Opportunity to Organize
Diane Balser, Vice President
The United States presidential election season
provides us with a unique opportunity to accelerate mobilization
towards a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Not only do Americans talk more politics during the election
season, but it is a time when the politicians actually listen.
While both candidates have strategically skirted much direct
address of the hot-potato issue of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, foreign policy, particularly with regard to the Middle
East, is a key election issue this year.
Regardless of personal political
aspirations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not remain on
the back burner for long. We have been recently reminded of this
by the surge of violence in the Gaza Strip. We must seize this
opportunity to mobilize our community behind a message that is
at once pro-Israel and pro-peace, so that the new presidential
administration must take notice. Together, we must build an
American Jewish voice for peace.
Please sign the Open Letter at http://openletter.btvshalom.org.
The Open Letter presents us with a unique
opportunity to organize many of the millions of American Jews
across the country who understand the importance of a negotiated
two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the
critical role of the United States government in its
Time and again, when we speak to our elected
officials about Brit Tzedek principles, we are asked how many
people we represent and are told to return to them with the
grassroots. The Open Letter offers us an opening to do just that
by providing a platform from which we can reach many more Jews
on the issue of a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and thus take a political step forward in influencing
U.S. foreign policy.
Polls consistently demonstrate that a solid
majority of American Jews support the principles of a
negotiated, two-state resolution to the conflict. Our challenge
now is to reach and engage these people. Then we will take not
just a message, but also a mandate from our community to the
next President. Together, we will let him know that we not only
want, but expect that he will make every effort to renew
negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Social justice and political activism play a
central role in Jewish tradition. In our religious teachings,
our collective experience, and our numerous and varied
traditions, we are encouraged and inspired to work towards
something greater than the sum of the individual, towards
tikkun olam, or literally, "repair of the world." This
is a tradition of which we can be proud, both because we stand
up for that in which we believe and, in so doing, we cultivate
effective tools for creating political change. This does not by
any means imply that all Jews agree on every issue-- we have all
heard the jokes about five Jews with ten opinions-- but it does
mean that the process of organizing on behalf of a greater good
is very much part of our community's social, cultural and
Those of us who care deeply about Israel and
who believe in the efficacy and justice inherent in a two-state
solution know that Israel will be strengthened and secured by
such a resolution. But we must now use the Open Letter to reach
beyond ourselves to build a broader and more visible base of
Please join us in the pursuit of tzedek
v'shalom ("justice and peace"), by signing the Open Letter
today at http://openletter.btvshalom.org
and passing it on by going to http://openletter.btvshalom.org/tell_others.htm.
Ways You Can Make A
* E-mail the Open Letter with your own
personal message of endorsement to everyone you know: friends,
family, and colleagues. To send a form letter to your
network, go to http://openletter.btvshalom.org/tell_others.htm.
* Please regularly check the list of Open
Letter signers at http://openletter.btvshalom.org/signers.php to see if people you invited to sign have added
their names. If they have not, please telephone them to
emphasize your support for the letter and encourage them to join
* Help gather signatures on our paper
petitions or one-page fliers. Bring
petitions to Jewish community events or events that might
attract a large number of Jews.
* Donate money to place an advertisement in
support of the Open Letter in your local paper or the national
media, by going to http://openletter.btvshalom.org/cc_contribution.htm.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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