Code Red – Stop the Rockets

4 Dec

By Nathan Orenstein

Hineni Youth and Welfare - Australia Shnat participants in red

Hineni Youth and Welfare – Australia gap-year participants in red

The ‘Code Red – Stop the Rockets’ campaign was started by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), with the aim of showing solidarity with Israelis in the south of Israel, and across the country. The campaign aimed to support those who deal with the trauma and disruptions of daily life that the incessant rocket fire has caused.

The campaign took place on two fronts. There were rallies held across Australia, as well as a Facebook page, on which people worldwide were encouraged to take a photo, in a group or individually, dressed in red, and post it online. This was aimed at raising awareness globally of the plight of innocent Israelis in a social media context.

Motivated by the increase in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into the south, AUJS campaign coordinator Dean Sherr stated: “AUJS’s intention for this campaign was to send a strong, unified message of support to the one million southern Israelis currently living under a barrage of rocket attacks. That message has been overwhelmingly taken up, with photos coming in from around the world – showing that people truly do care.”

The peaceful rallies in Australia attracted massive numbers who came together in solidarity with Israelis and to embrace Zionism. They sparked similar rallies around the world where communities jumped into action to show support for Israelis in the south, and even in Gush Dan and in the environs of Jerusalem, who also found themselves under threat from Hamas rocket fire.

The Code Red – Stop the Rockets campaign showed once again the capacity of Diaspora communities to rapidly spring into action and show their support for Israel.

Nathan Orenstein is a Hineni Youth and Welfare – Australia gap-year participant.


2 Responses to “Code Red – Stop the Rockets”

  1. traveltwinpicks99 December 9, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    As a past Hineni Madricha check out my blog on my experience with my children during Pillar of Defense on www. !Comments are welcomed.

  2. wildninja December 10, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    Glad to see others speaking out about this on WordPress! I am an American standing with Israel!

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