– Ziv Stahl’s sister-in-law – Several prominent peace activists in Kibbutz Kfar Aza – 1,200 people in Israel (victims of Hamas’ attack) – Maoz Inon’s parents – Elana Kaminka’s son Yannai : Israel’s peace movement grapples with the aftermath of the worst attack on Jewish people since the Holocaust.

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Title: Israeli Peace Activists Struggle to Advocate for Peace Amidst Rising Tensions

Subtitle: Jewish Israelis grapple with personal loss and public opinion as they work towards a peaceful resolution

When Ziv Stahl woke up to the sound of rocket fire on October 7, little did she know that it would mark the beginning of a horrific terrorist attack that would claim the lives of her sister-in-law and several prominent peace activists. Stahl, the executive director of the human rights organization Yesh Din, finds herself in a complicated position, torn between the need for Israel to defend itself and the concern for the thousands of Palestinian lives at stake.

The challenge faced by Israel’s peace movement is evident as activists struggle to reconcile their commitment to coexistence with the cycle of violence perpetuated by the ongoing war. While some activists argue that finding a two-state solution is more urgent than ever, others have chosen to step back from the public debate on a permanent ceasefire.

One such group is “Gen Zayin,” an anti-war organization formed by young Israelis who feel abandoned by both Israeli public opinion and parts of the Western leftist movement. They advocate for a just, equal, and democratic society achieved through peace, an end to occupation, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

However, expressing sympathy for Palestinians can come at a cost. Some Jewish Israelis have lost their jobs or faced public sanctions for speaking out in favor of Gaza. Ofer Cassif, a lawmaker, was suspended for 45 days for his remarks, while journalist Israel Frey was doxed and forced to flee his home after expressing support for both Jewish and Palestinian victims.

For grieving families like Maoz Inon, whose parents were killed in the attack, advocating for peace becomes a personal mission. Inon uses his privilege and experience as a victim to prevent others from suffering the same fate. Elana Kaminka, who lost her son during the attack, believes that understanding the practical implications of the occupation would change Israeli opinions.

As tensions continue to rise, Israeli peace activists find themselves grappling with personal loss and public opinion. Their voices may be silenced, but their commitment to finding a peaceful resolution remains steadfast. The road to peace may be long and challenging, but these activists refuse to give up on their vision of a just and equal society for all.

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