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Why Walk for Justice for Refugees?  Because it is right, and because the Torah teaches us:”You shall love the stranger as yourself”כְּאֶזְרָח מִכֶּם יִהְיֶה לָכֶם הַגֵּר הַגָּר אִתְּכֶם, וְאָהַבְתָּ לוֹ כָּמוֹךָ–כִּי-גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם, בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם  again and again (Lev 19:34, Deut  10:19, Ex 22:20).  This year just before Purim, JSA has a fantastic multi-faith opportunity to show loving care for Refugees.  As Jews we’ve know the the injustices of Refugee Status from Pharaoh’s Egypt to Hamen’s Shushan and into modernity.  We’re obligated to walk the walk for others…and the Uniting Church has invited us to be part of Perth’s Walk for Justice for Refugees this year.  They share this message with us:

Deeply troubled by the Federal Government’s continued treatment of asylum seekers, the Church shares the following message:

“We have decided to write to faith leaders in Western Australia to ask them to join us, again, in a unified stand calling for a more compassionate response to people in desperate circumstances, on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 in a Walk for Justice for Refugees. The 2015 event went exceptionally well and we would like to do this again to reinforce the message that detention is no place for children, or indeed any people seeking refuge.

Would you please make plans to join me on this Walk for Justice for Refugees on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1pm?

Palm Sunday has often been used by Christians as the day to walk together in the common cause of peace and justice. The details for the event are still to be finalised, but our intention is to lead a short public meeting in which we can make our concerns known. and then walk through the city.

We hope to have many community members will join us on that day. Please put this in your diary and let your community know of the event.”  I’ll be there – let me know if you’ll be there as well!