CAIRO – Supported by dozens of Rabbis, hundreds of British Jews called for a day-long fast on Tuesday, July 15, to support Middle East peace and call for ending atrocities in which scores of civilians have been killed.
“Tomorrow I'm fasting with Jews and Muslims in support of peace, not violence #hungryforpeace,” Adam Rossano wrote on Twitter, The Telegraph reported.
The 15 July date was picked to coincide with a Jewish fast day - 17th of Tammuz - and the beginning of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples.
This year, it occurs during the Muslim observance of the holy fasting month Ramadan, in which Muslims abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk.
The campaign is led by Yachad, a UK-based pro-Israel, prop-eace group, which announced that the fast was a response to the recent escalation of violence in the Middle East.
“Through the fast, British Jews want to loudly and clearly call for de-escalation, return of calm, return to the negotiating table and the creation of two states for two peoples, the only way that can guarantee stability and security in the long run,” Hannah Weisfeld, director of Yachad, said.
“We must remain steadfast in our commitment to a peace that will guarantee both Israelis and Palestinians self-determination, safety and security…we ask you to fast with us.
“The fast is an attempt to show that significant numbers of Anglo Jewry back the difficult steps that must be taken, including by Israel, in order to achieve peace,” she added.
Using the Twitter hashtag #HungryforPeace, the campaign which started in Israel has gained considerable support in England.
“@Ed_Miliband British Jews are #hungryforpeace.We're fasting tomorrow against violence in support of peace @YachadUK,” Weisfeld wrote on Twitter.
“British Jews are #hungryforpeace, fasting against violence, on Jewish/Muslim fast day,15th July #Israel #Palestine,” Claire Mandel added in another post on Twitter with her photo carrying a placard reading “Choose Life”.
The fast day is not the first by UK Jews to protest Israeli war on Gaza.
Tens of thousands of people protested outside the Israeli embassy in London over the weekend against the attacks on Gaza.
Rabbis were seen standing on top of a double decker bus, holding a banner which read: "Judaism rejects the Zionist state and condemns its criminal siege and occupation".
Israel has been launching relentless airstrikes against Gaza since Tuesday in which more than 185 have been killed and over 1000 injured in the tiny coastal strip.
Israel has claimed that its new war on Gaza, under the title Operation Protect Edge, was a response to the rocket attacks being carried out by Hamas.
It added that its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip.
There have been no Israeli casualties from the hundreds of rockets that have been fired by militants in Gaza.
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