ANNIE LENNOX TO ISRAEL: KILLING 900 PEOPLE IN GAZA WILL NOT GIVE YOU MORE SAFETY

January 23, 2009 – 3:39 am

Last week, the Jerusalem Post printed an open letter to Annie Lennox criticizing the singer for her outspoken comments on the war in Gaza. On January 16, Annie Lennox replied on her MySpace site.

Dear Yoram Dori,

After reading your letter (10 January 2009) I felt despair and anguish at the manner in which the awful war in Gaza is being used to divide the rest of the world between “pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian” instead of “pro-peace or pro-war”. In my mind, the only distinction that matters right now, as Palestinian and Israeli lives are being lost and endangered by this violent conflict, is whether you support war or peace. I join hands with other humanitarians who support peace.

For every Osher Tewito in Israel, there are at least 10 children who have tragically lost limbs or indeed their lives, to this conflict in Gaza. Each and every single one of these lost childhoods is an immense tragedy, whether Israeli or Palestinian and I feel the pain for both people. I work for peace so that children on both sides of the Gaza/Israel border are free from rocket and missile attacks. I hope for peace so that these children can know one another, learn from one another, appreciate each other, and maybe, some day in the future, love each other.

There are millions of people in Britain who support the campaign to end this war, including the ‘Jewish Friends of Israel’ who in the Sunday Observer (Jan 11, 2009) called upon Israel to employ an immediate ceasefire. What is obvious to us all is that the continuing death toll which has already claimed almost 900 lives in Gaza is not going to bring safety to Israelis.

I have taken this position as a humanitarian and as a mother. I cannot stand seeing children killed. I cannot stand seeing families shattered. I want this to end, and only a permanent ceasefire will achieve this.

From my perspective, peace and security comes with dialogue, not bullets and bombs, and therefore I make no apology for being a leading member of the voice of reason, in opposition to this senseless war. I have taken this position as a humanitarian and as a mother. I cannot stand seeing children killed. I cannot stand seeing families shattered. I want this to end, and only a permanent ceasefire will achieve this.

A peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians is possible, but it is being made impossible by this war. War is not the way to solve this conflict, and all it is doing is sewing the seeds of hatred and anger on both sides of the fence and fueling further misery, which is likely to find expression in another round of conflict.

I am not alone in my views, and my position is supported by a cross spectrum of communities in Britain including my Jewish and Israeli friends. Mr Dori, for your information, I too have friends and family in Israel, and want to see them safe and secure, in the same way that I want human rights protection for the citizens of Gaza.

The end of this war on Gaza is just the first step, but a necessary step nonetheless. We must then, all of us, campaign for peace negotiations that meet the needs of both parties. I am not opposed to Israel and I do not support Palestinians. I support an end to the war and for peaceful negotiations. That is my position and I state it unequivocally and without apology.

Yours Sincerely
Annie Lennox (London)

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  1. 8 Responses to “ANNIE LENNOX TO ISRAEL: KILLING 900 PEOPLE IN GAZA WILL NOT GIVE YOU MORE SAFETY”

  2. Fine words, but naive.

    Hamas do no WANT a peaceful future. There is NO prospect of that so long as they and others like them exist, and the Muslim world lines up behind them.

    The Muslim world has to stop their hostilities. They’ve had opportunities to do so, and chose not to. The war is tragic, but Israeli aggression is not its basis.

    Hamas are vile criminal thugs and run Gaza like the IRA used to run Ireland, and the Mafia used to and still do run parts of Italy. Hamas should be held to account for this violence, and also Iran and the Muslim world that supports them. This disgusting violence has to STOP and it will NOT STOP so long as Muslim hostilities remain and the MUSLIM WORLD has to be held to account for this.

    By Bip on Feb 4, 2009

  3. 12 month ceasefire being negotiated?

    Guess what?

    Hamas will use that time to plan and re-arm and in 2 years time, three, ten, we will see Israel react again to Muslim hostilities.

    There is no indication of any change in the Muslim world, this has already gone on for 60 years and it could go on for much longer if Muslims don’t change their attitudes.

    STOP IT, Muslims.

    By Bip on Feb 4, 2009

  4. There is no indication of any change in the Christian world, this has already gone on for 60 years and it could go on for much longer if Christians don’t change their attitudes.

    STOP IT, Christians.You’ve been the world’s biggest supporters of human suffering long enough!

    By Cujo on Feb 5, 2009

  5. What the hell are you talking about? No one SUPPORTS human suffering you little creep.

    What the hell does Christianity have to do with this and on its basis, WHAT is supposed to change?

    You’re an idiot - and another part of the reason why the conflict continues: people talking crap like you.

    By Bip on Feb 6, 2009

  6. Tit for tat games - this is why this BULLSHIT continues.

    Muslims, STOP IT.

    By Bip on Feb 6, 2009

  7. well put Bip…painful truths but truth just the same.Wonder when ms. lennox will get it…?

    By matt_the_cat on Feb 6, 2009

  8. The Israelis must NEVER be confused with human beings—much less, with Jews.

    No! Jews are NOT Nazi scum from the sewer. Jews do NOT bomb schools with white phosphorous and beat old women with rifle butts.

    Israelis do this—NOT JEWS.

    Death to ALL Israelis—vermin from HELL.

    By deathtoisrael on Sep 24, 2009

  9. The internet; a blinding, ceaseless beacon, beaming the brutal fury of all human stupidity out across the vast horizons of the endless, timeless universe. Take a bow, jackass.

    By Ed C. on Oct 25, 2010

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