But we object to and wish publicly to dissociate ourselves from disingenuous and misleading aspects of the IAJV petition.Michael Danby
The statement pretends that Israel's mainstream has not yet acknowledged Palestinian aspirations for a homeland.
We object to its saying nothing about either the rejection of Israel's legitimacy by Arab parties to the conflict or the role of Islamist terror.
In our opinion, an Arab-Israel peace will not be achieved by attempting to impose pariah status on Israel. Some of the key organisers of the IAJV petition have a long record of one-sided, Israel bashing.
The anti-Israel bias evident in the omissions of the IAJV petition forms part of that record and it is not a constructive step towards the peaceful solution of the conflict. That will come only when moderates prevail and extremists are condemned on both sides.
Only a tiny minority of Australian Jews reject the fundamental role that Israel plays in Australian Jewish life and identity and the need to ensure the security of Israel and we believe that this minority who condemn Israel have a right to express their views.
Nevertheless, the views of the large majority of Jews who support Israel's legitimacy and security are of greater significance in any debate.
Nor should a vocal minority be given special dispensation from community debate, scrutiny, and rational criticism. Australian Jews have a good understanding of what Israelis face every day. There are security guards at the gates of our children's schools and our Synagogues are terrorist targets. Peace in the Middle East will only come after terrorism is renounced and the extremists accept the right of Israel to exist free from attack in safe and secure borders.
NSW government minister
Victorian government minister
Parliamentary Secretary to the Victorian Minister for Transport
Assistant Secretary, Australian Worker's Union
Associate Professor Douglas Kirsner
Dr Phillip Mendes
Dr Paul Gardner
Dr Henry Pinskier
Justice Howard Nathan
Mark Dreyfus QC
Rabbi John Levi
Amanda Mendes Da Costa
- The AJN
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