The past several days we have witnessed a horrific act of terrorism by Hamas against Israel. The violence that has taken place in Israel is almost impossible to comprehend, heart- wrenching and sad. In retaliation, the Israel government has declared war, which means many more people in Israel and in Gaza will die.
As a Jewish man, who like many other Jews had relatives who died in the Holocaust, these reported atrocities are all too familiar in our history as a people. But nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could. The history of Jewish persecution is important for the people of the world to fully understand. And we are not alone in our suffering, and this includes Palestinians who desire peace. It is through understanding that we find a better way to work for change at a time in our world that is so desperately in need of it.
As we continue to struggle to make sense of the suffering of everyone in the region, let us continue to work on strengthening our commitment to peacefully resolving conflict. A lasting peace is possible if we learn from history and take the necessary steps to make it a reality.
In the words of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate: “Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” Supportive resources are available for anyone who needs them.