To permanently seize back the agenda away from those who seek to inflame hatreds and derail progress towards peace in the Middle East, the people need to stand up and actively guard diplomatic efforts.
Traditionally, people in the "silent majority" have just stood by. But something is happening.
Courageous leaders and people on the ground are awakening people into the realization that peace takes work and is an active responsibility (as you can read below).
In a major development, moderates are standing up and raising their voice on Palestinian and Israeli streets.
Their message is still fledgling. But OneVoice is providing a critical platform to strengthen them.
Read about the remarkable momentum that Palestinians and Israelis fighting for a better future are gaining. Your audience will be intrigued and stimulated to learn about this historic movement.
***QUEEN RANIA, SCORES OF DIGNITARIES SIGNED ONTO ONEVOICE PROCLAMATION AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM SUMMIT IN JORDAN: Heads of State, Foreign Ministers, UN Ambassadors, Congressmen, Business Leaders, and Architects of the Roadmap endorsed the OneVoice initiative. WEF Summit Pictures: http://silentnolonger.com/econ_forum.html
View sample list of influential signatories: http://silentnolonger.com/signatories.html
Besides Palestinian and Israeli signatories, dignitaries and business leaders from Algeria, Bosnia, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States signed the Proclamation and expressed support towards this historic movement to empower the silent majority.
***MEDIA COVERAGE BY ARAB, ISRAELI, INTERNATIONAL TV AND NEWSPAPERS: Dr. Fathi Darwish was interviewed by Al-Arabiyah TV and Al Jazeera; Al Rai Daily, Jordan Times and Ad-Dustour Newspapers featured OneVoice on their pages, as did Globes newspaper, Sontagsblick and Blick, among others. See coverage at http://www.silentnolonger.com/wtas_news.html
***ISRAELI DIGNITARIES SUPPORT OV LAUNCH: See Pictures of the OneVoice-Israel Launch
***NGOS JOIN ONEVOICE: Dozens of organizations such as PARC, the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee, the largest Palestinian member-organization, with 10,000 Palestinian farmers as its members, have agreed to assist with outreach efforts. Visit the growing roster of International, Israeli, and Palestinian Affiliate Organizations that are helping with outreach efforts: http://www.silentnolonger.com/op_orgs.html
***ISRAELI ONEVOICE MEDIA CAMPAIGN PREPARED: you can visit sample ads of the Israeli OV campaign at http://www.silentnolonger.com/samples.html
***PALESTINIANS RESOURCEFULLY TRAVEL BY HORSE & DONKEY TO REACH OUT: Scores of Palestinian outreach volunteers and staff members are carpeting villages and towns as they gather signatures for the Proclamation. Overcoming travel restrictions, some resilient members rode horses and donkeys to reach their destinations. Thousands of signatures have been gathered, from dozens of villages and cities, including Ramallah, Nablus and Jenin. See sample pictures at http://silentnolonger.com/pal_outreach.html
Staff members initially encountered suspicion and accusations of treason in some of the refugee camps. But leaders across the spectrum of Palestinian politics – including Fatah, People’s Party, FIDA, and Nidal – as well as the heads of the Youth Committees – intervened and were instrumental in explaining the initiative’s importance to the Palestinian people. Civil society, PLC, and community leaders encouraged their constituents and members to participate.
CONSTRAINED BY BUDGETS, THE PALESTINIAN TEAM HAS BEEN FORCED TO REDUCE ITS OUTREACH EFFORTS. Expenses include transportation costs, printing costs, rental of meeting places, rental of sound reinforcement systems, fees to trainers, and fees to staff workers.
***ALL OF THE ABOVE EFFORTS COST MONEY; IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF THIS EFFORT, RECOGNIZE THAT YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS NEEDED. Every dollar helps reach out and strengthen moderates to seize back the agenda from violent extremists.
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS CAN BE MAILED to The PeaceWorks Foundation, PO Box 999, New York, NY 10156, through our website (www.silentnolonger.org/wycd_donate.html), or by calling +1 (212) 897-3985 x103. Non-profit status has also been achieved with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
***HELP SPREAD THE WORD: Share this historic initiative with ten people today. Forward this update to them. If you have contacts in the media, forward this email to them and encourage them to learn more at www.silentnolonger.org/downloads/presskit.pdf. Otherwise, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. If in the United States, write a letter to your member of congress to inform him or her about the OneVoice movement.
BODY Members Web Access
Steering Committee 13 www.silentnolonger.org/wwa_steering.html
Honorary Board Advisors 17 www.silentnolonger.org/wwa_hon_advisors.html
Board of Trustees 21 www.silentnolonger.org/wwa_trustees.html
Council of Experts 7 To be Unveiled in July
Ad Hoc Advisory Council 245 http://www.silentnolonger.com/wwa_adhoc.html
Entertainment Council 26 http://silentnolonger.com/wwa_entcouncil.html
Staff/Core Volunteers 21/28 http://www.silentnolonger.com/wwa_team.html
Donors/Members 201 http://www.silentnolonger.com/op_support.html
Committed Volunteers 95 N/A
Exec. Supporters List 687 N/A
Gen. Supporters List 1120 N/A
Member Organizations 25 http://www.silentnolonger.com/op_orgs.html
Proclamation Signatories6203 http://www.silentnolonger.com/wycd_resolution.html
People's Mandate Sign - Not Yet Developed
Total Number Involved 8663 N/A
Number of Core Issues On Which
Broad Consensus Has Been Attained None Yet
We can and will amplify the heretofore silent voice of the overwhelming majority; we can and will empower moderates to seize back the agenda from violent extremists. Hard work lies ahead. But we will not waver, for too much is at stake. Our goal is to achieve consensus for conflict resolution at the grassroots level, with a People's Mandate containing ten key points of agreement based on security, dignity, respect, and the right to build a better future for the next generation of Palestinians and Israelis-supported and signed on to by the broadest segment of the population we can reach, through a variety of innovative platforms. See www.silentnolonger.org/wwd_work.html
The potential of this movement is nothing less than historic in magnitude. Our methodology provides a concrete path towards constructively unleashing the power of the people, bestowing upon them the responsibility and the ability to take back their lives-to make a difference with their united voice. With the challenges our civilization is facing, it is imperative that this initiative succeed. Make the pledge to get involved, and be a part of the solution.