OneVoice Palestine has recently been attacked by a new campaign by disgruntled people (apparently funded out of Lebanon) who believe the OneVoice Summit should be boycotted.
Some of our staff and friends got emails urging them to boycott the efforts of OneVoice Palestine - they all came from someone in Lebanon who claimed that our mobilization of moderate voices to call for an end to the conflict across both sides is an effort at normalization rather than at ending the occupation.
A couple weeks ago, on the other side, we also heard boycott calls from an extremist Jewish American group that plans to protest our Washington DC event and claimed OneVoice Israel was a tool of appeasement betraying Jewish values.
This is not the first and will not be the last time that violent extremists and radical absolutists from either side will try to undermine the OneVoice Movement.
Indeed, the more we grow and threaten these extremist visions, the more they will try to undermine our call to empower mainstream nationalists on both sides to break the shackles that violent extremists have placed on our world for too long.
But OneVoice is built and engineered not just to withstand that, but to use those attacks to expose radical extremists, absolutists and fatalists who claim they are "for peace" but who realistically prefer eternal warfare to compromise. Let's call the bluff on anyone who says they are "for peace" but don't want to accept the other side has a right. Let them be honest and at least say, "we are not for peace, we want it all, or war."
There are only two options: a) Two States for Two People, or b) Continued Conflict.
People need to make a choice.
Are they going to stand up and be counted and help us build the critical mass to unleash the power of moderation - or are they going to be silenced by violent extremism?
As OneVoice continues growing, it will be the subject of more criticism from those very violent extremists we seek to neutralize and isolate. They will isolate themselves by opposing a popular movement that aims to build dignity, respect, humanity, and a two state solution for both peoples.
In the process, they will also highlight the OneVoice message.
Any Palestinian that wants to end the occupation and achieve independence, and any Israeli that wants to end terror and achieve security, must ultimately understand the only way to do so is through an agreement among both peoples to end the conflict.