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International Jewish Statement in Opposition to an Attack on Iran

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Though the US and British governments have had their designs on Iran many decades, the loudest drumbeats for war against Iran currently come from the far-right US lobby AIPAC and the Israeli government. When the New York Times gave Israeli historian Benny Morris room on its op-ed page for a hysterical demand for aggression against Iran, Jews from around the world banded together to issue a statement in opposition.

Below is the statement signed by over 150 Jews opposing an attack on Iran. Perhaps its most well known names are Noam Chomsky from MIT, Israelis Avi Shlaim, Lea Tsemel, Michael Warschawski and Uri Davis, James Cohen, Université de Paris VIII (France) and renowned Canadian concert pianist Dr. Anton Kuerti.

Organizational signers were the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians, Colorado Jews for a Just Peace, Granny Peace Brigade (Philadelphia), Germantown Friends Meeting, Peace & Social Concerns, Independent Jewish Voices Montreal, Jewish Peace Fellowship (Nyack, NY), Jewish Voice for a Just Peace (Switzerland), Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, New Profile (Israel), Women in Black (San Francisco Bay Area in Oakland, California), Women in Black (Vienna). The statement was coordinated by Abraham Weizfeld in Montreal, Prof. Dr. Fanny-Michaela Reisin in Berlin and Stanley Heller in CT, USA.

Jewish International Opposition Statement Against Attack on Iran

Efforts to beat the drums of war for an attack on Iran's nuclear reactor facilities are promoted in both the USA and Israel scenes. The recent New York Times opinion piece of July 18th, written by the Israeli historian Benny Morris, serves to consolidate those political forces. The Jewish opposition here expresses our outrage in order to forestall this horrendous proposal.

That clamor for war with Iran has met not only popular opposition but also runs counter to the quiet diplomacy that has engaged Iran in ongoing relations with the UN nuclear agency, as well as economic trade talks with the USA itself. Israel is also committed to a cease-fire that has held now for a month's time, to the relief of both the populations of Israel and Gaza. In light of the developing political atmosphere of reason and negotiations, the militarist mindset has pumped up its rationale for war attempting to create the preconditions for a further war. Morris seeks to fabricate such prior conditions arguing, "They are likely to use any bomb they build, both because of ideology and because of fear of Israeli nuclear pre-emption. Thus an Israeli nuclear strike to prevent the Iranians from taking the final steps toward getting the bomb is probable. The alternative is letting Tehran have its bomb. In either case, a Middle Eastern nuclear holocaust would be in the cards." http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/opinion/18morris.html

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This promotion of inevitability plays on Jewish and Israeli memory of the Nazi Holocaust in order to garner any and every source of support for an Israel military strike against Iran, provoking a reaction and leading to a further war by drawing in the USA. This is particularly deplorable in view of the fact that 16 US intelligence agencies concluded that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and has not had one for five years.

We extol the heroic courage of Israel's nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, joining our voices to his in condemnation of Israel's illegal stockpile of nuclear warheads and support the call for a nuclear-free Middle East.

The mindset calling for a war of mutual annihilation as a solution to security is astoundingly self-contradictory. Only the fabrication of a Nazi-like threat seeks to provide any credibility to such a call to war, much like the rationale for occupation that perceives a Palestinian plot to drive Jews into the sea. The reference to Iranian ideology (Islam) as the source of confrontation does not stand up to scrutiny, since the political challenge to Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is not a call for extermination, despite any mistranslation.

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We seek security for all concerned by affirming the right of all to security. While we lend no credibility to the prospect of an inevitable conflict, we nonetheless object to the hysteria promoted by the Iran-bashers who are now desperate in their repeated false starts to create another unnecessary war. The attempt to oblige Iran to comply with Security Council resolutions loses its legal, diplomatic and political force as the United States and Israel consistently ignore UN diplomacy and World Court decisions, relevant to the question of Palestine. We call upon all opposed to a military confrontation with Iran to write their governmental representatives demanding that the State of Israel subject its nuclear facilities to international inspection and sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) as has Iran, rather than issue threats of war.

The full list of signers can be viewed at http://www.thestruggle.org/jews_iran_8_15_08.htm The statement is printed there in English, Arabic, French and German.

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Stanley Heller is host of "The Struggle" a weekly TV news program seen on public access stations in the northeast and at www.TheStruggle.org. He is chair of the Middle East Crisis Committee.

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