Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue

Judy Silber

The daily news of violence from the Gaza strip is gripping people around the world. Here in the Bay Area, hundreds gathered in downtown San Francisco over the weekend, calling for an end to an Israeli military incursion that has so far killed more than 600 people, most of them civilians.

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Many air strikes were launched by Israel in Gaza City over the past few weeks in response to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli cities. Since that moment, the violence in the region has subsided after a cease-fire. The Palestinians made a successful bid to upgrade their UN status, and Israel announced it would build 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. So the situation remains as tense and volatile as ever.