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Paul McCartney calls on President Obama to support OneVoice


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From paulmccartney.com, May 15, 2009:

Paul Calls On President Obama To Support The OneVoice Movement


Paul McCartney has recently written to President Barack Obama making him aware of an organisation called OneVoice an organisation that Paul first came into contact with during his memorable trip to Israel and Palestine last year.

The OneVoice Movement currently has over 650,000 signatories (equally represented by Palestinians and Israelis) and they work steadfastly towards a two state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict, endeavoring to ensure that the voice of the moderate majority on both sides is heard and acted upon by their respective leaders. Earlier this year Paul officially joined OneVoice‚ International Board of Advisors, which includes names such as Danny DeVito and Muhammed Ali.

Whilst performing in Tel Aviv last year, Paul’s message was to bring people together via the power of music a sentiment that is shared by two singers, Noa, an Israeli Jew and Mira Awad, an Israeli Arab, who are members of OneVoice Israel. They are to perform a song together for the Eurovision song contest titled There Must Be Another Way.

Paul said: “This seems to me like a great idea, the symbolism of two people from both sides coming together to spread their message of peace via music is exciting and inspiring for me. I hope President Obama looks into this Organisation and feels that OneVoice could be part of a peaceful solution.”

When Noa and Mira heard of Paul‚ involvement with OneVoice they said: Paul is a great source of inspiration for both of us, and we would like thank him from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift he has given us with his music and for supporting the great work that everyone at OneVoice is doing. Our first collaboration, 8 years ago, was a cover of Paul‚ song, We Can Work It Out‚. We’ve performed it all over the world, using the timeless words and music to carry our small torch of hope for a better future.‚

About OneVoice The OneVoice Movement is an international mainstream grassroots movement with almost 650,000 signatories in roughly equal numbers both in Israel and in Palestine, and over 2,000 highly-trained youth leaders. It aims to amplify the voice of the overwhelming- but heretofore silent- majority of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected representatives and work toward a two-state solution guaranteeing an end to occupation and violence, and a viable, independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel. OneVoice counts on its Board over 60 foremost dignitaries and business leaders across a wide spectrum of politics and beliefs, joining as OneVoice for conflict resolution.

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