Holocaust Survivors Blast Gaza Attacks, Call For Israel Boycott

Lauren Burgoon
'Genocide begins with the silence of the world,' Holocaust survivors write in a half-page NY Times ad.

In a blistering condemnation, hundreds of Holocaust survivors criticized Israel's attacks on Gaza as a genocide.

The survivors took out a half-page ad in The New York Times to call out Israel, and the United States for funding Israeli weapons. The survivors even took fellow Holocaust survivor and famed author Elie Wiesel to task.

More than 300 Holocaust survivors and their descendants signed the ad, calling for a "full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel" if the violence in Gaza doesn't immediately end.

"Genocide begins with the silence of the world," the ad reads.

"Furthermore, we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel's abuse of our history in these pages to justify the unjustifiable: Israel's wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children. Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water."

The ad concludes, "'Never again' must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!"

The group behind the ad is the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, which also released the full statement on its website.

The current violence between Israel and Hamas flared in early July. Since then, each side mounted near daily attacks on the other. Israel has been widely criticized for heavy civilian losses in Gaza. 

Cease-fire after cease-fire has fallen apart, often after Hamas restarted firing rockets at Israel. Israel began a new bombing campaign targeting large buildings in Gaza on Saturday.