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How is this recruitment fundraiser for the IDF possible?

25 April, 2019

• GARIN TZABAR – a programme to encourage young people to join the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) – will be fund-raising at the JW3, Jewish Community Centre, on April 30, (Celebration concerning the IDF is a shame, April 18).

According to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s report, between March 30 and December 31 2018, during the Palestinian Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, the IDF unlawfully killed 189 people, including 35 children, and injured over 9,000, including over 1,500 children. (NB: Israelis suffered no fatalities and only four injuries.)

The report states that Israeli snipers “intentionally” shot unarmed children, medical personnel, journalists and people with disabilities, using “high-velocity weaponry at close range resulted in killings and long-term, life-changing injuries, including paralysis and amputation”.

Medical personnel included Razan Al-Najjar (aged 20), who was wearing a white paramedic vest and standing with other volunteer paramedics approximately 110metres from the separation fence. Shot in the chest, she died in hospital.

Israeli forces killed two journalists and wounded 39 others. Four were shot in the abdomen, just under their vests marked “Press”, including Ahmed Abu Hussein (aged 24) while he was taking photographs, approximately 300 metres from the separation fence. He was wearing a blue helmet and a blue vest clearly marked “Press”. He died of his injuries 12 days later.

Israeli snipers shot Fadi Abu Salmi (aged 29, double amputee) in the chest where he was sitting in his wheelchair 300 metres from the separation fence. He died immediately.

One-hundred-and-twenty-two demonstrators had to undergo amputations, including 20 children: Abed Nofal (aged 11), a schoolboy, was shot by Israeli forces while he was playing football near the separation fence. His leg had to be amputated.

Can it be true that JW3 will help recruit the young to become involved in such action? As Jewish people how can we allow ourselves to be associated with this barbarism?

SELMA JAMES
MICHAEL KALMANOVITZ
SAM WEINSTEIN
International Jewish
Anti-Zionist Network UK

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