Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek,
You and I understand that times have changed - that the
election of President Mahmoud Abbas represents a dramatic
transformation of Palestinian politics and greatly expanded
possibilities for progress toward peace with Israel.
We need to communicate this message loud and clear to our
U.S. Senators, many of whom seem to be under the illusion that
little has changed, or, even worse, that President Abbas and his
government deserve even less confidence than Yasser Arafat.
On April 6th, the Senate Appropriations Committee joined the
House of Representatives in placing unprecedented conditions on the $200 million in
emergency supplemental funding the Bush Administration is
seeking to assist the Palestinians. In some cases the Senate
went even farther in restricting the aid than the House did.
The full Senate is scheduled to vote on this legislation as
early as Monday April 11th. Please send an email and/or call
your Senator by early Monday morning and urge him or her to
support President Abbas' commitment to non-violence and
conciliation by removing these counterproductive conditions from
It is hard to imagine any justification for placing any of
these unprecedented conditions on aid to President Mahmoud
Abbas' administration, let alone the entire set. At this time of
renewed hope and progress toward peace, the U.S. must send a
wholly different message: a message of strong support for the
path of peace and non-violence being pursued by the
democratically elected leadership of the Palestinian people.
Please share this Action Alert with family,
friends, and colleagues, and tell them about Brit Tzedek
Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy
Balser, Vice President and Co-Chair of Advocacy and Public
Campaign Expiration Date: April 19, 2005