‘Obsession’ Inspires Jewish Peace Group to ‘Stand with’ Muslims

In late October, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) launched a campaign called “We Stand with You” to show support and stand in solidarity against anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry. JVP asked its members to “stand up as allies to our Arab and Muslim friends, family members, and neighbors” by sending a photo or a message of solidarity to be posted on its website.

On its website, JVP says:

“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.”

CAIR extended its appreciation to JVP and its supporters and urged American Muslims and other people of conscience to visit the “We Stand With You” site.

Jewish Voice for Peace is “a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights.” Click here to learn more about JVP.

 

 

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