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JVP Statement on Israel's Operation "Pillar of Defense"

Not sure if this has already been posted on the DP, but even though this press release is a few days old, I thought I'd share this hopeful piece of information to remind my fellow DP'ers that not all Jewish people are immoral, greedy, bloodthirsty killing machines. But what REALLY caught my attention was the last paragraph:

"...join us in redoubling our efforts to advocate for an end to the U.S.’s unconditional military aid to Israel and to intensify our calls for divestment from all companies that profit from this escalation of violence and Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza."

I couldn't agree more! Enjoy the full post below:

Submitted by Alissa Wise on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:32pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rabbi Alissa Wise, alissa@jvp.org

Jewish Voice for Peace Statement on Israel’s Operation "Pillar of Defense"

As Israel launches operation “Pillar of Defense” in Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) calls for an immediate cessation of the air strikes and naval bombardment into Gaza and an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza. JVP urges Israel not to exploit its asymmetric power to exacerbate the instability in the region. We urge President Obama to take a stand against these attacks and to use the power of the United States to insist that Israel pursue all diplomatic measures possible for the sake of life, safety and security on all sides. JVP opposes all attacks on civilians, and urges the end of rocket attacks from Gaza into civilian communities in Israel, which only serve to derail efforts for a just resolution to the conflict.

This operation is named in reference to a biblical passage in which a pillar of cloud protects the Israelites as they wandered in the desert after leaving bondage in Egypt.

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; that they might go by day and by night. Exodus 13:21

It is unseemly to invoke the protection afforded the Israelites wandering in the desert when Israel is the dominant military power in the region. JVP rejects the possibility that such a military operation and escalation of violence will be of any protection for Israelis or Palestinians. As Israel continues to control Gaza by air, land and sea, Israel holds responsibility for the well-being and safety of Palestinian civilians in Gaza who will be traumatized, injured and killed through this escalation of violence.

JVP calls on our chapters, members, and supporters to join us in redoubling our efforts to advocate for an end to the U.S.’s unconditional military aid to Israel and to intensify our calls for divestment from all companies that profit from this escalation of violence and Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza.

You can follow live updates from Gaza here: https://twitter.com/theIMEU/watching-gaza

http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/blog/jvp-statement-on-israels...




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I was going to mention that the Hebrew name for the operation

is Pillar of Cloud. As the article says this refers to the Pillar of Cloud that guided the Israelites in the daytime during their wanderings in the wilderness for forty years ere they entered Canaan. This indicated the Presence of God in their midst. The Pillar was of Fire at night.

In invoking this symbol of God's Presence while they attack a defenceless people they are bringing the Name of the Lord into disrepute and their people into judgement. It is only a matter of time before this judgement will be carried out on the Jewish nation and the city of Jerusalem. This operation may be the one that sets events in motion to that end.

http://gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2012/2012-m...

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)