Sunday, February 15, 2009

Israel's progressives need our help today.

Just received this email from AVAAZ. Israel may be on the path of aggression again.

ABOUT AVAAZ : is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in Ottawa, London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Sydney and Geneva.

To contact Avaaz, write to You can also call at +1-888-922-8229 (US) or +55 21 2509 0368 (Brazil) If you have technical problems, please go to

[Dear friends,
A shocking new far-right politics is taking hold in Israel and it threatens us all -- let's help progressives in Israel organise and build a fresh new voice for peace:

It's a dark day in the Middle East: the right-wing has won the most seats in Israel's elections, and racist extremist Avigdor Lieberman is now the kingmaker in forming the next government.[1] Lieberman and his fellow leaders are promising to bomb Iran, re-invade Gaza and abandon any ceasefire, stop negotiations and crack down on Israel's large Arab minority.
This could kill all we've worked for in the Middle East. But many progressives in Israel (both Jews and Arabs) share our feelings -- and they desperately need our solidarity today.

Wherever extremists have triumphed, we have to organise to beat them. Many thought all hope was lost in the USA after the neo-conservatives' victory -- then progressives used the internet to come back from the wilderness, and achieved the unthinkable by putting Barack Obama in the White House.[2]

In Israel today, the despair of the old peace camp opens up a powerful moment to build a fresh new voice against hatred and for peace.Just $10,000 could help two young Israeli activists use the Avaaz model of internet organizing to reach and mobilise tens of thousands of other Israelis this year -- $5000 would buy billboards in Jerusalem to launch their first campaign with a splash.

Follow this link to watch our shocking short video of Lieberman's extremist agenda -- and let's donate now to help a new generation in Israel urgently speak out for peace and change: ]

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