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The kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers studying in a yeshiva which took place last Thursday in the area of Gush Etzion, in the West Bank, is the occurrence everybody—the Israeli government as well as the Palestinian Authority—dreaded in the Middle East. These last few months, dozens of other similar attempts had failed, due to the security cooperation existing between the Israeli army and the Palestinian security forces. At this stage, we can only hope that these young men will be found safe and sound very soon, and our hearts go out to their families and to the whole Israeli nation.
In our previous newsletter, we have mentioned the growing number of incidents on the ground. Since then, the situation has worsened. In Israeli prisons, dozens of Palestinian prisoners, held in administrative detention and still waiting for a judgment, are currently on hunger strike in a quasi-general indifference; most of them are hospitalized, and the government has just got through at first reading a bill allowing to feed them forcibly.
Must we wait for new sparks to set the region ablaze in order to make European and American leaders understand that they must take a political initiative, even though other issues on the world stage seem more worrisome to them ?
Conscious of the recurrent resistance to change that threatens Israel, JCall has launched an appeal to European leaders to ask them to join with the Americans to propose a framework for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. In case you have not signed it yet, there is still time to do so on our website:
It is crucial to remain committed here and in Israel, in order that the voice of reason makes itself heard. Tuesday June 24th at 8. 30 p.m., we organize a public meeting at the town hall of Paris’ 10th arrondissement (72 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, Subway stop Château d’Eau) on the following theme: “Will the international community be able to save the two-state solution ?” You will meet there:
Elie Barnavi, historian, former ambassador of Israel in France
Alain Finkielkraut (who is one of the signers of our appeal)
Hubert Védrine, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in France
Help us fight against scepticism and apathy. With your help we can make a difference.
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