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RE: Town Meeting tables ceasefire resolution, bypassing vote with no debate

June 3, 2024
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As a supporter of Warrant Article 19 and a proud participant in the beautiful rally organized by Brookline Peace Coalition, here’s what I saw and heard.

Outside, I saw a group including Jews, Muslims, Israelis, Palestinians and others calling for a bilateral ceasefire, an end to the slaughter, starvation and displacement in Gaza, an end to antisemitism and Islamophobia, and a return of the hostages. It was a microcosm of what I envision for a region now engulfed in violence, trauma and fear.

Inside Town Meeting, WA19 was not even allowed a debate, purportedly for fear of sowing division and hurt feelings.

Outside, some rallying against the “divisive” resolution waved large Israeli and American flags, literally in the faces of those of us standing quietly with signs supporting WA19. When Rabbi Reinstein urged us to recognize one another’s humanity, the anti-WA19 protesters tried to drown him out with ear-splitting sirens. Our speakers called for bringing the hostages home, but the anti-WA19 group likely couldn’t hear it over their own loud chants of “bring them home.”

Outside Brookline High School, a woman told me I was an insult to the Jews of Brookline. I said, “I am a Jew of Brookline.”

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