A full-page advertisement signed by more than 2,600 people and sponsored by Berkeley-based Tikkun magazine appeared this week in the New York Times and the Hill, a newspaper in Washington, D.C.
The ad, which ran once in each publication, appeared before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress. It included two statements in headline font: “No, Mr. Netanyahu — you do not speak for American Jews” and “The American People Do Not Want a War with Iran.”
Bay Area signatories included Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun; Aaron Hahn Tapper, founding director of the Jewish studies program at the University of San Francisco; Stephen Zunes, director of the Middle Eastern studies minor at USF; and Rabbi Burt Jacobson, founding rabbi of Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont.
Other local signatories included activist Rae Abileah; authors Penny Rosenwasser and Estelle Frankel; academics Charles Altieri, Robert Blauner, Ian Duncan, Emily Gottreich, Charles Gross, Stephen Rosenbaum, Peter Dale Scott and Paul Thomas (U.C. Berkeley), Beverly Voloshin (San Francisco State), and Amber Kerr and Raquel Scherr (U.C. Davis); and Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill.
Tikkun is “the voice of liberal and progressive Jews and our non-Jewish allies,” the magazine said in a release about the ad. The release also noted that while most media focused this week on the “supposed conflict between Obama and Netanyahu,” the real story is “whether the American people can be once again (as they were in the lead up to the Iraq war) misled into believing that there is a nuclear threat that must be stopped by coercion and eventually by [U.S.] military action.”