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In the Triangle, opinions vary on ending Middle East war

Posted August 13, 2014

— While many want the war between Gaza and Israel to end, opinions vary on how to achieve peace, even for those on the same side.

A group called Jewish Voice for Piece interrupted a Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary event in Durham on Wednesday to demand public support for a ceasefire.

The result was a difficult conversation.

"Everybody wants to see peace and security, however, sometimes you have to make sure that peace and security happens, it may not happen on its own," said Barry Schwartz, the federation’s executive director.

Israel has a right to defend itself, but Schwartz said no one wants to see the casualties of war.

“It is heartbreaking, it is always heartbreaking,” he said.

Jade Brooks, with the North Carolina chapter of Jewish Voices for Peace, was among 10 people who interrupted the federation event.

"Calling for the siege of Gaza to stop and stop the Israeli occupation,” she said.

Rabbi Eric Solomon, who recently visited Israel, described the fear on both sides as “serious and deep.”

Solomon was with his family when a loud boom led the rabbi to jump to protect his daughter.

"The sound alone shook me to my core,” he said. “It made me think, what is it like for an innocent civilian Palestinian, a child, who has nothing to do with this war.”

While several people at the event want a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, they weren’t sure how to make that happen.

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  • Steve Faulkner Aug 14, 2014

    And this group that's here in the US expects to do what to make a cease-fire happen? Why don't they go bust in to an Israeli parliament meeting and express their views?

  • Confucius say Aug 14, 2014

    The US will never end war in the middle east. We've never even had a lasting effect. Look at Iraq...prime example. We can keep sending money over there are and keep sacrificing US soldiers forever and they middle east will still be fighting. It's ignorant to think we can stop it.

  • Minarchist Aug 14, 2014

    Democrats and Republicans love war. They keep voting for it.

  • stymieindurham Aug 14, 2014

    When one goes into a fight they should go to completely STOP the forward aggression of their aggressor.

  • Thought Criminal WS Aug 14, 2014

    Wipe Hamas out and end the conflict through decisive victory.

  • Forthe Newssite Aug 14, 2014

    "Jewish Voice for Piece"

    REALLY??? can someone NOT edit? geeze Your should be embarrassed.

  • glarg Aug 14, 2014

    "War?"

    Are there two countries involved? Was there a declaration of War?

  • Itsmyopinion67 Aug 14, 2014

    Peace through "talking" is a great thing in LA LA land. However, in reality, Israel needs to wipe Hamas off the map. Then things will be peaceful.

  • sinenomine Aug 14, 2014

    " Jewish Voice for Piece" it says in the second paragraph to this story.

    Is that a Jewish organization formed in support of Second Amendment rights?

    Or is it a typo missed by a careless editor?

    I wonder as I wander. Let's see how quickly they catch on.