A local coalition of Jews, Muslims and others will break their fast together outside the monthly meeting of the Pulaski County Republicans tonight in protest of the county party’s xenophobic, anti-Palestinian rhetoric.

The groups Little Rock Peace for Palestine and the Jewish collective Taste of Olam Haba aim for an end to the killing in Israel and Palestine. At 6 p.m., they’ll combine the Muslim Ramadan tradition of breaking fast at sunset and the Jewish tradition of Taanit Esther.

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Hamas fighters attacked Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7, killing nearly 1,200 people. Since then, Israel’s fiery response has left more than 30,000 Palestinians dead. The territory is now on the brink of famine, with reports of some children already dying from starvation in northern Gaza.

The organizers of tonight’s protest say Pulaski County Republicans are fanning the flames of violence with a resolution they passed in February that invites Israel to “vanquish its mortal enemies.”

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“We will not let Christian Zionist ideology weaponize Jewish grief to wage genocide against innocent Palestinians,” Little Rock Peace for Palestine said in a statement shared Thursday.

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Many conservative evangelical Christians believe Israel’s well-being is key to an end-of-days prophecy about Jesus Christ’s return. And in Arkansas, the Republican Party and conservative Christian circles are one and the same.

Here’s the press release about this evening’s protest:

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Like so many, Little Rock mourns the loss of life on October 7th. We have since watched in horror and anguish as Israel has slaughtered over 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza with bombs and bullets paid for by the United States government. Now Palestinians are facing a man-made famine, and at least 21 children have died of starvation. We know unequivocally that responding to violence with massive violence is not the solution and does not make anyone safer.
Instead of calling for a permanent ceasefire to protect Palestinian and Israeli life, the Pulaski County Republican Party passed a racist, Islamophobic resolution on February 22, 2024. The resolution included listing Palestinians as the Jew’s “mortal enemies” and that Muslims “serv[e] God by killing Jews”. We will not let Christian Zionist ideology weaponize Jewish grief to wage genocide against innocent Palestinians.
We know the best hope for a future of life, dignity, and flourishing is through multi-faith
collaboration. Durable and lasting safety only comes through solidarity.
During the monthly Pulaski County Republican Party meeting, we will share sacred scriptures, prayers, and food to practice solidarity in this time of moral crisis. The actions of the PCRP only strengthen our calls for ceasefire, justice, and freedom. We will be joined by others across the country mobilizing for the same cause.