Jewish Voices for Peace hold rally against Islamophobia, racism

7:29 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 Atlanta Life

The Atlanta members of Jewish Voice for Peace will gather at the corner of North Druid Hills and Lavista roads on Thursday to show opposition of Islamophobia and racism.

The “solidarity rally” will target all aspects of “hate speech and bigotry,” said Ilise Cohen, leader of the local chapter. Other issues of concern to the group include police brutality and the “mistreatment of Palestinians,” she said.

The rally begins at 5 p.m.

Participants will also rekindle their commitment to justice and issue a call for governments to welcome refugees.

The rally in DeKalb County is part of a coordinated national plan of action by Network Against Islamophobia and Jewish Voice for Peace, and other organizations being held in 15 cities. The events will coincide with Chanukah (or Hanukkah) , the Jewish holiday.

Jewish Voice for Peace is dedicated to a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, human rights, and respect for international laws and an end to the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, according to its website and Cohen.

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