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Italian Jews call: "Let arms be silent, move back to a path of dialogue!"
Open letter and appeal published by Repubblica, Espresso, Manifesto and
other Italian media on May 15, 2018 by a number of Jewish-Italian
intellectuals and political activists
Let arms be silent, let the parties move back to a path of dialogue!
“Israel today may be a fortress, but it is not yet a home” David Grossman
stated in his speech on April 17 that the alternative Memorial day event
sponsored by bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families in Tel Aviv.
We, the undersigned, who support the right of Israel to exist peacefully as
a state within secure, legitimate and recognized borders and equally the
right of Palestinians to their own independent state, look with the
utmost concern to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as decided by
the Trump administration.
We cannot keep silent in the face of the disproportionate use of force by
Israel in Gaza. The use of live ammunition against civilians is admitted
only if those civilians take part directly in acts of armed violence,
not if they approach or seek to break the border fence with Israel. Non-
lethal means do exist to control and disperse mass protests.
We condemn the fundamentalist doctrine preached by Hamas which continues to
reject Israel’s existence and does not renounce a guerrilla war which
exposes Gaza’s residents to Israel’s reprisals.
We ask that arms be silent and that avenues be sought now and for the future
to attain dialogue, mutual recognition and peace in the region.
Roberto Della Seta, David Calef, Anna Foa, Lisa Ginzburg, Wlodek Goldkorn,
Giorgio Gomel, Helena
Janecezk, Simon Levis Sullam, Laura Mincer, Michele Sarfatti, Roberto
Saviano, Susanna Terracina,
Alessandro Treves, Gad Lerner, Edith Bruck, Carlo Ginzburg
The appeal was endorsed in subsequent days by about 400 people
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