Sunday, July 20, 2014

14 Japanese peace, anti-nuclear, Article 9, & religious groups send statement to the Israeli Embassy on July 20, demanding a halt to bombing of Gaza • "Arabs & Jews Refuse to be Enemies" • "If not now, when?"

July 30 update: Death toll now at 1,300+ Palestinians, mostly civilians; 
3 Israeli civilians; and 56 Israeli soldiers (
New Japan Women's Asssociation sign. (Photo: Shingetsu News Agency)

広島の14団体が連名で7月20日、イスラエル大使館に送った要請を紹介します。14 Japanese peace, anti-nuclear, Article 9, and religious groups sent a joint statement to the Israeli Embassy on July 20, demanding an immediate halt to the Israeli Army's bombing and bombardment of Gaza.

Peace Boat Candle Action in Tokyo on July 21, 2014. 
call for an immediate halt of military attacks in Gaza,
 and remember the lives that have been lost in the violence. 


Middle East and worldwide Arabs and Jews have started a new anti-hate, anti-war campaign (Abrahamic interfaith peace initiatives have been ongoing for decades): "Arabs and Jews Refuse to be Enemies."

Sulome Anderson posted a photo to Jews and Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies's timeline — with Jeremy Berg.
"He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. 
Love doesn't understand the language of rocket fire, occupation or airstrikes."


May Shigenobu and Anna Balzer (Photo: Kimberly Hughes)

Kimberly Hughes' Nov. 16, 2010 post, "Speakers contemplate Palestinian human rights, urge action at Tokyo event," on May Shigenobu and Anna Baltzer's interfaith dialogue event in Tokyo provides some more context and background on Japanese support for peace, justice, and repair in Palestine and Israel:
Both speakers emphasized that the present conflict is one of human rights and justice—and most certainly not one of Islam vs. Judaism. They also both encouraged everyone attending the event to take action on the issue, whether by joining an organization, visiting the region, or just sharing knowledge with others.

Reading Kaddish for those killed in Gaza and Israel
On Thursday, July 24th, 2014 we [If Not now, When?]  gathered in front of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to call for an end to the war on Gaza and the occupation, and for freedom and dignity for all. We delivered this letter:

We believe it is up to our generation to respond to Hillel's 3 Questions: If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?

1980's postage stamp depicting friendship between Arabs and Jews in Israel. 
(Photo: Makiko Sato, via TTT)

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