Why thirst for vengeance when you can hunger for peace?
That's the message of Jewish pro-peace activists who went hungry Tuesday as part of an interfaith peace campaign, in which supporters held off on food in conjunction with Muslims fasting on Ramadan and Jews commemorating the destruction of the Temple on the fast day known by its date on the Jewish calendar, the 17th of Tamuz.
The Hungry for Peace campaign, which calls for an end to hostilities in Israel and Gaza, began in Israel and has gained considerable support in England, Britain's Telegraph reported. It is being promoted by Yachad, a U.K.-based pro-Israel, pro-peace group.
"Fasting to end the cycle of violence in Israel & Gaza," wrote Adam Rossano in a tweet that included a photograph of himself posing in front of an Israeli flag with a sign that said "Choose Life" and the "hungry for peace" hashtag.
As part of the campaign, supporters tweeted pictures of themselves holding signs with statements like "Enough" and "Peace, not vengeance," as well as Rossano's pick.
Some Christians took part too. Pastor Steve Norman of Kensington Church near Detroit used Twitter to ask the 10,000 members of his congregation to join him in the fast, Religion News Service reported.
"It just seemed right to follow their lead," he said.
In Jewish tradition, the 17th of Tamuz sets off a three-week communal mourning period that culminates in another fast day, Tisha B'Av.
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