|Thank Reps Voting
|If your Representative
voted "No" or "Present" on HR 4681
(check the list below), call (202) 224-3121 (capitol switchboard - just ask for your Rep)
to express thanks.
This is [first name, last name] from [your city].
am an American Jewish constituent calling to express my thanks
for the Representative's pro-Israel, pro-peace ("no" or
"present") vote on HR4681.
361-37 (9 voted
To view the complete roll call, click here.
Johnson, E. B.
In this message:
HR 4681 Passes the House: Brit
Tzedek's Opposition Heard on House Floor
After months of opposition, delay, and alteration, the House
of Representatives passed HR 4681, the
Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006. Despite widespread
international dismay over Hamas's victory in the Palestinian
elections, this punitive legislation took nearly three and a
half months to pass the House, and the more moderate Senate
version is currently stalled in committee. In addition, a
significant number of Representatives spoke out against the bill
and resisted enormous pressure to vote "yes."
Undoubtedly, the opposition of pro-Israel organizations like
ours, together with serious concerns expressed by the US
Administration, helped delay and improve this legislation.
Thousands of Brit Tzedek supporters called, emailed, and faxed
their Representatives urging them to vote against HR4681.
Our voice was heard: Brit Tzedek was mentioned from the podium
of the House floor four times during the course of debate and
our talking points were read into the Congressional record
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH).
Together we can build on this momentum, and you can have an
even greater impact by joining us at Brit Tzedek's National Advocacy
Days in Washington, DC, June 18-20. We are
happy to announce that Rep. Betty McCollum
(MN), who led the charge against HR4681, will address Brit
Tzedek activists at our Congressional reception along with Rep.
Jan Schakowsky (IL). Register now!
Thanks to your advocacy, passion, and commitment, Brit Tzedek
is now recognized as an influential pro-Israel, pro-peace force
in the halls of Congress. Together, we are giving voice to
that majority of American Jews that support a negotiated
two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the
only path to peace and security for both peoples.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Responds to
Israeli Prime Minister's Washington Visit
WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert's recent visit to Washington, Diane Balser, executive
director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for
Justice and Peace, issued the following statement today:
We welcome President George Bush's support yesterday for
negotiations instead of unilateralism in resolving the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as his agreement with
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the need for a two-state solution,
sustained humanitarian aid to the Palestinians and the
endorsement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a
potential partner in reviving the peace process.
It is clear that these two practiced politicians speak the
language of diplomacy well, but it is high time for constructive
initiatives that will lead to the negotiated end to this bloody
stalemate. The absence of substantive engagement risks the
resumption of full-scale violence and an impending humanitarian
crisis within the occupied territories, potentially
destabilizing both Israeli and Palestinian societies and further
inflaming the region.
The United States and Israel should do everything possible to
strengthen the standing of President Abbas and Palestinian
moderates internationally, and with the Palestinian people.
Specifically, the United States should pursue a proactive policy
of diplomatic engagement with President Abbas and other moderate
Palestinian political figures, via both public diplomacy and
We applaud any and all Israeli withdrawals that facilitate
the creation of a viable Palestinian state, but firmly believe
they must be coupled with substantive negotiations even before
provisional borders can be set. Unilateral initiatives that
lessen or preclude the possibility of a viable Palestinian state
alongside Israel will not lead to the end of the conflict and
will be detrimental to both Israelis and Palestinians.
The Bush Administration must realize that the prospect of
reaching a point whereupon we accept that the "exhaustion of
efforts" to revive negotiations, to which Prime Minister Olmert
referred, is tantamount to forsaking the vision--shared by the
majority of Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews alike--of a
secure Israel within internationally recognized borders and at
peace with a viable Palestinian state. We believe that with
concerted and creative efforts on the part of the American and
Israeli administrations in coordination with moderate forces
within the Palestinian Authority, a just and tenable peace is
within our grasp."
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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