Crossposted with permission from Jewish Peace News
Jewish Peace News
Jan. 3, 2008
**Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza today; Israeli defense minister Barak promised that the invasion “won’t be short” and called up thousands of reservists. (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052299.html, http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052316.html)**
This collection of articles and essays includes voices of dissent coming from inside of Israel and other places in the Jewish world. Some of the dissent is organized as demonstrations and petitions and some manifests on blogs and in more traditional publications.
1) One of the more moving voices of dissent is coming out of Sderot and other Israeli communities around Gaza. A group called “The Other Voice” has published a petition calling for the Israeli government to prevent escalation and restore calm to the area (the petition and an article on the group are included as the first items below). The petition was written in November and is gaining more publicity now, for obvious reasons. It states” We prefer an option of a cold war in which not a single rocket is fired to a hot war with tens of innocent victims and casualties from both sides.” So far more than 2,300 Israelis have signed it, including more than 500 people from Sderot.