Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Some good things we can all easily do

There are numerous, not difficult ways to support and encourage peace, equality, human dignity.

Here is a very short list (some in Hebrew, some in English)

1. For those in Israel, join the poster campaign of the Association for Civil Rights. Sign up at the following link and each week they will send you two posters on democracy to hang up in your neighborhood/school/street corner/bulletin board - http://democracy-project.org.il/he/posters/ 

 2. Join us in FAB - Friendship across Borders - a Palestinian-Israeli-German group, of older and younger adults (students) who work together for dialogue, education and non-violent activism for peace in the Middle East. Visit our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=127712517278403 to learn more about us. Contact me if you are interested in becoming a member, or just learning more

3. Support and join Other Voice - www.othervoice.org - a grassroots organization comprised on Israelis from the Sderot and the communities near Gaza and Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. We run campaigns against the siege, we keep in constant contact with one another, hold joint seminars and conferences, and speak out together for an end to the violence in our southern region. (You can also contact me about joining our group, participating in our activities)

                           at the February 2011 conference: Gaza-Sderot: Moving from Crisis to Sustainability

4. Download the following song and play it (loudly) for your neighbors. Learn the words and sing along

5. For a dear one's birthday (father, mother, sibling, grandparent, friend, husband, wife, child etc.), instead of buying a thing, donate money, in their name, to a cause that furthers peace, social justice, human dignity, freedom from oppression. When my father turned 91 this year, I donated $91 in his name to Other Voice. Make sure that the organization sends the birthday celebrator a card with kind wishes and thanks for the needed gift.

6. For every hate talk-back, hate comment on Facebook, or hate publication that you come across (for example, The King's Torah, write a talk back, or a comment, or a letter to the editor or op-ed on the need to fight racism and discrimination, and to honor the dignity of all human beings. For those who want to specifically write Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira (the author of the King's Torah, which advocates killing non-Jews) and protest his book, here is his address:
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, The Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva, Yitzhar, ISRAEL.  

7. Send this blog to your families, friends and colleagues. Ask them to send on the link to their families, friends, and colleagues.

8. Stay human

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