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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Journey toward peace
Letter to the Editor
May 28, 2004
We Jews are enslaved by the terror inflicted on us by Palestinian suicide bombers, which evokes for us the terror of the Holocaust and leaves us feeling that there is no hope for a partner for peace.
We are also enslaved by being occupiers of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, draining Israel militarily and economically, and corroding our soul. To set out on the journey toward peace, we can build on the work of Israelis and Palestinian peacemakers who negotiated the recent Geneva Initiative and on the work of the 60 Palestinian leaders who recently signed a public statement urging nonviolent resistance to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. We can also support Senate Resolution 276 and House Resolution 479 which encourage the U.S. government and Israeli and Palestinian leaders to embrace efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace such as the Geneva Initiative.
There are no guarantees on this path, but there are possibilities. And possibilities are better than the current continuous and bloody cycle of violence. As American Jews, we deeply want Israel to survive and flourish, and that is not possible unless Palestinians have a viable state in the West Bank and Gaza. So we need to speak out to say that for the sake of Israel as well as the United States, we want our government to actively support negotiations for two states. Continuing settlement consolidation behind a wall cutting deeply into the West Bank is not in the interest of Israel or the U.S. It takes away the land needed for a viable Palestinian state and takes away Palestinian hopes for a state. And it fuels the growth of ethnic and religious hatred in the world.
Chair, Connecticut chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Deborah Elkin of New Haven is chairwoman of the Connecticut chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, P.O. Box 6062, Hamden 06517.
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