#TreesForOurHeroes

This is the start of a campaign to plant trees in Israel for those heroes that have stood by the Jewish community when we needed them to help fight rising antisemitism.

Jewish people in the UK are facing rising antisemitism. It is part of a global trend, but since 2015 we have seen a sudden and worrying increase within the UK. The Jewish community has understandably mobilised, but we have not stood alone.

Fortunately there have been many of other faiths – and of none – who have been willing to offer support.  In some cases this has brought them abuse, threats, isolation in their workplace or from family and friends, even expulsion from community organisations – only because they have been brave enough to say #enoughisenough and stand alongside us against rising antisemitism.

Whether it is a friend, a colleague, someone you met because you are both fighting antisemitism, an article you read, a speech you heard or just because someone told you about them – as a community we should recognise that these friends have stood with us when we needed them.

Jews are a small minority. Jewish people are not in every room. As the hate spreads a long way from Jewish areas, it takes a brave person to stand up alone in a hostile room and fight back against the spread of #antisemitism. These people could just keep quiet, but they haven’t. They stood up for us. It is not about whether the battle is ongoing or not. As a community we should recognise them for what they have done and say thank you.

#TreesForOurHeroes

There are those out there we see and hear. But there are also those out there who don’t even know the names of – teachers, union members, councillors – their names should be gathered – the trees will make sure the memory of what they have done will not just pass or be forgotten.

The #TreesForOurHeroes campaign is a campaign of donate / nominate. We need

– donations to plant the trees

– nominations to know who we are planting the trees for.

I have opened public donation campaigns on both these websites. Donations can be made on either. All the money goes to the JNF to plant mature trees in the Negev:

Donate on either of these pages

https://www.gofundme.com/treesforourheroes

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/treesforheroes

Nominations should be sent to trees@tillescentral.com – If you nominate by email – send a few details (optional but desired). The name can be a friend, a politician, a member of the press, your neighbour or someone you have heard or read about. If it is someone who wishes to remain anonymous – that’s okay too. Tell us and shield the name. We can plant trees for those people too.

I want us as a community to plant trees for these heroes in Israel. #TreesForOurHeroes. Please share this blog or either of the two funding pages as widely as possible.

You can donate without a nomination and nominate without a donation. Both the gathering of names and support for the planting of trees are important to this campaign.

The targets are rolling. If they are reached, I will raise them. Because the campaign is run here, you do not have to donate for a whole tree (£50) you can donate less or more. If you donate but do not nominate, that money will be put towards trees for the heroes nominated by others. You do not have to be Jewish to donate. These people have done *society* a service and it is an opportunity to thank them.

Certificates will be issued for as many of our friends as trees we can plant.

I have started by donating £50 to each of the campaign websites. I have also nominated Emma Feltham and Euan Philipps, two of the people who have publicly been abused for standing alongside us.

These courageous friends have tried to ensure that antisemitism in the UK is driven out of the mainstream. Let us show our gratitude by embedding the memory of this alliance in Israeli soil.

 

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Help to support this research

The main links to the campaign are in the piece above. Whilst this campaign is active, all new donations that this blog receives will be forwarded to the #TreesForOurHeroes campaign.

 

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7 thoughts on “Plant trees for those that stand with us #TreesForOurHeroes

  1. The trees which are being planted in Israel/Palestine are not native species and are being planted to cover and mask the sites of Palestinian villages which have been destroyed by the Israelis.

    1. Do you feel comfortable coming to a page that is honouring those who fight against anti-Jewish racism by planting trees in a desert for them? I mean, did you wake up this morning and ask yourself the best way to make yourself look like a total plonker? Now if you just run off and google ‘Negev desert’ – which would never have been a part of any ‘Palestine’ – but rather another unpopulated add-on to the Egyptian Sinai – because the British only decided at the last minute to pull the area into the Mandate to give it a more reasonable land area because they knew they intended to chop off Jordan to give to the Hashemites. It was then handed to the Jewish side in the 1947 partition, because it was chiefly unpopulated, and made the Jewish area look ‘viable’. There were no ‘Palestinian villages’ inside. Perhaps you’d also like to inform people exactly what trees are ‘native’ to the Negev *DESERT*?

      So rather than just show everone you are a spiteful creature who has an issue with Jews so strong, that he cannot even be bothered to make his complaint factual when he attacks a charitable and respectful anti-racist initiative – why not go back to bed.

  2. I hope Israel is panting millions of Gharqad trees (the tree of the Jews) to confound the Sand Nazis (Fascist Iran, Hamass, Hezbola).

  3. I have disabled comments for this particular blog and have given Mike a time-out from posting at all. He is a pure Jew baiter and in the last blog he was toying with Holocaust denial again – I have no desire to engage in an argument with him on this one, nor give him room to attack a charitable gesture of thanks with c&p arguments he doesn’t understand. If he cannot draw the line himself – I will draw it for him.

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