To Ilan Elgar, Israeli Consulate, Switzerland
CC. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni
Dear Mr. Elgar,
The situation in the Gaza Strip is unbearable. We, as Jews who refuse
to keep our mouths primly shut in the face of horror, open them once
again to beg for action to relieve the suffering of hundreds of
thousands Palestinian citizens, imprisoned in Gaza, afraid to leave
their homes for fear of being killed in the streets, doing without
electricity, soon, (or already) without food, or medical supplies.
This is a humane catastrophe of unfathomable dimension.
In solidarity with the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, we call on
the State of Israel:
to re-open Rafah Crossing to patients wanting to enter Egypt
to re-open Erez Crossing to patients wanting to enter Israel, to
patients wishing to return from Israel to the Gaza Strip, and to
humanitarian teams. In the absence of Palestinian coordinating
mechanisms, Israel must enable individuals to apply directly
to the Crossing for permission to enter Israel
to re-open Karni Crossing to the entry of essential goods and
supplies into the Gaza Strip
to provide direct aid to civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip, as part
of its ongoing responsibility as an Occupying Power still legally in
control of the Gaza Strip.
In further solidarity with the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, we
call on the international community, particularly the Quartet
members, to intervene politically and financially on behalf of the
civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip, and most critically, to develop
an international mechanism for their protection.
With respect and a fervent wish for Shalom,
Jewish Voice for a Just Peace between Israel and Palestine