“Standing Together” is a new grassroots initiative, founded in 2015, that attempts to build a broad Left Jewish-Arab movement, grounded in the principles of peace, equality and social justice. The activists base themselves on a holistic worldview that sees the interrelations between the occupation, the growing social and economic disparities within Israel, and the attacks by the government on democratic freedoms and on the Arab-Palestinian minority.
In its demand for equality for various groups in Israeli society – Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, immigrants from the former USSR and from Ethiopia, Mizrahi (‘Sephardic’) Jews, precarious workers, women, the LGBT community, etc. – “Standing Together” initiated large demonstrations and rallies:
– Peace march in the center of Jerusalem, attended by 2,000 Jewish and Arab participants. This was quickly followed by Jewish-Arab rallies in the southern Arab-Bedouin town of Rahat and in Haifa, which were attended by hundreds of people respectively (October 2015). (CNN Report)
– A 3,000-strong march in Tel-Aviv in reaction to campaign of the Right-Extremist group “Im Tirtzu” against “Breaking the Silence” and other organizations (December 2015). (Times of Israel)
– Monthly Israeli-Palestinian peace demonstrations in the occupied territories, organized jointly with “Combatants for Peace” (since November 2015). (Jerusalem Post)
– A rally in support of the Arab-Bedouin unrecognized village of Umm El-Hiran (May 2016).
Contacts for more information about “Standing Together”: