2014

Tel Aviv OneVoice Summit Cancelled in Show of Solidarity, Adams Reaffirms his Support Fringe Extremists Threatened Palestinian Staff, Performers 'A Setback for

600,000 Moderates'

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    JERICHO/TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In a show of
 solidarity with OneVoice Palestine, the OneVoice Movement, and artists and
 celebrities engaged with them, have decided to cancel the OneVoice Summit
 due to take place this Thursday in Tel Aviv. Security threats late last
 week prompted the cancellation of a parallel OneVoice Summit planned for
 Jericho.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071015/NYM142LOGO )
     Fringe groups waged a slanderous campaign to incite threats against
 OneVoice staff and supporters claiming that a survey OneVoice release five
 years ago represented a policy document on final status negotiations.
     The OneVoice Peoples' Summits, the first effort of its kind, offered an
 unprecedented opportunity for the Israeli and Palestinian people, in
 parallel, to propel and support their leaders in the quest to resolve the
 conflict in the wake of the Arab Peace Initiative and in the build up to
 the November Annapolis Conference. The Summits, and the work of OneVoice,
 are not an attempt to define the content of those negotiations, but to
 demand progress thereon.
     OneVoice Palestine President, Dr. Fathi Darwish, has vowed to go on
 with the mission, "We are heartened by this show of solidarity. Now more
 than ever, we are determined to fulfill the OneVoice mission. I think that
 most Palestinian and Israeli moderates want to send a message, one message
 from both sides: We are fed up with the situation. We are facing a fringe
 minority of loud extremists, but they cannot stop our struggle to end the
 occupation through a two state solution -- the only solution for two
 peoples."
     Gil Shamy, Executive Director of OneVoice Israel, summarized the
 OneVoice approach, "The public does not have the power to implement
 resolutions, but it has the imperative to hold their leaders accountable -
 and to demand immediate, ongoing negotiations until an agreement is
 reached."
     Over the past six years, OneVoice has gathered the support of over half
 a million Israelis and Palestinians. The organization remains committed to
 achieving their goal of uniting all moderates in the region and empowering
 the process from the grassroots.
     A campaign of lies against OneVoice was launch by radical groups,
 including PFLP, who oppose the goal of Israel and Palestine living side by
 side. This then evolved into an intimidation campaign against those due to
 take part in the OneVoice Summit.
     Nisreen Shaheen, of OneVoice Palestine, confirmed, "These lies are
 completely unfounded and the Palestinian people are being deceived by
 fringe movements whose existence is premised on the conflict. OneVoice is
 standing behind the President's platform."
     Daniel Lubetzky, President of the PeaceWorks Foundation that helped
 conceive the OneVoice Movement, added "We are very heartened by the
 steadfast support of all the dignitaries and celebrities, like Bryan Adams,
 who committed to stay on board and join us as soon as we can re-group to
 fulfill our vision -- for him to perform both in Israel and Palestine. This
 was a setback for 600,000 moderates. But our work will not cease till we
 achieve our mission of breaking the shackles of extremism and seizing back
 the agenda for moderates to live in peace."
     In the meantime, as a response to the postponement, the group has been
 working with Yahoo! to highlight the power of the people. "We invite people
 across the world to join us on October 18, 2007 at 7pm Jerusalem time (1pm
 EST) at video.yahoo.com/onevoice to experience something they have not seen
 before," said Lubetzky.
     About the OneVoice Movement:
     The OneVoice Movement is a mainstream nationalist grassroots movement
 with over 584,000 (as of 10/13/2007) Israeli and Palestinian members, and
 3,000 highly-trained youth leaders. It aims to amplify the voice of the
 overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderates who wish for peace
 and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected
 representatives and work toward a two state solution. OneVoice counts on
 its Board over 60 foremost dignitaries and business leaders across a wide
 spectrum of politics and beliefs, joining as OneVoice against violent
 extremism and for conflict resolution. Learn more by visiting our website
 at www.onemillionvoices.org.
 
 

SOURCE OneVoice Movement

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