Middle East Youths Tell Leaders 'Enough!'

 

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12 Jun 2007

 

Young Palestinian and Israeli citizens were recently given an unprecedented opportunity to present a video expressing their views to world leaders at the World Economic Forum, in Switzerland.

 
 

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Young Palestinian and Israeli citizens were recently given an unprecedented opportunity to present a video expressing their views to world leaders at the World Economic Forum, in Switzerland. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres and the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni listened as leaders of the youth movement, OneVoice, told them: ‘Enough!’

Using inspiring music and powerful appeals for urgent action, young Israelis and Palestinians speak out, saying: ‘The time has come to listen to the voice of the moderate majority… and prevent violent extremists from hijacking our lives… We will not accept any more excuses…What are you willing to do to end the conflict?’

Afterwards, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders responded as witnesses packed the hall with more than 2,000 dignitaries from around the world. ‘As I listened to these messages, hope rose in my heart that peace is possible and overdue,’ said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Foreign Minister, said: ‘ I have a feeling of sadness for lost opportunities but also a great feeling of hope… We must… fulfill the vision of two states living side by side in peace.’

Nisreen Shaheen, Executive Director of OneVoice Palestine, had her segment of the video taped in the West Bank city of Ramallah, surrounded by hundreds of Palestinians. ‘Enough promises,’ she appeals. ‘Enough excuses and enough suffering… Help us to not lose hope. Help us to strengthen this movement. Help us to strengthen our leaders, that they may sit down at the table and stand up with a fair and lasting peace agreement.’

To watch the video

Contact: OneVoiceMovement.org

Story originally from Good News Network:

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and first published by Positive News US

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Youth activists from Middle East rally

Photo: © OneVoiceMovement.org

 
 

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