By Judy Haiven, a member of Independent Jewish Voices- Canada. She teaches at Saint Mary’s University and is also a member of Solidarity Halifax. Originally published as a letter to the editor in The Chronicle Herald.
Last week, I read that two dead children, a girl aged about seven and a boy aged nine, were lying in a room in Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. When a journalist walked by, he heard shouting and arguing from the relatives at the bedside. He went in and asked why they were fighting. One relative said bitterly, “We don’t know which boy died, Hamsa or Khalil.” The journalist looked down and saw the boy was headless.
Is this what Israel wants to be known for? Israeli airstrikes decapitating or shearing off arms and legs of scores of children? Even though the Israel Broadcast Authority has refused to air radio spots in which the names of Gazan children killed during Operation Protective Edge are read out, people around the world and in Canada can read the names of more than 200 children on Internet sites.
I’m a Jew and a proud member of Independent Jewish Voices — Canada. Will other Canadian Jews stand up for an end to the killings?
Note: Articles published by Solidarity Halifax members do not necessarily reflect positions held by the organization.