Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,
I write this with a heavy heart. Brit Tzedek
participates in the sorrow and dread that pervades Israel. The
terrorist attacks on resorts in the northern Sinai are truly
despicable. Like all violence, it can only generate more
The loss of life, Palestinian and Israeli,
this past week is heart-breaking. In Gaza, the death toll has
reached 96, including at least 18 children, and it is still
rising. In the Sinai, the death toll has reached 33, with the
total still unknown. Moreover, there is growing suspicion that
al Qaeda is behind the bombings.
Every Israeli I know could have been in
Nueiba, Ras Satan, or Taba during this holiday week of Sukkot,
including me. The Sinai was the one place we could go on the
cheap for uninterrupted peace and beauty for days on end.
Fifteen thousand Israelis were in the Sinai when the bombs went
off. Many of them, no doubt, were peace and social justice
workers who go to the Sinai frequently for much needed respite.
The Sinai is where the non-observant go to feed their souls.
That militants might target the northern Sinai was, until now,
The effect of violence is hopelessness and
despair. The effect of policies that do not promote real
solutions to the problems in the Middle East and elsewhere is
also hopelessness and despair. In their speeches in Geneva
to mark the signing of the Geneva Accord both Yossi Beilin and
Yasir Abed Rabbo made impassioned calls to the nations of the
world to intervene to ensure the establishment of two
states--Israel and Palestine--living side by side.
Hopelessness is not an option. U.S.
intervention is the key to restarting the peace process, though
both sides may come to the table kicking and screaming. This
will take firm U.S. resolve. Whoever the next president is, he
must know that there is an organized, united American Jewish
community to support his firm leadership in restarting the peace
process, whatever it takes. Please say "no" to hopelessness by
signing the Open Letter to
the Next President.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,
The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street,
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205