Date(s) - 02/16/2024
Congregation Beil Simchat Torah
We have a chance to meet folks from American Friends of Combatants for Peace. Three Combatants for Peace (CfP) cofounders, Souli Khatib, Avner Wishnitzer, and Chen Alon, are travelling to the U.S. with CfP’s Palestinian Executive Director, Rana Salman, for an East Cost tour from February 5th to 18th. This is the third of 3 stops in New York City.
This is a Shabbat Service with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum; time to be announced.
From their program A Tapestry of Voices: Co-creating a Just & Peaceful Future, these words explain the concern:
We imagine a world where people do not go hungry, nor are they in danger.
Bodies feel safe, voices are heard, differences are respected,
and everyone has access to what they need to flourish.
Freedom, equality, and democracy emerge
from a land of separation, violence, extremism, and supremacy.
No one lives as a refugee in their land. Everyone lives in dignity.
We see reconciliation and laws that protect our children from war,
and we call the children ours, not theirs or them or they…
We imagine a world where we will never again
go into this cycle of injustice and violence, never again for us all.
American Friends of Combatants for Peace’s Web site describes CfP:
Combatants for Peace (CfP) is a grassroots movement of Palestinians and Israelis, working together to end the occupation and bring sustainable peace, equality, and freedom to our homeland. CfP envisions a just future where the inherent equality and dignity of all are fully realized. Committed to joint nonviolence since our inception, we use civil resistance, education, human rights campaigns, and other creative means of activism to transform systems of oppression and build a democratic and equitable society. Launched in 2005, we are the only movement worldwide that was founded by former fighters on both sides of an active conflict. As a result, we were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and 2018.