Israeli Public Begin to Rally for Peace
The web is invaluable if we want news that gets self-censored in the U.S.A. You’d never know just by watching the U.S. news, for instance, that the near-unanimous support in Israel for the war with Lebanon (understandable given that missiles are landing all around them!) has begun to break. In the on-line English edition of Ha’aretz, Israel’s most respected mainstream newspaper, I found that some 10,000 Israelis protested in the streets yesterday, calling for an end to the war. They included both Arab and Jewish Israelis, with 5,000 marching in Tel Aviv alone.
(The Ha’aretz editors did not share the view of the peace protestors, by the way.) More on this can be found at the blog of the National Council of Churches’ Interfaith Relations.
Even more amazing, but true, is that while the secular political parties in Israel are still calling for more war, the Ultra-Orthodox Degel ha-Torah, one of the most rightwing of Israeli religious parties in the Knessett (parliament), has become the first political party in Israel to support an unconditional and immediate ceasefire while taking steps for a permanent peace. Degel ha-Torah has even reminded the Knessett that Israel is not a law unto itself and must listen to world opinion. See http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=Degel+Ha+Torah&itemNo=746186
Now we need Muslim leaders to say the same thing to Hezbollah and Christians–many, many Christians–to say the same thing to Pres. Bush and the U.S. Congress.
Report these stories to your local papers so that we broaden the coverage in the U.S. mainstream media.
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