‘It is essential to speak out for justice; but how it is done is crucial.’

Taking a stand is not the same as taking sides, says John Lampen

'Argument over who has suffered more will not resolve the problems.' | Photo: Ahmed Abu Hameeda / Unsplash.

I welcome the reports and letters in the Friend which give me an insight into the deprivations of the people of Palestine, particularly when they are based on personal observation. They amplify what I saw on my own visit. Consequently, I support the boycott and divestment campaign, as many justice-loving Jews do. (I am more ambivalent about sanctions, having seen in South Africa how they can hurt the people they are trying to help.) I also welcome those who explain the needs, fears and hurts of the Jewish people. I need help in understanding the background.

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