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WASHINGTON – Close to 150 interfaith activists gathered across from the White
House Sunday to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Gaza flotilla raid
and urge US President Barack Obama to press for peace.
Led by Rabbi
Michael Lerner, the crowd sang the refrain from Isaiah 2.4 at the gate of the
White House, urging that “Nations shall learn war no more.”
“We know he
believes in these fundamental principles,” Lerner said of Obama, but that he
needed to be encouraged to adhere to the path of change he espoused in his
The rally, held on the final day of the national conference of
the Network of Spiritual Progressives which Lerner heads, featured prayers of
mourning and remarks from Jewish, Muslim and Christian speakers.
deadline flotilla incident – in which Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish
activists on a boat trying to break the Gaza blockade – was mentioned several
times, but the message of the demonstration was broader, and included
remembrances for all the victims of the Israeli- Palestinian
Crowd member Michael Feinberg, a New York Reconstructionist
rabbi, said it was important that the White House show more leadership
comes to the peace process.
“We really demand a peace
said, adding that when it comes to Israel’s policy on Gaza, “the
Gaza is not tenable. It doesn’t enhance the security of the State of
certainly, that of the Palestinian people. Another approach has to be