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Saturday, 20 October 2007

Weekly update 20/10/07

Dear Members,

After the tumultuous period of the Chaggim we are back to normal with
our weekly updates. This week, as well as the usual interesting
articles, there are another couple of items of information for you.

1. One Voice

An exciting event is taking place run by One Voice, an organisation that
aims to amplify the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent
majority of Israelis and Palestinians who wish to end the conflict. The
event will take place at the same time as two historical events in Tel
Aviv and Jericho. Both the Palestinian and Israeli mainstreams will
simultaneously go out to demand the same vision – that their leaders
should return to the negotiation table in order to deliver the Two-State
solution that the majority of people on both sides want to see. You are
invited by One Voice to support this event:

Palestinians and Israelis are taking to the streets to call for a viable
two-state solution.

From London, you can be by their side.

Join us to watch events live from Jericho and Tel Aviv via satellite at:
edit - THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED
RSVP: Europe@onevoicemovement.org

2. Articles

Please find attached three articles for your interest this week. The
first highlights a debate that is currently happening regarding the
issue of the Shemita year in Israel, that began on Rosh Hashanah. The
article highlights both the economic impact of, and the potential
political fallout that may ensue from, the refusal of some Rabbis to
allow a legal loophole to apply during the year that will ensure
farmers' produce is kosher. The second article, 'Hottest Spot in Town',
highlights some of the controversies with regard to the Kottel, in
particular the absence of pluralism that exists at this holy site.
Finally we have an article about the address of Rabbi Yoffie, President
of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Reform Movement in America, to the
Islamic Society of North America.

3. A Petition

A number of you may have received an email petition going around
regarding the existence of an anti-Semitic website listed on google. If
you have not already signed the petition and wish to do so then you can
find it at http://www.petitiononline.com/rjw23/petition.html

We wish you Shabbat Shalom, and if you have any comments or questions
about the contents of this update, or any other matter relating to
Progressive Zionism, then please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Kind Regards,

Charlie Gluckman and all at Pro Zion

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