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Stand up for Gaza? Is it worth it?

Jews for Justice placard

Jews for Justice placard

On the first Saturday of the year, I was down in the centre of town at the Stand Up for Gaza march. I was joining thousands of people showing their solidarity, just as Israel was gearing up for the ground invasion and the US was reiterating its position that it was up to Hamas to stop the violence. I was frustrated, to say the least.

But don't worry - I'm not intending to bore you with the rights and wrongs of the conflict. I’ve a very simple position: Israel has a right to exist and to defend its citizens, but that its military actions in Gaza (and those in Lebanon, last time round) represent a disproportionate response to a complicated threat. I also don't think the actions are in the country's long-term security interests, but that's an argument for another time... This is about the march itself.

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