The first ad appeared today (July 31) in the NY Times. It had 2500 signatures before it appeared. We hope now to move to the Washington Post and to other American media, and to Israeli, Lebanese and Palestinian media. We need your financial support.
Although Israel announced a 48 hour cessation of bombing after the killing of 60 civilians yesterday including 34 children, it continues the land war. And the war against Gaza continues, as does the daily violence of the Occupation of the West Bank.
At this moment, the world's attention is fixed on this crisis. That won't last. But while it does, we need to use that to try to get a more permanent settlement of all the issues, not just a temporary agreement. When Israel and Rice say something like that, they say it to justify continuing the war. When we say it, we mean it as an extension of but not replacement for an immediate ceasefire-"and the ad makes that clear.
But there is a huge urgency. Please act now-- make it possible for us to send this message to the world. Sign the ad, and donate to the ad, right now: www.tikkun.org/PeaceAd. The world needs your help, as do the people of the Middle East who are suffering: Lebanese, Israelis, and Palestinians.
Rabbi Michael Lerner