Grassroots Jerusalem

Urgent message from Eliyahu Mclean, Jerusalem Peace Makers

Posted in Uncategorized by grassrootsjerusalem on February 6th, 2009

Hello friends and supporters, While most news you receive from the Holy Land in the aftermath of the Gaza war is awful, the peacemakers continue their work, invisible to the eyes of the world. This has been a difficult time, the gap of mistrust and anger between the Israelis and Palestinians is as wide as ever.

In the face of all of this though, we have

Eliyahu Mclean is a Long time Rodef Shalom- Pursuer of Peace

Eliyahu Mclean is a Long time Rodef Shalom- Pursuer of Peace

deepened our commitment to work for peace. As Elias Jabbour, director of the House of Hope puts it, “its up to us to keep the torch of hope alive, we have no other other choice.” Take the time to read this update about the sacred work of our family of peacebuilders, hope you will be inspired.

ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS GATHER FOR SOLIDARITY AND CELEBRATION AT THE DEAD SEA, January 30-31 Eighty Palestinians and Israelis came together for the Gathering of Light and Unity on Metzukei Dragot beach, an oasis of beautiful fresh and saltwater pools on the Dead Sea shore. This area is easily accessible for both Israelis and Palestinians who came from across the West Bank without the need for travel permits. For two days we shared meals, music and dance, prayers and speaking from the heart together. This gathering, organized by Ilana Meallem, brought together many people yearning to connect as a family of human beings in light of all thats happened recently.

HEALING ABRAHAM’S FAMILY PRAYER AND HOSPITAL VISIT, AT TEL HASHOMER HOSPITAL, TEL AVIV, January 26 Forty people came together as Jerusalem Peacemakers joined with Rabbis for Human Rights to organize a prayer gathering at Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv. This event was advertised in Israeli media: “Muslim, Jewish and Christian Religious Leaders Raise Their Voices Together for: A Cry of Mourning; Affirmation of Responsibility to work for Reconciliation, Human Rights and Peace, a Future of Hope and Healing of the Wounds between our People”. We read traditional prayers for mourning of the dead in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions and offered personal prayers followed by a group prayer for peace in Hebrew and Arabic. We then split up, some going to visit a wounded Israeli soldier and many others visiting Izzedin Abuelish and his daughter, the Gaza doctor whose 3 daughters were killed in the Gaza violence, with a fourth daughter being treated in Tel Hashomer hospital. Read more about our event in this LA Times article:

JERUSALEM PEACEMAKERS WEST JERUSALEM CENTER HOSTS TALKS AND PEACE GATHERINGS At our West Jerusalem peace center recently, we hosted study sessions with Rabbi Marc Gopin on ‘The Source of Peace’ and a text study session with Rabbi Daniel Roth from the Pardes Institiute. On December 22nd we hosted an inter-religious Hannukah peace celebration with over 50 Israelis and Palestinians joining for dialogue, music and prayer. THIRD

WORLD CONGRESS OF IMAMS AND RABBIS FOR PEACE IN PARIS, FRANCE, December 15-17 We joined the Third World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace in Paris, organized by Hommes de Parole. One hundred Imams and Rabbis came from all over the world to bring the voice of Judaism and Islam to build a bridges of dialogue and help solve conflicts motivated by religion in the Middle East, Europe and the world. Leaders included Sheikh Abdallah Nimr Darwish, founder of the Islamic movement in Israel and Rabbi Avraham Yosef, son of Sephardic rabbinic authority Ovadiah Yosef. There were plenary sessions, a visit to a Paris peace monument and a mosque and synagogue. Politics tended to divide us, the evenings of sharing in the music of Andalucia, the mutual Jewish and Islamic heritage, brought us together. See great pictures from the Tel Aviv prayer event, Hannukah peace celebration and World Congress of Imams and Rabbis at:

sheikh-abdul-aziz-bukhari1SHEIKH BUKHARI HELPS FAMILIES IN GAZA REBUILD THEIR LIVES Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari has a wide family and community network in Gaza. His wife is from Gaza, his sister and his daughter are both married and live in Gaza. They are part of the Sufi, Uzbek and wider communities in Gaza that have seen their homes and lives shattered in the recent fighting. Sheikh Bukahri has been collecting donations and sending it directly to families in need in Gaza.

rabbi-menachem-fromanRABBI MENACHEM FROMAN CONTINUES HIS WORK FOR A CEASE FIRE AND DIALOGUE WITH HAMAS Throughout the Gaza war, Rabbi Menachem Froman was working on efforts to bring about a cease fire between Israel and Hamas. Please read this article about his call for for dialogue with Hamas, and a new chance for peace in the wake of the recent war: Rabbi Froman was also recently featured in the New York Times, calling for Barack Obama to involve Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders in the renewed peace process:


Ibtisam MahamidIbtisam Mahamid is building a new peace center, the Tent of Hagar and Sarah in her town of Faradis in northern Israel. She initiated a project to train and empower Muslim Arab women. These women formed a women’s council and got their chosen candidate elected mayor of Faradis. During the Gaza war, Ibtisam spent hours visiting wounded children from Gaza in Israeli hospitals and joined a delegation to visit the Israeli town of Sderot. Ibtisam was chosen to receive an award, “Unsung Heroes of Compassion”, by the Dalai Lama in San Francisco in April. A message from Ibtisam: “We are the children of Abraham, family. Every day I light a candle in my heart– no anger, no hatred. We want peace, we will take peace by the hands, for the sake of our grandchildren. As a peace activist, I give compassion to myself and to the world… if you dont have inner quiet and peace in your heart, you cant give it to the world.” A MESSAGE FROM IBRAHIM ABUELHAWA We are asking God to stop the war and fighting especially in the Holy Land between the seeds of Abraham. We have to go back to God, and to study the word of God, which it is that we are all one, and we have to love one another, and especially to love our neighbors as our brothers and ourself. Thats the key for everything between the children of Abraham. Is really been hard and tough time with everyone in this land, and we wish everyone to be healthy and safe in his own home. We are doing all this work with almost no budget. Please make a contribution, small or large, to support the work of the Jerusalem Peacemakers. We count on your support, in its different forms– prayer and financial support –to empower us to continue this work in the Holy Land. In the USA, in order to make a tax-deductible contribution, write a check to: ‘Rising Tide International’, make a note on the memo line: ‘for Jerusalem Peacemakers’ and send it to: Rising Tide International, 5102 Swiss Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 To make a donation by check in the UK, AND to make a donation by credit card with Paypal from anywhere, click this link of Jerusalem Peacemakers UK. Calculate your donation in its equivalent in British pounds: To send support directly and to contact us by mail: Jerusalem Peacemakers, PO Box 31894, Jerusalem, 91316 Israel For making a direct donation to help the people of Gaza, Sheikh Bukhari is collecting donations. Contact Sheikh Bukhari by email for info of how you can contribute: Shalom, Salaam, Eliyahu McLean, Jerusalem Peacemakers, co-director

Grassroots Jerusalem is an innovative project that seeks to empower local communities in Jerusalem by connecting them to the global diaspora. The project works with local partners to develop initiatives that foster a sense of shared identity and purpose among diverse communities. These initiatives include workshops and training sessions that focus on topics such as social activism, cultural exchange, and conflict resolution. In addition, the project organizes events that bring together people from different backgrounds and promote dialogue and understanding. Through its work, Grassroots Jerusalem seeks to create a more inclusive and equitable Jerusalem that is open to all its citizens, as well as provide access to opportunities such as bangbet login kenya. The project also encourages sports participation by sponsoring local teams and leagues.


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Posted in Uncategorized by grassrootsjerusalem on January 5th, 2009

Gaza Surge

Posted in Uncategorized by grassrootsjerusalem on January 5th, 2009

Statement By Israeli Women’s Organizations:

We women’s organizations from a broad spectrum of political views demand an end to the bombing and other tools of death, and call for the immediate start of deliberations to talk peace and not make war. The dance of death and destruction must come to an end. We demand that war no longer be an option, nor violence a strategy, nor killing an alternative. The society we want is one in which every individual can lead a life of security – personal, economic, and social.

It is clear that the highest price is paid by women and others from the periphery – geographic, economic, ethnic, social, and cultural – who now, as always, are excluded from the public eye and dominant discourse.

The time for women is now. We demand that words and actions be conducted in another language.

Ahoti- For Women in Israel

Anuar- Jewish and Arab Women Leadership
Artemis- Economic Society for Women

Aswat- Palestinian Gay Women

Bat Shalom

Coalition of Women for Peace

Economic Empowerment for Women

Feminancy: College for Women’s Empowerment

Feminist Activist Group – Jerusalem

Feminist Activist Group – Tel Aviv

International Women’s Commission: Israeli Branch

Isha L’Isha- Haifa Feminist Center

Itach: Women Lawyers for Social Justice

Kol Ha-Isha- Jerusalem Women’s Center

Mahut Center- Information, Guidance and Employment for Women

Shin Movement- Equal Representation for Women

Supportive Community- Women’s Business Development Center
TANDI – Movement of Democratic Women for Israel

Tmura: The Israeli Antidiscrimination Legal Center

University against Harassment – Tel Aviv

Women and their Bodies

Women’s Parliament

Women’s Spirit- Financial Independence for Women Victims of Violence