US Jewish leader Henry Siegman asks Israeli occupation to stop killing Palestinians and end the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
In an interview with Democracy Now, Siegman, who is the former head of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America, he said that Israel is actually implementing a destruction policy in Palestine.
Commenting on Hamas charter that calls for destruction of Israeli occupation, Siegman said: “The difference between Hamas and Israel is that Israel is actually implementing [a destruction policy] — actually preventing a Palestinian state which does not exist.”
He added: “Millions of Palestinians live in this subservient position without rights, without security, without hope and without a future.”
Regarding the Israeli justifications for killing Palestinians in the name of self-defence from 1948 through today, Siegman said: “If you do not want to kill Palestinians, if that’s what pains you so much, you do not have to kill them. You can give them their rights, and you can end the occupation.”
Siegman continued: “And to put the blame for the occupation and for the killing of innocents that we are seeing in Gaza now on the Palestinians — why? Because they want a state of their own? They want what Jews wanted and achieved? This is a great moral insult.”
Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Germany. He fled as the Nazis came to power, eventually arriving in the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement pushing for the creation of a Jewish state.
In New York, Siegman studied and was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi by Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. He now serves as president of the US/Middle East Project.