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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.

If we would all act as if others are looking over our shoulder, then we would not allow the total injustice that IS the daily struggle of Palestinians, and increasingly the growing number of poor and weak among the Jews of Israel and elsewhere!

Namaste

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.

 
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.

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.

 

PEACE! From Nina – Norway

Merhaba, salaam aleikum, shalom,

May there be peace in the hearts of all peoples, may we strive for peace
and not for war.

Paul Solomon

 
Build bridges, not walls

Here’s to building bridges of connection, understanding, and alliance – not
walls of separation and hatred. For tikkun olam (healing the world)–

Penny Rosenwasser,
Secretary, National Board of Jewish Voice for Peace

Rejecting Bigotry against Arabs and Muslims

 

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Yoav Peled
Department of Political Science
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69978
Israel

Co-Editor in Chief
The Public Sphere: Tel Aviv Journal of Political Science (in Hebrew)
http://spirit.tau.ac.il/poli/pjournal/

in support

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

 
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Roaa Peretz and Benyounes Elbasri join the Weekly Vigil Against the
Occupation, in Philadelphia, PA, in 2006. The two met in Heaven, a
cafe in Masstricht, after Roaa spent a month in Israel, meeting with
leaders of the Israeli anti-occupation movement. They recently
married in ‘Paradise,’ St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Hebrew sign is from Leviticus: You shall have one standard for
stranger and citizen alike; for I the Lord am your God.

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

 
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I am grateful to stand with you in this campaign against hate and fear mongering of Arab & Muslim Americans. Discrimination in any shape or form is a crime against all of humanity. Stand with me, walk with me, join hands with me, break bread with me, in working for a more loving and kind world. In Peace & Love (& in my Muslim/Jewish PeaceWalk shoes…), I bid you all Salams, Shalom, Paz, Peace…

I stand with you!

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

 
We stand with you!

We stand with you!

Lorri and Dan E say no to anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry.

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Here’s my photo.

Joe Sokolinsky

 

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