I just read a “Letter to the Egyptians” from Danny Hartman (in Ha’aretz) which elicited dozens of responses from Egyptians and others, welcoming his letter but questioning why he was not offering this kind of friendship to his neighbors, the Palestinians.
Without a doubt the Middle East is in flux. The earthquake continues and the after shocks are being internalized. I am numbering the links to articles, not in any chronological order, but to make reading easier.–Lilly:
J Street welcomes the announcement that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as President of Egypt.
We applaud the bravery of the Egyptian people who have inspired the world through their nonviolent movement to secure an Egypt that guarantees representative government, opportunity and dignity. …
(3) Rabbi Lerner sent a message to the Egyptians via Al Jazeera.
Excerpts from Feb. 1 communication from Rabbi Lerner, subject line: It’s pro-Israel & Ahavat Yisra’el for Tikkun to support the Egyptian Uprising in the Pages of Al Jazeera:
….Ever since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages from Jews around the world hoping and praying for the victory of the Egyptian people over their cruel Mubarak regime.
…..Though a small segment of Jews have responded to right-wing voices from Israel that lament the change and fear that a democratic government would bring to power fundamentalist extremists who wish to destroy Israel and who would abrogate the hard-earned treaty that has kept the peace between Egypt and Israel for the last 30 years, the majority of Jews are more excited and hopeful than worried. …
(4) The following is a “Letter to Egyptians” initiated by Michael Feldman, now on Facebook:
Dear Friends,This will be quite brief. Please be a fan of the Letter at the following Facebook page ASAP: http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Not a nice looking URL, is it? We need 25 (just 25!) friends to get a friendly address, like facebook.com/
JewishLettertoEgyptI’m networking at Limmud LA tomorrow, which should net several more signatures, and possibly a whole lot more if we get a friendly address. I know some of you are engaged in similar networking opportunities shortly.