Hundreds Participate in Human Rights Torch in Israel Despite Rain
The Human Rights Torch Relay, a campaign designed to shed light on China’s extreme human rights abuses, made its 26th stop in Israel on Monday. Over 20 religions were represented and signed a joint statement that calls for a stop to the crimes against humanity committed daily in the country.
2/20/08 China, Israel (EpochTimes) Although weathermen predicted storms and occasional rain, hundreds of people came out to support the Human Rights Torch Relay in Tel Aviv Monday evening, Feb. 18, and called for an immediate end to all crimes against humanity taking place in China before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Prior to the rally, religious leaders and community leaders from different religions and sects signed a joint statement calling for the stop of the crimes against humanity in China such as the persecution against Falun Gong, and the forced organ harvesting.
Over 20 religious representatives, including Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Burmese, Cherkes Muslims, Uzbek Muslims and other religious and community Leaders publicly signed the joint statement.
The Darfurian refugees who attended the rally protested against the Chinese regime’s supporting the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Burmese refugees who also came to participate in the rally are also being directly influenced by China’s support of the oppressing ruling junta in their own country.
Dr. Yoram Rubin, a legal expert for human rights said the human rights violations in China are essentially different from those in other countries because of their intensity and also because of the degree of silencing and the lack of public debate due to fear and terror from the regime. He said that this kind of terror generates “the trampling of the basic rights to live and the right for health, the right to freedom, dignity and privacy, the right to practice one’s faith, and all of this s hidden from the eyes of the free world.”
The Human Rights Torch Relay is an international campaign that seeks to bring an end to all human rights abuses against the people of China, while highlighting the persecution of Falun Gongthe most severely persecuted group in China today. During the run up to the 2008 Olympics, the HRTR will host events in 37 countries across six continents to present its message: “The Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China.” Israel is the 26th stop of the Human Rights Torch Relay and will then go on to North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.