Brit Tzedek Responds to
Attack on Peace Advocate
People of goodwill and peace activists around the world were
horrified to learn last week that Israeli professor and Shalom
Achshav (Peace Now) activist Zeev Sternhell had been attacked on
his front steps with a pipe bomb. In the wake of the attack,
posters were found near his home offering more than million
shekels to anyone “who kills a member of Peace
We, at Brit Tzedek, are deeply relieved to report that Prof.
Sternhell is expected to fully recover from his injuries, but
there is no dodging the ugliness revealed in this attack and no
way to downplay its seriousness. Calls for attacks on other
Shalom Achshav activists continue; a police detail has been
assigned to Shalom Achshav Director General Yariv Oppenheimer;
Americans for Peace Now is taking steps to protect its
representatives in the United States.
However, what has gone largely unmentioned is the fact
that this shocking event did not occur in isolation. Many
within the settler movement are increasingly turning to violence
as a preferred tactic: Palestinian farmers are physically
assaulted in their olive groves, Palestinian children are stoned
on their way to school. Twelve attacks were recorded in the
course of week-long surge in violence this August, including the
serious injury of a pregnant woman and her two young daughters
when a large rock hit the windshield of their car.
Prof. Sternhell, himself, has been warning of rising levels
of settler violence for some time, and says that he will not be
silenced now that the violence has spilled over from the
territories into his own front yard. “If the intent was to
terrorize,” he told Haaretz, “it has to be
very clear that I am not easily intimidated.”
Brit Tzedek stands in solidarity with Prof. Sternhell and our
friends at Shalom Achshav and Americans for Peace Now in
decrying this violence and calling for action against violent
extremism on the Israeli right. As we seek justice and peace
together, there is no room for tolerating violence.
"Israeli Peace Advocate Attacked," By Rory
McCarthy. The Guardian, September 26, 2008.
"Professor Sternhell: Supporters of Occupation are
not Zionist," By Akiva Elder. Haaretz, September
"Radical Settlers Take On Israel," By Isabel
Kershner. The New York Times, September 25, 2008.
"It Can Happen Here," By Uri Avnery. Gush
Shalom-Israeli Peace Bloc, September 27, 2008.
Sample Thank You
On behalf of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace, thank you for co-sponsoring H. Res 1369:
Recognizing Nongovernmental Organizations Working To Bring Just
and Lasting Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians.
Political agreements require building popular support for
peace between both Israelis and Palestinians. While U.S.
Middle East policy normally focuses on top-level political
negotiations, this resolution asked Congress to take leadership
in recognizing that grassroots peace efforts build hope and
trust between both peoples and have a genuine impact in building
popular support for peace agreements. The resolution once again
affirmed United States commitment to the peace process as well
as support for local peace efforts.
Thank you for recognizing the important role of the
grassroots in building peace and thank you for affirming the
important role of the United States in bringing about a peaceful
resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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