“IT was a good night to be a Zionist in Colorado Springs” stated long-time Colorado Springs resident and attorney Manny Weiss after attending an evening event Monday, August 11.
Candles were lit and distributed during a gathering in downtown Colorado Springs as supporters of The Middle East Peace Project and members of the local Jewish community assembled for a “Candle Light Vigil for Gaza.”
It was the third vigil organized recently by The Middle East Peace Project, which is a task force of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission.
Although the stated purpose of the task force is “to promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict by advocacy, education and humanitarian aid,” placards carried by participants in previous vigils included statements such as “Israel is a terrorist state,” “let Gaza live, free Palestine” and “End the illegal occupation of Israel.”
Descriptions of the task force’s philosophy, beliefs, and opinions are pro-Palestinian without an acknowledgement of the role that Hamas has played in the region’s intensified conflict and violence.
In Colorado Springs, they have held vigils, boycotted Israeli products in stores, sponsored individuals to visit Gaza, and supported pro-Palestinian gatherings outside the State Capitol in Denver.
When the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission (PPJPC) was founded in 1978 in Colorado Springs, they focused on peace and justice efforts in the Sudan and similar situations.
Their current focus is primarily on Gaza and the perceived injustices against the people of Gaza, although they have sponsored programs events on a wide range of issues from sustainability, non-violence, and social justice.