Saturday, September 19, 2009

ROSH HASHANAH: Jewish Voice for Peace


As we celebrate the new year with Rosh Hashanah, we must reflect on what we have done - and what we can still do - to work toward a more just and peaceful world. Visit here to gain inspiration from what others have pledged to do to repair the world...

In 2009 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) began at sundown on Friday September 18 and ends at nightfall on Sunday September 20.

Basic information on the conflict:here

This Website's statement of goal: To work for peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. As the Jewish New Year, 5770, comes upon us, we invite you, Jewish or not, to participate in the age-old ritual of tshuvah, or turning, toward a new hope and a new world. Please share your hopes and commitments that will bring an end to injustice anywhere so there can be justice everywhere. From all of us at JVP, Shanah Tovah. Have a sweet and good year!

Several beautiful points for signing the following 1 minute petition:

* Cooperation between people of all manner of backgrounds.
* Unlike most petitions, you can see your name instantly added.
* What an appropriate way to collectively bless the Ending of Ramadan/Ramazan/
and thus collectively begin the Jewish New Year caring re others' deep suffering.

SIGN HERE for ACTION to support human rights for Gazans and Palestinians: here

Also See here

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AGAIN: Tell the signers of the Toronto Declaration,"You Speak for Me"
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Sign the petition below and stand by over 1,000 cultural producers who have signed on to the Toronto Declaration which objects to the Toronto International Film Festival's celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv. Such a celebratory honor is part of an explicit, openly-stated Israeli effort to divert public attention from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. It does not call for boycott and it does not delegitimize Israel.

I stand in support of you, the signers of the Toronto International Film Festival letter, who objected to putting Tel Aviv under a one-sided, celebratory spotlight just months after the assault on 1.5 million besieged Gazans, and while Palestinians continue to be occupied and dispossessed of their homes and land.

Those of you who signed the letter, including Israelis, Palestinians, and culture workers from around the world, are true heroes who are speaking your conscience.

I stand with you against the bullying attacks which are attempting to silence discussion and dissent regarding Israel.

Thank you for your courageous stand. You have spoken for me.

Please join me and sign the petition now here

References from this group to help sort fact from fiction:
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3 comments:

Connie L. Nash said...

Today with the moon sighting and another observant portion of days - BOTH Jewish and Muslim and coming Christian remembrances are perhaps bringing us tasks to do to help repair the world in unision?

For example, the ongoing imprisonment hearkens so naturally to the IMPRISONMENT of Joseph and the reminder how LONG we leave our brothers and sisters in this unspeakably agonizing state and how many FATHERS of YUSUF do we leave in Grieving beyond hope?

Sometimes I feel deeply that our ONLY peace and salvation is to work in Common for Common healing of this all and comforting and freeing prisoners wherever possible is certainly one of the most obvious ways we might do this.

Connie L. Nash said...

I am finding in person and online SO MANY Imans, leaders, Rabbis and lawyers (including Jewish as well) who are giving their ALL, financially as well as time and heart to help prisoners detained by current climate when all too many innocent are swept up for years hidden away from life.

Praise God that He has made us originally with hearts of flesh not of stone!

Connie L. Nash said...

Please keep watching for and giving these Jewish/Israeli voices a chance and signing up for them and their Action efforts which are quick and easy. I am quite inspired by their courage and usually I learn more about the state of Gaza from them than even from any others.