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One Million Voices for Peace: Boston event
04 Oct 2007
The OneVoice Movement is a mainstream nationalist grassroots movement with over half a million signatories in roughly equal numbers both in Israel and in Palestine, and 3,000 highly-trained youth leaders. It aims to amplify the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected representatives and work toward a two-state solution. OneVoice counts on its Board over 60 foremost dignitaries and business leaders across a wide spectrum of politics and beliefs, joining as OneVoice against violent extremism and for conflict resolution. Learn more by visiting www.OneMillionVoices.org.
BOSTON
October 18, 2007
Time: 8pm – 12 midnight
Place: The Middle East Club, Cambridge (downstairs)
Featuring: Standup Comedy duo Stand Up for Peace, Dean Obeidallah and Scott Blakeman; Basement Band; Arab & Jewish student dance groups; interactive PeaceArt and much more. Presented by: Students for Peace and Borderless Educations.
See also:
http://www.OneMillionVoices.org.

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Finally, a REAL Peace Movement
06 Oct 2007
WHAT

On October 18, OneVoice will engage and mobilize hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis in a “People’s Summit”. Ordinary citizens will speak out in unprecedented numbers against violent extremism, occupation, and terror, and demand that their leaders negotiate and implement a two-state solution.

Live music, speeches by dignitaries and celebrities, and statements from grassroots activists will draw Israelis and Palestinians out to the streets, where they will be linked via satellite to their counterparts across the region. This platform will allow people on both sides to see that they have a partner in the resolution process. The event will be broadcast around the world.
WHEN

October 18, 2007, 6:00-11:00pm (Jerusalem time)
WHERE

The main People’s Summit will be held simultaneously in two venues: the Jericho football stadium in the West Bank city of Jericho and HaYarkon Park in Tel Aviv. They will be satellite-linked to international “Echo” events in Washington DC, London, and Ottawa.
WHO

Hundreds of thousands of ordinary Israeli and Palestinian citizens who refuse to let violent extremists dominate the political agenda. Numerous world leaders and luminaries will also show their support for OneVoice’s mission.
WHY

For forty years, the majority of Israeli and Palestinian citizens have waited for their leaders to negotiate a resolution so that they might live in peace. And for forty years, a top-down peace process has failed to yield results. But on the ground, the vast majorities on both sides want an end to the conflict - Palestinians want to end the occupation; Israelis want to end terror; and both peoples desire strong, independent, and viable states to live in, to raise families in.

With the Arab Peace Initiative on the table and strong international support for a return to negotiations, the time is ripe for the People's voice to be heard with resounding clarity. The accords of the past have been fruitless because they have lacked massive, vocal, grassroots support from the moderate majority. A People's Summit will serve as a call to action for the leadership to heed the will of their people and negotiate a two-state solution.
HOW

The People’s Summit will be free to the public, but entrance will require joining the OneVoice Movement and signing a mandate to pledge your support for the leadership if they sit to negotiate a two state solution to end the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Signed mandates will be physically-delivered, en masse, to the Israeli Knesset and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

The Israeli government and the Palestinian Presidential Forces will provide extensive security for the October 18th events in Tel Aviv and Jericho, respectively. Leading private security companies will also be retained to secure and safeguard both venues.
See also:
http://www.onemillionvoices.org/
One Million Jews and Palestinians expected to March
06 Oct 2007
Daniel Lubetzky is betting Oct. 18 will be a day unlike any other in the Middle East. That’s the day 1 million Israelis and Palestinians, under the banner of OneVoice, fill the streets to demand peace.

At least, that’s what will happen if Lubetzky has his way.

The Mexican-born, Stanford-trained activist/entrepreneur launched OneVoice in 2002. Unlike most peace organizations, OneVoice recruits Israelis and Palestinians, whether Jewish or Muslim, to lobby their leaders for effective peace talks. Members may disagree about much, but they share an abhorrence of violence and a dedication to a two-state solution.

The Oct. 18 event, dubbed “One Million Voices to End the Conflict,” differs from previous rallies in the region. It will be held simultaneously in Tel Aviv and the West Bank town of Jericho. Satellite demonstrations will also take place in London, Ottawa and Washington.

“There’s never been anything like this,” Lubetzky said on a fundraising stop in the Bay Area. “This is the first time Israelis and Palestinians will join in a massive mobilization of this sort, and the first time anything this big has happened in the Palestinian territories.”

Lubetzky, 38, is confident he can draw the 1 million marchers. Not only has he lined up top music acts and leading politicians to take the stages in Tel Aviv and Jericho, he has already secured 500,000 cards signed by Israelis and Palestinians pledging to work peacefully for a two-state solution.

But is anybody listening?

“If he can pull off the size he wants, it will give the [peace] movement enormous momentum,” said San Francisco Rabbi Brian Lurie, a friend and advisor to Lubetzky. “That will help everybody over there. There can be no downside.”

Lurie, a former executive director of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, will be going to Israel to join the march.

A self-described moderate, Lubetzky opened OneVoice offices in Israel, Ramallah and Gaza (the Gaza office is now shuttered in the wake of the Hamas takeover). He started his people-powered movement in the belief that most Israelis and Palestinians share the goal of two nations living side by side in peace.

“The moderates have been silent,” he says. “Silence is a proxy for the extremists to speak for them. The political atmosphere is so filled with extremism and terror, politicians end up not having the backing to muster political leadership. If the people provide the leadership and political cover to demand [peace], the politicians will rise up and take the lead.”

The peace movement, typified by groups like Peace Now, has a long history in Israel. But there has been no prominent, parallel movement on the Palestinian side. Most large-scale marches in the territories tend toward masked men carrying guns. What makes OneVoice supporters think anything has changed?

“They’re sick of this — sick of their lives being unsuccessful, sick of losing their children,” said Lurie, who has traveled to the West Bank to observe OneVoice in action. “The economy is in shambles. They’ve known better times, and they want them again.”

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Lubetzky has strong ties to the Bay Area. He earned a law degree at Stanford and is former Haas-Koshland award winner. While living in Israel, he founded PeaceWorks, an Arab-Israeli business enterprise that offers a variety of products and services (a portion of the company’s profits go toward peace and coexistence projects). Over the years he has relied on Bay Area supporters to help build his OneVoice movement.

“What we’re aiming to do without a doubt could not happen without the Bay Area Jewish community,” he said. “It has been one of out strongest partners in building a movement of moderates against extremism.”

Lubetzky is fluent in several languages, including Hebrew and Yiddish. But he’s not Israeli. As an “outsider,” why would he devote so much time and energy to Middle East peace?

“It’s because of my background as the son of a Holocaust survivor,” he said. “My father’s experience colored my life and made me internalize the lesson that we cannot sit by and allow the forces of terror and darkness to rule our lives. Before you know it, they will take over.

“If we want Israel to be strong and safe, we need to resolve the conflict.”


For more information on OneVoice and the upcoming Oct. 18 event, visit www.onevoicemovement.org.