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In recent weeks, over 28 million copies of the virulently anti-Islam movie Obsession have been distributed to people across the country–including every pastor and rabbi in America; the words “Muslim” and “Arab” have become synonymous with “Terrorist”; and now many openly state that being a Muslim-American or Arab-American disqualifies one from holding elected office in this country.

A strong democracy requires a majority that stands up for the minority, refusing to remain silent when others fuel the fires of division and hatred. We are appalled by the recent escalation of demonizing attacks against Arabs and Muslims. These are attacks on people we are proud to call our neighbors, colleagues, loved ones and fellow citizens. As Jews and other people of faith, we know too well the price when others remain silent. To our Arab and Muslim friends, we say we stand with you. Click here for more..

As people committed to a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians, just as we condemn Muslim extremists who demonize Jews or Christians, we also reject efforts by Christian and Jewish right-wing extremists to stigmatize all Arabs and Muslims in an effort to build support for unfair policies in the Middle East. It is in our interest as Jews, as Americans and as human beings to end Israel’s unlawful occupation of the Palestinians, and to fully recognize each other’s humanity, regardless of religion, skin color or ethnicity. Close box…

We refuse to be enemies.

Thank you so much for this opportunity!!

“Anything embraced by the energy of mindfulness will undergo a transformation.” Thich Nhat Hanh

We stand with you

 

I stand beside the Muslim communities world wide who are threatened and harassed by the fear-mongering and hatred of Western governments. Those of us who have known persecution of the same kind must be the first to protest against Islamophobia wherever it is fund. Never again!

Yehudit Keshet
Jerusalem/UK.


Yehudit Kirstein Keshet is the author of CheckpointWatch: Testimonies from Occupied Palestine (Zed Books
2006/Palgrave MacMillan, 2006). Also available in German (Nautilus Press, Hamburg, 2007), in a fine
translation by Ulrike Vestring. MachsomWatch/ChechpointWatch is co-recipient of the 2008 Aachen Peace Prize.

I stand for fairness to all regardless of religious or sexual orientation. I
am an atheist.

 
in solidarity

The current anti-Arab, anti-Muslim idiocy is the mirror image of
anti-Semitism — and it comes from some of the same people. Extremists don’t
speak for everybody. I am proudly Jewish. I have personal, physical
experience of anti-Semitism, and it is vile to treat other people with that
kind of prejudice. It has to stop.

I stand with you

As someone who has lost a close family member to terrorism (London =
Bombings 2005 7/7) I would stand by all Muslims who have suffered from =
negative publicity since 9/11 and 7/7. The vast majority of Muslims =
stand with us and condemn these acts…so in turn we must stand by =
them…there is only one race…the human race.

yours sincerely=
David Gould

 
arabs are decent family men

in response to john mccain’s recent hate speech.

thanks,
Shanti Zunes-Wolfe

people are people

Demonizing any group is wrong.

At this time, it’s crucial to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters against the fear-mongering of the rightwing.

Peace, salaam, shalom,

Will Fudeman
(with Sorcha, the Rhodesian Ridgeback)
Ithaca, NY- October

 
my photo and words of support

Dear folks,
I am proud to stand with you against bigotry against Muslims and Arabs, and am delighted to send my photo as a member/staffer of CODEPINK, and a Jewish American woman for peace.

“Peace is the duty – not war. Might is not right. Use your light. Do not fight.” – by Jessie Wallace Hughes and the Anti-Enlistment League, 1917
Janet Weil

NO to racism against Muslims and Arabs.

Noga Kadman

 
Another Jew opposing bigotry against Muslims

Dear We Stand With You,

Here is my photo. You have my support. Jews and Arabs are cousins.
Anti-Arab, anti-Muslim agitation is antisemitic as well. As Jews, we
must not let the right wing demonize whole peoples or religions.

Thank you for your work,

Howard Winant

God Bless You!

We need to open our minds and educate ourselves on the world that is out there. As the lyrics go from Alan Jackson’s song: ‘We’re All Gods Children’Here comes a Baptist, here comes a Jew There goes a Mormon and a Muslim tooI see a Buddhist and a HinduI see a Catholic and I see you. We’re all god’s children God Bless The Turners –

 
I am so glad to be sharing this land with you, my Arab cousins.

I am so glad to be sharing this land with you, my Arab cousins. My
life is richer because you are in it. I do not accept scapegoating you.

The photo is from the innauguration of the Canadian Jewish anti-
occupation group, Independent Jewish Voices. I am speaking there on
behalf of my US Jewish anti-occupation group, Jewish Voice for Peace.

Glen Hauer
Berkeley, California, USA

we stand with you

I am a Jew from Lebanon, and have many times experienced anti-Arab racism
first-hand at airports, both in the US and in Israel.

I will not stay silent as this poison spreads. To my Arab and Muslim friends

I say: we stand with you.

— Henri–

 
photo & message

We’re all children of God.

Peace

I am tired of fear. I am tired of hate. I am tired. But it doesn’t mean I don’t love my neighbor. It doesn’t mean I won’t help my neighbor. It does mean I have had enough of narrow minds. Not that I blame them. that is what they have been taught. ‘Time for new lessons.Peace Salaam Shalom

Matt

 

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