Holocaust historian Raz Segal has said that what Israel is carrying out in Gaza as we speak is “a textbook case of genocide.” He cites Israel’s decision to cut off the essentials to sustain life, and its barbaric indiscriminate bombing campaign, already responsible for over 9,000 deaths, 4,000 of whom are children. It is utterly appalling and morally indefensible that our government is fully supporting these war crimes and militarily restocking the slaughter of innocents. I felt compelled to go to Washington DC and join with over 100,000 of my fellow citizens to demand a ceasefire and press for humanitarian aid and negotiations. And what a thrilling experience! Anti-Zionist Jews, Arab Americans, African Americans, Koreans, Sikhs, Methodists, Quakers, Buddhists, young people, babies in strollers, old people – throngs of protesters standing in solidarity with Palestinians, raising their voices! So energizing! Such a beautiful antidote to despair, complacency, and quietly, sadly sitting on the sidelines.
This is a movement, not a moment. We must continue pressing our congressional representatives to stop the genocide and address the root causes of the violence. Ceasefire is the first step. The long journey to a just and lasting peace will continue. Join us!