Dear friends of Brit Tzedek
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom is proud to
be an active supporter of the campaign for the Open Letter from American Jews to the Next
President. We urge you to be
among the first to send the next President a strong message from
American Jews, calling on him to:
* Make the
resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations a top
* Appoint a
special envoy of international stature empowered in all ways to
bring the two sides to the negotiating table within the first
100 days of the new administration.
Join Bernice Balter; actor, Theodore
Bikel; President of the Institute for Middle East Peace and
Economic Development, Stephen P. Cohen; author, Leonard Fein;
singer and songwriter, Debbie Friedman< Dartmouth Professor,
Susannah Heschel; Former President of the American Jewish
Congress, Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg; playwright, Tony Kushner;
Harvard University Professor, Robert Jay Lifton; Former Chair of
the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish
Organizations, Theodore Mann; Executive Vice President of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Paul Menitoff;
author, Letty Cottin Pogrebin; President of the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Rabbi Amy Small and
others in signing an Open Letter from American Jews to the Next
To sign the Open Letter, to see a
full list of the Host Committee and to learn more about this
campaign, click on http://openletter.btvshalom.org/.
conflict has become an ever-widening spiral of violence and
suffering. Lives are being lost. Something must happen and
happen soon to bring this cycle to a halt, and to reverse it in
the direction of constructive progress towards a peaceful
negotiated solution. This is why we ask you to sign the letter
at http://openletter.btvshalom.org TODAY and to pass this
message on to as many people as you can by forwarding this email
or by sending our "Tell
v'Shalom is participating in this campaign to support the Open
Letter together with seven other American Jewish peace groups.
Brit Tzedek alone represents an audience of 18,000 members
and supporters. Together, these groups have the power to
generate a massive campaign. The more widely this message is
sent out, the greater its impact will be.
The Open Letter campaign will be
presented, with tens of thousands of signatures, to the next
President at the beginning of his term. The campaign will
conclude with the publication of the letter in at least one
major national newspaper.
Whoever is elected the next President
of the United States, whether Bush or Kerry, will be under
tremendous pressure to proactively engage in the resolution of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the absence of substantial,
bilateral negotiations over the past four years, diplomacy has
been supplanted by a cycle of violence and retaliation,
resulting in the loss of some 4,000 lives. Sharon's
disengagement plan, which does not include a plan for a real
negotiated settlement, has already created the conditions for
chaos on the Palestinian side and conflict on the Israeli side.
Moreover Israel is expanding settlements in the West Bank, in
contravention of the promises Sharon made to President Bush last
Closer to home, Americans are
concerned about personal safety within our own borders and
abroad. The unresolved conflicts in the Middle East, including
the conflict between Israeli and Palestinians, are fodder for
By joining other American Jews in
signing the Open Letter you will strengthen the voice of the
majority of American Jews who, as consistently demonstrated by
polls, support a negotiated, two-state resolution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Collectively these signatures will
demonstrate to the next President that there is strong support
within the American Jewish community for vigorous reengagement
by the U.S. in the active pursuit of a just resolution of the
with us and be counted by signing the Open Letter today. Just
click on http://openletter.btvshalom.org.
Act now to
mobilize your friends, colleagues, and family members by
distributing this email or by sending our "Tell Others"
widely as you can.
Together, we will make a
Marcia Freedman, President
Balser, Vice President
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish
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