.D. student in philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Yuval Eylon, Ph.d student, philosophy, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Yaron Ezrahi, Political Science; The Hebrew University and Israel Democracy Institute
  • Raphael Falk, Department of Genetics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Emmnauel Farjoun, Department of Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusaelm
  • Naama Farjoun, physiotherapist, Jerusalem
  • Dov Faust, software engineer, Jerusalem
  • Dror Feiler, composer and musician, Sweden
  • Annette Feld
  • Rivka Feldhay, History of Science, Tel-Aviv University
  • Dinno Feldman, shift engineer, Ashkelon
  • Amos Fiat, Tel-Aviv University
  • Dr. Danny Filc, M.D., Physicians for Human Rights.
  • Ilan Flammer, documentary director
  • Danny Fox, Harvard University, Society of Fellows
  • Gideon Freudenthal, History of Science, Tel Aviv University
  • Elizabeth Freund, Department of English, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Hanna Freund-Chertok, Lecturer in Art History, Camera Obscura School of Art
  • Iris Frie, History of Science, Tel-Aviv University and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Asher Fried,, Mosahve Gan-Haim
  • Ofer Friedland, electronic technician, Ramat Gan
  • Orit Friedland, translator, Ramat Gan
  • Maya Gal, Tel-Aviv
  • Michal Gal, Ph.D. student in philosophy, Tel Aviv University
  • Ziva Galili
  • Chaim Gans, The Faulty of Law, Tel Aviv University
  • Roni Gechtman, Ph.D. Candidate, History Department, New York University
  • Ido Geiger
  • Or Gerlitz, Software engineer
  • Naama Gershy, psychology student, Tel-Aviv University
  • Israel Gershoni, Department of Middle East and African History, Tel-Aviv University
  • Tamar Getter, Painter, Tel-Aviv
  • Batia Gil-Margalit
  • Maxim Gilhan, Tel-Aviv
  • Izu Gillam, Tel-Aviv
  • Hanna Ginor
  • Rachel Giora, Department of Linguistics, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Snait Gissis, History of Science, Tel Aviv, University
  • Michal Givoni, MA student, history of science, Tel-Aviv University
  • Eli Glasner, Department of Mathematics, Tel Aviv University
  • Bilha Golan, Beit- Shaarim
  • Daphna Golan, African Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Henia Goldberg, psychotherapist, London
  • Haim Gordon, School of Education, Ben Gurion University
  • Rivca Gordon, Beer Sheva
  • David Goss, Painter, Tel-aviv
  • Shmuel Groag
  • Rachel Greenspahn, Ramat Gan
  • Dr. Lev Grinberg - Director of Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University
  • Terry Greenblatt, Director, Bat Shalom, Jerusalem
  • Yosef Grodzinsky, Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University
  • Aeyal Gross, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
  • Ruth Gruschka, Social Worker, Jerusalem
  • Larissa Gruszow
  • Amos Gwirz, kibbutz Shefayim
  • Ronit Hacham, writer, Jerusalem
  • Ruth Hacohen, Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Ran HaCohen, Ph.D. student in literature, Tel Aviv University
  • Miriam Hadar, editor and translator, Ramat Hasharon.
  • Tamar Hager, College Teacher, Tel-Aviv
  • Aviva Halamish, Department of History, The Open University of Israel, Tel-Aviv
  • Shahar Halinovsky, Tel Aviv
  • Jeff Halper, anthropologist, Ben Gurion University
  • Irit Halpern, Ganey-Am
  • Anat Hammermann-Schuldiner, student, Jerusalem
  • Ilana Hammerman, editor and translator, Jerusalem
  • Haim Hanegbi, journalist, Tel-Aviv
  • Ido Harari, student, Hertzelia
  • Alon Harel, Law Faculty, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Yehudith Harel
  • Gal Harmat , Givatayim
  • Ayana Haviv, student, Department of Anthropology, University of California LA
  • Tirza Haviv, Los Angeles
  • Galit Hazan-Rokem, Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Rami Heilbronn, Psychologist, London
  • Michal Heiman, artist, Tel-Aviv
  • Hannan Hever, Poetics and Comparative Literature, Tel Aviv University
  • Shir Hever, student, Tel-Aviv
  • Hanna Herzog, Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • Dafna Hirsch, student, Tel Aviv University
  • Gillian Hirsh, Tsur Hadassah, Israel
  • Shlomit Hoek, social worker, Jerusalem
  • Tikva Honig-parnass, journalist and peace activist, Jerusalem
  • Jonatan Hoshen, student, Ramat Hasharon
  • Michael Ingber, lecturer and researcher, Jerusalem
  • Avner Itai, Music Academy, Tel Aviv University
  • Eva Jablonka, History of Science, Tel Aviv University
  • Nina Jawitz, graphic designer, Tel Aviv
  • Rachel Leah Jones, filmmaker, New York
  • Yshai Kalmanovitch, musician, Natanya
  • Tamar Katriel, Dept. of Communication and Education, University of Haifa
  • Jacob Katriel, Chemistry, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Irit Katriel, Haifa
  • Nir Kaidar
  • Noam Kaminer, Journalist, Tel-Aviv
  • Reuven Kaminer, Jerusaelm
  • Ruth Kantor
  • Lee Kaplan, Attorney at Law, writer, Oakland
  • Tami Katz-Freiman, curator & art critic, Tel Aviv
  • Yoav Kats, scriptwriter, Givataiim
  • Dan Kedar, artist. Tel Aviv
  • Naila Khoury Abu Sammra, program officer at the new Israel fund, Jerusalem
  • Baruch Kimmerling, Department of Sociology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Omer Kligman, art student, Tel Aviv
  • Hanna Knaz, Kibbutz Gan Shmuel
  • Noam Knoller, digital artist, Tel Aviv
  • Shulamit Koenig, Engineer, NY
  • Dov Koler, Harrarit, Galilee
  • Greg Kopels, computer networking, Tel Aviv
  • Yael Korin, Culver City, California
  • Meira Kowalsky, architect, Tel-Aviv
  • Guri Kravitz, Raanana
  • Yitzhak Laor, writer, Ramat Hasharon
  • Brurit Laub, clinical psychologist, Rehovot
  • Felix Laub, Rehovot
  • Maya Laub, student, Tel-Aviv University
  • Rimmon Lavi, Jerusalem
  • Yael Lavi-Jenner, Retired Judge, Jerusalem
  • Einat Leader, Designer, Tel-aviv
  • Victor Levi, Ashkelon
  • Judith Lichtenzveig. PhD student, the Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University, Jerusaelm.
  • Mauricio Lazala, outreach coordinator of B'Tselem
  • Carmi Lecker, human rights activist, Jerusalem
  • Anat Leibler, student in sociology, University of California San Diego
  • Gerardo Leibner, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
  • Yael Lerer, Publisher, Tel Aviv
  • Hemdat Lerman, Oxford
  • Mely Lerman, system analyst, Tel Aviv
  • Motti Lerner, playwright, Ramat-Hasharon
  • Micah Leshem, Psychology, University of Haifa
  • Shimon Levi, theater studies, Faculty of Arts, Tel Aviv University
  • Poffessor Moshe Levine, Russian History, University of Pensilvenia
  • Eyal Levinson, Jerusalm.
  • Daphna Levit, Economy Department, Ben Gurion Univeristy
  • Harriet Lewis, English teacher
  • Moran Livnat, student, Herzelia.
  • Yuval Livnat, lawyer; PhD student, Columbia University New York/ Tel Aviv
  • Mickey Loeb
  • Liora Lopian, student, Jerusalem
  • Yosefa Loshitzky, Dept of Communication, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Yossi Loss, Student, Tel-Aviv.
  • Yael Lotan, writer and translator, Ramat Gan
  • Michael Löwy, research director at the CNRS, Paris
  • Orly Lubin, Poetics and Comparative literature and Women Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • David Mandel Attorney, Sacramento, California, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Charles (Bezalel) Manekin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland
  • Dory Manor, poet and literary translator, Paris
  • Ivonne Mansbach, Jerusalem
  • Abraham Mansbach, Philosophy Department, Ben-Gurion University
  • Efrath Margalith, student, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Oz Marinov, Jerusalem
  • Alex Massis, Film Producer, Tel Aviv.
  • Ruchama Marton, psychiatrist, president of Physicians for Human Rights
  • Ronit Matalon, writer, Tel-Aviv
  • Anat Matar, Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University
  • Rela Mazali, writer and peace activist, Tel-Aviv
  • Oren Medicks, video editor, Tel-Aviv
  • Yitzhak Melamed, Ph.D. student, Yale University
  • Amir Melanki, Reuth
  • Ishai Menuchin, Jerusalem
  • Juliano Merr-Khamis, actor, Haifa Theater
  • Uri Meshoulam, New York
  • Eitan Michaeli, city council member, Arad
  • Reut Michaeli, Lawyer, Jerusaelm
  • Sarit Michaeli, Translator, London
  • Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom,
  • Ranit Mishori, MD Candidate, Washignton DC
  • Noam Mol, Sociology student, TAU, member of International Socialists
  • Noa Mor, Educator, Tel-Aviv
  • Pnina Motzafi-Haller, Social Studies Center, Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University
  • Avi Mugrabi, film director, Tel-Aviv
  • Ben Tzion Munitz, Theatre Arts Department, Tel Aviv University
  • Ahuva Mu'alem, Jerusalem
  • Yael Munk, Cinema Studies, Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem
  • Nitza Nachmias, Department of Political Science, University of Haifa
  • Tsipora Nachshon, computer programer, Holon
  • Regev Nathansohn, MA student of Sociology, Tel-Aviv University
  • Chava Nativ, Phisiotherapist, Kibutz Nir-Itzhak.
  • Vered Navon, Graphic Designer, Tel Aviv
  • Hannah Neeman-Galay, Advocate, Tel-Aviv.
  • Ofer Neiman, student, the Hebrew University of Jerusaelm
  • Professor Judd Ne'eman, Cinema Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • Smadar Nehab, Software and Computer Science, Tel Aviv
  • Olek Netzer, behavioral science, Kibbuts Barkai
  • Isaac (Yanni) Nevo, Philosophy Department, Ben-Gurion University
  • Ephraim Nimni, School of Political Science, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • David Nir, Tel Aviv
  • David Nir, Ph.D., Physics, Tel Aviv
  • Edith Ohri, Engineer, Tel Aviv
  • Gil Omry, Graphic Designer, Herzelia
  • Daniel Olinsky, student, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Adi Ophir, philosopher, Tel-Aviv University
  • Amir Orian, theatre director, Tel-Aviv
  • Nora Orlow, translator, Jerusalem
  • Ayelet Oron, teacher, Tal-Sacahr
  • Guy Pade, Haifa.
  • Avigail Pekelman, music therapist, Tel-Aviv
  • Yoav Peled, Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck, Human rights advocate, Tel-Aviv
  • Amit Perelson, Haifa
  • Rachel Persico, Foreign Students Adviser; University of Michigan
  • Kobi Peterzil, Department of Mathematics, Haifa University
  • Marina Pevzner, student, Boston
  • Rami Pinchover, Engineer, Nataf
  • Yuri Pines, Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Avi Pitchon, artist
  • Matan Prezma, Kibutz Dorot
  • Einat Podjarny, student, Tel Aviv University
  • Melissa Puente, Associate Producer, Tamouz Media, New York
  • Danny Rabinowitz, anthropologist, Tel-Aviv University
  • Orna Rabinovitch-Pundak, Human resources Director, Ness-Ziona
  • Sivane Rash, M.A. student of sociology, Sorbonne, Paris
  • Naomi Raz, Jerusalem Israel
  • Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, History Department, Ben-Gurion University
  • Motti Regev, Sociologist, The Hebrew University, Jerusaelm
  • Tanya Reinhart, Linguist, Tel-Aviv University
  • Ephraim Reiner
  • Freddie Rokem, Theatre Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • Moshe Ron, Comparative Literarture, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Avihu Ronen, Historian, Tel Hai Academic College
  • Yael Ronen, student, Standford University
  • Roly Rosen, journalist, Jerusalem
  • Tova Rosen, Department of Hebrew Literature, Tel Aviv University
  • Issachar Rosen-Zvi, JSD Candidate, Stanford Law School
  • Jessica Rosenfeld, social worker, Bet Yitzak
  • Maya Rosenfeld, sociologist, The Hebrew University of Jerusaelm
  • Ron Rosenfeld , high school physics teacher, Tel Aviv
  • Uzi Rosha, lawyer
  • Yehoshua Rosin, agronomist, Rehovot.
  • Sharon Roth, student, Tel-Aviv University
  • Amalia Sa'ar, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa
  • Abigail Saggi, student, Tel-Aviv
  • Shlomo Sand, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
  • Sergeiy Sandler, student, Ben Gurion University
  • Galit Saporta, Tel-Aviv
  • Adi Schechter, graphic designer, Tel Aviv
  • Noam Schechter, graphic designer, Tel Aviv
  • Dina Schecter-Menuchin
  • Agur Schiff
  • Lynn Schler, African History, Tel Aviv University
  • Meir Schnitzer, journalist, Ma'ariv - daily newspaper, Tel-Aviv
  • Monica Schuldiner, Director of Institution Building Grants, Jerusalem
  • Zvi Schuldiner, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Sapir College
  • Barbara Ann Schmuzler, Musician, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem
  • Asaf Schurr, student and journalist, Jerusalem
  • Irit Segoli
  • Orna Seif, books editor, Jerusalem
  • Shmuel Sermoneta-Gertel, translator, Jerusalem
  • Aharon Shabtay, poet, Tel-Aviv
  • Erella Shadmi, sociologist, Beit Berl
  • Yaniv Shahar, The Han Theater, Jerusaelm
  • Yitshak Shaki, Maths teacher, London
  • Sami Shalom Chetrit, teacher and writer, Ashdod
  • Yom-Tov Shamash, teacher and a member of Jews for a Just  Peace, Vancouver
  • Israel Shamir, writer, Jaffa
  • Ronen Shamir, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University
  • Tai Shani, Artist, Tel-Aviv
  • Omer Shatz, Tel Aviv 
  • Zeev Shavit, The Open University, Tel Aviv
  • Smadar Shazar, musician and director of the Music Center at the Tel Aviv Conservatoire
  • Oz Shelah, student, NYC
  • Yehouda Shenhav, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • Ricki Shiv, CPA, Tel-Aviv 
  • Daphna Shochat, London
  • Orit Shochat, Journalist, Tel Aviv 
  • Corina Shoef, Tel Aviv
  • Shira Shohami, Tel Aviv
  • Smadar Shava, studnet, Tel Aviv University
  • David Shulman, Indian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusaelm
  • Bracha Sieradski, social worker,Tel-Aviv
  • Ora Slonim, Tel-Aviv
  • Beatrice Smedley, writer/translator, Tel Aviv
  • Zvi Solow, Center for Science and Technology Education and History and Philosophy Division, The Philosophy Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Dina Stein, Graduate Theological Union, berkeley
  • Kate Sugarman, M.D., Rehovot
  • Natan Szneider, Sociologist, The Academic College, Tel-Aviv
  • Adi Sorek, writer, Tel-Aviv. 
  • Gideon Spiro, journalist, Jerusalem
  • Nurit Steinfeld, social worker, Jerusalem,
  • David Tartakover, artist, Tel-Aviv
  • Moshik Temkin, Department of History, Columbia University, New York
  • Amir Terkel, project mananger, Herzeliya
  • Hamutal Tsamir, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University 
  • Lea Tsemel, Lawyer, Jerusaelm 
  • Ruth Tsoffar, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan 
  • Dudy Tzfati, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco 
  • Uzi Vierny, Engineer. Los Angeles 
  • Wainer Yigal, chef de cuisine, Paris
  • Michael Warschawski , journalist, Jerusalem
  • Kathy Wazana, writer-translator
  • Sasha Weitman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University 
  • Paulina Weitz, engineer, Tel Aviv 
  • Elana Wesley, translator, Tel Aviv
  • Meir Wigoder, Faculty of Arts, Tel-Aviv University
  • Shana Winokur, Editor, Tel Aviv 
  • Amos Wollin, journalist (foreign media correspondent)
  • Amnon Wolman, School of Music, Northwestern University and Faculty of Arts Tel Aviv University
  • Oren Yaakobovitch, stage director, Tel Aviv
  • Gur Yaari, Karmei Yosef
  • Sergio Yahni, Co-director of the Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem 
  • Niza Yanay, Behavioral Sciences, Ben Gurion University
  • Tamar Yaron, Software & documentation quality tester, Kibbutz Hazorea 
  • Oded Yedaaya, artist, Tel-Aviv
  • Ronit Yedaaya, writer, Tel-Aviv
  • Oren Yiftachel, chairperson, geography dept, Ben Gurion University 
  • Yuval Yonay, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa 
  • Arnona Zahavi, Clinical Psychologist, Ramat Hasharon
  • Michal Zak, educator, Neve Shalom
  • Zalashik Rakefet, Tel-Aviv 
  • Ruth Zaslansky, DSc., Pain Service, Dept of Anesthesiology, Tel-Hashomer Hospital
  • Joseph Zeira, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Idith Zertal, Historian, The Interdicsiplinary Center, Hertzelia
  • Gershon Zilber
  • Idan Zivioni, publisher, Tel-Aviv.
  • Raif Zreik, lawyer, jsd candidate, Columbia University
  • Moshe Zuckerman, Director of the Institute of German History, Tel-Aviv University
  • Ami Zvieli, actor, Ramat Gan
  • Michal Zweig, technical writer, Herzelia
Abstract:

We, citizens of Israel, are extremely concerned about the rapid deterioration of the condition of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We consider the Jewish settlements in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 to be an ongoing act of aggression against the Palestinian people. Massive construction of new Jewish settlements and expansion of existing ones have continued relentlessly even after the signing of the Oslo agreements, more than seven years ago. This is but one major element of the burden of the Israeli occupation, which has become unbearable for Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. While we totally condemn acts of terror against innocent civilians, we regard Palestinian violence as being, on the whole, a legitimate revolt against colonial occupation. Despite the fact that many innocent Israelis have been victims of this revolt we understand that there can be no moral and military symmetries between occupiers and occupied. The occupation itself is morally and politically wrong; the excessive force Israel uses in order to impose its rule against growing Palestinian resistance is totally unacceptable. The Israeli army has used lethal weapons against non-armed demonstrators killing over four hundreds Palestinians, among them about seventy youth under sixteen, and wounding thousands more. In response to Palestinian attacks Israel has been retaliating by bombing and shelling targets in Palestinians cities. Israeli control of all major roads in and around the West Bank has fractured the Palestinian territory, cutting it up it into a series of isolated ghettos. This is severely crippling Palestinian economic activity, pushing ever larger portions of the Palestinian population beneath the poverty line to the point where in some areas there are already signs of famine. Israeli operations are disrupting Palestinian emergency medical services, transportation, and education. Palestinian civilians are not only abused and mistreated by members of the Israeli military, but are further exposed to daily harassment and aggression by Jewish settlers. The mental harm caused by years of terrorization, anxiety, loss, humiliation and mourning is inexpressible. Israel acts as a sovereign that has relinquished all legal and moral responsibilities to protect the Palestinian population under its jurisdiction. We acknowledge the complexity of a situation in which it isoften difficult to distinguish between legitimate acts of Palestinian resistance and unacceptable acts of Palestinian terror and between legitimate defensive Israeli policy and acts of State terror. But the complexity of this situation can neither diminish our responsibility nor silence our voice. It is our moral obligation as Israeli citizens toexpress our solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and to do everything possible to protect the Palestinian population living in the occupied territories. We urge our fellow citizens, and friends and colleagues worldwide to join us in speaking up against the continued occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. Specifically, we call for an immediate international intervention to stop the killing and wounding of human beings who are exercising their elementary right to claim political freedom. We call upon you to urge your governments to go beyond hesitant condemnations of Israeli policies and initiate an international peace force that would help protect the Palestinians from the aggression of the Israeli government and facilitate the resumption of serious negotiations between the parties to the conflict.








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