TEL AVIV, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ /PRNewswire -- March 20, 2013/
WHO: On the occasion of President Obama's first visit to Israel and Palestine while in office, OneVoice Israel (OVI) is asking Israelis what they themselves are willing to do to end the conflict. While President Obama is in the region, OneVoice Israel will continue to call on Israelis to take responsibility, and personal grassroots steps and commitments to end the conflict, echoing the president's own call to the Israeli public.
WHAT: Dozens of OVI youth leaders will approach Israeli citizens on the streets of Jerusalem near the president's planned appearances and collect their commitments to end the conflict on a giant "treaty" poster.
OneVoice Israel aims to build on the momentum around the president's visit and his interest in hearing directly from the Israeli public in order to highlight and reaffirm the Israeli grassroots' willingness to lead from the ground up, while asking the president to play his role and lead from the top.
OVI plans to supplement the grassroots efforts with a social media campaign giving Israelis the opportunity to answer the president's question and electronically state what they are willing to do to end the conflict.
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OneVoice seeks to amplify the voices of average Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution. The Movement works to forge consensus and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people to hold their leadership accountable for establishing a negotiated, comprehensive, and permanent agreement that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements. OneVoice focuses on civic engagement, youth leadership training, and public awareness campaigns to empower the grassroots to exercise their rights – and responsibility – to demand change and a peaceful future.
Tal Harris - Executive Director, OneVoice Israel