Statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza
A statement from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism.
"We stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Israel at this frightening time, viewing this escalation of the conflict with great sadness and concern. Jewish tradition emphasises that self-defence is a duty, not an option. In the words of our Siddur (prayerbook), we pray that God grants ‘safety to those who guard and those who watch, and skill to those who must take difficult decisions, so that they be always guided by the need to avoid harm to the innocent.’ We fervently pray that both sides will move towards a ceasefire as soon as possible".
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner discusses the current crisis in Gaza and Israel on BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, and journalist Mira Bar-Hillel debate the feelings of British Jews towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.
What is our Position on Israel?
- We are unequivocally Zionist. We have a non-negotiable commitment to the State of Israel and its security. We believe that the pursuit of peace is the highest ideal and priority. We are deeply committed to democracy; human rights and social justice; and religious pluralism.
- We are committed to two viable states as the only just and realistic solution to the present situation.
- We believe that Israel should be a Jewish state and a state for all its citizens.
- We believe that exponents of moderate, liberal Judaism should ally with moderate, liberal secularists and work together to combat both religious and secular extremism.
Support and Engagement
The Movement supports organisations dedicated to building bridges - both between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs and between Israeli Jews and Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza.
All we can do is to support the people of goodwill, those dedicated to relief of suffering and those dedicated to building relationships of trust across the divide. Whilst much is outside our hands, small gestures of caring and support are always possible.
Please follow up on the work of the organisations listed in this section in the way that most resonates with you. And if there is no organisation here that does the trick for you, contact us and we will try to find an organisation that meets your needs and expresses your ideals.
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