Monday, November 03, 2008

"We Stand With," Jewish Voice for Peace Combats yet more Bigotry from the American Right

"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.

-Sydney Levy, Jewish Voice for Peace Director of Chapters & Campaigns

"Peace - salaam - shalom"

-Dr. David Gaines

"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."

-Jewish Voice for Peace



Thank you to Jewish Voice for Peace and all those who have stood up against the hate, bigotry, racism, and fear-mongering represented by the Clarion Fund's insidious attempt to sway the U.S. presidential elections by playing off of prejudice and ignorance in swing states. The Clarion Fund, funded by extremist right wingers (see HERE and HERE), had a public announcement of its support for Republican candidate John McCain on its web site before journalists started reporting this, after which the announcement was quickly taken down, as it violated the Fund's tax-exempt status (which has been challenged.)

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