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Jews and Palestinians Refuse to Be Enemies, But Netanyahu Objects!

World  (tags: Israel, Palestine, rally, demonstration, coexistence, peace, occupation, equality, Jerusalem )

- 1366 days ago -
Some 1,500 Israelis and Palestinians attended a rally for coexistence and equality in downtown Jerusalem.


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Rose Becke (141)
Saturday October 17, 2015, 7:56 pm
They must continue to rally

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday October 17, 2015, 9:04 pm
I hope someone will listen ...
Thanks Sam.

fly bird (26)
Saturday October 17, 2015, 9:44 pm
Me too. Thanks, Sam

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 12:17 am
Someone ought to gag Netanyahu. . .

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 12:28 am
May they keep it up!

Brave, in the face of the extremist right wingers who only want the RIP type of peace for Palestinians ... and who hate those who speak in support of Palestinians as fellow human beings. We see plenty from those here ......

Thanks Sam!

Not sure how the hasbara crowd are going to turn this into a way of attacking you, but I expects one or two will!

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 12:43 am
Darren -
Gagging BN won't be enough! He's adopting the hawkish & land-grabbing settler expansion, increased IDF oppression & similar strategies because that is what his backers, his crowd of supporters, want ...

As long as "just enough" Israelis vote right wing, & many others swallow the party line that Israeli violence is purely because all the Palestinians are dangerous & violent, so it is the only way of providing security for the victimised Jews --- the Israeli authorities will continue to act in ways that oppress the Palestinians .... and will continue to trigger violent responses from a small proportion of Palestinians ... And the fear generated is used as an excuse for collective punishment (e.g. home destruction, appropriation of land, more settlement building - and of course, the almost nightly raids on homes ..... causing sleep deprivation out of fear of what the night will bring ... and sleep deprivation diminishes judgement & self control necessary for sticking to non-violent resistance.

I believe it is more important to "ungag" the silent Israelis who are ill at ease with government strategies & extremist settler actions .... but who, at present, are unsure if they dare support movements that call to end settlement expansion, oppression & occupation of Palestinians and Palestinian lands ....

I suspect that BN is primarily a politician enjoying power - and if enough (Jewish) Israelis make their voices heard AGAINST the occupation, he would change his policies & strategies.

Edwin M (346)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 1:04 am
Thanks Sam

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 3:41 am
All it takes is one stupid leader to ruin the whole thing

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 6:55 am
This article give a clear look on the way Israelis are thinking now a days by referring to the organizers and leaders of this rally in the way they're normally referred to in the newspapers: as radicals. People who truly believe that “We can live in peace and understanding.” are now seen as radicals by the government.

In a country where things seem to be going from bad to worse, rallies like this where Israelis and Palestinians come together for peace, despite a curfew for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, are indeed a glimmer of hope. Let's hope Netanyahu will not succeed in keeping "Standing Together" from organizing more rallies in Haifa, Tel Aviv and other cities in the coming weeks, these protesters are the way to the future.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 7:16 am
Thanks Sam!
So now here we have THOUSANDS of voices from BOTH, ISRAELIS and Palestinians chanting for PEACE, instead of violence. Their calls are much louder than those of the peace opponents, most prominently the single one of their leader, who think MORE violence and arrests, stil harsher laws would be the right answer to stop violence.
We want to see MORE of these rallies, every weekend and without curfew! I have not seen any report of incidents of violence during this rally, guess why, Mr Nutyahoo?! Could it be this is the better response and is what your people want!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 7:18 am
Where politics have gone mute, finally 'we the people' are speaking out, please keep it up, that's what you have a demcracy for!

Freya H (344)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 7:39 am
More power to them! They are the people who will bring peace to the Middle East, if anybody can and will.

Netanyahu can relieve himself of liquid bodily waste ejecta along the course of a hempen object in the direction opposed to the pull of gravity.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 8:11 am
ONLY Freya can say it like that! :-)) Amen!

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 8:50 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing, Sam. Don't you wish this had been reported in U.S. media? I sure do!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 9:08 am
Katheen, you mean it WASN'T?? I saw it on CNN last night as it happened, don't know abou other non-cable stations, tho.
Note how that station in the written report speaks of "hundreds" when the attached tweet and even Mr Lieberman in his life report spoke of "thousands".

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 9:11 am
*His LIVE *reporting ;) lol

Janis K (129)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 9:26 am
Thanks for sharing.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 10:27 am
As so often, Lona hits the nail on the head!

Yes - those who believe that peace is possible if Israel adopted a more reasonable policy instead of expanding settlements, increasing oppressive tactics, and playing down equally horrible crimes when perpetrators are extremist Israelis ... Such people are dismissed as "RADICALS"

Granted - beside the preferred tactics of the right wingers and the authorities, it IS radical to suggest that Palestinians are fellow human beings suffering from unjust abuse in their daily lives ..... A radically different approach. It seeks to build understanding and respect between the communities, instead of promoting the assumption that Palestinians are monsters & Israel must use violence to defend itself against all Palestinians .......

But peace building can only work & evolve from such a "radical" approach ...

Kudos, Israeli radicals.
I believe we should support them any way that we can.

. (0)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 11:03 am
Thank you Sam... Netanyahu, when in the dock of the accused?

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 11:20 am
To the Radicals....may you be blessed and your numbers continue to grow and in strength.

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell


Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 11:28 am
Netanyahu clearly sees government as his own personal play thing. . . with sufficient grass roots people power, that could all change.

Any chance of anyone bringing a "vote of no confidence" against Mr. Power Possessor?

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 12:44 pm
Good post!

There you go. When the haters are out of the picture and it's left to the 'ordinary people' ... Anything becomes possible.
Netanyahu and Hamas to leave the stage, and a more moderate political stance on both sides to come to the fore, then you have the environment for peace and a viable two nation solution.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 12:47 pm
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Misbah Malik (33)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 1:33 pm
Teach some lessons to Netanyahu ! Tell him not to behave like Satan and stop playing with lives of his own people!

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 3:10 pm
Noted. Thanks, Sam.
Very glad to see this protest; and hope protests continue and become even bigger.....while staying peaceful. Hate and divisiveness will never change anything for the better.

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 3:32 pm
Oh my goodness, did I see it right? Sam has something old about Israel? Of course there are many Israelis who want peace and object to what a lot of the Israeli government says.does. Who wants to live in a state of war? They have been doing it for close to 70 years. It's enough already.

fly bird (26)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 3:53 pm
Global Citizens of Conscience are sending their message to Israel by not buying any products with a bar code starting with 871 or 729. Bar codes are a good identifier but read the label on the product to find the country of origin. There is also an APP to help with that: Boycott Israel Using The "BUYCOTT" App.

READ what the BDS Scholars have written:

Shirley S (187)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 6:19 pm

Janet B (0)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 7:53 pm

Cindy Brickner (4)
Sunday October 18, 2015, 10:37 pm
I predict that Netanyahu and his warmongering ranting and raving will be drowned out by the ever increasing voices of the "peace promoters." I wish them luck and resounding success!!

fly bird (26)
Monday October 19, 2015, 1:32 am

and this - #NoToDespairJLM

John De Avalon (36)
Monday October 19, 2015, 2:23 am
Jess: And then spoil it by chipping in with your BDS hate campaign.
1) BDS philosophy is a one nation/No Israel 'solution'
2) BDS philosophy has achieved nothing but put Palestinians out of work.
Destitution, unemployment and hopelessness are breeding grounds for terrorism. In fact, add hate and you have the perfect breeding ground for terrorism!
Investment to create jobs and economic prosperity is the route to peace.
3) Even the PA, branded BDS "trouble makers" and threw them out of the West Bank.

fly bird (26)
Monday October 19, 2015, 3:10 am
Until the denial of Palestinian rights ends, ‘political violence’ will continue — Munayyer explains on CNN.


Angelika R (143)
Monday October 19, 2015, 3:47 am
With an IDF killed last night one can safely assume things will be getting worse...and not limited to constructing that wall in Jerusalem they're already building... how long will the West wait before stepping in here? This morning our reports say that Palestinians didn't show up to another peace rally and also jews are getting more and more hesitant in fear they'd get injured or killed.... so, can the radicals gather enough support and a crowd?
Or are reports here twisted?

Evelyn B (63)
Monday October 19, 2015, 4:14 am
How nice to see support for the "radicals" from some who are more prone to attack such outlooks on C2NN!

(Although maybe leaping on the first opportunity to turn nasty ... as usual, with only partial understanding)

And also great to have another musical comment from Ros!! ********************** I love Baez's singing (words & music), Thanks, Ros!

Past Member (0)
Monday October 19, 2015, 7:10 am
Only peace is the solution

John De Avalon (36)
Monday October 19, 2015, 12:16 pm
Ros: You're wanting to get a positive out of a negative ...


John De Avalon (36)
Monday October 19, 2015, 12:18 pm
Angelika: There you have it. A ray of light and hope. You start to think of what can be. And then ... an act of violence and lo! the guns are drawn, talk of retaliation, suspicion, mistrust ...

Janet B (0)
Monday October 19, 2015, 12:19 pm

Roger G (148)
Monday October 19, 2015, 12:33 pm
does anyone truly thinks that the Hamas and Hezbollah will listen to them ?

Sam H (410)
Monday October 19, 2015, 1:13 pm
You left out Netanyahu and Likud, Roger!

Colleen L (3)
Monday October 19, 2015, 2:00 pm
I pray for PEACE. May the evil ones disappear from our EARTH. Thanks Sam

fly bird (26)
Monday October 19, 2015, 2:54 pm
There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends.

fly bird (26)
Monday October 19, 2015, 2:56 pm
There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends.

Sam H (410)
Monday October 19, 2015, 3:25 pm
A Recipe for Peace!

Roslyn M (26)
Monday October 19, 2015, 5:02 pm
Some people have common sense, others don't.

David C (75)
Monday October 19, 2015, 5:26 pm
hoping that the Peace wanting people eventually vote out the freaky Bibi Netanyahu

Sam H (410)
Monday October 19, 2015, 7:30 pm
Is Israel About to Lose Its Most Reliable
Ally in the Middle East?


Past Member (0)
Monday October 19, 2015, 9:26 pm
Noted. Thanks Sam.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday October 20, 2015, 1:14 am

fly bird (26)
Wednesday October 21, 2015, 1:56 am

As members of Jewish communities around the world, we are horrified by the violence that is sweeping the streets of Palestine/Israel, costing the lives of over 30 people, both Palestinians and Israelis in the past two weeks alone. A 2 year old girl in Gaza was the youngest of 4 Palestinian children who were killed in the past two weeks. A 13 year-old Israeli boy is in critical condition after being stabbed nearly a dozen times. Over a thousand people were injured in the same period. Fear has completely taken over the streets of Jerusalem, the center of this violence. Israelis shooting Palestinian protesters in and around East Jerusalem. Palestinians stabbing and shooting Israeli civilians and policemen in the middle of the streets. Israeli forces killing Palestinian suspects when they are clearly not a threat and without trial. Palestinians throwing stones at passing cars. Israeli mobs beating up Palestinians or calling on police to shoot them. Humiliating strip searches of Palestinians in the streets – all of these have become a daily occurrence in the city in which we are raised to pray for peace, as well as other places in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

While violence is visible on the streets, it is also occupying people’s minds and hearts. Fear is bringing out the worst of people, and the demand for more blood to be shed, as if this will repair the damage done. Fear and racist rhetoric are escalating the situation. The Israeli government is once again responding in a militarised way: there have been hundreds of arrests; Palestinian access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound has been limited; parts of the Muslim quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem have been closed to Palestinians; open-fire regulations have been changed to allow the use of sniper fire against children; a minimum sentence for stone throwing has been introduced, including for over 150 children arrested in East Jerusalem alone in the past few weeks; and now there are talks of enforcing a curfew, or even a closure, of East Jerusalem.

All these constitute collective punishment on the entire population of East Jerusalem with over 300,000 people. In the past, these measures have proven themselves ineffective at ending violence. Decades of dispossession, occupation and discrimination are the main reasons for Palestinian resistance. Further Israeli military repression and ongoing occupation and siege will never end the Palestinian desire for freedom nor will it address the root causes of violence. Indeed, the current actions by the Israeli government and army are likely to create further violence, destruction, and the entrenchment of division. Only justice and equality for all will bring peace and quiet to the residents of Israel and Palestine.

As a group of Jews from around the world we believe that immediate change needs to come from the Israeli government and Israeli people. It is incumbent on all Jews around the world to pressure the Israeli government - and those who follow and support its words and deeds - to change its approach. The military crackdown must cease immediately, Palestinians must be allowed complete freedom of movement. It is also a responsibility of Jewish people worldwide to obligate the countries in which we live to immediately cease the economic and military support of the ongoing Israeli occupation in Palestine and siege of Gaza.

We call on our Jewish communities, and our broader communities, to publicly insist on an end to the violence, occupation, siege and military response and instead demand equality and freedom for the Palestinian people and justice for all.
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