Legendary folksinger Pete Seeger is one of several celebrities donating their time to a Nov. 14 online event promoting peace in the Middle East.
With Earth and Each Other: A Virtual Rally for a Better Middle East will be hosted by actor Mandy Patinkin and is sponsored by Friends of the Arava Institute, which supports the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in southern Israel.
The event will stream live for an hour, and viewers are encouraged to watch in groups. It’s not political, organizers say – just trying to focus attention on musicians, environmental activists, and other forward-looking folks who are already working together across borders, and drown out the nay-sayers:
The purpose is not to take a side, say who is right or wrong, or suggest what the peace process or the solution should look like. Instead, the purpose is to raise the voices of those on all sides, and throughout the world that yearn for peace, to marginalize those who try to undermine it, and to show the world that there is another side of the conflict in which people across borders are striving to work together for the betterment of all.
Partner organizations include the Jewish National Fund, the JCRC of St. Louis, and the Green Zionist Alliance. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Israeli singer Mosh Ben-Ari, and the Muslim rap group Native Deen have already signed up.
Best? The end-of-show global singalong of "Od Yavo Shalom."
You need a password to watch, sent after registration.