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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.

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

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.

 
in support

We are all in this world together! Standing with you against bigotry of all kinds!

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

 
I Stand With American Muslims Against Bigotry

Our picture and message for website

We reject hate, bigotry, and racism against Arabs and Muslims. We stand in
solidarity for love and fairness for the Palestinians and all people! Thank
you, Jewish Voice for Peace!

Amos and Raina
Portland, Oregon

 
We stand with you

I reject defamatory and vitriolic speech about Arab people, and especially those who are Muslim. My friend Majdi has been a guest in my home and I in his. We will not let hate divide us.

Walter C. Bouzard, Ph.D.

We stand with you

Peace – salaam – shalom

Dr. David Gaines

 
My grandson is Muslim

My grandson Musa is Muslim and I will always stand by him and I reject bigotry against our Arab and Muslim neighbors!

Michelle

my photo

My name is Brian Brotman. My photo is attached.

Here’s my blurb:

Judaism simply does not permit racism or any kind of oppression. We have a long proud  and sacred history of standing in solidarity oppressed peoples. To turn away from that now is to spit on the graves of our ancestors.

 
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

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

 
SOLIDARITY IN FACE OF DEFAMATORY PROPAGANDA AGAINST MUSLIMS ETC

THE HOKENSON FAMILY OF ADRIAN MICHIGAN USA STAND WITH YOU

Cecilie Surasky
Director of Communications, Jewish Voice for Peace

 
I stand with you!

I stand with you!
Thanks,
Barry Blackburn
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Photo

This photo was taken while I was visiting the Jericho Refugee Camp in
the West Bank. (I’m on the left.)
Muslims, Jews and Christians need to stop letting hate divide us.

Terry Fletcher
Berkeley, California, USA

 

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