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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.

Photo – this is a great idea!

Ben Stiegler
San Francisco, California

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.

 
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

In solidarity,
Adi Kuntsman, UK/ Israel

 
We stand with you

Shel Horowitz

We Stand With You pic

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…

 
We Stand With You

NEVER AGAIN!!! TO ANYONE!!!

 
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2 members of Bay Area Women in Black.
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I stand with my Arab and Muslim family members

Dear Allies,

Thank you for your campaign.

We all have a right to our cultural identity.
Arabs, Africans and Asians have just as much right as Europeans. Muslims have as much right to the practice of their faith as do Christians and Jews or people of other spiritual traditions. Monotheists, the spiritual descendents of Abraham and Iknaton have no right to abuse or insult polytheists. We also have the right to be respected as human beings even if we practice no faith tradition.

Luci Murphy, Convenor
Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington

 
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.

Thanks and Peace! Ellen Hinchcliffe, her neice and Mother

I want to grow up in a world where everyone is equal

No caption needed. You’ll see why. My grandson.

 
I stand with you!

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

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

 

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