The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI — their home grown equivalent of our ACLU) and 100 Israeli organizations are calling all those who love human and civil rights to march in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on December 11th. Click the image for a stirring open letter by director Hagai El-Ad refusing to back down on rights gauranteed to all members of Israeli society. This includes specifically, he says, gays and lesbians, transgendered and bisexual, Ethiopians, Sephardim and Mizrahim, Jew and Arab citizens, refugees and migrant workers, and Arabs of the territories. An excerpt:
We are not afraid of equal citizenship for all Israelis, nor do we have any qualms about living in a society where human rights are simply ours. Human rights are not conditional — they do not succumb to racist legislative initiatives, nor are they subservient to arbitrary government decisions that would wave human rights about as a carrot or a stick. There are those who would ransom the concept of human rights, who would transform our society into a limited democracy. There is no such thing. A state in which human rights are conditional is no democracy at all, and there is no way we will allow Israel to slide down that slippery slope.
If you’re in Israel, catch a bus and go! If you’re out here in the Diaspora, send your Israeli friends the No Way event on Facebook, retweet their Twitter announcements (Hebrew), and send them the link (English page here).