This is an abridged version of a speech given by Alon-Lee Green, co-director of Standing Together, at a demonstration on 20 May, taken from Twitter.
“We are here this evening — and this is important for me to say — not only because we want to stand together, Arabs and Jews, Jews and Arabs, and not only because we want to stop the violence. We are here because we want peace. Because we want to put an end to the settlements, to the wars, to the constant rounds of violence.
“We are here today not only to say that this is not inevitable, but to prove that this is not inevitable. We are here today to show that there is hope. We are here to demand an immediate ceasefire — a ceasefire that will prevent the deaths of more children in Gaza and Sderot, a ceasefire that will prevent the deaths of innocents on both sides. [...]
“This is not easy to achieve. But all of us, Jews and Arabs, who are standing together right now across Israel, demanding change, prove that we can organise. We can think together, we can act together, we can dream together. We can create a different reality.”