Elana Golden serves on the Advisory Board of Cafe Intifada.
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Subject: Letter to the Israeli Philharmonic asking to denounce the Occupation Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 16:56:53 -0700 From: Elana Golden To: email@example.com References:
Dear friends against the Israeli Occupation,
Following is a letter to the Israeli Philharmonic, initiated by Women in Black – Los Angeles, asking the orchestra to take a stand denouncing the Occupation on the eve of their US tour. We’d like to gather as many signatures, by individuals or groups, before we send the letter. If you’d like to endorse the letter, please email your name, or the name of your organization, with the country and city where you livea, to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, Elana Golden Women in Black, Los Angeles
October 22, 2006
Los Angeles, California
Dear members of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra,
It is with great respect for classical music in general, and for the music of the Israeli Philharmonic in particular that we, members of Women in Black Los Angeles, are writing you this letter. Some of us are Israelis now living in the US. We grew up attending concerts of the orchestra, and remember the experience with so much joy. We have the deepest appreciation for artists, musicians in this instance, and see you as being on the leading edge of Israeli society and as powerful opinion leaders in your communities.
Learning that the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing next February at the prestigious Disney Hall in Los Angeles, following other concerts in New York and San Francisco, we are inspired to ask you this:
Are you willing to take a public stand to denounce the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza? Will you call for an end to Occupation as a first step toward a viable peace, and for honest negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders?
We are not just speaking from far away. Some of us have been in Israel /Palestine over the past few years. We have witnessed the Apartheid Wall, the checkpoints and the daily humiliation and violence an entire population of Palestinians has endured for nearly forty years. Like many in Israel and the global community, we feel that this Occupation must end. And like many other groups in the United States and in Los Angeles, we hope that, as representatives of the State of Israel, you will take a public stand on this issue.
The Occupation is damaging both Palestinians and Israelis, with so much suffering on both sides. Former US President Jimmy Carter, who brokered peace between Egypt and Israel, has recently written a book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid” due for release November 14. In his summary Carter writes: “Israel’s current policy in the territories is a system of Apartheid, with two peoples occupying the same land but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant and suppressing violence by depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights. Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.”
Imagine that the Israeli Philharmonic’s denouncement of the Occupation and call for peace and justice will have a huge positive ripple effect on Israeli society. Imagine a future where Israelis and Palestinians share the resources of their land with respect and appreciation for each others’ humanity, cultures and needs. Maybe it’s the artists and musicians who will finally bring peace and justice to Israel, Palestine and the region.
We look forward to hearing from you by November 22, 2006 regarding your stand against the Occupation. You can either email us at ________________ or send us a letter to _____________________________.
Peace and blessings,
Women in Black, Los Angeles
Women in Black, Vienna, Austria
Deena Metzger, Topanga CA
Elana Golden teaches writingthrough the use of the-personal-storyfor the sake of peacemaking and beautyhttp://www.thewritingstudio.biz