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We are saying out loud ’Not in Our Name’

Sunday 11 January 2009, by Yvonne Deutsch

8 january 2009

Dear all,

I saw this morning pictures of children from what the sender called ’Gaza Concentration Camp’. This horror, this cruelty is done in my name, a Jewish Israeli woman living in West Jerusalem. Israel’s crime against humanity in Gaza is done in my name, a feminist peace activist. These killings are done in the name of my loved ones. This suffering is caused in the name of my community.

This crime against Palestinian children and people in Gaza is done in my name.

I feel deep shame.
- I feel pain.
- I mourn.
- I feel rage.
- I feel helplessness.

I am part of an activist community.
- My community is active everyday to stop this bloodshed.
- My community is active against the occupation for long years
- My community is active for a just solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict
- My community is in solidarity with the Palestinian people
- My community acknowledges that Palestinian people aspire to live in peace
- My community is aware of the violent results of the occupation and the poverty and despair it brings.
- My community is active against racism
- My community is active against poverty and for social justice within Israel
- My community is creating peaceful grassroots economic and ecological co operations with Palestinians from the 67 occupied territories
- My community is Jewish - Palestinian
- My community is old and young
- My community is active for human rights of the Palestinians
- My community is active for their economic, social, civil and political rights
- My community acknowledges that our own security and well being is connected to the well being of Palestinians and their security and prosperity
- My community is active against violence and war.
- My community refuses to take part in war and the occupation
- My community is active for justice, prosperity, ecological awareness and peace
- My community is part of a feminist peace political global network that links between war and violence against women and sees in them a base of patriarchy.

My community is active to stop bloodshed and cruelty in the service of super powers that combine militaristic, fundamentalist, capitalist and nationalist structures
- My community is made of many close and far circles of activism and knowledge
- My community is diverse, varied and rich in its colors
- My community is of women, men and multi gendered
- My community is hetero, lesbian, gay, bi, queer and transgender
- My community is local
- My community is global
- My community is a world wide women’s feminist peace movement

I am a Woman in Black in Israel
- The Israeli government is committing crimes against humanity in Gaza.
- I feel shame.
- I feel rage.
- I feel helplessness
- We did not stop the evil,
- We continue to protest in the streets, to appeal to decision makers, to widespread the information, to sign petitions, to send humanitarian aid, to do direct actions, we write letters and leaflets
- Our voices are not heard
- Our clear and loud voices are silenced
- Our voices do not reach our sisters and brothers in Palestine
- Our voices do not stop the fire and destruction
- We will continue to act and hope.
- We will continue to cross imposed patriarchal walls, borders and ghettos
- We will continue to hear the cry of Gaza
- We will continue to hear the cry of the West Bank
- We will also listen to the cry of women and children in Congo, North Uganda, South Sudan, Columbia and elsewhere
- The suffering everywhere is connected and part of the same patriarchal political culture
- We are saying out loud NOT IN OUR NAME
- We refuse to be enemies
- We refuse to take part in oppressive relationships
- In the south of Israel where they suffer from counter violence of rockets there are also voices for peace
- We will continue to oppose war and militarism
- We will continue to create a culture of non violence, justice and peace
- We will continue to serve humanity
- May we learn and teach that all is one
- May we learn and teach that one is all
- May we find transformation, justice and healing
- May we all live in Peace
- May we all live in Joy.

Yvonne

Jerusalem, 8 January 2009