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RE: Town Meeting will vote on resolution calling for Gaza ceasefire

May 21, 2024
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I support the petitioner’s and the levy amendment to Warrant Article 19, calling for a ceasefire resolution.

I am a granddaughter of Jews who fled pogroms in Ukraine. I take from history that we have a moral responsibility to bear witness, to not be blind and silent in the face of the dislocation, starvation, and slaughter of innocents. To me, “Never Again” means never again for anyone, including, but not only for people of my faith.

As Rabbi Rebecca Hornstein said: “From both Muslim and Jewish tradition, we learn just as one life lost is a whole world lost, one life saved is a whole world saved. We have lost over 25,000 worlds, and each day that goes on without a ceasefire, we will lose more.” We have now far exceeded 25,000 worlds lost.

Some say these resolutions will cause hurt and divisiveness, that they will increase antisemitism and hate.

There is division, globally, in the U.S., and here in Brookline. There is trauma, pain and fear among Jews and others, including Palestinians who see their neighbors seemingly willing to accept the starvation and slaughter of friends and family in Gaza.

Avoiding the discussion does not bring peace or understanding.

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