An appeal on Israel's attacks on Gaza from Australian Jews to the Australian Jewish community

As Australians of Jewish identity and background, we are appalled at the current mass killing in Gaza by Israel. We reject the official mythology that Israel is under existential threat and acting in self-defence. Since 12 July, the Israeli army has killed more than 1900 people in Gaza. Hospitals, schools, beaches, playgrounds – even UN shelters have been attacked. The whole world has reacted with horror and outrage. In the face of the destruction of so many lives, we cannot remain silent while the official Jewish leadership gives such active support to Israel's attack on Gaza. Their decision to stand with the oppressor rather than the oppressed is a betrayal of our history and values, when authentic moral leadership is more important than ever.


Siege, occupation, the  slaughter of innocents and collective punishment of an entire people are deeply wrong and unlawful. Yet the Jewish leadership uncritically promulgates the propaganda of the Israeli government that this is self-defence. They are failing to represent and serve the Jewish community.


Silence is consent and evil triumphs when good people do nothing. We call on our fellow Jews to break their silence, to take a public stand, not just for an immediate cease-fire, but for an end to the underlying conditions of siege and occupation which defy elementary morality, decency and humanity, as well as international and humanitarian law.


  1. Kate Alway

  2. Dr Eran Asoulin

  3. Willy Bach, peace researcher and poet

  4. Dr Peter Balint

  5. Dr Tony Balint

  6. Judy Bamburger, management consultant

  7. Sivan Barak, student

  8. Dr Ditta Bartels, retired CEO, Inphaze

  9. Somerset Bean, graphic designer

  10. Alice Beauchamp

  11. Lyn Bender, psychologist, writer

  12. Robyn Bersten, professional researcher

  13. David Bilander, engineer/analyst

  14. Dr Geoffrey Binder, lecturer/tutor

  15. Paul Blay, landscape architect

  16. Dr Barbara Bloch

  17. Alfiah Blond, nutritional medicine practitioner

  18. Simon Blond, university lecturer

  19. Karen Bloomberg, speech pathologist

  20. Leah Bloomfield, education advisor

  21. Professor John Bradley, Monash University

  22. Jacki Braw

  23. Mariann Brull

  24. Michael Brull

  25. Angela Budai,union official

  26. Jenny Bush, retired rehabilitation counsellor

  27. Susie Carleton

  28. Su Carter, administration officer

  29. Dr Barry Carr, historian

  30. Martin Chanock, emeritus professor of law, La Trobe University

  31. Associate Professor Peter Christoff, University of Melbourne

  32. Ruth Clemens, retired secondary school teacher

  33. Harry Cohen, AM

  34. Ian Cohen, former MLC, NSW Parliament

  35. Leone Cohen

  36. Rachael Collinson, former journalist

  37. Max Corden AC

  38. Piera Dennerstein

  39. Anneke Deutsch, retired prosthetist

  40. Dr John Docker, writer

  41. Janet Doherty

  42. Dr Sara Dowse, author

  43. Alec Drummond, library worker

  44. Linda Eisler, former Councillor, Canterbury LMA

  45. Nicole Ehrlich, research psychologist

  46. Dr Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper, writer, language consultant

  47. Marsh Emerman, lecturer in film and TV

  48. Harry Feldman

  49. Naima Fine

  50. Dr Michelle Fink, medical specialist

  51. Corinne Fisher, professional educator, sustainability

  52. Lee Flax, retired lecturer, Macquarie University

  53. Gabrielle Flax

  54. Professor Steve Frenkel

  55. Nadia Fried, musician, teacher

  56. Bonnie Gelman

  57. Dr Guy Gillor, public health researcher

  58. Dr Hal Ginges

  59. Sandra Glasbeek, retired civil servant

  60. Penelope Glass, theatre worker

  61. Jack Grey

  62. Joseph Halevi, senior lecturer, University of Sydney

  63. Gaskell M Harris, former lecturer, computer science

  64. David Heilpern LLB LLM

  65. Davey Heller, bushland regeneration worker

  66. David Hermolin, lead union organiser

  67. Tim Hollo, musician and activist

  68. Janine Israel

  69. John Jacobs, actor, lecturer

  70. Professor Keith Jacobs, University of Tasmania

  71. Margaret Jacobs

  72. Max Kaiser

  73. Dr David Kaye, psychiatrist

  74. John Kaye, Greens NSW MP

  75. Margaret Kaye, Feldenkrais practitioner

  76. Dr Rick Kuhn, adjunct reader in Sociology, Australian National University

  77. Sarah Lay, retired public school teacher

  78. Melanie Lazarow, student

  79. Sue Leigh, activist and former counselor

  80. Michael Lever, archeologist and cultural heritage advisor

  81. Dr David Levy

  82. Dr Gary Levy, educator, researcher

  83. Rachel Liebhaber

  84. Professor G J Lindell AM

  85. Ian Lisser, union activist

  86. Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, author, Guardian columnist

  87. Jackie Lublin

  88. Dr Terry Lustig, environmental and water engineer

  89. Margo McKelvie

  90. Laurie Izaks McSween

  91. Jonathan Maltz, counsellor

  92. Miriam Margolyes, actress

  93. Dennis Martin

  94. Leon Medalia

  95. Stefan Moore, film maker

  96. Associate Professor Alan Morris, University of Technology, Sydney

  97. Martin Munz

  98. Haskell Musry, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant

  99. Liam Neame, academic

  100. Dr Ian Neering, retired Associate Professor, University of NSW

  101. Joan Nestle, retired Associate Professor, CUNY

  102. Sharmila Nezovic

  103. Alex Nissen, educator

  104. Jacqui Nissim, union organiser

  105. Rod Oaten, retired school teacher

  106. Judith O'Conal-Prinz, professional portrait painter

  107. Dennis Oppenheim, retired insurance broker

  108. Sandra Padova, lesbian social justice advocate

  109. Dr Tamas Pataki, author and retired lecturer, University of Melbourne

  110. Cathy Peters, ABC Radio National producer

  111. Tim Petterson, Campaigns and Communications Director

  112. Dr Annie Pettit

  113. Dr Annie Pfingst, research fellow

  114. Abe Pogos, script writer

  115. Vivienne Porzsolt, spokesperson, Jews against the Occupation

  116. Richard Raber, film-maker

  117. Adjunct Associate Professor Karl Reed

  118. Michelle Reiner, customer service administrator

  119. Andrew Riemer

  120. Marilyn Rister

  121. Susan Rosedale, teacher

  122. Deborah Rosenberg

  123. Les Rosenblatt

  124. David Rothfiled

  125. Pamela J Rothfield

  126. Paul Rubner, retired librarian

  127. Dr Jen Runds

  128. Jay Rutovitz, energy consultant

  129. Margot Salom, researcher

  130. Kim Sattler, secretary, Unions ACT

  131. Daniel Saks

  132. Sol Salbe, journalist

  133. Yvette Scholtmeyer, editor

  134. John Seed, OAM

  135. Debra Shulkes, editor

  136. Regina Sigal, madam

  137. Dr Ben Silverstein, lecturer, University of NSW

  138. Dr Jordy Silverstein, historian, University of Melbourne

  139. Esther Singer, vegetable farmer

  140. Deborah Singerman, editor, writer, project management consultant

  141. Associate Professor Peter Slezak, University of NSW

  142. Dr David Slucki

  143. Dr Sue Starfield

  144. Norman Sterling

  145. Dr Larry Stillman

  146. David Stockman

  147. Lanie Stockman

  148. Dr Marcelo Svirsky, lecturer, University of Wollongong

  149. Anna Tambour

  150. Robin Taubenfeld, teacher and community organiser

  151. Leah Thomas, student

  152. Fred Tropp-Asher, retired IT project manager

  153. Robyn Unger, public servant

  154. Susan Varga, author

  155. Shobha Varkey

  156. Avril Vorsay, researcher, translator, performer

  157. Peter Walton, self-employed

  158. Jamie Walvisch, university lecturer

  159. Dr David Weatherell, honorary fellow in history, Deakin University

  160. George Winston AM

  161. Dr N D Witton

  162. Dr Ron Witton

  163. Sandra Goldbloom Zurbo, editor and author

  164. Dr David Zyngier, senior lecturer, Monash University

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We are Jews in Britain outraged at the Board of Deputies’ uncritical support for Israel as it commits genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza.