This Insane Country! We Killed 55 ...

Posted by Yoav Peck on May 14, 2018
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This insane country! 55 Palestinian demonstrators were killed today. 770 are wounded from today's live fire. This afternoon we also celebrated the utterly superfluous relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and tonight in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Neta Barzilai entertained a crowd of thousands to celebrate her victory at Eurovision. I've just returned from a spontaneous demonstration at Netanyahu's residence. 150 of us then marched chanting to the American consulate down the street, where we managed to block traffic for a little while. All of us just felt we couldn't stay home. The sign we hastily scribbled in Hebrew read, "We're celebrating, they're mourning." It was good to march with a spirited, vocal crowd for a couple of hours, to see old friends. All of us are torn up, crazy over the abandon with which our soldiers are shooting people. It can't be that we must kill in order to protect the border. We can't watch the pictures of the human catastrophe we have created in Gaza. An eleven year siege, now culminating in horrid, avoidable violence. Hamas even extended a cautious feeler last week to see how all this could be curtailed. No response from our government. Tomorrow, Nakba Day, may be worse than today. Dark times here in the holy land…..

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  • Neeti S W wrote ...

    Sending healing prayers for all dear brother.....

  • Yoav Peck wrote ...

    Thank you, dear Neeti. I can feel the healing all the way over here in Jerusalem.....

  • Vasco Gaspar wrote ...

    Sending love and strenght dear Yoav. Thank you for showing up so heartfully in the world!

  • Wendy Berk wrote ...

    Thank you, Yoav for your voice and for standing up at this time. We are heart sick about what is happening there.

  • Aryae Coopersmith wrote ...

    Thank you Yoav. Yesterday I was speaking with friends in Israel, generally decent people who mean well, but who were shockingly blind to the tragic irony of the simultaneous events in Jerusalem and Gaza. How on earth will our two countries, U.S. & Israel, find the wherewithal to replace our current leaders with ones who reflect our true values -- of the infinite preciousness of every human soul? In the mean time, great respect to you and others who are carrying those values to the streets. 

  • Gayathri Ramachandran wrote ...

    Feeling deep sorrow and hurt. From Kashmir to Israel to Syria and other places of strife, we need to amplify light and hope and not act from fear (the path of least resistance for humans currently). Thank you for your story of protest -- it kindles the flame of courage for all of us. With prayers and maitri 

  • Micky O'Toole wrote ...

    This is heartbreaking and has been for so many years. I don't have any answers or words except to say I share your sorrow and stand with you too as a fellow human and send healing and light and strength to your heart. β™₯.

  • Pancho Ramos Stierle wrote ...

    From a planetary fellow to another citizen of the world, please receive all my love and blessings dear brother Yoav.πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒŸβœ¨

    More than 11 years ago this writeup [View Link] flowed through me and perhaps it might let you know and feel how many of us are with you all in this volition to compost these imaginary lines humans draw in the dirt...

    Love you brother! πŸ™‡πŸΎβ€β™‚πŸŒ³πŸŒΈπŸŒŸπŸ€—

    Proudly undocumented and unafraid,πŸ’–πŸ’ͺ🏾🌎 pancho

  • Yoo-Mi Lee wrote ...

    Dear Yoav, Thank you for letting us know about your spontaneous action. We see nothing in our mainstream media of any Israelis protesting this brutal killing of unarmed men, women and children. I am heartbroken and looking for ways we can support Israelis and Palestinians working towards peace and justice. Sending you much love.