American Jewish Committee reacts to Israel attacks on Gaza listen12/29/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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After Israelâ€™s attack on the Gaza Strip began on Saturday, several Jewish organizations expressed their support. One of those is the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The attacks have killed more than 300 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,400. Two Israelis have died in attacks from home-made rockets coming from the coastal territory of the Gaza Strip.
This afternoon, WMNF spoke with Brian Lipton, executive director of the AJCâ€™s West Coast Florida chapter.
â€œThis is a very serious situation and one that we certainly hope will be resolved quickly and peacefully.â€
But not all Jewish groups share the AJCâ€™s support of the airstrikes. In an email, Jewish Voice for Peace wrote: â€œThis is the most violent and heartbreaking situation that has happened to the Palestinians in recent history, and it must stop. In addition to calling for protests at Israeli consulates and federal buildings, as well as letters to the U.S. and Israeli governments, Jewish Voice for Peace staff and members are already putting together an aggressive campaign focused on Gaza. And, without a moment to waste, we call for an immediate end to attacks on all civilians.â€