Survivors, relatives condemn Gaza genocide

Some 40 people identifying as Jewish Holocaust survivors and more than 200 direct descendants of survivors, including a number of Bay Area residents, signed a public letter condemning Israel’s military operation in Gaza and accusing it of “ongoing genocide.”

The letter, published Aug. 23 in the New York Times as a half-page advertisement, also condemns the “ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine” and the United States “for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack.”

The signatories come from 26 countries representing four generations. The letter was sponsored by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

In a statement, the network said the letter was written in response to an ad campaign in which Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize laureate, compares the murder of children during the Holocaust to Hamas’ actions in Gaza. — jta