At least 200 Jews, including peace and human rights activistis, writers and artists and others, representing themselves and a number of groups and organizations from a number of countries around the world, have signed a letter titled â€œWe Will Not Be Celebratingâ€, to express their rejection to celebrating Israelâ€™s 60th anniversary.The letter included strong statements regarding Israelâ€™s past and current policies and acts against the Palestinian people.
â€œWe cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations,â€ the letter states.
The letter also draws a parallel between the Holocaust and the Nakba, something that Israelis and many Jews strongly refuse to accept.
â€œSurely it is now time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by another people for European anti-Semitism and Hitler’s genocidal policies. As Edward Said emphasized, what the Holocaust is to the Jews, the Nakba is to the Palestinians.â€
He letter has a clear indication to the right of the Palestinian people to return to their land which they were forcefully driven out of in 1948.
â€œUnder international law and sanctioned by UN resolution 194, refugees from war have a right to return or compensation. Israel has never accepted that right. We will not be celebrating.â€
At the end of their letter, the signers stress that reconciliation between the Palestinians and the Israelis is needed prior celebrating Israel. â€œWe will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East,â€ the letter says.