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..
We refuse to be enemies.
Department of Political Science
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69978
Co-Editor in Chief
The Public Sphere: Tel Aviv Journal of Political Science (in Hebrew)
God is one, and all human beings children of God.
Secretary, North America
Orthodox Peace Fellowship
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We are sorry for the actions of our government. We want peace for ourselves and peace for your 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,
(with Sorcha, the Rhodesian Ridgeback)
Ithaca, NY- October
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 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 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.
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Keep up the good work!
Jan L. Bernheim MD,PhD
Department of Human Ecology
Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
THE HOKENSON FAMILY OF ADRIAN MICHIGAN USA STAND WITH YOU
Merhaba, salaam aleikum, shalom,
May there be peace in the hearts of all peoples, may we strive for peace
and not for war.
When fear is used as a political weapon, it becomes essential for groups such as JfJfP (UK) and JVP to counter it and its accompanying lies. JfJfP is proud to be part of JVP’s campaign against the demonisation of Arabs and Muslims fed into public discourse since 9/11 and which Barack Obama’s opponents are seeking to use against him in the US presidential election. Our common humanity defines us before differences of ethnicity, nationality or faith. Pretending otherwise is the mantra of conflict junkies.
In Solidarity from the UK
Here’s to building bridges of connection, understanding, and alliance – not
walls of separation and hatred. For tikkun olam (healing the world)–
Secretary, National Board of Jewish Voice for Peace