OneVoice had a plan. It was a good plan: Israelis and Palestinians (and supporters of both worldwide) who wanted peace all getting together separately, in different cities, to vocalize their desire for a peaceful resolution to the strife in the Middle East. Together (even apart), they’d demand progress from their leaders, and create a loud, strong voice that the politicians couldn’t ignore. There was a blogger meetup in New York with real blogebrities (like Arianna Huffington and Craig Newmark) and faux blogebrities (like, um…) Heck, Bryan Adams was even slated to perform at the events, which were to be held today, October 18.
But then something unexpected happened. The events in Jericho were canceled because of security threats. And in solidarity with that cancellation, the Tel Aviv and London components were also called off.
While this is certainly a setback for the peace process and a disappointment for those who have been involved in trying to make this multi-national voice heard, all hope for a peace organized by the populace is not completely shattered. In place of in person events, OneVoice will make an online presentation at 1PM EST or 7PM Israel time, and the link for the event is: http://video.yahoo.com/onevoice
I guess we just have to believe that peace is still coming, for us and for everyone else. Or as I heard all the taglit-birthrighters sing recently, “Od yavo shalom aleinu, v’al kulam.”