What a strange and troubled year it's been. Political gridlock in Israel. Two elections down and another to come. An indicted prime minister clinging to power. Meanwhile, right wingers press for annexation of the West Bank, settlements proliferate and the U.S. throws oil on the fire with talk of settlements not being illegal. A resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems more elusive than ever.
But, as we celebrate Chanukah at this dark time of year, we should remember the "miracles": the human qualities of faith, determination and courage that can dispel darkness, no matter how deep.
Today, in this first era of Jewish independence since the time of the Maccabees, Shalom Achshav, Israel's indefatigable peace movement, has not stopped, for one moment, advocating for the steps that will lead to an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians-a goal of two states at peace, and a secure, Jewish and democratic Israel. Shalom Achshav inspires us to never give up, to not wallow in despair, and to join them in their courageous work.
Our heartfelt thanks to you, our supporters, for standing with Shalom Achshav - through your donations, messages, volunteering, and steadfast presence. (And, if you haven't yet made your year-end, tax deductible donation, it's not too late. Just click on the "Donate Now" button below, which will take you to the secure CanadaHelps page. )
Thank you for helping maintain the light.
We wish you and your loved ones a very happy Chanukah.
for the entire Board of Canadian Friends of Peace Now